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Pasta and Potatoes, Nonna’s Recipe

Pasta and Potatoes

Pasta and potatoes is a typical southern Italian dish with very ancient origins.

There are several versions of pasta and potatoes. This one that I propose has been handed down to me by my nonna. It is a very tasty recipe, very simple, and enriched only by the presence of some cherry tomatoes and a handful of pecorino cheese or Parmigiano Reggiano. The recipes you see on Google all use ditalini, or small rigatoni, as a type of pasta. Instead, I wanted to continue the family tradition by using cut-up spaghetti and pieces of Parmigiano Reggiano crust, giving an intense flavor to the broth.

Courses ,
Difficulty Beginner
Prep Time: 10 mins Cook Time: 40 mins Total Time: 50 mins
Servings 4
Best Season Winter

Pasta and Potatoes - Nonna's recipes are often cherished family treasures, passed down through generations. Here's my traditional Sicilian recipe that combines pasta and potatoes, a comforting and hearty dish perfect for any occasion:

  • 12.3 ounces spaghetti (cut)
  • 17.6 ounces potatoes
  • 6 cherry tomatoes
  • 1 shallot
  • 1 carrot
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • 2-3 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 tablespoons pecorino or Parmigiano Reggiano cheese (grated)
  • 1 -2 small pieces of Parmigiano Reggiano crust
    • Peel the potatoes, rinse well, and cut into regular cubes.
    • Finely chop the onion and carrot and fry them in extra virgin olive oil in a pan.
    • Add the potatoes and cook for a few minutes on high heat.
    • Add the vegetable broth with the cherry tomatoes cut into four and remove the seeds (from the tomatoes) and the parmesan crust.
    • Add salt and pepper.
    • Lower the heat, cover, and cook for 30-35 minutes.
    • After this time, add the spaghetti (which should be broken with your hands) and cook, adding more vegetable broth and adjusting salt and pepper if necessary.
    • Before serving, remove the Parmigiano Reggiano crust, add a handful of grated cheese (pecorino or Parmigiano Reggiano), a drizzle of organic extra virgin olive oil, and Buon Appetito!!!
Keywords: Pasta and Potatoes