Homemade Basil Fettuccine (Plus a Pasta Prize Package Giveaway!)

We *love* pasta around here- I have to admit, it’s pretty much my favorite food on the planet. But then if you’ve ever been over to the Favorite Recipes section of, you probably already knew that! :) I’ve always wanted to make my own fresh pasta from scratch – I would love to make my own specialty flavored pastas… with yummy combinations like garlic & herbs (fresh from the garden!), roasted red peppers or tomatoes (fresh from the neighbor’s garden – what a fun red color this pasta would be!), or how about a speckled, lemon pepper pasta (in a light cream sauce with chicken or shrimp?? Or lightly buttered next to a steak! :)) and ooh, maybe some kind of spicy chile pepper pasta?? I’m thinking pepperoncinis or jalapenos would be perfect. :) Or for fall – a fun, bright orange, harvest spiced, pumpkin or sweet potato pasta?? I could go on. And on. Or, or – get this – a sweet, chocolate *dessert* pasta to serve with ice cream, whipped cream and strawberries. *dying a thousand little deaths*

But I’m getting ahead of myself here… :)

I was so, so thrilled when Bertolli (yes, that Bertolli! :)) contacted me and asked if I’d like to try making my own pasta. It’s like they read my mind. Um, yes! :) Definitely! :)

bertolli giveaway pasta prize package

Three short days later, a beautiful pasta prize package showed up at my door. They sent an Imperia Pasta Machine (to make my first experience with rolling & cutting pasta dough a snap), an Emile Henry Lasagna Baker (for baking all my favorite pasta dishes to perfection- lasagna, macaroni & cheese, baked penne with roasted vegetables…), and a coupon for a free Bertolli Frozen Meal (for nights when I don’t have time to make my own pasta! :))

I was in heaven. I started with a recipe for homemade basil fettuccine to use with my brand spankin’ new pasta machine.

homemade basil fettuccine flavored pasta

Oh man. I cannot even begin to tell you how unbelievably fantastic this smells right now.

homemade basil fettuccine flavored pasta

It rolled out and cut really easily – it was not as hard as I was imagining!! :)

homemade basil fettuccine flavored pasta

And the really cool thing – I was so surprised – when you get done cutting, you just kind of throw in into a pile. And then you dump that pile into the boiling water. And it all works out perfectly. It doesn’t stick or clump together. I was amazed. It was… simple.

homemade basil fettuccine flavored pasta

Okay. Again. I cannot even begin to describe how good this smelled. Or tasted! :D The basil… *faints.* I wanted to eat the noodles just plain.

homemade basil fettuccine flavored pasta

And it’s green! :) Love it – so fun! This should be the official dish of Christmas. This pasta making thing was a blast – I’m seeing this as a weekly occurrence now. I have lots of flavor combinations to try. :D

You have got to try making your own pasta- got, got, got to! :)

Oh! I cannot wait to make this again towards the end of summer when all my bell peppers and herbs are taking over the garden! :)

homemade basil fettuccine flavored pasta

Next I tried our favorite lasagna in the ceramic lasagna dish they sent. It’s so cute – it’s a little bigger than an 8×8 dish, but not as big as a 9×13. It’s the perfect size for 4-6 servings. Our favorite lasagna isn’t fancy, but since neither of us really care for ricotta cheese, this recipe is just perfect for us. And simple, easy to keep on-hand pantry items make it a quick & easy weeknight meal – not to mention delicious! :)

Kevin & Amanda’s Favorite Lasagna

1 can cheddar cheese soup
1/4 cup milk
1/2 pound ground beef
1/2 lb sausage
2 cups spaghetti sauce
4-6 oven-ready lasagna noodles
1 cup shredded cheese (cheddar, or your favorite combo!)

Preheat the oven to 400°F. Combine the soup and milk in a small bowl until the mixture is smooth. Set aside. Brown the sausage & ground beef together and drain off the fat. Stir in the spaghetti sauce.

Layer the lasagna in this order: 1/2 meat mixture, noodles, 1/2 soup mixture, remaining meat mixture, noodles, remaining soup mixture, then top with shredded cheese.

Cover the baking dish with foil and bake @ 400 for 20 minutes. Remove foil and bake for another 10-15 mins until cheese is melted & bubbly. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving. (If you can wait! ;))

homemade basil fettuccine flavored pasta

The next night we used our coupon for a free Bertolli Frozen Meal for two – Sweet! Dinner on Bertolli tonight! :D

BTW, we ate good this week, huh.

homemade basil fettuccine flavored pasta

2 extremely generous portions, only 500 calories each, ready in 9 mins, only messes up 1 dish – perfect for a quick dinner after a long day of kayaking! :)

Add a salad and bread and you’ve easily got dinner for 4.

Bertolli Pasta Prize Package Giveaway

Okay, so, I promise I’m not just torturing you! :) Bertolli wants to send one reader a Pasta Prize Package of their own!

Time’s Up! We have a winner!!! :)

Congratulations to commenter #212 Charlene!!

bertolli pasta giveaway winner

Now you can make your own homemade fresh pasta from scratch any time you want! :) Enjoy! :)


The winner will receive a Pasta Prize Package valued at $125 from Bertolli that includes:

* Imperia Pasta Machine
* Emile Henry 2.5 Quart Ceramic Lasagna Baker
* A coupon for a free Bertolli Frozen Meal for two that will transport you to Italy in just 10 minutes.

To Enter the Giveaway…

All you have to do is leave a comment on this post! :) What’s your favorite Italian dish? Or, what’s your favorite Italian recipe?? And – you know what I’m about to say next, don’t you? You better share that recipe with me! :D Or, have you ever made your own homemade pasta?? :) And – do you know what I’m about to say next?? ;)

*Unfortunately, because of the weight of this prize package, Bertolli is only able to ship to entrants within the United States.

Contest Ends Saturday, April 24th at 8pm CST.


BTW, did you know Bertolli has a series of webisodes featuring Marisa Tomei, Chef Rocco DiSpirito and Dan Cortese? Check out this newest one, “The Secrets of the Pollaio” – Marisa, Rocco and Dan track down Italy’s “Egg Man” and use his special eggs to make their own pasta – just like me! :)

There is actually one really crazy part – I gasped!! :O


Good luck!!! :)

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783 Responses
  1. Abby

    Woahh.!(: super jealous :p
    but i can’t wait to try one of these
    out.!!! love you blog amanda.


  2. Kayla Wagstaff

    I have the MOST AMAZING recipe for “Loser Pasta”. It’s an alfredo sauce with pasta and a couple other ingredients. I think there are only like 5 ingredients total & it is an AMAZING recipe! Every time I make it for friends or family, at least one person asks for the recipe!

  3. Michelle D

    We could eat pasta every night of the week and not get tired of it. Our favorite pasta recipe was taught to us by one of our exchange students. We call it Julius’ pasta after him. No written recipe – it changes every time we make it. But here are the basics.
    1 lb (dry) rigatoni
    1/2 lb bacon cut into one inch pieces
    1 onion diced
    1 bell pepper diced (color of your choice)
    1 can diced Italian style tomatoes

    Cook pasta until tender. Drain.
    Fry bacon until done but not crispy. Add onion and pepper. Cook until tender. Drain off excess fat. Add tomatoes. Add to pasta and stir until combined. Add cheese if desired. You can also add a small amount of spaghetti sauce if it seems too dry.

    Other things we have added:
    fresh tomatoes
    asparagus (cut into 1″ pieces and steam until tender, then add to pasta mix- yum)
    chopped spinach

    Very versatile and oh so good!

  4. Debbie Wyler

    I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to win this prize! I have spent lots of time in Italy and I lived in Uruguay (where they eat Italian food every day) for a year and half. I would love a way to make fresh homemade pasta. YUM!

  5. Kathy F

    I love a good Pasta Primavera with fresh veggies! Especially with FRESH pasta, not the boxed kind. I haven’t tried to make homemade pasta since the 80’s and then it was a BIG ordeal. Now there are just 2 of us again and I’d like to try once more.

  6. Sharie Thompson

    I have never made pasta before! Looks yummy!
    My favorite pasta dish is linguini noodles with half alfredo, half meat sauce….try ordering that and see how they look at you :O

    Thanks for sharing !!

  7. Khristy

    We love chicken alfredo. It seems we never have it the same way twice as we are always looking for ways to change it up.

  8. Jill Cooper

    Whew, just made it in time! Your blog is making me hungry – especially that fresh basil pasta – it looks soooooooo good! I was going to make soup for dinner but I think it’s going to have to be pasta tonight. LOL I’d love to win. My favorite pasta recipe is with fresh stir-fried veggies – any kind but french string beans, asparagus tips, and brocolli are my favorites – a little butter, and some Parmesan or Romano cheese.

  9. LC

    I love Italian food! I am a pasta nut! So I’d have to say my favorite dish would be plain old, good spaghetti with marinara sauce (:

  10. Kelly Seibert

    What a great giveaway and love the look of those green pasta noodles!!! I loved this lobster ravioli that i got somewhere in San Diego. Good stuff.

  11. Kristen

    Your pasta looks incredible! I come from an Italian family and I love to cook, but have never been brave enough to try MAKING pasta… but you have inspired me! My personal favorite Italian (family) recipe is stuffed manicotti! It’s so filling and delicious, I eat it until I literally feel like I might explode!

  12. Candic

    i love spaghetti! it reminds me of home. add some warm garlic bread on the side, and i’m in heaven! :)

  13. Sheryl C.

    Wow, that’s a hard one!!! Pasta is a mainstay in my house. I must
    say, I have learned some great recipes from my son. He and his wife,
    and my oldest son and his girlfriend are all vegan. My son makes a
    absolutely delicious pasta (usually a ziti or penne), homemade sauce
    and he dresses it up with Tofurkey Italian Sausage w/sun-dried tomatoes and basil. Yes, it is vegan – but even the most carnivore
    person would love this. It’s filling and nutritional. Thanks, Sheryl

  14. Julie

    Pasta is a big hit in our house as well. How very fun to make your own pasta. Our favorite is a simple rigatoni with Italian sausage and a three cheese marinara. Yum!!

  15. Lillian

    I have regretted not saving my parents’ vintage pasta machine they received when they were married over 40 years ago…. I’d love to try making my own pasta! Thanks for all the recipes!

  16. Jenni Roseland

    My Aunt Jan is Italian, her daughters are vegetarians, so she had no one to pass down her homemade meatball and sauce recipe down to, so I filled those shoes! Her daughters wanted NO part of it, but I was all over it, as it is what we have been eating for years and years at family Christmas meals since I can remember and it is to die for!

    A few years ago, I asked to help her make Christmas Eve dinner so that I could watch and write down exactly what she does, as that is the only way I learn. The recipe is scribbled on three pieces of paper in the pantry and I recently asked her if I could blog about it, as I know that those papers are going to be lost in the mess that is my pantry sooner or later and she agreed. So when I make it next time, I will let you in on her secret; from the sauce, to the meatballs (which are my sons favorite thing to make and eat on the entire planet), to the garlic bread! I don’t make it that often as it seriously makes enough to feed 15-20 people (I don’t know how to scale it down, so when I make it, it is when we have dinner parties or when I need to have leftovers for quite some time)!

  17. PatriciaD

    Oh, man, have you ever made me hungry. Your new pasta machine makes me want one for myself. Yum!! Anyway, I’d like to win especially if they were to include one of those, hehehe!! I have a favorite lasagne recipe but it takes all day to make…or seems like it and I’m at the library so don’t have it with me but I wanted to enter this contest. I’ll dig it up and send in the next day or two. Thanks for the fun blog.

  18. Maureen

    Lemon Chicken is my absolute favorite. Plain noodles, chicken dredged and fried in oil, then, and this is obviously the most important part – the sauce. 1/2 cup of white wine (whatever you are drinking at the time) the juice of 1-2 lemons (i use 2 since i like lemon) and the zest from the lemons. 2 Boullion cubes, and 1 stick of butter. Throw all of that in a pot and let simmer until chicken and pasta are done. Then mix it all together. Top with fresh basil if available. Seriously, this sauce seems like it might not be all that great, but it is the BEST meal ever.

  19. ShaunaM

    I”m sure there is no way in heck that I will win.. but its worth a try right?
    Love reading your blog btw!

  20. Monette

    We eat pasta at least once a week around here. I have fresh basil in the garden as well as other herbs that would go deliciously with homemade pasta! Amanda, I can’t wait to try making my own green noodles!

  21. Viki Mandarino Powell

    Yummmmy….I just came across your fun blog and recipes…love it!!
    With a name like Mandarino…i love pasta..favorite right now is a Turkey Lasagna…oh so yummy:)

  22. Roberta

    I love pasta and am growning basil this summer so this machine would be great for using the recipe. I like lasagna but have never made my own pasta for it.

