Gennaro’s Pasta Perfecto!: The Essential Collection of Fresh and Dried Pasta Dishes

Enter our US/UK giveaway to win a copy of Gennaro’s Pasta Perfecto!: The Essential Collection of Fresh and Dried Pasta Dishes by Gennaro Contaldo

Gennaro Contaldo is an Italian chef and restaurateur, known for his association with his British protégé, Jamie Oliver, and his partnership with fellow Italian chef Antonio Carluccio and their BBC Two television series Two Greedy Italians. The cookbooks Two Greedy Italians and Two Greedy Italians Eat Italy tie into this program.

Pasta Perfecto! shares over 90 recipes for fresh and dried pasta creations. Contaldo starts with lessons on how to cook perfect pasta, matching pasta shapes to sauces (providing a guide to popular combinations), and then provides tempting recipes utilizing dried pasta. After this, he teaches us the art of creating fresh pasta dough including tips for making pasta and suggestions for the equipment we need to do so. After providing us with these tips, he offers several dough recipes followed by a nice selection of fresh pasta dishes.

In my opinion, you can never have enough pasta cookbooks and Gennaro’s is excellent. Pasta is a crowd-pleaser, economical and stress-free go-to for dinner whether you are using dry pasta on a busy weeknight or honing your fresh pasta craft on weekends.

Special thanks to Interlink Publishing for sharing the following recipe with our members as well as providing two copies of this beautiful book for US members in our giveaway below. Pavilion, the UK publisher, is offering two copies for our UK members.

Penne with Trapanaese-style peppers (Penne con peperoni alla Trapanese)
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If you enjoy peppers, you will love this dish, which uses both yellow and red bell peppers cooked in two ways, as they do in the Trapani region of Sicily. It’s nice to get the contrasting flavors of the roasted yellow peppers and sautéed red peppers.

Serves 4

  • 3 yellow bell peppers
  • 4 oval-shaped tomatoes, such as San Marzano ¼ cup (60 ml) extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 red chili pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 12 oz (350 g) penne pasta
  • a handful of parsley, finely chopped
  • 1½ oz (40 g) pecorino, shaved
  • a handful of basil leaves, to serve
  • sea salt

Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C).

Put the yellow bell peppers into a roasting pan and dry-roast in the hot oven for about 35 minutes, until the skin is golden-brown and the peppers have softened. 

Meanwhile, bring some water to a boil. Submerge the tomatoes in the boiling water for 2 minutes, then drain. Remove the skins and seeds, and finely chop the flesh. Set aside. 

When the yellow peppers are ready, carefully remove the skins and seeds, and roughly chop the flesh. Set aside.

Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan over medium heat, add the garlic and chili, and sweat for 1 minute. Add the red bell peppers and continue to cook for about 10 minutes, until the peppers have softened. Stir in the roasted yellow peppers and tomatoes, add some salt, and fry, stirring, over high heat for 1 minute. Reduce the heat to medium, cover with a lid, and cook for about 10 minutes, while you cook the pasta. 

Bring a large saucepan of salted water to a boil and cook the pasta until al dente (check the instructions on your package for cooking time).

Drain the pasta, reserving a little of the cooking water. Add the pasta to the peppers, along with a little of the cooking water, and mix well to combine while still on the heat. Stir in the parsley, then remove from the heat and serve with shavings of pecorino cheese and basil leaves.

Thanks to Interlink for providing two copies of the above-referenced title in our giveaway open to EYB Members in the US and to Pavilion for providing two copies in the UK. One of the entry options is to answer the following question in the comments section of this blog post.

Which recipe in the index would you try first?

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148 Comments

  • riley  on  January 27, 2020

    Marubini in a three-meat broth

  • martinealarge  on  January 27, 2020

    Carbonara from the sea and mountains.

  • matag  on  January 27, 2020

    Rigatoni cake (Torta di rigatoni)

  • fionajk42  on  January 27, 2020

    Scialatielli with eggplant sauce (Scialatielli con sugo di melanzane)

  • Jesmondgirl  on  January 27, 2020

    I would try fusilli with sausages and cavalo nero.

  • ravensfan  on  January 27, 2020

    Puttanesca pasta salad (Insalata di pasta alla puttanesca)

  • goodfruit  on  January 27, 2020

    cart driver spaghetti

  • lavenderblonde  on  January 27, 2020

    Oh gosh, this would be such a difficult decision to decide what to make first because I LOVE pasta. But the Sicilian-style penne with cauliflower sounds so interesting and different from anything I’ve ever made before, I’d like to try that first!

