It’s time to eat pasta, time to learn about the creative spirit of Italy. While the origins of pasta are unclear, stories of pasta making in Italy date back many centuries. The word pasta, and adaptations of it, is even older. Many civilizations had their own take on pasta, but the pasta as we know it is the Italian version.

A general misconception is that Marco Polo encountered this food in China and brought it back home. In his books he merely explains how he tasted Chinese noodles which were similar to ‘lagana.’ This statement shows us that Marco Polo was already aware of the existence of asta-like food.

Classic Italian pasta

You will find pasta recipes all around the world, each shaped by the culture of that specific country. Some are gorged with tomato sauce and meatballs, others in which you bury your pasta beneath a mountain of cheese. You might be surprised with the Italian take to pasta. Pasta recipes are considered an outlet for the creativity of the chef. Lots of pasta recipes contain no more than 5 ingredients, but have a unique taste to them. They are served before or after the main course and are a means of showcasing homegrown Italian herbs and spices

Pasta is a healthy choice

Lots of people on diets steer clear of pasta, thinking the carbohydrates will rebuild those unwanted love handles. As with most foods, moderation is the key. Eat too much of it, and the food will turn against you. There are a number of tricks to make healthy pasta recipes.

Try a whole grain pasta instead of your regular pasta. They contain more fibers and proteins. Not only are they healthier by the gram, the fiber also gives you the sensation of being ‘full.’ This, of course, causes you to eat less. Next to that, the ingredients you use are vital. Use fresh vegetables, lean meat and try to skip on things like cream and cheese. So get out there and make yourself a delicious pasta.

Check out my Pasta Recipes

Traditional Slovak Dumplings

Traditional Slovak Dumplings

So many recipes to choose from. Some people say that you should never add an egg into the dough, or sour cream into a sheep cheese. I am quite open-minded and I also like to prepare things how we like them at home. Even though so called "Bryndzové Halušky" is the Slovak national dish, I was never a big fan of it. I find it simply too heavy. The bryndza is our typical soft sheep cheese that you can substitute with Feta cheese for example. It has a very strong flavour, therefore you can reduce it a bit with some ...
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Easy Salmon and Dill Pasta with Capers

Easy Salmon and Dill Pasta with Capers

Very easy, fresh and fulfilling Spaghetti! Leftover baked salmon, capers, wine and fresh dill in a creamy sauce will star at any gathering with friends. So fast, all is done within 25 minutes. The rule number one: the fresher the products, the better - Easy Salmon and Dill Pasta with Capers. Total Time: 25 minutes Shopping List Baked Salmon: 200g of salmon fillet with skin, cleaned and drained A splash of olive oil Sea salt and ground black pepper The Pasta: 2 portions of good quality Spaghetti A knob of butter 1 medium shallot, peeled and finely chopped 2 cloves ...
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Lovely Tuna and Basil Pasta

Lovely Tuna and Basil Pasta

3 important ingredients: tomatoes, tuna and basil. The better ingredients, the better result! I have been making this pasta for quite some years and trust me, this is a winner. Moreover, it is an embarrassingly fast meal. I serve my Tuna and Basil Sauce with Fusilli pasta as the sauce is quite smooth and soaks into the Fusilli easily. Look at this awesome video how to prepare homemade Fusilli pasta, made by Italian "Nonna". Bon appetit! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gfggcegkgtw My Tuna and Basil Pasta is suitable for kids from the age of 2. The sweetness just gets to them so easily! Therefore, ...
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Refreshing Sardine Pasta

Refreshing Sardine Pasta

Refreshing Sardine Pasta - what else to add. I had a wake up call for Vitamin D. We all do sort of lack it, especially when sitting at work or when the long and dark winter period ends. One of the primal sources of Vitamin D is fish. The best is fresh salmon, however, sardines consist of high content as well. Even the canned ones! Always read what you buy and you cannot go wrong. For more information of food sources, click here. This scrumptious recipe is incredibly easy and all done in 15 minutes. I prepared 2 versions for ...
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Turkey Tomato Sugo