  23. Kristi B

    I just planted my first herb garden not knowing what I would be using them for. Now I have something to do with them. Thanks

  24. amelia

    one time I learned how to make gnocchi from scratch with homemade meatballs and everything. and it was the most amazing stuff. I love it.

  25. Jessica

    At first I was going to say, “You’re so lucky!” But it’s not at all that you’re lucky is that you’re so amazing! You have great ideas and share them in a way that is so reader friendly. And your reviews are always a delight to read, I’m not good at expressing myself with words (I could barely think of a way to say that! Geesh!)
    Anyway, pasta is one of my absolute favorites. I am a carb girl. I can’t live without pasta. Just the other night I picked up some Bertolli pasta (in the refrigerated section) on sale for $2 + I had a $1 coupon so it was time to give it a whirl. I am hooked! It was my first time eating fresh pasta (other than in a restaurant) and it was divine! I threw some alfredo sauce on it, grilled some chicken breasts & threw a green salad together. Dinner was ready in a snap. And it was heavenly. Thanks for such a great giveaway, you rock!

  26. Amanda S

    Oh, what a fantastic giveaway! Oh, I’d so put that to use. I’ve been wanting one of those – I started making my own sauces over a year ago and will never go back! Sorry – don’t have a recipe to share, it’s a little of this and a little of that. LOL!

  27. Donna T.

    My family enjoys a dish I made up called Italian Sausage Casserole Spaghetti. Would love to try making my own pasta! Thanks for the inspiration.

  28. Amanda

    That pasta maker could really help me feed my family of three growing boys. They are eating me out of house and home. :-) It looks wonderful. Thank you

  29. angela

    I cannot pick just one pasta fave. It would be like asking me to pick my favorite out of my three kids! :) I am in equally in LOVE with a good penne alla vodka, pesto (mmmm, tastes like summer to me), a decadent lasagna, and good ol’ aglio olio. Simplicity at its best! (Excuse me while I wipe the drool from my keyboard)

  30. Tara

    Awesome giveaway, thank you! I learned to make homemade pasta from my mom, who learned from her mom, and so on. A pasta machine will sure make it a lot easier and faster!!!

    I am known for my lasagna. I am not sure what I do differently, but I am always asked to make lasagna for parties or when my sisters come over for dinner. I have to admit, it is really good!

  31. Anne

    I am a cheese and spinach ravioli kinda girl! The hubby loves tortellini soup! I love making fresh pasta but no machine, sigh:( My neighbor as a kid had a sister who owned an Italian restaurant. Annie taught me how to make the noddles and the ravioli! It is so much fun and tastes so great! I would love to expand my horizons and learn some new dishes! Now my blind grandmother made the best noodles for soup and she cut them razor thin by hand! I am still amazed today! I would be walking around hand less! :)

    Amanada you post the best stuff. I want to win! I want to win!

    Hugs Anne

  32. Anne

    I am a cheese and spinach ravioli kinda girl! The hubby loves tortellini soup! I love making fresh pasta but no machine, sigh:( My neighbor as a kid had a sister who owned an Italian restaurant. Annie taught me how to make the noddles and the ravioli! It is so much fun nd tastes so great! I would love to expand my horizons and learn some new dishes! Now my blind grandmother made the best noodles for soup and she cut them razor thin by hand! I am still amazed today! I would be walking around hand less! :)

    Amanada you post the best stuff. I want to win! I want to win!

    Hugs Anne

  33. Deirdre Watts

    The best Italian thing I ever made was the Lasagna Bolognese from Cook’s Illustrated magazine. Authentic lasagna Bolognese is a very long and complicated thing to make, but CI simplified it, and shortened up the prep time, and it was just amazing. It was even better as leftovers. Here’s a link to their article about it, but you have to sign up for a trial membership to see the actual recipe. I think you can just sign up for 14 days, and then let it lapse (don’t have to put in a credit card number or anything). I get the magazine, so I could copy it and mail it to you, also.

  34. Kristin

    OH, Amanda! I don’t really leave comments nor do I enter contests. But I felt like I could literally SMELL your homemade pasta through the blog post and you made me so hungry and I don’t know, something just reached out to me and said GO POST! But then I saw where there are 733 and yeah, like you will read through every one of them? I’m sure you will, so, if to enter is just to comment, I’ll do it.

    I’ll share with you my busy Thursday, almost pulled out all my Cook for the Softball Team Dinner!

    First, the recepie:

    Old Fashioned Lasagna
    (off the American Beauty Box) I LOVE THIS!

    1 package (8ox) American Beauty Lasadna
    1 lb beef
    2 cups spaghetti sauce (I use Ragu)
    1 3/4 cups ricotta cheese (the stuff you don’t like)
    2 cups mozzarella cheese shreded
    2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese (I use more!)
    2 teaspoons dried parsley flakes
    1 egg
    salt and pepper

    You mix the sauce and beef together, and you mix the rest together but saving some mozzarella cheese. You layer the noodels, the meat and the cheese sauce until you run out and then spread the saved mozzarella cheese over the top.

    Bake at 350.

    So, I put together 4 batches Thursday, cleaned my house, stressed because of work issues and still managed to pull off dinner for 25+ people and softball girls. (The are district Champs by the way) and yes, I could have bought Frozen Lasagna from Sam’s and served it up, but it’s just not the same as all the love and good wishes that goes into something for people you love.

    BUT the best part? They had the BEST time just being together.

    Check that link out above. So much fun!!!!

    I love your blog and would LOVE to have a pasta maker. My youngest daughter cooks with me all the time and we’d love to figure this out together.

    Keep up the great work!!!

  35. Queen of the Click

    I love spaghetti and meatballs. I make terrific meatballs from my mother’s best friend’s authentic recipe. I’d love to make fresh pasta.

    3 lbs of chuck chop
    1 lb of sausage (your choice of hot, sweet, chicken or turkey even)
    8 cloves of garlic
    1 cup bread crumbs
    1 grated Romano cheese
    3 eggs
    2 Tbs chopped fresh or dried sweet basil
    1 Tbs crushed red pepper
    1/2 cup of milk
    salt and pepper


    Preheat oven to 350

    1. Remove sausage from casing and place in a bowl

    2. Add the rest of the ingredients to the bowl and combine with your hands.

    3. Roll into balls smaller than a golf ball.

    4. Line a baking dish with fall and empty bowl of meatballs onto the pan. Bake for 30 minutes.

    5. Then add the meatballs to your spaghetti sauce and let simmer. Most people cook their sauce (gravy) for 2 to 3 hours. The longer these meatballs cook, the more tender they are.




  37. Samantha

    I need to be more adventurous when cooking! I used to make homemade pasta with my dad as well as some wonderful memories. What a great way to continue on that tradition with my kids!

  38. Shanna Farnsworth

    ooooo! I would love to try to make my own pasta. i had a pumpkin pasta on a cruise once and it was delicious, but I have always been too nervous to try and make my own.

  39. Courtney

    I love Chicken Marsala. I have no idea how to make it. And I don’t want to know, because then I’ll know how much butter goes in it. And quite honestly, I’d rather stay in denial about that one. :)

  40. Krista

    Wow, Amanda, sounds awesome! The giveaway, the pasta, the whole shebang! It reminds me of my brief time in Italy – there is nothing like pasta to fill the tummy & warm the soul! I made pasta with a friend, both pasta & ravioli – & the ravioli took all day but sure was fun. Pasta machines seem like a dream come true!!! Too good to be true! The ease! I bet you’re making some tasty pasta!

    Favorite pasta lately is one my boyfriend & I made up together that we called: Lenten Fish Friday Pasta Diavolo! (If you like spice, this is where it’s at!!)
    1. In a skillet, put 1 Tbsp butter & 1 Tbsp evoo. Add seasoned (salted & peppered) tilapia filets – cook in butter & evoo for 3 to 3.5 minutes per side.
    2. In a separate skillet, caramelize onions in evoo. Add 1 Tbsp tomato paste in a cup of red wine & 1/2 can of Rotel with jalapenos & habeneros. (YUM!) Bring to a boil & simmer.
    3. Add cooked fish, pouring juices on top; toss in some portobello mushrooms, garlic cloves, & crushed red pepper (to taste/as desired) & let cook together for about 2 minutes.
    4. Voila! Serve & enjoy!!! TASTY!!!

  41. Trista

    I enjoy Pioneer Woman’s pasta recipes and your pasta recipes. They are my go-to when I want a delicious meal.:-)

  42. Melanie

    This looks fabulous! My lasagna is one of the most requested meals in my house, and your fettucini alfredo became an instant favorite when we tried it. I would absolutely love to try some fun flavored pastas from scratch. I want to win this! :D

  43. Suzy

    My husband has broken two of my rolling pins making homemade pasta – I would love to save my new rolling pin from a similar fate!

    I love classic alfredo!

  44. neil campbell

    i love gnocchi when it’s made so well they are like little pillowey-soft clouds. do you have a good recipe for gnocchi?

  45. Tami

    This looks so fun. In my house the kids are huge fans of get this…kind of crazy…you might want to sit down…buttered noodles…I know it is way out there…any noodle you can find, butter and parm cheese. With friends and family I am know for my baked ziti while my husband’s FAMOUS for chicken capari…he made it for me on our first date…it is to DIE for…yummy. I can share the. Chicken capari if you want it. Just send me a note. Thanks for sharing.

  46. Sadie

    I love pasta in any way, shape or form. My favorite is Macaroni and Cheese. From scratch, with extra sharp cheddar and real butter. I can feel my thighs growing just thinking about it. My monthly treat may have to come early!

  47. Connie

    OOOOOOHHHHHH! YUM! I’ve always wanted to try making my own pasta. I LOVE all things pasta and Italian! I love making lasagna and chicken fettuccine the most.
    Thank you!

  48. Jill

    Amanda–Your blog is very fun and I love your enthusiasm and photos for sure! With 8-year-old twins in endless activities, we do a lot of pasta dinners. One of our favorites is from Giada De Laurentiis which has fusilli pasta, fresh tomatoes, olive oil, garlic, basil & fresh mozzarella. It’s on the Food Network website and it’s called Fusilli alla Caprese. I have a note on the recipe from 8/17/08 from my son Ryan (then 6): “Mom, this is the best dinner ever!” But since we are on the go all the time, I am intrigued by the Bertolli frozen pasta–will have to check that out.

  49. Deanna

    I make a vodka sauce pasta bake that my husband requests often! It is a homemade vodka sauce with a little bit of a kick. SO good!

  50. Kelly

    Oh.My.Goodness. I haven’t had homemade pasta since my grandmother made it for our family years (like 15!) ago. She used to grow her own garlic, basil, mint and bell pepper and use it to make her pasta. Would love to give this one a try!

  51. Miss Telula

    The pasta maker looks incredible! I love your site and I love, love your fonts!

    This is my favorite “nontraditional lasagna”. Credits go to Kraft Foods magazine a couple years ago…

    what you need!
    3 Tbsp. butter
    3 Tbsp. flour
    3 cups milk
    1/2 cup KRAFT Grated Parmesan Cheese
    1 pkg. (10 oz.) frozen chopped spinach, thawed, drained
    1 cup BREAKSTONE’S or KNUDSEN Cottage Cheese
    1 cup KRAFT Shredded Low-Moisture Part-Skim Mozzarella Cheese, divided
    1/8 tsp. ground nutmeg
    9 lasagna noodles, cooked, drained
    1/2 lb. deveined peeled medium shrimp, cooked
    2 cans (6 oz. each) crabmeat, drained, flaked
    make it!
    HEAT oven to 350°F.

    MELT butter in large saucepan on medium heat. Whisk in flour until well blended. Gradually stir in milk. Bring to boil on medium heat, stirring constantly; simmer on low heat 3 to 5 min. or until thickened, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Stir in Parmesan; set aside. Mix spinach, cottage cheese, 2/3 cup mozzarella and nutmeg.

    SPREAD 2/3 cup Parmesan sauce onto bottom of 13×9-inch pan. Cover with 3 lasagna noodles and layers of half each of the shrimp, crabmeat and spinach mixture; top with 2/3 cup of the remaining Parmesan sauce. Repeat layers, starting with the noodles. Top with remaining noodles, Parmesan cheese sauce and mozzarella; cover.

    BAKE 45 min. or until heated through, uncovering after 25 min. Let stand 10 min. before cutting to serve.

  52. Melinda

    Italian food should be a food group…the only food group! My favorite pasta dish is Five Cheese Ziti – mmm garlic, mmm cheese!

