Enter To Win 30lbs of Mariella Bronze Die Pasta Plus The Glorious Pasta of Italy

October has been a busy month here at Italian Food Forever as along with Italian American Heritage month it is also National Pasta Month! Now who doesn’t love pasta? The folks at ItalianWholesaleFood  have donated an amazing prize of 30 pounds of Mariella pasta including 10 lbs of Rigatoni, 10 of Penne Rigate and 10 lbs of Spaghetti. Mariella pasta is an artisan bronze die pasta, and pasta made with bronze dies are by far the best in my opinion, and my dried pasta of choice. Since the folks at WholesaleItalianFood.com were so kind to donate the pasta, I thought I’d add to the prize with one of my favorite pasta books, The Glorious Pasta Of Italy written by Domenica Marchetti 

Why is Mariella bronze die pasta so good?

At Mariella Pasta, their highly experienced pasta maker selects only the best wheat available and oversees all aspects of the production process. After the hard durum wheat flour has been milled and the dough kneaded, it is pushed through a wide variety bronze dies to produce many types of pasta shapes. Here is where the difference between bronze die and Teflon die pasta really becomes apparent: Bronze dies are rough inside (compared to the slick Teflon die), so they create a rough surfaced pasta as the dough passes through the die. As a result of creating this desired rough surface, a lower product yield is inevitable and the process is much slower when compared to the modern techniques. But it is necessary to create the imperfect texture that makes our Mariella Bronze Die Artisan Pasta perfect for absorbing the flavors of your favorite sauce. Check out all the varieties of Mariella pasta sold over at WholesaleItalianFood .

 

About The Glorious Pasta Of Italy - Celebrating pasta in all its glorious forms, author Domenica Marchetti draws from her Italian heritage to share 100 classic and modern recipes. Step-by-step instructions for making fresh pasta offer plenty of variations on the classic egg pasta, while a glossary of pasta shapes, a source list for unusual ingredients, and a handy guide for stocking the pantry with pasta essentials encourage the home cook to look beyond simple spaghetti. No matter how you sauce it, The Glorious Pasta of Italy is sure to have pasta lovers everywhere salivating.

 

Contest Rules : To enter to win this great pasta prize of 30 pounds of Mariella pasta plus The Glorious Pasta of Italy you must be 18 years or older and live in the continental United States. The contest will run from Monday, October 22nd and run until midnight Monday, October 29th. The winner will be chosen randomly by using Random.org and will be notified by email Tuesday, October 30th. The winner will have 72 hrs to reply or another winner will be chosen.

THIS CONTEST IS NOW OVER! THE WINNER IS TERRY COVINGTON – Comment – Definitely Bolognese sauce!  Thanks for this wonderful opportunity. Congratulations Terry, please contact me with your shipping details.

Deborah Mele

October 2012

Fun Pasta Facts From ILovePasta.org 

• One billion pounds of pasta is about 212,595 miles of 16-ounce packages of spaghetti stacked end-to-end — enough to circle the earth’s equator nearly nine times.
• The average person in Italy eats more than 51 pounds of pasta every year. The average person in North America eats about 15-1/2 pounds of pasta per year.
• The most popular pasta shapes in the U.S. are Spaghetti, thin spaghetti, Elbows, Rotelle, Penne, Lasagna
• Cooked al dente (al-DEN-tay) literally means “to the tooth,” which is how to test pasta to see if it is properly cooked. The pasta should be a bit firm, offering some resistance to the tooth, but tender.
• Most pasta is made using wheat products mixed with water. Other types of pasta are made using ingredients such as rice, barley, corn, and beans.
• Egg noodles contain egg; almost all other dry pasta shapes do not. By federal law, a noodle must contain 5.5 percent egg solids to be called a noodle. So without egg, a noodle really isn’t a noodle.
• To cook one billion pounds of pasta, you would need 2,021,452,000 gallons of water – enough to fill nearly 75,000 Olympic-size swimming pools.
• There are more than 600 pasta shapes produced worldwide.
• The total amount of dry pasta consumed in the U.S. in 2009 was 1.4 billion pounds

 

366 Responses to “Enter To Win 30lbs of Mariella Bronze Die Pasta Plus The Glorious Pasta of Italy”

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    Deborah — October 22, 2012 @ 7:13 am

    My son would love the pasta to be topped with Pesto Sauce but I would prefer Bolognese Sauce!