Turkey Tomato Sugo

Getting slowly into the harvest of more seasonal veggies. Easy Turkey Tomato Sugo is an honour to a simple summerish ratatouille. It is fresh, colourful and incredibly smooth. This is a great tip for a fast week family dinner. Turkey Tomato Sugo is suitable for kids from the age of 2. I don’t like to use this term, but the consistency of the sauce is a very baby-like. Bon appetit! Total Time: 50 minutes Shopping List Olive oil 200g of turkey filet, cleaned and sliced ½ teaspoon of satureja, caster sugar, smoked paprika and lemon zest 1 teaspoon of Provencal ...
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Easy Cheesy Pasta

Easy Cheesy Pasta

Another scrumptious American production, so called mac and cheese. Notably American president Thomas Jefferson brought pasta back to Virginia on his way from Italy. There are many disputes how this creamy dish has been discovered. However, the result is the same among all the generations - fulfilling, easy and Cheesy Pasta. Macaroni and cheese consist of 2 main ingredients as per its name. However, the type is up to your preference: pasta and cheese. In my version I went for my favourite Farfalle Pasta shape and matured Gouda Cheese. You can use any kind of hard cheese of your liking ...
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Gorgonzola and Red Grape Spaghetti

Gorgonzola and Red Grape Spaghetti

The Valentine’s Day - day of love. You never know, which day it is going to be a next year. It usually is a working day, so it is handy to have some fast and easy recipes. In previous years, I have presented you my meat mains - Sexy Rib Eye with Warm Potatoes, Duck Specials 2 kinds or Almond Trout with Cranberries. This year, I am focusing more on ladylike vegetarian but an equally rich dinner - Gorgonzola and Red Grape Spaghetti. I just recommend you this luxurious taste of creamy pasta, accompanied by sweetness of the grapes and ...
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Green Noodles Stir Fry

Green Noodles Stir Fry

Spicy and sweet with a twist - Green Noodles Stir Fry. Basically, you can add or replace anything in this meal. Noodles for rice, veal for shrimp or duck, vegetables of your liking, the more green, the better. No limits to imagination. I tried luxurious and cheaper alternative. You can use top quality steak meat or pre-cook goulash meat and finish it up in the stir fry. Either way is delicious and has a satisfying heat within. Serve with kroepoek. The rule number one is to taste until perfection. Total Time: 30 minutes + 2-3 hours of simmering the meat ...
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Scrumptious Veal Stew

Scrumptious Veal Stew

A very satisfying Hungarian classic - paprikás based on sweet paprika, smoked paprika powder, paprika and more paprika. Traditionally, in Bratislava where I come from, we prepare this stew with chicken. I am going to follow our beautiful family recipe but treat myself to my favourite meat - Scrumptious Veal Stew. This stew isn’t difficult to make at all. Just chop a couple of ingredients and let it simmer until perfection. The key is to taste. Never forget that. The taste is continuously changing and you need to adjust it if necessary. The best way on how to enjoy some ...
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Super Easy Bolognese Pasta

Super Easy Bolognese Pasta

Inspired by my Super Bolognese Recipe, I created a comforting, fast and full flavoured dinner - Super Easy Bolognese Pasta. Perfect for colder days, the seasonal vegetables - carrot, white carrot and celeriac. I just love the smell of it. Cook with me and impress your better half. Cheers! Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes Shopping List 1 medium shallot, peeled and finely chopped 1 bay leaf, 1 teaspoon of satureja, 1 teaspoon of Provencal Herbs, a pinch of chili A splash of Worcestershire Sauce A splash of olive oil, a knob of butter 2 cloves of garlic, crushed, peeled ...
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Stunning Sage Pesto