  • lauriesk  on  January 27, 2020

    Bucatini with tomatoes and guanciale

  • Nhcookingdiva  on  January 27, 2020

    Anchovy-infused spaghettini with capers and olives!

  • Siegal  on  January 27, 2020

    I like linguini with clams

  • Shelley.b  on  January 28, 2020

    Seafood lasagne

  • vickster  on  January 28, 2020

    Leftover Pasta Frittata

  • lean1  on  January 28, 2020

    linguine with lemons

  • MarciK  on  January 28, 2020

    What fantastic recipes! I’m going to go with the first one that caught my attention because I need a good pasta salad in my go to recipes, and I’m looking forward to summer.

    Puttanesca pasta salad (Insalata di pasta alla puttanesca)

  • dbranigan27  on  January 28, 2020

    I would love to try the Mafaldine with ricotta.

  • DebbieWobble  on  January 28, 2020

    Rigatoni cake

  • rosajane8  on  January 28, 2020

    Leftover pastas frittata ❤️

  • stepspior  on  January 28, 2020

    Bucatini with tomatoes and guanciale (Bucatini all’Amatriciana)

  • hbakke  on  January 29, 2020

    Scialatielli with eggplant sauce (Scialatielli con sugo di melanzane)

  • sarahawker  on  January 29, 2020

    Marubini in a three-meat broth

  • NaomiH  on  January 29, 2020

    Orecchiette with sausage and baby yellow plum tomatoes (Orecchiette con salsiccia e pomodorini gialli)

  • LeMinou  on  January 29, 2020

    Pasta salad with baby zucchini & shrimp

  • Plumbobmummy  on  January 30, 2020

    Rigatoni with pancetta and sausage

  • lpatterson412  on  January 30, 2020

    Linguini with clams!

  • lapsapchung  on  January 30, 2020

    Gigli with peas, pancetta, and fresh tomatoes

  • HLadd  on  January 30, 2020

    Garganelli with Ground Veal

  • Shedevil737  on  January 30, 2020

    Pasta croquettes

  • MummersDance  on  January 30, 2020

    Leftover pasta frittata (Frittata di pasta avanzata)

  • BatshevaR  on  January 30, 2020

    ziti with slow cooked tuna and onions

  • maisietoo  on  January 30, 2020

    Winter pasta salad (Insalata di pasta invernale)

  • ElizM  on  January 31, 2020

    minestrone with pesto

  • Lafauvette  on  January 31, 2020

    puttanesca pasta salad

  • maggz19671  on  January 31, 2020

    Pasta fritatta

  • notme  on  January 31, 2020

    Sardinian culurzones with potato, pecorino, and mint (Culurzones)

  • banba1  on  January 31, 2020

    Pasta salad with baby zucchini and shrimp (Insalata de farfalle con zucchine e gamberetti)

  • Pamyoungvb  on  January 31, 2020

    I have a lemon tree in my back yard so, I would try the Liguini with 🍋 first.

  • bookmark58  on  January 31, 2020

    Rigatoni cake

  • bopper  on  January 31, 2020

    Linguine with Clams

  • Natlovesgib  on  January 31, 2020

    Rigatoni with pancetta and sausage (Rigatoni alla zozzana)

  • Dendav  on  January 31, 2020

    Linguini with lemons

  • LaurenE  on  February 1, 2020

    Puttanesca pasta salad

  • TammyDee  on  February 1, 2020

    I’d try Rigatoni with pancetta and sausage first. It just sounds like a basic dish I would feel comfortable starting with.

  • GranChris  on  February 1, 2020

    Puttanesca pasta salad (Insalata di pasta alla puttanesca)

  • maci234  on  February 1, 2020

    Seafood lasagne

  • Isis1981uk  on  February 1, 2020

    The Pasta croquettes (Pastacini)

  • Sonatarose  on  February 1, 2020

    Rigatoni cake

  • bookmark77  on  February 1, 2020

    Rigatoni with pancetta and sausage

  • bookmark31  on  February 1, 2020

    minestrone with pesto

  • roxlet  on  February 1, 2020

    Linguini with lemons

  • virjeania  on  February 1, 2020

    Puttanesca pasta salad

  • JessHeilman  on  February 2, 2020

    Linguine with lemons

  • RickPearson54  on  February 2, 2020

    Torta di rigatoni

  • Breeze81  on  February 3, 2020

    I’d first try the Puttanesca pasta salad (Insalata di pasta alla puttanesca)

