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First Beverage, Ringraziamento & Penne with Beer

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It was George Bernard Shaw who once said “There is no sincerer love than the love of food “


Thanksgiving day is a day that is uniquely American ..a day we can truly call our own..and a day that fascinates many others around the world..In Italy it is called Festa del Ringraziamento and known as ‘the  Holiday that causes  Americans  to behave like Italians’-sit around the table eating all day with friends and family

The beverage of the first Thanksgiving and the Mayflower was wasn’t safe to drink the beer was served..

In Honor of the First Thanksgiving beverage and the Italian American  Thanksgiving tradition of   serving a pasta dish before the turkey

Penne Pasta with Beer

penne pasta

1 pound penne pasta

1 glass beer

4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1 clove garlic

1 yellow pepper

6 red ripe tomatoes

10 pitted green olives

1 tablespoon fresh parsley chopped

1 tablespoon capers

1 tablespoon marjoram chopped

1/4 cup parmigiano-reggiano grated

salt to taste

Cut peppers into small cubes, cut tomatoes into strips, chop garlic. Place extra virgin olive oil in saute pan, place in peppers, tomatoes, and chopped garlic. Saute for 2 minutes, then add in beer a little at a time. Saute for 15 minutes on low heat. Then add in chopped olives, capers, parsley and marjoram.

Cook over medium high heat for 10 minutes, salt and pepper to taste. Cook pasta till al dente. Drain. Add into sauce, toss. Serve with grated parmigiano reggiano cheese


Friday-November 26th- 1-3 PM Bloomingdale’s at The Shops at Riverside in Hackensack, NJ- Cooking demo, sampling, book signings of the Award winning book The Basic Art of Italian Cooking: Holidays & Special Occasions-2nd edition For info email:

One Comment

  1. Well now I know what I’m going to do for Thanksgiving; run around handing out beer and telling people the water isn’t safe 🙂
    This recipe looks amazing, can’t wait to try it out!

    November 24, 2010

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