    Five Cheese Ziti
    6 Servings

    1 lb Ziti
    1c shredded Mozzarella

    4c Tomato sauce
    2c Alfredo sauce
    1/2c Ricotta cheese
    1/4c shredded Mozzarella
    1/2 tsp garlic powder

    3c shredded Mozzarella
    1/2c Italian bread crumbs
    3 tbsp grated Romano
    3 tbsp grated Parmesan
    1 tbsp chopped garlic
    3 tbsp Vegetable oil
    3 tbsp flat leaf Parsley, chopped

    1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees

    2. Whisk together Mozzarella, bread crumbs, Romano, and Parmesan. Add garlic, oil, parsley, and mix thoroughly.

    3. In another bowl, whisk together Mozzarella, bread crumbs, Romano, and Parmesan. Add garlic, oil, parsley, and mix thoroughly.

    4. Spray 13×9 dish with nonstick spray.

    5. Prepare pasta, drain.

    6. Pour 1/2c sauce into dish and spread over bottom evenly.

    7. Pour pasta into remaining bowl of sauce and mix; pour into dish.

    8. Spread 1c mozzarella over the top.

    9. Top mozzarella with topping mixture.

    10. Bake until golden brown cheese, bubbling; about 30-40 minutes.

  53. Beth Dotson

    Wow! What an amazing chance. I love Italian dishes. I lived in Italy for 3 years and loved trying new foods when we went out to eat. My favorite is Beef and Cheese Manicotti, it’s a Giada De Laurentiis recipe.


    I’d love to have a pasta machine so I could make gluten-free & more healthy type pastas. Our favorite homemade pasta dish is lasagne. It is truly delicious!

  55. Katy

    Oh my goodness those looked delicious! I felt like I could smell the basil through the computer. I have a friend who just bought a pasta maker at a thrift store but has yet to make any.
    My fave pasta right now (changes frequently!) is a baked mac&cheese… where all you do is layer elbow mac (lg or sm), grated cheddar cheese and canned tomatoes.. do this in layers like lasagna then add milk and the canned tomato juice until it fills the pan half way and bake! Delish! I love a crispy top =)

  56. Sherry

    Actually, I have two favorites: Pasta Aglio Olio (pasta with olive oil and garlic) and pasta w/scrambled egg, garlic & grated Asiago cheese. Recipes that used these ingredients can be found on the Internet – we just make ’em up as we go – adding ingredients to taste. (I don’t like tomato-based sauces.) We prefer Asiago and Parmigiano Reggiano. Do not use “canned” cheese.

  57. Chris

    I lovvvvvvve Alfredo sauce on any Pasta!
    The easiest and best recipe I lovvvvvve is:
    Melt in sauce pan
    1 cube butter over medium heat
    then add 3/4 cup milk
    then add 3/4 cup Parmesan
    then add 8 oz cream cheese
    Warm till melted wisk in each ingredient
    add salt to taste and dried parsley for color and a little garlic powder adds flavor.
    Do not bring to a boil (it will scald).
    Thin with milk if it gets too thick.

  58. Renee

    Bolognese sauce is my most favorite. I can eat it on anything. Pasta preferably but really on ANYTHING!

  59. Anna Galvas

    As a working mom, I had to find a quick simple way to make my families favorite dish, lasagna, in a pinch. I brown lean ground turkey, drain and return to sauce pan. I add pasta sauce, mushroom and green peppers and stir. I scoop about a cup into the bottom of a baking dish, layer cooked frozen cheese ravioli on top, repeat a layer of sauce and ravioli til all the sauce and ravioli are used. I then top with a layer of mozarella cheese and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or so and its complete! In about 30 minutes your meal is complete. You can make it even simpler by omitting the meat and buying precut vegetables from the grocery store.

  60. Ldybg93

    Wow, what a cool prize!! I’d love to win it and make some of my favorite homemade ravioli…my grandmother’s recipe! YUM! Thanks for the chance to win. :)

  61. Britani

    My favorite pasta dish would have to be my mom’s homemade spaghetti; I wish I had the recipe, but she doesn’t like to share it yet. :) I can only imagine how amazing it would be if we were able to make our own spaghetti noodles. This looks incredible!!! :)

  62. Felicia

    MMMMM pasta. My fave dish is probably a classic bolognese, although a close 2nd is rigatoni with broccoli and garlic in a white wine sauce.

  63. Bec

    My old roomate had the pasta maker you screw into a kitchen aid mixer and it worked really well too! We’d lay the pasta out on flour sack towels to dry overnight and then freeze it until we wanted to use some. Good lesson learned: When drying the pasta in a house with a dog, make sure there is no way the dog can get to it. They will eat it. Especially if it is spinach pasta- this is toxic to dogs and will make them very sick! But it tastes good!

  64. Briana

    Hi!!! I, like everyone else would LOVE to be the prize winner!

    My favorite Italian recipe was acquired WHILE living in Italy!! It’s a prosciutto parmasian cheese ravioli.
    You make the pasta yourself (of course -and it’s SO not as fun as doing it with a pasta maker!) and cut it into 1″x1″ squares, set aside. You can use any pasta recipe you desire -the one I have uses Metric mesurements! Lol…. **Make sure you leave yourself enough time! -this takes quite a while.
    Combine in lg. mixing bowl (using your hands is the best, but you can use a spoon…)
    4c fresh parm.
    2c prosciutto
    1/2 c heavy cream
    minced garlic to taste (we use TONS)
    salt AND freshly ground peppercorns to taste
    red pepper to taste
    *other spices can be added, if you wish -we use basil and parsley…
    Using 2 squares, put 1 tsp. in the center of one square. Top with the second square, and squeeze the sides together.
    Boil until floating.

    There you go!! I hope you enjoy!!!

  65. Kimba

    Oh, I would love this! I’ve been meaning to tackle making my own pasta…and my own bread…this would give me a jump start. That basil fettuccine looks AMAZING.

  66. Sara B.

    I have never made my own pasta but I have made my own sauces … vodka sauce and then a green pepper/onion/meat sauce that’s really hearty for winter. “Secret” recipe alters and ingredient for both: triple the recommended amount of crushed red pepper and add a touch of hot sauce. I’ll let you determine the size of your “touch” but a little heat can spin the dish in a different (read: good) direction!

  67. Mikelle

    I would love a Bertolli pasta maker it looks fantastic. My favorite pasta is homemade fettucine alfredo. Yum

  68. Shelly

    Oh loving the prize…sounds like your pasta was amazing! Our favorite easy pasta recipe is Chicken Manicotti…season your chicken, slice into strips, place into hard (uncooked) manicotti shells cover with pasta sauce and mozz. cheese bake 45 min at 350 and presto-dinner!

  69. Debbie

    Fortunately my husband is a great cook and I get the benefits with only cleanup to do. We LOVE basil and tarragon, so I know we would LOVE an opportunity to make our own pasta!

  70. Debbie

    Fortunately my husband is a great cook and I get the benefits with only cleanup to do. We LOVE basil and tarragon, so I know we would LOVE an opportunity to make our own pasta!

    I’ll keep our fingers crossed that we win!

  71. Linda Hill

    My favorite pasta dish is manocotti..YUM YUM. I make it every year before our beach trip, freeze it and then pull it out and dinner is ready. Would LOEV to win. Thanks for the opportunity

  72. Geneva

    That pasta looks delicious! I would love to try making my own pasta. My four boys love Italian food & I think we would have a blast with this pasta maker. My mouth is watering just thinking about it.

    Right now my boys’ favorite pasta is simple spaghetti & meatballs, however I’m vegan so I love spaghetti with homemade sauce & kidney beans. So yummy!

  73. Sylvia

    ooh ooh ooh i must have this package!!!! holy cow that would be so fun!!!!
    one of my MANY favorite pasta dishes is called shrimp paesano, it’s @ one of the local restaurants, lightly breaded butterfly shrimp over fettucini tossed in a yummy garlic butter sauce, OOOOH so yummy!!

  74. Lillian Child

    If you don’t have a pasta machine, then Bertolli is definitely the next best choice! Love, love, love their products, since I don’t have the time to sit by the stove and make pasta sauce from scratch (at least during the week). I think my favorite has to be a red cream sauce (oh what cream does to tomato sauce!!!) with fresh italian sausage (which I purchase from a butcher in our Little Italy part of town). I’ve also been known to throw in a few pork chops when I do make my own fresh pasta sauce. I love experimenting with different types of pasta as well, although penne is my “go to” pasta favorite. I’m making myself hungry here! Oh, what I wouldn’t give to be the lucky person chosen for this prize! Thanks to you and Bertolli for the chance to have a bit of Italy in my own kitchen!

  75. Michelle

    this is amazing!
    i made homemade pasta last summer for the first time ever, and i loved every minute of it! i made it w/ a group of teens from our youth group for a girls night out. it was so stinkin’ fun!
    i have been wanting a pasta press ever since! =)
    my mouth is watering looking at all your pics! yum!
    thanks for sharing yet another awesome post and giveaway!

  76. Meg

    I am a HUGE pasta fan. I’m much more in to cheesy pastas than marinara-covered dishes though. I think my favorite pasta dish is ravioli stuffed with cheeses and spinach. Mmm, I’m getting hungry just thinking about it!

  77. Tiffany Beesley

    Hi Amanda!
    I like to keep things simple with angel hair pasta, fresh summer veggies in a garlic cream sauce .

    :) Good luck to me!

  78. Kristin Stallings

    I can almost smell the basil in your pasta! Yum! I love fettuccine tossed with olive oil, fresh basil, chopped tomatoes, cubes of mozzarella, and kosher salt.

  79. Jaime

    Italian food is my favorite type of food! I love a good homemade spaghetti. Yummmm, my mouth is watering just thinking about it :)

  80. Amy

    Reading your post has caused my lunch hour to be pushed up 30 minutes… YUM!! Makes this turkey sandwich a real let down…

  81. Jada

    Wow. I cannot wait to make this!!!!
    I have a pasta machine so I guess I will have to get busy and ” just do it”! I made pasta once and it didnt turn out so good. This looks yummy. I have Basil growing now in a pot on the porch. We slice tomatoes, mozzarella chesse and layer basil leaves and douse it with olive oil and balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper. Its heavenly…..Thanks for the recipe……

  82. Katy

    So jealous!! Is there anything you CAN’T do?? :) As for a new favorite pasta, I just tried out the Garlic Chicken Farfalle (Becky Higgins) on a group of friends a couple of weeks ago and it was a hit! Seriously fabulous recipe…from right here! Love it!

  83. Danielle

    I have to say a good bolognese sauce does it for me. It doesn’t matter what pasta you use, if the sauce is good…mmmmm… Talk about comfort food for me. There is a local restaurant in Boston which makes the best Gnocchi Spezzatino. It’s a sundried tomato sauce which is quite rich but the gnocchi and veal go so well. *drool* :)

  84. Tina B

    OMG. That looks so yummy! I have always wanted to try to make my own pasta. I think I may need to now. I am also planting herbs this year what a awesome way to use them. Thanks for sharing so much!!!!!

  85. Julie

    Homemade Pasta?!?!?!? YUM!! Pasta is one of our family favorites and a staple to creating budget friendly meals!! Here is a very simple pasta dish that is one of our favorites.

    1 pkg Frozen 5 Cheese Ravioli (I use Great Value Brand)
    1/2 pound Italian Sausage browned & drained
    1 jar Ragu Traditional pasta sauce
    1 cup Shredded Mozzerella cheese

    Cook the Ravioli as directed (only takes about 4 minutes)
    Add prepared Sausage to sauce – heat
    Pour sauce over ravioli and sprinkle with mozzerella.
    You can also use shredded rotisserie chicken with Ragu Classic Alfredo. Yummy too and another favorite!!

    Serve with salad and garlic bread – serves 4

    To save time I use the full pound of sausage and 2 jars of Ragu Traditional. Divide and freeze one half for use later. I work 2 jobs so I always try to prepare a double batch so I can freeze one. Makes life easier!! Love, love, love your website and have shared it with many. You have such a sweet soul and that is a blessing!!

  86. Jolene O

    My favorite pasta dish would have to be Fettuccini Alfredo. I am going to try some of these yummy looking recipes though!

  87. Amanda

    I couldnt pick a favorite pasta dish because I love them all! I’ve always wanted to try making my own pasta! All the pasta flavors you mentioned sound so good and I would love the chance to win one of these! Thank You!

  88. Lisa Olsen

    That looks fun and something the kids would love to help with! I love alfredo sauce. It is the best for sure!

  89. Mindy VV

    I also love pasta and it would be great to be able to make some of my own! Love your blog too, by the way :)

  90. Alecia

    I love fettuccine alfredo, lasagna, basil penne. . .wait, who am I kidding–I love any and ALL pasta dishes!! I would love to have a simple machine that lets me make it myself! :-)

  91. Laura

    I would love to win this set. I love anything pasta!! I recently made a red pepper pasta salad and added grilled chicken. I think it is currently my favorite! Thank you for the opportunity!

