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The Celebrity Italian Table

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Chef Mario Batali and Academy Award-winning actress Marisa Tomei share their love of delicious pasta in a new cookbook called “The Celebrity Italian Table,” a collection of six three-course Italian meals that benefits America's Second Harvest: The Nation's Food Bank Network. So eat up, it’s for a good cause!

Farfalle (butterfly) pasta comes in a rainbow of colours

Marisa Tomei


Farfalle with pancetta, rucola and truffle pasteMarisa Tomei

4 servings



• 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil• 8 ounces guanciale (may substitute bacon or pancetta), diced• 1 small red onion, cut lengthwise in half and then into 1/4-inch-thick half-moons• 2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced• 1 pound Barilla farfalle• 2 tablespoons truffle paste• 1/2 cup freshly grated Pecorino-Romano, plus extra for serving• 1 bunch arugula, choppedDIRECTIONS

Bring 6 quarts of water to a boil in a large pot and add 2 tablespoons salt.

Meanwhile, in a 10- to 12-inch sauté pan, heat the olive oil over low heat. Add the guanciale and cook slowly until the guanciale has rendered its fat and is crisp and golden brown, about 10 minutes. Add the onion and garlic and cook gently until golden brown, about 5 minutes longer. Remove from the heat.

Cook the Barilla farfalle in the boiling water for 1 minute less than the package instructions indicate; drain, reserving 4 tablespoons cooking water. Add the pasta to the pan with the reserved cooking water. Add the truffle paste, guanciale and the grated cheese; mix well and toss over high heat for one minute. Add the arugula and toss for about 30 more seconds, until just wilted.

Divide among four warmed pasta bowls and serve with additional cheese on the side.


Add fresh truffle slices to each bowl, then finish with truffle paste and additional grated cheese.

See the video here on iFood.TV

Who doesn't love Pasta?  I think pasta is the favourite the world over.  Mario Batali is a guru of Italian cuisine and can cook up a mean pasta dish.  He is far moree a fine chef than a showman like many on foodTV, Mario can REALLLLLY cook.  I have a couple of his cookbooks and every recipe we have tried has been flawless-no throw toether 20 minute meals with "giggles" like someone we all know on FoodTV.

Mario Batali

Fettuccine with pumpkin and bread crumbs

4 servings



• 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil• 1 red onion, finely chopped• 4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced• 6 salt-packed anchovy fillets, soaked in milk for 20 minutes, rinsed and drained• 1 pound butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cut into 1/2-inch cubes• Freshly ground black pepper, to taste• 1 pound Barilla fettuccine• 1/4 cup flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped• 1/2 cup fresh bread crumbs, toasted



Bring 6 quarts of water to a boil and add 2 tablespoons of salt. In a 12- to 14-inch sauté pan, heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion, garlic and anchovies. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the onion and garlic are softened and the anchovies have begun to break up.

Turn the heat up to high and add the squash cubes. Cook over high heat for 5 minutes or until the cubes are tender and browned at the edges. Season with the salt and pepper and remove from the heat.

Cook the Barilla fettuccine in the boiling water for 1 minute less than according to the package directions. While the pasta is cooking, warm the squash mixture. Drain the pasta and add it to the pan with the squash. Add the parsley and remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil and toss over high heat for 1 minute.

Divide the pasta and squash evenly among four warmed pasta bowls, top with bread crumbs and serve immediately.

 The Celebrity Italian Table-from Barilla   

In Italy, all of life's moments are celebrated and shared around the table.  Just the basics are needed -- great food, family and friends, good conversation and laughter.

This year, we've asked 5 of America's favorite celebrities, one of the world's leading Italian chefs and the most prominent party planner in the U.S. to help us celebrate the Italian Table -- 6 different ways.

Stanley Tucci, Marisa Tomei, Debra Messing, Natalie Portman and Chris Daughtry shared their favorite pasta dishes with us.  Mario Batali recreated these dishes and developed a special menu for each party while David Tutera developed creative and stunning table designs to make each experience special.

 As we celebrate all that is special about the Italian Table, we also want to share with those less fortunate.  Please join the cause and support America's Second Harvest, so that everyone can enjoy a seat at the Italian Table.

Chris Daughtry not only sings but is quite a chef at home! 

Debra Messing loves to cook

Natalie Portman who cares if she can cook?

Stanley Tucci - well he is Italian and is involved in the film adaptation of the novel Julie & Julia

 Marisa Tomei learned to cook from her mom

 Mario Batali one of the best Italian chefs in America



  David Tutera (left) with Harry Johns

Celebrity Italian Cookbook


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