  • fmd518  on  February 4, 2020

    Seafood lasagne

  • frolic838  on  February 4, 2020

    Squid ink taglierini with scallops

  • RuthHarwood  on  February 5, 2020

    Rigatoni with pancetta and sausage

  • MsLiz  on  February 5, 2020

    Seafood Lasagna

  • chefthomas  on  February 6, 2020

    Wholewheat tagliatelle with anchovies and walnuts

  • kmn4  on  February 6, 2020

    Rigatoni with pancetta and sausage (Rigatoni alla zozzana)

  • ceejayen  on  February 6, 2020

    Rigatoni with pancetta and sausage (Rigatoni alla zozzana)

  • fujirw  on  February 6, 2020

    Cartdrivers spaghetti

  • Dannausc  on  February 6, 2020

    Linguine with clams

  • DarcyVaughn  on  February 7, 2020

    Cavatelli with shellfish and chickpeas

  • MissisG  on  February 7, 2020

    Rigatoni cake

  • jifar  on  February 7, 2020

    Fish cannelloni.

  • vhfvhf  on  February 7, 2020

    pasta croquettes

  • BMeyer  on  February 7, 2020

    puttenesca pasta salad

  • debbiehb  on  February 8, 2020

    Farfalle with artichokes and crispy pancetta (Farfalle con carciofi e pancetta croccante)

  • Sand9  on  February 8, 2020

    Baked Pasta Shells filled with Mushrooms and Ham x

  • hisforhome  on  February 8, 2020

    I’d try my hand at the vegan eggless pasta dough

  • Hihelen  on  February 8, 2020

    Cannelloni with chard

  • jay.moe  on  February 9, 2020

    Spirali with citrus pesto sounds like the perfect summer dish. Can’t wait to try it.

  • flossy1  on  February 10, 2020

    Tonnarelli with pecorino Romano and black pepper (Tonnarelli cacio e pepe)

  • dadekian  on  February 10, 2020

    Squid ink taglierini with scallops

  • dan031082  on  February 11, 2020

    Quadrucci in chicken broth

  • RSW  on  February 12, 2020

    Lemongrass-chicken bowl with rice vermicelli

  • kbiggs  on  February 12, 2020

    Spirali with citrus pesto

  • Jjewett  on  February 12, 2020

    The pasta croquettes

  • Saffy11  on  February 12, 2020

    The Lentil soup with ditalini and ricotta salata would be my first recipe to try.

  • Shelmar  on  February 12, 2020

    Sicilian style penne with cauliflower

  • Cathyschuh  on  February 13, 2020

    Bucatini with tomatoes and guanciale

  • Jennifer7  on  February 14, 2020

    rigatoni cake

  • lgroom  on  February 15, 2020

    linguini with clams

  • KZahnow  on  February 15, 2020

    Broccoli and sausage parcels in tomato sauce

  • mph993  on  February 16, 2020

    Gnocchetti Sardi with salami and a pistachio and lemon pesto

  • rchesser  on  February 18, 2020

    Pasta Croquettes

  • YarmElizabeth  on  February 20, 2020

    Anchovy-infused spaghettini with capers and olives

  • Wojtanowski  on  February 21, 2020

    Carbonara from teh Sea and Mountains

  • Karla123  on  February 23, 2020

    I’d love to make this simple sauce with cherry tomatoes grown in my garden: Oven-roasted tomato sauce (Salsa di pomodori al forno).

  • MiMi60  on  February 23, 2020

    Seafood lasagne

  • moralla  on  February 24, 2020

    Fresh orecchiette with tomatoes and lemon burrata

  • eyupitsjohn  on  February 26, 2020

    I’d go for the Cart driver’s spaghetti 🙂

  • HappyAm  on  February 26, 2020

    Seabream ravioli with capers and lemon zest in cherry tomato sauce (Ravioli al pesce serviti con salsa di pomodorini freschi)

  • AliCox  on  February 27, 2020

    Mezzi paccheri with mussels and lemon

  • silversand  on  February 27, 2020

    Baked pasta ring with eggplants (Timballo di candele con melanzane)

  • bellasf  on  February 27, 2020

    Rigatoni with Pancetta and Sausage

  • floridagld  on  February 27, 2020

    Carbonara from the sea and mountains will be first.