  92. Calli

    I have such fond memories of my grandmother making homemade noodles… watching her roll it out and work it through her “antique” machine (at least it seemed ancient to me) was a memory I’ll treasure. I would love to win and be able to start a new tradition of making my own pasta with my daughter!

  93. Blonde

    One of my favorite pasta dishes came from Pearl Street Pasta in Natchez, MS. I have no idea how they made it, but it was yummy!! Oh yea…it was Cajun Shrimp. If u like spicy food … you’d probably like it! :)

  94. Stephanie

    I do make my own pasta, but I do NOT have a machine. I make it, roll it out, let it dry, and cut it. I SO need this machine!

  95. Katherine

    I love pasta and have always wanted to try making my own — so fun that you actually got to do it! And it seems a lot easier than I had invisioned. My current favorite pasta dish is:

    Spinach Tomato Tortellini
    1 (16 ounce) package cheese tortellini1
    (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes with garlic and onion
    1 cup chopped fresh spinach
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1/4 teaspoon pepper
    1 1/2 teaspoons dried basil
    1 teaspoon minced garlic
    2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
    3/4 cup milk
    3/4 cup heavy cream
    1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
    1/4 cup of plain tomato sauce

    Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the tortellini, and cook until done. Mix together the tomatoes, spinach, salt, pepper, basil and garlic in a large saucepan over medium heat. Cook and stir until the mixture begins to bubble. In a bowl, whisk together the flour, milk and cream. Add this mixture into the saucepan. Then add the Parmesan cheese & 1/4 cup tomato sauce. Heat through, then reduce heat to low, and simmer until thick, about 2 minutes. Strain the tortellini, then add to the sauce and stir together.

    Add some salad and garlic bread & you have a delicious, easy dinner!

  96. Jenna

    I have been looking for an excuse to start making my own pasta, and this is it! My family loves homemade lasagna as well as Kevin and Amanda’s grilled chicken pasta! I buy Bertolli products almost weekly. Great idea to team up with them for this give-away!

  97. Deborah

    My favorite pasta recipe is my Mom’s chicken spaghetti. I really must get the recipe from her. Now if only my son would eat spaghetti! My daughter would turn into a spaghetti noodle as she would eat it 7 days a week! :o)

  98. Wendy

    My favorite pasta dish? Pesto pasta salad, with basil and cherry tomatoes from the garden and fresh mozzarella & olives…can’t wait for summer!

  99. Courtney

    Although I don’t know the recipe for it, I could have lived off the spaghetti carbonara. I also LOVED the homemade gnocci with a delicious four cheese sauce that a little trattoria by my apartment made. It was inexpensive and absolutely delicious! Of course, pizza marinara is always delicious. It’s a simple Roman pizza dough with marinara sauce. Each place had their own recipe for the sauce, so it was different everywhere I had it. I made the gnocchi myself once. The gnocchi was easy enough to make but i couldn’t quite master the sauce.

  100. Julie

    Well… pasta is definitely something I serve my husband at least 3 days a week if not more. I make a dish called Chicken ‘n Pasta that is requested by him the most. It uses chopped onion, carrots and green pepper that is tossed together with cut up raw chicken breasts in a marinade of olive oil, garlic, cayenne and seasoned salt. This is ‘stir-fried’ then tossed with any cooked pasta from fusilli to farfalle. I would love to try make my own pasta!

  101. Susan H

    You did it again!!! Last night before leaving work I decided to do a quick check of It had been a couple days since I logged on, and I alway find something interesting. It’s like my favoite way to kill those last 5 minutes of the work day when I don’t have time to start something new but really need to be in my chair for a few more minutes in case the phone rings. Anyway, I logged on and there you were showing me all that yummy looking pasta. Well that did it. I love Italian food and now I was in the mood. I went straight home and made Chicken Parmigiana (your recipe). Thanks for once again helping me decide what we’re having for dinner. I can’t wait to have the leftovers for lunch today!!!

  102. emilyjpaterson

    OOOoo I’ve never made my own pasta before but I’d LOVE to try it! It looks so delicious!

  103. Doni

    ooh, me want to win this contest! me likey! me love pasta….we have it at least once a week. Our favorite is Chicken and Asparagus Linguini in Creamy Gorgonzola Sauce. I just *know* it will be even more awesome with fresh homemade pasta! Me keeping my fingers crossed that I win this contest! :)

  104. Mandy

    OOOh. I have always wanted to make my own pasta too. I am pretty convinced my kids would eat dirt if I mixed it with some sort of pasta. They love it. My favorite is probably lasagna or the homemade meat sauce recipe I got from a coworker’s mother. A very italian co-worker. Yum. I am new to your website and I am so ready to look around!

  105. Ashley

    I didn’t realize it was so easy to make! how cool! Please pick me. If I don’t win I’m definitely going to look into getting one of these.

    Favorite recipe…hmmm… basic spaghetti? LOL I think I’m going to have to try your Lasagna, it sounds way easier than the 1 make!

    Oh, and our neighbors make noodles and sell them. They have chocolate noodles. For real!

  106. Heather

    Oh I just love Italian food!! Pasta and sauce is my favorite, with some fresh diced tomatoes, garlic, chives, onion…anything I can get in the dish. :) I have made pasta before, but just plain pasta. I would love to try your recipe!

  107. Marissa

    My family and I are PASTA Lovers, my 5 year old daughter loves to grow her own herbs just to place in any of our pasta dishes, but we have never had the opportunity to place her herbs in our pasta (because we have never made our own). Our favorite pasta is an old family (Grammy’s) spagetti sauce recipe, my mom has always made it and now my daughter and I make it… Your post just makes us want to try the pasta making, just for that time in the kitchen… Thank you for your posts, it gives me the greatest ideas for me and my baby girl… (gotta do it now before I know it she won’t want to hang with mom anymore!!!)

  108. Lorrie Nunemaker

    How awesome that you got to try out the pasta machine and goodies. I have to admit pasta is my weakness. I absolutely love Fettucine Alfreado…..with Shrimp or chicken. YUMMMO!

  109. Tracy

    Our family of four loves lasagna! I have a really easy recipe, but it is nothing fancy!

    I would love to try to make my own pasta and have been looking at the Pasta Maker attachment for my Kitchen Aid Mixer.

    Thanks for the fun give-aways!

  110. Jayme

    This is so exciting! I have dreamt of making my own pasta but just never took the plunge! So, we love pasta with Chicken, Spinach, Garlic, and Italian Cheese. And, the good news…if I don’t have time to make it from scratch (boxed pasta, of course) I buy the Bertolli version!! The kids love the bow-tie pasta in that dish and I love how easy it is!

  111. Brittany

    Oh my! The pasta all looks so good! :-) I feel like I need to try to make some homemade pasta this weekend…

  112. Emily Heizer Photography

    I forgot to say, I really think I was destined to win, because my name is Emily, and I have always called my sister Henry (for reasons totally forgotten) and we have always said we needed some Emilie Henry dishes to celebrate our relationship! :) How perfect is that?!

  113. Emily Heizer Photography

    OMG! I’m going to cry! Winning this would be AMAZING! I have always wanted to make my own pasta and have been afraid to! But it doesn’t look that scary at all the way you posted it! (Sniff, sniff) I really want to win!

    My favorite pasta dish was pesto gnocchi, which I had in my one and old sit down restaurant meal when I backpacked through Europe in 2006. It was a very low-budget trip so I allotted myself just ONE meal out for the month I was gone! I had freshly made gnocchi, covered in pesto, with bread fresh from the oven at a tiny little family friendly restaurant in Lucca, Italy. It was amazing. I’ll never forget it. <3

  114. Shannon Clattenburg

    I am a huge huge huge sucker for pasta.

    In fact, I don’t think I could ever give up carbs, because my life would just be miserably sad without them.

    And sweet pasta sauce.

    My favorite pasta dish is lasagna, but my boyfriends is fetticini alfredo, so we usually go back and forth between the two.

  115. Chris

    I have never made my own pasta, but would love to. I have made many pasta sauces, but I can’t share any with you at this time,(there at home and I am at college) sorry. My favorite pasta dish is Fettecini Alfredo. For dessert I love almond panna cotta. Keep doing your post. It’s great.

  116. Ruth E

    Awesome giveaway. Anyway.. my fav italian recipe…Hmm seen as i don’t really cook with recipes, every tiem I make something with pasta it turns out slightly different… BUT I do love dried tomato & pesto tortellini salad with lots of cheese! MMMMMmmm!

  117. amiable

    My favorite pasta is homemade macaroni and cheese. Once I improvised off a food network recipe where I made the macaroni, then put in three cheeses, along with bacon, croutons and scallions, then baked the whole thing. It was delectable! I’m not a recipe-follower, but those were the basics. Yum.

  118. Jennifer F.

    I love anything with a bolognese sauce!

    My best friend’s mother makes homemade chicken noodle soup, with homemade noodles. That’s my closest pasta making experience!

  119. Chris Greedy

    Oh man I LOVE me some pasta!!!! AND I’ve been DYING to make my own, just need to get a pasta machine!!! AND here it is!!! PLEASE pick me!!!! There’s no way I can a fave, I LOVE THEM all!!
    Thanks for the giveaway!!

  120. Gina

    LOVE the idea of making my own pasta! My favorite Italian food, though, has to be homemade sausage and mushroom pizza. And the sausage? It’s got to be hot!

  121. Natali

    My family has made pasta for as long as I can remember…it can be a lot of work, but it is SO worth it!

  122. Marky P

    Well I love any kind of pasta!! I have made my own, but it never turns out as great as I wish, but hopefully with practice I will get better!!

  123. Hilarie

    Hmmm…pizza. Is that italian enough? It’s not pasta, but it’s perfect in my world! Your pasta sounds wonderful!!!

  124. Lori C

    Oh. My. Goodness! How fabulous is this! My favorite Italian dish…. YES! Just about anything, really. I’ve been known to make a mean lasagna, I love tortellini, ravioli, fettucini… It’s all good!

  125. Christina

    My sister just made this homemade marinara sauce for a family gathering a few weeks ago and I about died! It’s my new fave! Not your typical acidic, tomatoey sauce. I ate it with bowtie (my favorite pasta) and was in heaven. Sorry I don’t have the recipe…yet! I will be getting it from her soon.

    BTW- I really, really, really, would LOVE that pasta maker! Cross fingers!

  126. Becky

    Oh, I would love to try that! Those Bertolli dinners are so good too! My favorite Italian dish to make is Stuffed Pasta Shells!

  127. Leslie

    My husband loves when I make my stuffed shells with ground beef. I make them in a big batch then freeze some for leftovers. Great for a quick dinner! Unlike Amanda and Kevin we LOVE ricotta cheese and I use lots of it!

  128. Denise

    My fav would have to be eggplant parm. Always order it whenever we go out for Italian. Your pasta looks fantastic!

  129. Tiffany

    Wow, how cool of Bertolli contacting you on making pasta and spreading the word about their products. They have great sauces and pastas, but I bet yours was delicious with your new herbs from your garden. Our family LOVES pasta, and it would be fabulous to make our own, thanks for a chance to win!

  130. Krissa

    oh i love lasagna…any kind of lasagna dish… I am in…we started doing it in a crockpot…with raviolis….so so good….LOVE it!!! Italian is so my favorite!!!!

  131. Bryndee Slade

    I love penne rustic from macaroni grill. I love the fresh Rosemary. I would love to make my own!!

  132. Amrita

    I love almost any kind of pasta! I’ve never made my own, but would like to try. Thanks for the opportunity!

  133. Kim S

    Oh my goodness, I have always wanted to try and make my own pasta…would love to win this package and get a chance to try it out. My whole family loves pasta and pasta is the one thing I now that both the kids will eat with no problem! Oh and my family LOVES the frozen Bertoli meals…our favorite is the chicken florentine with bow tie pasta…amazing, tastes likes it from Olive Garden. Love it!

  134. Terri Dunnewin

    Oh how I would love to win this. I have wanted a homemade pasta machine. I love to make Italian dishes for my family and how much sweeter would it be completely homemade! Our favorite would be either meat and spinach stuffed shells or lasagna.

  135. Lisa

    Found your blog by mistake – love your posts – too cute :)

    My favorite Italian dish – baked mostaccioli! Easy prep to oven – DELISH!

    Would love to make my own pasta!