Stunning Sage Pesto

A great tip how to process all of your beautiful plants. Today I present you a harvest of the sage, my favourite herb - Stunning Sage Pesto. I love sage especially in combination with roasted meats and vegetable dishes. However, the disadvantage of its use is, that you never use so much of it. Therefore, pesto is a perfect way to enjoy it fresh and process a bigger amount of it. The only thing that you need to master with pesto is the ingredients. That job I do for you. Stir in into a favourite pasta and enjoy to heaven! ...
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Full-flavoured Spaghetti

Full-flavoured Spaghetti

Indeed, full-flavoured. Anything what your fridge has to offer, the veggies, herbs, the fresher the better - Full-flavoured Spaghetti. This spaghetti is incredibly delicious and fast, that’s what I am looking for on daily basis. No more talking, let’s do. Total Time: 30 minutes [amazon_link asins='B00O8LFGEC' template='ProductAd' store='nonstopstra0c-20' marketplace='US' link_id='012cab15-66ce-11e7-aeb4-6f3e30594a7a'] [amazon_link asins='B01G26Z3P2' template='ProductAd' store='nonstopstra0c-20' marketplace='US' link_id='0e6cffd2-66ce-11e7-9d07-b523593223ec'] [amazon_link asins='B005D6G8OI' template='ProductAd' store='nonstopstra0c-20' marketplace='US' link_id='2774ee66-66ce-11e7-a8a2-d9c219a196dc'] Shopping List 250g of good quality Turkey breasts, cleaned and drained A splash of olive oil Sea salt, black pepper, chili, satureja, wild garlic, garam masala A splash of Worcestershire Sauce and Heinz Ketchup 2 medium shallot, peeled ...
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Creamy Egg Spaghetti

Creamy Egg Spaghetti

A beautiful carbonara base in a spicy milk sauce - Creamy Egg Spaghetti. A Great tip inspired by my favourite Australian cook Donna Hay is to replace bacon with quality Prosciutto Ham. Make the sauce as per my instructions and finish with pieces of Prosciutto. Just the way everyone likes, this is an awesome tip for a fast week dinner. You can also try the version with bacon, either way it is a winner. My tip is to top it up with some hard boiled egg if you fancy. Bon Appetite! Total Time: 20 minutes [amazon_link asins='B00WBGKJPW' template='ProductAd' store='nonstopstra0c-20' marketplace='US' ...
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Creamy Wild Garlic Farfalle

Creamy Wild Garlic Farfalle

I love spring for many reasons, but as I have already mentioned wild garlic is one of my top seasonal specials. This year I was lucky enough to freeze some for later in the year, when I miss it so much. It has a tremendous impact on your health: lowering cholesterol, blood pressure, plus it is indeed freaking delicious. Creamy Wild Garlic Farfalle - this cannot get any faster and simpler. Ideal for a fast week dinner, easy lunch, accompanied by a glass of white wine. Yummy! Total Time: 20 minutes Shopping List 2 handfuls of pine nuts A splash ...
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Spaghetti with Blue Cheese and Pear

Spaghetti with Blue Cheese and Pear

This recipe is so simple and special at the same. Inspiration comes from a master itself - the Italian cuisine. The combination of pear, walnuts, blue cheese, chili and prosciutto just works out to a perfection. Try it and you won’t regret. This pasta dish is very fulfilling, impressive and luxurious. Spaghetti with Blue Cheese and Pear tastes almost like a dessert. Buon appetito! Spaghetti with Blue Cheese and Pear Total Time: 15 minutes My TweetsFollow me: Shopping List 1 medium ripe pear, washed, cleaned and diced Few drops of lemon juice 100g of good quality soft blue cheese ½ ...
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Hokkaido Spaghetti