  • TanyaD  on  February 29, 2020

    Pasta salad with baby zucchini and shrimp

  • EmilyR  on  February 29, 2020

    linguine with lemons

  • sequoia55  on  February 29, 2020

    Leftover pasta frittata (Frittata di pasta avanzata)

  • t.t  on  March 1, 2020

    Lagane with chickpeas

  • JEWGAL777  on  March 1, 2020

    perfect pesto

  • clairew137  on  March 1, 2020

    Rigatoni cake

  • BethBakesBest  on  March 1, 2020

    I’d like to first try Steam-baked linguine with jumbo shrimp and pesto (Linguine al cartoccio con gamberi e pesto).

  • sheraneprish  on  March 1, 2020

    leftover pasta frittata

  • love2chow  on  March 1, 2020

    Gigli with peas, pancetta, and fresh tomatoes (Gigli con piselli, pancetta e pomodoro fresco) or mushroom and walnut tortellini

  • Judyfos  on  March 2, 2020

    Rigatoni with pancetta and sausage

  • michelle666  on  March 3, 2020

    Rigatoni cake

  • kathay708  on  March 4, 2020

    Leftover pasta frittata (Frittata di pasta avanzata)

  • Sheepyw  on  March 5, 2020

    Pasta croquettes (Pastacini)

  • JudeVFR400  on  March 8, 2020

    Vegetable and pastina soup – I know it says for babies, but this sounds simple and perfect.

  • sammii04  on  March 10, 2020

    Penne with Trapanaese-style peppers

  • Ishtar  on  March 11, 2020

    Broccoli and sausage parcels in tomato sauce

  • lydiasa  on  March 11, 2020

    I’d try the Penne with Trapanaese-style peppers.

  • Sunflower29  on  March 12, 2020

    Winter pasta salad

  • Cosmic_87  on  March 12, 2020

    Leftover pastas frittata ❤️

  • PaulaCheadle  on  March 13, 2020

    Rigatoni cake

  • sheridarby  on  March 13, 2020

    Bucatini with tomatoes and guanciale

  • PatBarrett  on  March 13, 2020

    Leftover Pasta Frittata

  • DimensionAEB  on  March 13, 2020

    I’d like to try the leftover pastas frittata

  • ChrisFliss  on  March 14, 2020

    Minestrone with Pesto

  • Bellroyd  on  March 14, 2020

    Leftover Pasta Frittata

  • ruthwollerton  on  March 14, 2020

    cart driver spaghetti Sounds heavenly xxx

  • Wichakati  on  March 14, 2020

    Mezze maniche with broccoli, speck, and almonds (Mezze maniche con broccoli, speck e mandorle)

  • SewMom  on  March 14, 2020

    Lasagne with chick peas.

  • pixelwife  on  March 14, 2020

    Penne with Trapanaese-style peppers (Penne con peperoni alla Trapanese)

  • Emmamaryd  on  March 14, 2020

    Rigatoni cake

  • Poppyjoey  on  March 14, 2020

    Carnival time lasagne

  • janinex  on  March 14, 2020

    Rigatoni with pancetta and sausage (Rigatoni alla zozzana)

  • KitKatCat  on  March 14, 2020

    Leftover Pasta Frittata

  • choppergirl  on  March 15, 2020

    Linguini with lemons

  • mnhemphill  on  March 15, 2020

    Rigatoni with pancetta and sausage

  • klrclark  on  March 16, 2020

    Rigatoni with pancetta and sausage

  • Lora724  on  March 17, 2020

    Orecchiette with sausage and baby yellow plum tomatoes.

  • kathay708  on  March 19, 2020

    Spirali with citrus pesto (Spirali con pesto di agrumi)

  • topdawg11  on  March 20, 2020

    Tagliatelle with lamb shank ragù

  • Amysam  on  March 20, 2020

    Seafood lasagne

  • Mfw  on  March 20, 2020

    I would try the rigatoni with pancetta and sausage first. Sounds like real comfort food and a winner with my husband – always a bonus.

  • rychepet  on  March 22, 2020

    Rigatoni with pancetta and sausage (Rigatoni alla zozzana). I know my hubby would love it!

  • percussion03  on  March 23, 2020

    Caramelle with spring vegetables

  • Aminata95  on  March 23, 2020

    Rigatoni cake

  • danisgooder  on  March 28, 2020

    any pasta dish would be perfect

  • RSW  on  March 30, 2020

    Rigatoni with pancetta and sausage (Rigatoni alla zozzana)

  • sarahkatef  on  March 30, 2020

    Definitely Puttanesca pasta salad!

  • CCDangel  on  March 30, 2020

    I would try Carbonara from the Sea and Mountains first!

  • priyamaine  on  March 31, 2020

    penne with cauliflower!

  • hibeez  on  April 2, 2020

    Mushroom and walnut tortelloni with guanciale sauce.

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