  136. Teria

    If my husband would allow me, I would seriously make pasta every night. I LOVE pasta. Or anything italian for that matter. My favorite would probably have to be a classic chicken fettuccine alfredo. Mmmm. I would like to try to make my own pasta too! It looks like fun :)

  137. Debra

    My husband and I made homemade lasagne noodles. I naively thought they wouldn’t taste any better than the dried noodles typically used. I was WRONG!!!!! The homemade ones are oh so much better!!!!!! Yours look amazing and the pasta machine appeals to my gadgety personna. Hope I win! My husband would be thrilled as he’s a kitchen gadget person too! BTW, Bertolli’s pasta dishes are the best!

  138. Katie

    Oh, I love Italian. I would have to say my favorite is homemade spaghetti and meatballs. Your pasta looks delicious as well as beautiful!

  139. Annaley

    I’ve made and cut pasta by hand before–takes forever, tastes wonderful. I would LOVE to have a machine to do it for me!!

  140. Lori S.

    LOVE pasta!!! My two favorites are Fettuccine Alfredo and the other is when I make homemade noodles for a large pot of my homemade chicken noodle soup! YUM!!!

  141. Katie Brooks

    I literally was JUST thinking of buying a pasta machine yesterday. What a treat that would be! I can just smell it now :) We love lasagna at this house! Veggie/Eggplant is our fave. Pick me!!

  142. Brianna

    Pasta carbonara is by far my favorite Italian dish; the combination of bacon, white whine with the cream, cheese, and butter is to die for.

  143. wilonestar

    confession time, I have been married 40 years and rarely cook, thus I have no recipes to share. BUT, as we are facing retirement soon, I have begun to try my hand, as eating out will come to a screeching halt.. I love pasta and baked spaghetti is one of my favorite.

  144. Sarah

    Italian food is super important in my family. I’ve made my own pasta before and did it all by hand. I’ve been dreaming about a pasta maker ever since! My favorite recipe? My mom’s pasta sauce – oh so good. I can eat it by the spoonful. My goal this year is to make it on my own. Very cool giveaway! :)

  145. Shannon

    I love homemade lasagna!! I have a good recipe and very simple. Do you want it now? I can email it to you.

  146. Amy

    My mouth was watering through your whole post! I would love to make my own pasta. I can just imagine how good it was!

  147. Alexia

    I absolutely love Italian!!!! I happen to be a big fan of LASAGNA! I mean seriously!? Who doesnt like LASAGNA!??? I think the best thing about lasagna is that there are so many variations and ingerdients you can substitute in a lasagna recipe. This makes it versatile and ofcourse always yummy to ANY tummy! So it’s lasagna for me! Ahhh a nice salad and toasty warm garlic bread, oh and a nice chilled glass of wine….. and its Italian heaven for me! :)

  148. Angie

    Penne Pesto Pasta – my new favorite. Very easy, just Penne, Pesto, Feta cheese, mozerella cheese and shredded chicken. Yummo! Mix it all together as a casserole and bake.

  149. sarah

    My husband I were just talking at dinner the other night about making our own pasta! I would love to be able to come up with some new creative pasta flavors rather than plain boxed noodles. btw- I LOVE YOUR SITE!

  150. JHolley

    I love their garlic alfredo sauce! My first time making a “homemade” pasta was from your site! Thanks!!!

  151. Mila

    I love bowtie pasta. I add it to my salads and love it with grilled yellow squash, zucchini, mushrooms, onions, chicken and tossed with a little olive oil and feta cheese. Yummy and easy.

  152. Lauren

    This past summer, my boyfriend and I began making our own pasta using an ancient pasta maker that belonged to his Italian born great aunt. The flavor of homemade is *scrumptious* and a million times better than boxes. I dressed it up with simple tomato sauce or butter/parmesan/garlic. I’d love to learn how to add in fun flavors to my pasta. I’d also love replace our old “Pasta Queen” with a new, easy to use pasta maker.
    Pick me! :)

  153. Ann

    Hi Amanda,
    I love to cook onions and garlic until tender. Use a big sweet one. Next, Add a few chopped up tomatoes then throw in as much chopped greens as your pan can hold. I always use Kale that we grow in the garden. Add a little water and pop the lid on. Cook until everything is nice and soft. I usually let it go until everything starts to caramelize. Don’t forget to stir.
    Depending on the season, I’ll make a nest of either Angel Hair pasta or mashed potatoes, add a grilled chicken breast, then top with kale mixture and parmesan. Yum!
    Experiment, you can’t go wrong.

  154. Jodie M.

    I love pasta, but I haven’t made my own pasta. Bertoli makes wonderful frozen pasta dinners. You’d never know they were frozen dinners! Yummy.

  155. Erin

    I love ravioli of any kind…cheese, meat, veggie, whatever! And I’m such a sucker for a good cream sauce!

  156. Jeanette

    My grandmother had a noodle machine. I remember growing up and helping her make noodles. They were to die for! To win would bring back lots of good old memories.

  157. Karen Johnston

    What a fun giveaway! I would love to make my own pastas. I had a lot of fun reading your possible combinations. Let us know how they work out. My favorite is Beef Stroganoff. Fresh egg noodles are the best. I did make a meatless lasagna not too long ago. It turned out pretty good also! (Much better than I had anticipated without the meat!)

  158. Bekka

    I love pasta! My fav is good, old-fashioned mac and cheese. I would love to make my own pasta – sounds fun!

  159. Cori Melzard

    I love chicken parm, but we made a delish lasagna tonight!! My Great-Grandmother used to make homemade pasta with me, I’d love to give it a go on my own. =)

  160. Kim

    Love portabello stuffed ravioli – but no recipe. Order it when I go out. If I win the pasta maker, I’ll learn how to make it!

  161. Mackenzie T.

    I love Giada de Laurentis recipes, and don’t really have a favorite! I made my own pasta this summer, I made it from the Kitchen Aid recipe that came along with an attachment I borrowed. It was so delicious!! I would love to win one!

  162. Kebra

    Your dish looks so yummy! I have been wanting to make some pasta for sometime now. Thanks for the inspiration!

  163. Misty

    Oh my goodness I would so love to win this, sounds amazing…Your pasta looks so yummy too!!

    My favorite if Fettuccine alfredo. I don’t make it often because its so bad for you but yummy!!

    My recipe…For the sauce
    1 stick butter
    about 1-1 1/2 cups heavy cream
    Heat over med. heat, until melted and warm…add 2cups Parmesan cheese
    stirring until melted…add garlic to taste.
    Pour over pasta and yum!!

  164. Chelsea Giles

    My younger sister lived in Italy for 18 months and learned how to make the most wonderful pasta there. My favorite that she brought back with her is zucchini pasta. Saute zucchini in a little bit of milk and add salt and pepper. Let the zucchini steam in the pan with a lid over it until it’s soft. Toss with a fun shaped pasta. Healthy, simple, and super delicious!

  165. Altaira

    I make a steak pasta dish with a dijon/balsamic/olive oil dressing my husband would die to have every night of the week!
    i use NY steaks and cut them into tin strips, season and cook in a saute pan (while the pasta is cooking)
    3/4 cup olive oil
    1/4 balsamic
    2 tbs dijon
    and 1/4 cup basil is all mixed together for the sauce

    toss it all together and voila! dinner is served – i get pasta and the hubby gets his meat!

  166. Lee Anne

    I have only had homemade pasta once and it was a month ago on vacation. It was wonderful. I was surprised to hear the homemade didn’t clump together….always seemed like it would!

    I have a killer lasagna recipe. Doesn’t everyone? No ricotta. I will share it with you if you ever get sick of yours, but mine is kind of putzy.

  167. Lisa

    Yum, yum! There’s nothing better than fresh, homemade pasta. It tastes nothing like the store-bought stuff. Would LOVE to make my own…what a great giveaway!

  168. Rebecca

    I would love to win this. I love making anything from scratch and I would like to pass that on to my children. I can picture all of us in the kitchen making fresh pasta. My favorite dish is baked ziti, but basically I’ll eat anything Italian. Thanks so much for the motivation to make my own pasta…now all I need is the right equipment.

  169. Katy

    Wow, what an amazing prize. Your pasta looks so yummy!

    My favorite italian dish is lasagna. This is a really yummy recipe that I want to try ASAP.

    Easy Four Cheese Lasagna
    Prep Time: 30 Minutes
    Cook Time: 45 Minutes Ready In: 1 Hour 15 Minutes
    Servings: 8

    16 ounces uncooked lasagna noodles
    1 (26 ounce) can spaghetti sauce
    1 pound cottage cheese 8 ounces shredded mozzarella cheese
    8 ounces shredded Cheddar cheese
    1 cup grated Parmesan cheese

    1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
    2. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain.
    3. In a blender or with an electric mixer, blend tomato sauce and cottage cheese together until smooth. Spoon a little of the sauce mixture in the bottom of a 9×13 baking dish. Place a layer of cooked noodles over the sauce, and sprinkle a portion of the mozzarella, the cheddar and the parmesan over the noodles. Repeat layering of sauce, noodles and cheese; finish with a cheese layer.
    4. Bake in preheated oven 30 to 45 minutes, until cheese is bubbly and golden.

  170. Carol

    I love Fettucini Chicken Alfredo. I only have it when we go out for dinner, so no recipe! Maybe I need a good one!

  171. Amber Flowers

    Pasta is awesome. My husband would go crazy without his Italian food! I’d love to learn how to make my own and really think it would impress him! Lately I’ve been trying to make his spaghetti healthier…and fast and simple for me since I’m always busy with our two small kids! It’s simple so hope you like!
    *1 jar of traditional Prego heart healthy
    *1 box whatever spaghetti you use (healthiest on shelf)
    *1 pouch Tyson pre-cooked grilled chicken strips (in refrigerator section at your local store…soooo good! Either plan or fajita
    *panko bread crumbs and 4 cheese Parmesan
    brown meat in skillet, pour on sauce. Heat to bubbling. Add 4 cheese Parmesan to taste. Add panko bread crumbs to thicken. pour over cooked spaghetti. Quick and simple supper for two. Dont forget the bread. I use Sister Schubert’s (where my husband works!) and add melted butter with a brush then sprinkle the 4 cheese Parmesan and McCormick garlic bread powder then bake and during last 5 mins add more Parmesan and a sprinkle of shredded Italian cheese.

  172. Rebecca Fite

    I am so glad the carb-free craze is over!

    As a newly-wed and a very busy gal, I can whip up a pasta dish quick… I just add some parmesan, basil from the garden, onions, capers, roasted walnuts or pine nuts.. It really just depends on what I have in the house:)

    I would reeeeeeally love to get my hands on a pasta maker!!!

  173. Laura

    Oooohhh!!!!! Those pictures are YUMMY!!! I would LOVE to be a guinea pig in your kitchen!!!! Those combinations sound DELICIOUS!!

    A favorite dish?? Oh, I wish I could pick a fave!!! I am a BIG pasta lover!!!! I love lasagna, spaghetti, fettuccine, ohhh and scampi!! I love me some chicken scampi!!! YUM!!! Ok, I am super hungry now!!

  174. Stephanie

    I don’t know if you would consider it italian, but it is pasta…I absolutely LOVE your Grilled Chicken Pasta in Tomato Cream Sauce. I make it with shrimp sometimes too. We probably have it once a month. Love, love, love it!!

  175. Carrie Gamber

    I LOVE your recipie Amanda for Alfredo sauce. I was never a huge alfredo fan but my husband is so I attempted your since it looked so easy and got rave reviews! It didn’t disappoint!

  176. Lori

    I never win anything and I want to win this one so bad!!! My favorite all time pasta would have to be olive garden’s fettuccine Alfredo. I have no idea how to make it though. I also love your tomato basil recipe!

  177. Marie

    So, I know I have pretty much no chance of winning this, but the tiny hopeful part of me has to try! One of my favorite pasta recipes is Zesty Italian Chicken: 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts cut into strips, Zesty Italian dressing, broccoli florets, cherry tomatoes, and cooked spaghetti. Served warm. YUM

  178. Corrie

    I love making lasagna. I usually use the recipe on the box of lasagna noodles as a starting off point. I add 3x as much cheese – – and usually mix it up between ricotta, mozzarella, parmesan and whatever other italian cheeses I can find. I also add a little more sauce and a lot more spices. Red pepper flakes and extra oregano are necessary!

  179. Janie Pearson

    I so love the idea of winning this pasta making machine. Amanda, your fav lasagna recipe looks so easy to make. Thanks for posting.

  180. Kayleigh

    I’d have to say my favorite pasta is lasagna! I’d love to be able to make my noodles from scratch! :)

  181. wendy

    I love lasagna. With ricotta cheese. Not cottage cheese (bleh). Since there’s just two of us, leftovers get frozen for quick dinners or lunch. Then we get tired of it and I don’t make it for a while.

