Traditional Pasta Fagioli

My husband’s family has been making pasta fagioli the same for generations. Their recipe, although slightly adapted, is in my cookbook. It’s a hearty and delicious meal that my kids and my kids friends love to eat! However, I wanted to create a more traditional pasta fagioli recipe that is more like a soup. My Pasta Fagioli Soup is what you would typically be offered in Italy. It has a complexity of flavors and taste and will transport you to Italy in one delicious bite. If you haven’t been to Italy pull up a chair and this soup will take you there. Now that’s Italian!

I imagine this soup became popular because beans are always available and in some remote villages in Italy, meat is not always accessible and it might be expensive. This is a great soup to use your veggies that went used during the week. Pull together what you have and give this heartwarming and delicious soup a try!

Warm your guests up this Thanksgiving

I know it’s been awhile since I have posted. I have been so busy with the publication of my cookbook, Mariooch’s Kitchen – Food That Will Gather Your Family, as well as the promotional aspect associated with it. It’s so much work, but worth it. It’s been a fun journey and I am so happy to share this book with you. I hope you have already picked up a copy of it on Amazon, Barnes and or ibook.

Thanksgiving is a fun holiday to celebrate with friends and family.  Fend off everyone’s hunger with this Butternut Squash Soup. Have it ready to go when guests arrive.  Put it in a large pot with small bowls for serving and chunks of Italian bread on the side for dipping.  This will set the tone for the rest of your day…it will warm everyone up and keep them satisfied until you serve your Thanksgiving feast.

Thanksgiving tips: Prepare any sweet potatoes or stuffing (bread or potato) the day before. Prep your desserts like pumpkin or apple pie a day or two ahead. Thaw a frozen turkey in the refrigerator (not the counter!) or buy a fresh one.  Roast your turkey with a tin foil tent, so it doesn’t make a mess in your oven and the last hour uncover it to get it crispy. Put some butter under the skin to make it extra flavorful. Cooking without stuffing will permit the turkey to cook faster.  Be sure have a meat thermometer and test away from any bone. Check out for safe handling of raw poultry and safe cooking temperatures.

A very Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!!!



Mariooch’s Kitchen Food That Will Gather Your Family

My cookbook has been released and it has received a 5-star review which you can read below. It is currently available on ibooks on the Apple store. To order the hardcover book please click on this link. As a special promotion I am offering a discount if you use Coupon code GMRYXP at check out for the next 30 days. I hope you pick up a copy!

Reviewed By Jack Magnus for Readers’ Favorite

Mariooch’s Kitchen – Food That Will Gather Your Family is a nonfiction international cooking/food book written by Mary Abitanto. As a child, Abitanto was surrounded by family who loved to cook and passed that love on to her. Her Italian grandmother and Aunt Rose shared their Old World recipes and techniques for crafting delicious meals with what was at hand, and her parents were also a large influence on her interest in cooking. Abitanto’s recipes will be of particular interest to those who have food allergies or are cooking for persons with food sensitivity issues. She offers egg-free, nut-free and vegan alternatives for many of her recipes. Her recipes, while having a distinct Mediterranean flair, also make use of healthy ingredients and fresh local produce, as well as offering more modern, time-saving options for preparing classic menus. Preparing great food is more than an art for this author; however, as with her grandmother, she sees the creation of irresistible meals as a way of celebrating family life and traditions.

Mary Abitanto’s nonfiction international cooking/food book, Mariooch’s Kitchen – Food That Will Gather Your Family, is chock-full of recipes and techniques I can’t wait to try. Italian dishes are my particular favorite, and she offers plenty of mouth-watering options, but she also includes some American favorites that were quite a pleasant surprise to discover. I’m looking forward to trying her recipes for Chicken and Dumplings and classic Macaroni and Cheese among others. Her vegetable ideas are exciting and fresh, and the Spinach Lasagna Recipe is a definite choice for the near future. Abitanto’s photography is awesome. Her dishes are beautifully arranged and artfully presented. The colors pop up from the page, and she even recommends plate colors and arrangements designed to duplicate those eye-catching and appealing pictures when serving those dishes. Best of all, Abitanto’s book shows the careful reader how they too can be like Maria Libra, her grandmother, for whom creating a dish was an art form while incorporating fresh, healthy ingredients. Mariooch’s Kitchen – Food That Will Gather Your Family is most highly recommended.

When you host a party always have some freshly cut flowers on your table or counter. I get them from my yard. It brings color into your kitchen, and is an organic and inexpensive way to decorate a space. Hosting a party is right up there with one of my favorite things to do. Enjoy the rest of your summer! xo