It’s Guest Chef Wednesday! Bret Clark’s Fresh Clams & Mussels, Pasta Aglio Olio and Killer Marinated Tomatoes!

Are you a fan of the sea? Food that is! Today’s gorgeous offering, by talented self-taught Chef and honorary Sicilian Bret Clark, is a stunning display of culinary, ocean treasures that Poseidon would enthusiastically approve.  This buttery sea presentation is paired with simple, yet extremely flavorful, garlicky Pasta Aglio Olio and the appropriately named  “Killer Marinated…

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Pasta alla Puttanesca “Una Pentola” One Pot

The history of pasta Puttanesca carries many colorful Italian folk tales (Refer to my prior post) This slightly salty, piquant tomato sauce is full of flavors that will certainly pique your culinary senses. Don’t allow the use of anchovies to scare you away—this sauce tastes nothing like fish. Their use simply enhances the delicious tangy flavors. Puttanesca…

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Puttanesca! This Pasta Has a Past!

The history of Pasta alla Puttanesca carries many colorful Italian folk tales. This quick, tangy, salty, tomato-based pasta sauce is not simply that—it has a past! Some believe that this sauce was initially created by a restaurant owner who had many guests come to his restaurant to eat late one night as he was about…

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Rustic Sicilian Godfather’s Pasta Rags “Una Pentola” One Pot

Today’s offering is yet another Una Pentola (One Pot) pasta dish. Which interestingly uses the wide, flat, luscious and highly underrated pasta rag from yesterday’s post. The options are as endless as the wind blows so I decided to “ripetere” (repeat) the recipe…kind of. 🙂 This time I chose to use Sicilian sausage for the…

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Wednesday’s Guest Chefs and Our Recipes: Follower’s Critiques and Photos

Wednesday’s blogs are now dedicated to Guest Chefs and also pictures and comments of Once Upon a Spice’s recipes prepared by our friends, family & followers! If you are interested in becoming a Guest Chef or have photos and comments about our recipes you have prepared, please contact me for details and share your love…

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Bret Clark’s Italian Short Ribs with Pasta Rags! Today’s Guest Chef!

Every Wednesday, Once Upon a Spice will feature a “guest recipe” from family, friends and or followers. If you are interested in having one of your recipes posted on our various Social Media pages, please contact us directly and we will do our best to get you some “recipe-press!” Also, please join us at Once…

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Pasta alla Carbonara Una Pentola: “One Pot”

We all know what pasta embodies, but have you ever wondered what “carbonara” means? Carbonaro means charcoal in Italian, but to this day, the connection to this savory, flavorsome dish remains uncertain. Some food historians believe this pasta may have been popular among charcoal makers working in the Apennine Mountains; or perhaps it is called…

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