  182. Barb

    I LOVE pasta dishes too…I can’t decide which is my favorite but I would probably have to say spaghetti! What a fun give away! Thanks for the chance to win.

  183. Ashlee

    Looks delicious! I can actually picture myself eating the same thing because we have the same dishes =)
    I would love to win! Oh the pasta I would make…

  184. Pam H.

    I love lasagna and can’t wait to try your super easy recipe. Hope I win the prize so I can try making my own pasta too!

  185. Alicia

    I love lasagna!! I would love a chance to win this as I’ve always wanted to try making my own pasta too.

  186. Ashley B.

    This is too fun!! My favorite pasta dish to make is Pasta Milano:
    bowtie pasta, grilled chicken (marinated in kraft sun dried tomato dressing), sun dried tomatoes, basil, all in a cream sauce made with fat free half & half.
    I have never made my own pasta but I would LOVE to start!

  187. Nikki

    I L-O-V-E those Bertoli meals! We have them all the time for dinner at our house. My favorite italian meal to make is Baked Ziti. I always mix half ground beef and half hot italian sausage to add to it. But I would like to try out the pasta machine. Looks like so much fun.

  188. Monica

    I would love this pasta package! I have been trying to be more creative with my cooking and have thought about making my own pasta, but I don’t have the equipment (I watch way too much “Everyday Italian” on the Food Network lol). Anyway, I’m going to practice the Secret and say that “I am GOING to win!” Wishful thinking is always good.

  189. Angela BC

    Yes PLEASE!

    I want to try Pasta Di Genovese. My pen pal had it in Italy and apparently it’s a very little known recipe. Maybe I’ll make it to Italy this summer and my third cousins (I just found them last year) can teach me some other new recipes to use with the pasta maker! And then I’ll pass them on to you OF COURSE! :)

  190. Sarah

    I am totally addicted to pasta! My favorite would have to be chicken alfredo with bowties or penne pasta (mini bowties for my little nephews are great). I am also a big fan of that creamy tomato sauce recipe you shared which goes great with italian sausage =) Of course we usually have whole wheat spaghetti with marinara sauce about once a week which always hits the spot!

  191. DK Brittain

    ANYTHING ALFREDO…AND DON’T FORGET THE WINE:)!!!! Especially Crab Alfredo or Cajun Chicken Liguine Alfredo, both from Red Lobster……I don’t have any homemade recipes for thoses dishes, but I do have a secret to my pasta salad. I add Bernsteins Cheese Fantastico salad dressing to my pasta salad instead of just regular Italian dressing, and sometimes adding Feta cheese. My friends often request my salad.

  192. Trisha Wesolowski

    Pasta, Pasta, Pasta! I love it because you can be so creative with is and almost never go wrong!

    I make a ‘fancy spaghetti sauce’ as I call it. I carmelize the onions first and then add some garlic to that before cookin’ up the sauce and then of course lots of basil! This would be delicious on top of fresh homemade basil pasta!

  193. Nancy

    I love the Bertolli and in fact this is what I had planned for dinner tonight! My personal favorite is Fettuccine Alfredo and I make it a point to order that when we eat Italian. I’m on a quest to see who makes the best where I live!I love the sound of the recipes that have been posted and will have to try some of them!

  194. Heather

    We love pasta in our house. Even my 15 month old knows what good pasta tastes like. Our favorite dish is homemade chicken parmesan with angel hair and homemade spaghetti sauce. YUM! YUM! Making my own pasta would be awesome.

  195. Megan

    I’m CRAVING some pasta now!! I LOVE Bertolli pasta! It’s SO easy and tastes fabulous! And to be able to make your OWN pasta from them, NICE! Man, I could eat pasta all the time! So good!

  196. Rechelle L

    How fun! I’ve always wanted to make my own pasta! And use all the fresh herbs & veges from my garden too! What a great prize! Lasagna is my favorite. I have the best recipe that everyone who has tried it has loved. It takes 2 DAYS to make the sauce so I make it once or twice per year – Easter & New Years.

  197. Sarah

    ooo I would love to make my own pasta! My favorite italiano recipe is following the directions on the lawry’s spagetti sauce envelope – ha ha, seriously that stuff is good!

  198. Tina

    I love pasta too! I usually get whole wheat pasta, but it’s more expensive and I would love to be able to make my own. Have you tried making noodles with whole wheat flour yet? Or what about cool flour mixes – spelt noodles, or homemade rice noodles…yum! Your green pasta looks super delicious!

  199. Tammy

    My kids and I love to make our own pasta. It would be fun to have a more modern machine. Does yours have a roller to make wide flat pieces?
    Thanks for the fun.

  200. Debbie

    wow-how exciting is it to be contacted by a well known company-like Bertolli and given a gift and one to share! That’s a great thing. I didn’t read all 500+ entries (can’t believe that number of responses already!), don’t know if this was stated or not.

    Have alot of fun creating your numerous pasta dishes-love to hear/read about some stories-just not sure about the ice cream one, though :)!


  201. Janell

    I love a good Italian meal. My family’s favorite is spaghetti and meatballs. Serve it with a yummy salad and hot french bread…nothing better!

  202. Whitney Ward

    Boy, do i LOVE pasta. This blog post definitely had my nouth watering! I am definitely going to try out those fantastic recipes you shared soon! As for me, its pretty cliche but I do love a good chicken fettuccine….if its made the right way that is :)

  203. Laginia Meyer

    I have never made pasta fresh, but would love to try it. My family loves White chicken and veggie lasagna!!!

  204. Jenny M

    Yum, I love pasta and there is something so comforting/satisfying/empowering about making your own. I’d love this cutter to make my own whole wheat pasta at home since it can be kind of expensive to buy. Favorite pasta dish has to be penne with sausage and peppers…which remarkably enough is what you bought from Bertolli.

  205. Maureen

    Your photos are making my mouth water (as usual)! Here’s trick for you – try making any lasagna recipe in a medium or large loaf pan. It gives you the perfect amount for two servings and creates a lot of that yummy crust!

    Thanks again for the culinary inspiration!

  206. Jen

    Oh WOW! What a giveaway! I would love to win this! My favorite Italian dish is definitely Lasagna! I’m dying to try your recipe now! I really don’t have one of my own…I’m just a “throw everything in the pot” kinda gal! Some of my favorite memories from my childhood involve making homemade pasta with my grandma…those were the days!

  207. kimberly

    favorite italian dish? how about just italian? ha ha i love it! i’ve never made my own pasta, but my cousin and her husband do and it’s awesome! the best lasagna i’ve had though comes from this site: and it’s the first one posted on there. i normally get sick just smelling ricotta (bad experience that i have not recovered from ha ha), but this has it and it was awesome! had it at a christmas party.

  208. Rebecca Kaufmann

    My favorite italian dish is Pasta with Vodka sauce! I just love the creamy sacue with just a little kick.

  209. Erin

    My husband votes Chef Boyardee’s Ravioli for his favorite Italian dish. I prefer my mom’s lasagna. She uses egg noodles and loads of swiss cheese and tomatoes. It’s delicious! :)

  210. Vicki M

    I love homemade chicken parmesan. My recipe is pretty standard. Panko breaded chicken tenders, and a sauce made of diced tomatoes and whatever random spices I have in the cupboards plus a dash or two of cayenne peppers. So good!

  211. Lori H.

    I love love love the pasta dish you made while we were on vacation. That creamy tomato basil sauce…delish! And why did I have to find out the big news about Bertolli via the blog?! That’s exciting stuff friend!

  212. Kelli Hobbs

    I think I can smell your pasta! I love, love, love pasta and would love to make my own, so I definitely want a go at this prize. My favorite…probably would have to be tortellini.

  213. Maureen L.

    I love pasta. I have never made my own but have always wanted to learn! What a great giveaway opportunity.

  214. Robin

    Amanda, one of my favorite pastas to make is chili flavored pasta. I just substitute a few tablespoons of chili powder for some of the flour and it makes a world of difference. I’ve made chili macaroni, then made “grown-up” macaroni & cheese using pepper jack cheese in it, but my favorite was to make chili pasta, roll it out in sheets, then place it on a ravioli form. Fill it with ground beef flavored with taco seasoning and you’ve got a pretty tasty ravioli – it doesn’t even need a sauce!

  215. Christina

    My favorite italian dish is usually chicken marsala. If I choose a pasta dish it’s usually something with aribiatta sauce!

  216. Billie

    I have made fresh pasta a few times and always wonder why I don’t do it more often — except that I tend to overeat on stuff like that.
    My current favorite pasta is the Pioneer Woman’s Shrimp and Pasta in Foil. I’ve made it twice now, and it is without a doubt the best shrimp ever. We have shrimp at least once a week, but the way the shrimp cooks in her recipe is amazing. It is perfect.
    Can’t wait to try your recipe!

  217. Lara

    LASAGNA….whether it’s my recipe, frozen in the freezer section or at a restaurant in Italy. I just love it!

  218. Whitney Walker Alexander

    I love Vodka sauce right now. I have no idea why, but I’ve just been loving it lately!

  219. Amy Chambers

    I’m dying to try both of those recipes!! Yummmmm! My favorite super quick “recipe” for pasta is to cook fresh (refrigerated) pasta, then add pesto, steamed veggies and diced chicken and toss and warm through. You don’t need a whole lot of pesto, and the reduced fat version is just as good! Just add some great garlic bread and a salad and dinner is done!

  220. Angela

    Our favorite is probably fettucine alfredo made with grilled shrimp. That would also be perfect with that basil fettucine that you made. I would love to win the pasta machine and take up a new hobby.

  221. Mary-Marshall Martinez

    Anything to do with pasta is my favorite! My absolute favorite is any sort of lemony pasta. Just noodles, lemon juice, lemon zest, salt, pepper, & olive oil. YUM!

  222. Kellystar

    I am green pasta envious! I bet that basil pasta was fabulous–it is my favorite! But, like you, I have never made my own. Maybe this will be my chance. I like to mix this very simple pasta salad.

    Pesto (make your own or from a jar)
    cheese tortellini
    grilled chicken
    fresh grated parmesan
    sundried tomatoes


  223. Carolyn

    I love all pasta and it loves meeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee…that’s how I stay so fine and fluffy!!! =0)

  224. Untypically Jia

    I think I would cry if I won this prize. I love pasta soo much! One of my favourites is homemade alfredo sauce which only takes heavy cream, fresh parmesean cheese and I add a little cayenne pepper for a nice kick!

  225. Heather Morgan

    Any pasta is great, right? I’d have to say my favorite is browned butter Mizithra like they make at The Old Spaghetti Factory. I’ve found a few yummy recipes but none quite like theirs yet.

  226. Jennifer Collins

    I absolutely adore pasta! Could there be anything better? I guess breads run a close second…gotta love those carbs! One of our most favorite meals is orzo pasta with diced red pepper, green pepper, zuccini, asparagus, and chicken with some parmesan cheese and olive oil sprinkled on top. I would love, and I mean LOVE, to try out making my own flavored pastas at home! Thanks for sharing!

  227. Jane

    My ex husband made the most amazing homemade ravioli…I still dream about it sometimes. When we split he got custody of the pasta machine so I really need this!! He’s gone but that doesn’t mean I should have to live without his delicious ravioli!

  228. LuRae

    I’m so glad you were able to make your own pasta — my cousin and I just were talking about wanting to try doing that ourselves on last Saturday. My favorite lasagna recipe can be found at Search for “World’s Best Lasagna.” (Sorry, but it uses ricotta cheese.) Congrats again on your new toy!

  229. Melissa Brinkman

    One of my favorite Italian dishes to make is the lasagna recipe from Pioneer Woman Cooks. My mom and I made two huge dishes for it to have at our family Christmas dinner. YUM!

  230. Jenn

    We love making bruschetta and caprese salad with fresh mozzerella and tomatoes from our garden each summer….a pasta machine would help us create lots of yummy dishes with our summer veggies, too! ;)

  231. Carolyn

    Fusilli with Spinach and Asiago Cheese
    Recipe courtesy Giada De Laurentiis from the Food Network

    1 pound fusilli pasta
    1/4 cup olive oil
    1 garlic clove, minced
    1 (9-ounce) bag fresh spinach, roughly chopped
    8 ounces (1/2 pint) cherry tomatoes, halved
    1 cup (about 3 1/2-ounces) grated Asiago
    1/2 cup grated Parmesan
    1 teaspoon salt
    3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
    Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the pasta and cook until tender but still firm to the bite, stirring occasionally, about 8 to 10 minutes. Drain pasta reserving 1/2 cup of the cooking liquid.

    Meanwhile, warm olive oil in a large, heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add the spinach and tomatoes and cook until the spinach wilts, about 2 more minutes. Add the cooked pasta and toss. Add the cheeses, salt, pepper, and the pasta cooking liquid and stir to combine.