Hokkaido Spaghetti

Better and best combination, inspired by a wonderful Austrian magazine - Hokkaido Spaghetti. This combination cannot get any tastier. The sweetness of Hokkaido and stunning taste of sage, accompanied by chili and Parma Ham or bacon. Yummy and yummy. And on top of all a wonderful Feta Cheese. Please, you must try this Hokkaide Spaghetti! This is my Fall. Total Time: 20 minutes [amazon_link asins='B000Q5I6VO' template='ProductAd' store='nonstopstra0c-20' marketplace='US' link_id='a35b3f5c-a69a-11e7-a8fb-3379e62acddd'] [amazon_link asins='B00WBGKJPW' template='ProductAd' store='nonstopstra0c-20' marketplace='US' link_id='b0df7bb0-a69a-11e7-ba8e-03b13fe7478f'] [amazon_link asins='B072BJJWXC' template='ProductAd' store='nonstopstra0c-20' marketplace='US' link_id='bd54e04e-a69a-11e7-80ad-630a7c08797d'] Shopping List The Roasted seeds as per in my Pumpkin Soup Recipe: Pumpkin Seeds, washed A splash of olive ...
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Black Seafood Pasta

Black Seafood Pasta

Incredibly easy recipe for any fast week meal – Black Seafood Pasta, all done in 20 minutes. The only thing you need is a good quality pasta, delicious seafood mix and fresh herbs. You can also try the black pasta with shrimp as per my recipe Easy Shrimp Pasta. Tastes beautifully with a glass of Chardonnay. Black Seafood Pasta gives you an amazing feeling of summer, Mediterranean cuisine and the smell of the sea, of course. Total Time: 20 minutes Shopping List 2 tablespoons of olive oil 1 teaspoon of chili flakes 2 cloves of garlic, crushed, peeled and finely ...
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Mascarpone Penne with Spinach

Mascarpone Penne with Spinach

Easy and luxurious one pot dinner – Mascarpone Penne with Spinach. Nothing gives me more joy than to please friends or family with some good amount of fresh and humble ingredients. I am not going to lie that this is an embarrassingly easy recipe that will feed everyone. The only thing you need to do in advance is to marinate the chicken. That brings the meal to a whole new level. Enjoy! Mascarpone Penne with Spinach Total Time: 25 minutes + chicken marinade for couple of hours ahead Shopping list The Chicken: 500g of good quality chicken filet, cleaned and ...
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Wild Garlic

Wild Garlic

A beautiful fresh, spicy and sexy ingredient – Wild Garlic, Ramsons, Wood Garlic or Bear’s Garlic. Garlic is one of my top ingredients culinary wise. Wild garlic resembles freshness, beginning of spring and new vibrant challenges in the kitchen. Wild garlic not only tastes great. Moreover, it is extremely healthy, ideal for detox and full of vitamins with antibacterial effects. I just think about it, and my brain cannot stop thinking about processing it. Let’s begin. Wild Garlic Pesto Incredibly easy and delicious! Wild Garlic Pesto, as any other one, can have many alternatives. You can add some lovely nuts ...
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Rabbit Ragù Spaghetti

Rabbit Ragù Spaghetti

Rabbit is a very delicate meat and quite common in many cuisines. The meat itself is relatively low-fat and healthy. Nutrition wise, I love the meat because it has a very smooth texture and more interesting taste than regular poultry meat. This preparation presents a full-flavoured texture of vegetables, bacon, olives, and of course rabbit – Rabbit Ragù Spaghetti. My favourite pasta to serve it with is spaghetti, but feel free to use any kind of shapes you like, even rice is a delicious choice. Enjoy with a glass of white wine. Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes Shopping list ...
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Hungarian Stew with Zander Fish/Paprikás

Hungarian Stew with Zander Fish/Paprikás

I was born in Bratislava, which has a large Hungarian minority (as whole Slovakia does). Therefore, the Slovak cuisine exists partly only. Basically, it is a mix of cultures of our presence and past. The biggest influence among Bratislava regions comes from Austria-Hungary. I love Hungarian cuisine. I would like to explore it a lot more. Moreover, I think that it is about more than just spicy food and paprika. Hungarian cuisine is full of rich flavours. From my travels to Budapest, I remember several meals, especially Hungarian rich soups. Hungarians are also masters of very lovely desserts. Of course, ...
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Super Bolognese