    Transfer the pasta to a serving plate and serve.

  232. CathyK

    I love fettuccine alfredo, but don’t eat it too much. The only pasta I’ve made from scratch is potato gnocchi – YUM!

  233. Kim L.

    The pasta looks amazing. I love pasta but haven’t gotten to try much at home other than cooking a box of pasta and dumping a jar of sauce over it. We just got a new house with a wonderful kitchen and we are just starting to really experiment with cooking.

  234. Erin B

    I love chicken alfredo. My favorite is the way my mother and sister in law make it. All I know is that it uses a TON of butter and it’s made in the slow cooker. YUM!

  235. Angie

    OH MY!! Amanda, that looks amazing!! I would LOVE to have one of those! I have always wanted to make my own pasta!

    This is my favorite Italian Meal
    (Which would be 100000 times better with homemade pasta!!)

    The Best Chicken Marsala

    I love Olive Gardens Chicken Marsala! When we moved to NC we had an Olive Garden in our town, and I was soo excited!! Now that we’ve moved back to Virginia, the closet one is 45 minutes away. My husband and I Love it. I hope You will too!

    The Best Chicken Marsala

    1/2 cup flour
    skinless boneless chicken breasts
    5 tablespoons butter (or margarine)
    4 cups of chopped mushrooms
    Marsala cooking wine
    olive oil
    chicken stock or broth
    Pinch of salt and black pepper

    First combine a 1/2 cup of flour, a pinch of salt and some black pepper into a bowl or casserole dish. Coat the chicken breasts with this seasoned mixture.

    Next add a few splashes of olive oil and butter into a large skillet and turn on the burner to medium-high heat. Brown each chicken breast for 3-4 minutes on each side and then set them aside.

    Chop up mushrooms and add them into the skillet with another tablespoon of butter or margarine.

    Cook the mixture until the mushrooms start turning golden brown. Then add anywhere from 1/2 to a full cup of Marsala wine, depending on your preference for a strong or weak sauce, and bring it to a boil. Keep stirring frequently until the wine has reduced down and then add about 3/4 to 1 cup of chicken stock.

    Place the chicken breasts back into the skillet and cook for about 5-7 minutes or until they are done.The sauce should be thickening up at this point so go ahead and add some more of the butter.

    Serve over Pasta of your choice And garnish with cheese!

  236. Wendy Todd

    Okay, I’m in Australia, but I HAD to comment. If you draw my name out as winner, tell Bertoli that I’ll pay my own shipping! I’m the biggest pasta addict in the whole wide world and I ADORE Bertoli products! My fave italian dish is definitely… pasta! It’s my favourite food and I’ve never had a pasta dish I haven’t enjoyed. Nothing beats handmade pasta made in Italy though. I want to go back just to have one more meal in this awesome Venetian restaurant that our tour guide took us to (don’t you just love how they know all of the awesome out of the way places to dine?!). Ok, I’ve rambled enough. I’m serious about the paying my own shipping! Lol.

  237. Emily

    I love pesto with Pasta! A little grilled chicken and a few tablespoons of pesto with your favorite pasta! Yummmmmy!!!

  238. Angie Tijerina

    I made a simple pasta salad all the time, especially in the summer: noodles, tomatoes, broccoli, cheese & olives w/ so,e Italian dressing. So easy!

  239. Mary

    I LOVE pasta! I make my own lasagne with the pre cooked noodles. I combine cottage cheese with my ricotta and an egg yolk and beat together. Yummy! Lots of fresh ingredients and cheese make my dish a hit. P.S. LOVE your blog. =)

  240. Val

    OH MY GOSH!! My boyfriend is 100 percent Italian, and he would DIE if I won this!
    I like to call him my Italian Stallion, hehe ;)

    The other night we made pasta sauce from scratch! It was so delish and it also was such a bright red color that I am not use to from the jars. MMmmmmMmm! I’ll have to send you the recipe :)

  241. Sarah Lee

    Homemade pasta…I’ve seen it, read about it, but I’ve never owned a pasta machine…would be worth a try if I get lucky to own one! Hope you enjoy my “pasta dish” contribution…


    1 lb dry fettucine pasta or any long pasta
    8 oz cream cheese, cut into cubes
    1 stick butter
    1 clove garlic, minced
    2 cups grated cheese (freshly grated Parmesan cheese is my favorite)
    2 small zucchini, julienned
    1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper (optional)
    1 can premium brand chunk breast of chicken, drained
    salt and pepper to taste

    Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to boil. Add pasta, and cook until al dente, about 10 minutes; drain. While pasta pot is boiling, cook cream cheese, butter, 2 cups grated cheese, minced garlic, zucchini and red bell pepper in a saucepan over medium-low heat, stirring frequently, until veggies are tender, about 7 minutes. Season with about 1 teaspoon each of salt and pepper. Add drained chicken chunks and pasta, toss well to coat. Transfer to serving dish. Pass grated parmesan at the table. Crusty bread and a salad is all that’s needed to make a satisfying and quick meal.

  242. Bree

    OMG, That LOOKS amazing Amanda! I cannot even imagine the TASTE! Thanks for the chance to win!!

    Okay, so my fav recipe right now is a Baked Ziti I found in the Costco cookbook from last year :)

    2tbsp olive oil
    1tbsp crushed garlic
    1 tbsp finely chopped shallot
    3/4lb NY Style bulk sausage
    1/2 tsp salt
    1/2 tsp ground pepper
    1.5cups diced eggplant
    1.5cups diced brown mushrooms
    1/4 cup white wine
    1/4 cup chicken stock
    2tbsp chopped fresh basil
    4oz part-skim ricotta
    3/4 cup shredded provolne
    1.5 cups favorite pasta sauce
    8oz ziti or penne pasta cooked
    1/4 cup parmesan cheese

    Preheat oven 350*
    In a preheated nonstick skillet over medium heat, saute olive oil, garlic, shallots and sausage for 2-3 minutes or until lightly browned.

    add salt, pepper, eggplant and mushrooms, saute for another 1-2 min.

    Turn heat up to high, add wine and stir until evaporated. Add chicken stock and cook until slightly reduced. Return heat to medium and simmer for 1-2 more minutes

    Gently fold in basil, ricotta, provolone and sauce. Simmer for 1-2 minutes.

    Fold in cooked pasta and parmesan cheese.

    Transfer to a casserole and bake for 8-10 minutes, until warmed the whole way through. :)

    Serves 4-6

  243. Candace

    That pasta looks amazing, Amanda! So sweet of Bertolli to send you that, and even sweeter for them to send a prize to a reader! I love the classic alfredo sauce. In fact, we had chicken alfredo over linguine on Sunday with some garlic bread and salad. So yummy!!

  244. Evil Pixie

    My favorite Italian dish? Hands-down it is Mum’s turkey lasagna. Very exciting give-away, Amanda. Can’t wait until April 24th.

  245. TeresaZ

    Hmmmm….never made my own pasta before. Favorite Italian dish? Anything with fresh basil and any type of pasta.

  246. Beka

    I would so love to try this!
    I love Pasta. I love Vodka Sauce! I’ve never tried to make it but would love to! For sauce I’m sooooo much the cheater. I take regular store-bought Ragu or Prego and doctor it up. Hubs can’t stand any tomatoes or onions chunky so I have to run it through the processor first, then I add fresh garlic, seasonings, capers, kalamata olives etc to taste! Yummmm! BUT I just realized something after watching an episode of cooks kitchen (the test kitchen people) why buy the spaghetti sauce. I want to try what they recommend: Buy canned tomato sauce! I won’t have to puree it and I can still add fresh garlic and basil etc to my hearts content!

    Thanks for sharing this loveliness with us!

  247. April S.

    I LOVE pasta of any kind. Fettucini alfredo would have to be my favorite. My brother in law is a cook and he & my sister were having family over for a meal. He asked My sis what I liked -But then said “I am not making Macaroni & cheese!” (that’s what I get at their restaurant on fridays) He made fettucini alfredo for part of the meal. I had to taese him and say “You know I love that too – it’s just fancy mac & Cheese!” :)

  248. Stephanie

    We love pasta at our house. My husband makes a mean lasagna…good stuff all around. He would love a pasta maker. Thanx!

  249. Brittaney

    Oh my lord- you’ve made me start drooling! How delicious! My favorite pasta dish is penne rustica from Maccaroni Grill- yum! I wish I had the recipe and could make it! If I won the Bertolli giveaway I’d have to try to make it (hint, hint)!

  250. Natalie

    I LOVE pasta! I don’t know if I have a favorite though. I love pasta with garlic & oil with some shrimp and spinach tossed in there. I also love ziti, raviolis, and stuffed shells too! Yummmmmmmmm!

  251. Valery Bunnell

    Wow what a fantastic giveaway! I have always wanted to make pasta. The only pasta dough I’ve made is one for ravioli.

  252. Nathalie Manus

    So cool… I love pasta too. Not sure I have a favorite but my son could eat past everday.. butter and cheese and he is a happy camper. He would love to make his own.

  253. Jilly

    What a wonderful giveaway! This is kind of boring, but my spaghetti and meatballs is everyone’s favorite. My dad requests it, my father in law, my friends when they come for dinner, pretty much everyone. I make the sauce from scratch in the morning, along with the meatballs, and then I let the meatballs simmer in the sauce all day. I am not exactly sure of the recipe because each time it is a little different, but I will look it up at home. SO good. Mmmm, now I am hungry for spaghetti and meatballs.

  254. Marin D.

    Oh we love those Bertolli meals. We ate the Lasagna one on Tuesday night. :o) My favorite pasta right now is Fettucine Alfredo. Unfortunately, I don’t make it. But I love to eat it. :o)

  255. Becca

    I LOVE pasta and I loved all your fantastic flavor ideas! I might just have to buy my own if I don’t win!

    My favorite pasta is fettucine Alfredo simple but so wonderful and good!

  256. Hot Mama Kelly from Austin

    Mmmm, pasta! I love the Bertolli quick meals; my husband and I always keep one in our freezer because they’re so yummy and quick! They’re enough to feed us and our two year old. I’ve never made pasta but would love to! And my favorite pasta recipe is actually the sauce that goes on top:

    1# ground turkey
    1 large can of crushed tomatoes
    1 can of Rotel (or diced tomatoes)
    1 small can of tomato paste
    1/2 yellow onion, diced
    3 cloves garlic, minced
    1-2 TBSP of Italian herb mix (I like Ana’s Herbs)
    a little bit of olive oil
    touch of brown sugar

    You dice up the onion and saute it in the EVOO, then add the turkey and brown it up a bit. Add in the paste and tomatoes (both cans), add some italian herbs, salt and pepper and let cook for about 10 minutes on low. Then add in the garlic and brown sugar, give it a good stir and let it simmer on low for another 30. We eat it with all types of pasta, and when we’re sick of pasta, we spread it on a ciabatta loaf that’s been cut in half longways, top it with cheese, and then broil it to make pizza bread. So yummy! I hope you’ll try it!

  257. Kimberly Goon

    I am partial to fettucini alfredo. So yummy. I’ve actually made my own noodles for a homemade chicken noodle soup I make. They are so yummy.

  258. Ashley G.

    I really can’t pick a favorite since I love all pasta. I would love to win this. You are so lucky to have been given this!

  259. Lindsay T.

    This is amazing! I love pasta, just like you! My favorite is anything with vodka sauce, or a lemon caper sauce. This would be so much fun!!!

  260. MShepherd

    OMG! Can I just say how absolutely adorable you are!! I just came across your website (I have no clue how, but I am so glad I did), literally 2 days ago and I probably spent the greater part of my Wednesday browsing your website. Precious! Anyway, I have an AMAZING pasta dish; I am part Italian so I have an immense LOVE for all things pasta! It is called FUSILLI ALLA CAPRESE. My husband asks for it for dinner atleast 2-3 times per week. Fortunately (for myself mostly) I was able to convince him, ONCE a week so neither of us would get tired of this dish. I have had numerous friends ask for this recipe. It’s light, fresh, filling and DELICIOUS! I hope you try it, you won’t be disappointed!

    3-4 tbsp Extra virgin olive oil (evoo)
    3 cups diced tomatoes (I use 6-7 roma tomatoes)
    dried basil to your taste (OR 1/4 cup fresh torn basil; dried basil is way better and gives it a lot more flavor, so just sprinkle until it’s to your taste.)
    2 cloves garlic, minced
    1 box fusilli pasta (OR Rotini pasta; we use the rotini)
    1 tsp salt
    1/2 tsp pepper
    Shredded mozzarella cheese (or diced fresh; I am a cheese-aholic…so it’s to your taste)

    Bring your (nicely) salted water to boil before adding in your noodles. Boil for 8-10 min…you want it al dente. When it’s finished, save 1/2 cup of the pasta water and drain the rest.

    In a saucepan, put in your evoo and garlic; medium heat and cook garlic until its aeromatic. Turn down your evoo and add in your diced tomatoes, turn your heat back up to medium and allow tomatoes to get quite soft. To the point where you can gently smush the tomato and it’s nearly turned to a “salsa” like consistency. At the last minute add your tsp of salt and 1/2 tsp pepper. Mix in well and pull off the heat.

    Add your tomato mix to pasta and stir well; add in your 1/2 cup of reserved water. Let pasta mix cool a little before adding your cheese and basil. (In the meantime, I make garlic bread) Your pasta should still be relitively warm still, add in your cheese and basil. Stir well. Add until it’s your desired basil taste and as much cheese as you prefer. SERVE!!!!

    Thanks for your time Amanda! Have a wonderful, blessed day!

  261. Karlynn

    WOW, what a great post!!! LOVE PASTA!!! I have never made homemade pasta…would love to on day. I love your lasagne recipe!!!!

  262. Amy C

    Pasta is a weekness of mine too! I love it all. But I especially love a really good Chicken Marsala. Mmmmm…

  263. Leanne

    Oh wow! How fantastic! I would love to win. My husband has a gluten allergy, so we eat rice pastas and other gluten free varieties. I’d love to be able to make pasta for him from scratch! Our favorite pasta dish is super easy. We call it hamburger bake.

    Cook a box of pasta according to the box. We typically use elbow macaroni. Brown ground turkey or beef. Add in half a diced onion and one diced green bell pepper. Mix 1 can of cream of mushroom soup with one can of tomato soup and a can of italian stewed tomatoes. Add pasta and meat to the soups. Add a handful of shredded cheese (we use cheddar). Put in a casserole dish and top with shredded cheese. Bake for about 30 minutes at 350. Delicious and reheats really well!

  264. amber monson

    My family and I cook pasta at least twice a week. We love all kinds, but the kiddos would be Spagetti and meat balls. or Creamy chicken alfredo. We love to cook together so this would be a great Prize to win.

  265. Michelle

    I Love pasta of all types, sizes, kinds… but i have to admit, i have never made it from scratch….oh, how i would love to win!

  266. Camie L

    Wow … this would be heaven!! We eat a lot of pasta at my house! This is an amazing giveaway!! Please let me win :)

  267. Tori Close

    How fun! Your pasta looks amazing! Mmmmmm.

    I have always wanted to make my own homemade pasta; I adore fettucini alfredo, but I would also love to make my own egg noodles for homemade chicken noodle soup. :)

  268. Heather Williams

    I heart pasta as well. My favorite is fettuccine alfredo with grilled lemon chicken. I would love to have a pasta machine. It looks like a blast to make and being able to add veggies to the pasta would be a great way to sneak veggies into my 3 boys’ meals (7, 3, and 5 months)! As a stay at home Mom I would get a lot of use out of this great machine! Thank you so much~ Heather

  269. Nikki A

    I enjoy most things pasta, but my favorite is lasagna. Every time I make it, the lasagna seems to turn out different and never quite like moms. Bertolli has a really good substitute for those days when I just don’t feel like making it from scratch or want all the left overs as theirs is the right portion for two! Add some garlic toast and a salad and its a perfect meal!

  270. michelle

    Such a wonderful gift package…my husband is italian, one of my favorite tricks instead of using riccotta cheese (makes my tummy hurt) is to use cottage cheese with and egg stirred in and italian seasoning between the layers of our lasagna. Now I need to try yours out!

  271. Jami Hardy

    I want in on this contest! My DH ALWAYS is talking about making our own noodles, but with three kids I can get a tad lazy with homemade noodles! This looks yummy! My favorite (and easiest) italian recipe is fettucine alfredo. So easy. 3 Tbl butter, 1 1/4 c heavy whipping cream, 1 3/4 to 2 c fresh grated parmesan. And salt and pepper if you want. Bring to a small boil then simmer ten minutes. Stir constantly. Then pour over noodles with grilled chicken breasts and a lovely steamed vegetable. So simple and I love it.

  272. aundrea

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE any pasta with a white cream sauce! Especially, alfredo!! and I’ve been looking & looking for that perfect, most, cheesiest alfredo recipe. I’ll have to scour your recipes & see what you got!

    *fingers crossed* i’m the lucky winner!!!

  273. alison

    lasagna is my favorite! I also love baked ziti…I guess it’s a toss up…4 cheese baked ziti is my specialty. so yummy!!!

    this looks delish!

  274. jennika

    Here is my favorite pasta dish!!!
    I fell in love with it at the Cheesecake Factory.
    Thanks for the chance to win!!

    Chicken Farfalle with Garlic Cream Sauce

    1 chicken breast (grilled)
    6 slices of Bacon
    ½ onion, thinly sliced
    2 cloves of Chopped Garlic
    basil to taste
    Fresh green onions to taste
    parsley to taste
    1oz of sundried tomatoes
    1 cup of Chicken Stock
    2 cups heavy cream
    1/4 lbs of Penne or farfalle Pasta (cooked al dente)
    2oz of Parmesan Cheese
    2oz of Mozzarella Cheese

    *brocilli, olives, mushrooms, and peas can be added to this as well

    Prepare the garlic cream. Grill Chicken Breast to doneness and dice into 1inch cubes
    cook bacon until crisp, remove from pan drain on towel and coarsely chop and in drippings saute onions until soft and beginning to brown. add garlic and herbs, peas, sundried tomatoes, and Bacon. Sauté’ on medium/high heat then add the chicken to the pan. Take the pan off the heat and add the chicken stock and cream. return to heat to reduce the sauce until half in size or it is thick enough to coat the spoon. then stir in the garlic cream and the pasta. reduce till the sauce coats the pasta.
    Take the pan off of the heat and add parmesan and mozzarella cheese. Mix in the cheese with tongs so mozzarella and parmesan is throughout the pasta.

    Roasted garlic cream

    1 cup peeled garlic
    1 cup olive oil
    2 cups heavy cream
    1/2 tsp salt
    1/2 tsp pepper

    Place garlic in saucepan and cover with oil. Heat on medium high and cook for about 10 minutes until garlic is golden brown, but not burnt. Strain the olive oil, which may be used for later recipes. Put the garlic in a food processor or blender. Heat cream and reduce it to half of its original volume, about one cup. Pour cream in with garlic and puree into a paste.

  275. Stacy Kennedy

    YAY! I love love LOVE pasta!! I’ve always wanted to be Italian:) My favorite is my own lasagne. It comes out different every time, but my secret is fresh ingredients, simmering the sauce for six hours, and eating it at least 12 hours after assembling. Makes all the difference!!! Thanks for the giveaway!!!

  276. Melanie Pack

    The pasta looks delicious, I have wanted to try making my own sometime. Glad to hear how easy and good it was!

  277. TJ

    I LOVE pasta!!! I don’t really have a favorite, cause you can put anything with pasta. As long as the recipe is delicious, I’m in for the eating. I have made homemade noodles in the past, but not pasta.

  278. Yasmin

    I was so excited until I got to the part about the ‘no shipping outside of the U.S’.
    But I decided to comment anyway, because pasta is probably my favorite food, and lasagna is my favorite type of pasta.
    Ah well. I’ll just stare at the pictures while drooling.

  279. Erin H.

    Wow, what a wonderful package! I would love to be entered for a chance to win. I have three boys (well, 4 including DH) and what a wonderful treat to make my own pasta (and $ saving) and add fresh herbs and veggies from our garden. Thanks for the chance…

    PS My favorite is gnocchi with a tomato vodka cream sauce…yum! ;)

  280. Donna

    Omigosh!! I would love to win this–I need all the help I can get when it comes to cooking. Thanks Kevin and Amanda for such an awesome blog and for the chance to win:)

  281. alyssa manno

    Oh Amanda, I really need this pasta maker!! only problem is I work 3 stinkin’ jobs and when would I find the time? Oh, yeah, I always make time for PASTA! Tortellini alfredo with shrimp and scallops…my favorite… and Bertoli has great pasta! I’ll keep my fingers crossed…

  282. carol

    My favorite? Really? I love them all…picking one is just so unfair to all of the others!

    I guess if i *have* to pick one, it’s the one I didn’t have to make myself. :P

  283. Tara

    Oooooh! My favorite Italian dish varies depending on my mood… but honestly, spaghetti is one of the best. Not just any spaghetti though. The kind my great grandpa made. It was his recipe, and he had come over from Greece as a child. When he grew up, he owned a restaurant… and every recipe I have ever had from him is amazing. :)

  284. Vicki

    That pasta looks so yummy! Especially with the red sauce on it. I want you to share the red sauce recipe too:)

    I love spaghetti the most. I have 6 kids. My spaghetti recipe is loved by all ages.

    1 lb. ground beef
    1-28 oz. can crushed tomatoes
    1-15 oz. can tomato sauce
    4 tsp. minced onion
    1 tsp. garlic salt
    3 T. sugar
    1 tsp. oregano
    1 T. Italian seasoning
    1 T. parsley
    1/2 t. black pepper
    1 bay leaf

  285. michelle n

    I NEED this prize. I would love to make my own pasta since I have a gluten-allergy and I can’t eat most store-bought pasta. :)

    Cute video. Thanks for sharing.

  286. Lisa H.

    We love pasta at our house, but I have never made my own. It has always intimidated me. This prize would be awesome!

  287. amanda b

    ps you GOTTA try some of those diff. pastas u mentioned, and then blog about it. a dessert pasta? amazing!

  288. amanda b

    mmmmmm pumpkin ravioli with crispy sage and browned butter…topped with chicken, by wolfgang puck…at DISNEY World. Well, downtown disney anyway : )


    Or on my own, stuffed shells using creamed spinach & yummy cheese!!

  289. Bonnie T

    Amanda, you’re making me drool! I LOVE pasta!! It’s my all time favorite food. Lasagna is my favorite, but I sure do love the traditional spaghetti and meatballs too! I’ve never tried making my own before, but now you’ve got me curious… :)

  290. Creative Junkie

    omgosh, that’s a hard one since I adore Italian food and could live on pasta alone. But I do love a good gorgonzola cream sauce on pasta. Yummmmmmmmmm.

  291. John Jones

    I follow your site to get recipe ideas to surprise my wonderful wife… The patamaker sure would come in handy!!

  292. Kimberly O.

    Oooh.. My favorite pasta dish is a very simple lasagna recipe using hot sausage. (And I don’t pre-cook the noodles.) :)

  293. DeDe Smith

    I love pasta too! It is definitely my favorite food! Especially Fettucine Alfredo with Chicken! Oh yummy. I’ve made my own pasta – but the only kind that I have done is egg noodles from my Grandmother’s recipe. Always cutting it by hand. If I could get a pasta cutter – wow that would save time and I would be making it all the time! This is a dream giveaway for me! Love it!

  294. Michelle

    It is almost lunchtime here and reading this post has made me starving for pasta… I have always wondered about making my own but foolishly believed that it would be too difficult & time consuming. I think that you have inspired me to try! Thank you so much for a wonderful post and to everyone that commented with recipes – you all rock! :)

  295. Leslie

    I made homemade tortellini once, it took a lot of time to stuff and shape everything, but it was delicious. Lasagna with garlic bread is my all time favorite Italian dish, but i love chicken parmigiana if I’m in a hurry.

  296. Kassy Whetten

    I also have a love affair with pasta! :)I love it and so does my family. Sometimes pasta is the only thing my picky 2 year old will eat. So count me entered in the giveaway! Thanks so much!

  297. Cindy

    I love spaghetti with meat sauce, and lasagna with lots of cheese, and ziti, and fettuccine alfredo, and…I guess you could say that I love pasta.

  298. Amanda

    I have never made my own pasta but would love to learn how! My family (especially my non-veggie eating toddler) LOVES pasta!!

  299. Amanda J.

    This all looks AMAZING! You are one lucky gal!! I love cheese tortellini with alfredo sauce, pizza, spaghetti and meatballs and pretty much anything Italian. I love lasagna but I don’t like ricotta or cottage cheese (yes, I’m extremely picky). I have been trying to find a recipe that omits these. I love basil pesto though so I am going to get to work on my own recipe (which I will share with you when I get it perfected) that has basil pesto maybe mixed with ricotta in between the layers of noodles and sauce.
    In the meantime, I’d LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to win this package. Your pasta looks so good.

  300. Claudia

    I like Alfredo fettuccine and baked spaghetti. I’ve never made my own pasta but I think it would be really neat!