Super Bolognese

Super Bolognese Recipe is one of my top, I enjoy and serve to my beloved. The sauce is beautiful even after you freeze it, but it can never happen to me. I just cannot stop eating and tasting it. I have already provided a very nice sauce on a tomato base in The Best Lasagne Recipe. However, this one is different. The combination of milk, spices and white wine speaks for itself. Wonderful with any kind of pasta, preferably spaghetti or linguine. Yummy! Total Time: 3 hours Shopping List The Meatballs: 250g of good quality ground veal 1 tablespoon of ...
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Mushroom Spaghetti

Mushroom Spaghetti

Continuing my pasta passion, let me present you my very favourite recipe. Mushroom Spaghetti is our family classic, which mom used to make for my dad as a nice white sauce alternative to tomato sugo. You can use champignons, as well as wild mushrooms. The better the mushrooms, the better the mushroom spaghetti, of course. Nice tip for fast week dinner. Either soak the dried mushrooms in a warm water and baste it with its liquid (do not throw it away). You can also use fresh punny buns and sprinkle it with fresh parsley. The seasonal, the better! Bon Appetite! ...
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Easy Veggie Spaghetti

Easy Veggie Spaghetti

Easy Veggie Spaghetti is another fast week dinner recipe, even just for yourself. The combination of tomatoes, lemon grass, spinach and feta brings spaghetti to a completely different level. Enjoy Easy Veggie Spaghetti with a glass of white wine! Easy Veggie Spaghetti Total Time: 15 minutes Shopping List 2 portions of Spaghetti Sea salt 1 medium shallot or spring onion, cleaned and finely chopped 1 clove of garlic, crushed and finely chopped 1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper 2 medium tomatoes, chopped 100ml of dry white wine dried Provencal herbs 1 teaspoon of lemon grass 3 handfuls of fresh spinach, washed ...
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Easy Shrimp Pasta

Easy Shrimp Pasta

Easy Shrimp Pasta - fresh seafood and herbs, creamy sauce, wonderful pasta, what else to add. Pasta is my base. When I was pregnant I used to eat spaghetti almost every day. One would think I would start hating it. On the contrary, I follow my little obsession and try to master many of my favourite sauces. Enjoy! Total Time: 25 minutes [amazon_link asins='B00WBGKJPW' template='ProductAd' store='nonstopstra0c-20' marketplace='US' link_id='83038ae9-7ce2-11e7-9c6e-85e6a4d22896'] [amazon_link asins='B071RYL3FD' template='ProductAd' store='nonstopstra0c-20' marketplace='US' link_id='a6057d62-7ce2-11e7-acb3-8f886b5d4314'] [amazon_link asins='B00O8LFGEC' template='ProductAd' store='nonstopstra0c-20' marketplace='US' link_id='b5d77a11-7ce2-11e7-99c6-637e79c02cbe'] Shopping List 300g of shrimps, cleaned 2 cloves of garlic, crushed, peeled and finely chopped 1 tablespoon of butter 1 ...
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The Best Lasagne

The Best Lasagne

This lasagne alla bolognese comes from my very favourite world chef Gordon Ramsay. Let me tell you, it is The Best Lasagne, I have ever tried. A perfect combination of a rich flavoured white sauce with a juicy meat sauce accompanied with a lovely pasta. Really good and impressive! Follow my easy and well explained steps below or check the video on Youtube (Gordon shows it in a minute). Shopping list The Meat Sauce: 1 onion, peeled and chopped 1 carrot, peeled, washed and diced 2 cloves of garlic, crushed, peeled and finely chopped 1 teaspoon of dried oregano and satureja ...
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