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    Judy G — October 22, 2012 @ 7:14 am

    I would put some sort of Alfredo Shrimp sauce to try the past. It looks very good and I hope I win.

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    Deborah — October 22, 2012 @ 7:14 am

    I “liked” Italian Food Forever on Facebook

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    Maria Riccitelli — October 22, 2012 @ 7:18 am

    I love all sorts of sauces but pesto is my favorite~

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    Karen — October 22, 2012 @ 7:19 am

    I would top the pasta with an alfredo sauce. Following you on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. Thanks.

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    Karen Singer — October 22, 2012 @ 7:20 am

    My favorite sauce would be my homemade Bolognese sauce. Any of these 3 pasta shapes would be ideal. Thank You!!

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    gerri — October 22, 2012 @ 7:26 am

    My favorite sauce would be pesto with fresh basil from my garden.

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    MichaelB — October 22, 2012 @ 7:27 am

    A classic slow cooked bolognese would be my first choice.

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    sue — October 22, 2012 @ 7:27 am

    Seasonal of course, Using the kale, scallions ,garlic chives, green garlic and fennel still in my northeastern garden. A drizzle of oil and some freshly grated Romano.

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    audrey b — October 22, 2012 @ 7:29 am

    I love all sauces but brown butter and sage with a sprinkle of parmesan makes my day.

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    Maureen Minora — October 22, 2012 @ 7:29 am

    I love your blog, Deborah…I love Italian food, whether cooking and serving it, reading great recipes and the regions from which they originated, and my favorite is actually traveling through Italy…small towns with regional dishes, small markets where the freshest ingredients become lunch or dinner, as well as taking in the sites of the more famous cities and coastlines.

    While I love a wide variety of sauces, I would probably choose an arrabiata sauce for linguine or penned. However, if it is Summer and the basil is calling to me, it could be a flavorful pesto. Then, there is a delicious sauce with eggplant, capers and olives…must I really choose only one?

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    Vicki B — October 22, 2012 @ 7:32 am

    Artichoke cream sauce. It’s heaven.

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    Roy DePizzol — October 22, 2012 @ 7:33 am

    Bronze cut pasta is by far the best. I would top it with a hearty marinara. The pasta holds it so well.

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    Patti Tomaini Panuccio — October 22, 2012 @ 7:34 am

    I have been following you on facebook, twitter and pinterest for a while and I would love to win this pasta, I am married to an Italian and if he doesn’t get pasta more than once a week he gets cranky.

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    Len — October 22, 2012 @ 7:34 am

    My favorite sauce would be any made in the kitchen of Il Casale di Mele

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    Walter Gardner — October 22, 2012 @ 7:34 am

    homemade Alfredo

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    Mike — October 22, 2012 @ 7:35 am

    Marinara sauce, garlic and oil, pesto. . .all are delicious.

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    Katherine — October 22, 2012 @ 7:36 am

    Following you on Facebook! Absolutely love your blog.

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    Mike — October 22, 2012 @ 7:36 am

    Liked Italian Food Forever on Facebook.

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    ed daiutolo — October 22, 2012 @ 7:37 am

    will use a homemade pesto sauce made from this summer harvest

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    Gianna Negovetti — October 22, 2012 @ 7:37 am

    My children, Jennifer and Giancarlo, would love the pasta topped with Bolognese sauce. They love Italian food. We just got together this past Saturday for a nice lunch of penne con sugo di carne topped with parmigiano regiano cheese at Nonna’s house ( that would be my house!).

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    Mike — October 22, 2012 @ 7:38 am

    Following you on Twitter.

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    Robert Costa — October 22, 2012 @ 7:38 am

    My choice would be a Wild Boar sauce. Perfect with this artisan pasta and perfect for the season.

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    Ashley — October 22, 2012 @ 7:38 am

    My alfredo sauce would be wonderful on the Penne!

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    Denise S. — October 22, 2012 @ 7:40 am

    I would use my pork bone bad beef short rib braised (off the bone) gravy to top the pasta.

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    Katharine — October 22, 2012 @ 7:41 am

    I would love Bolognese

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    margo — October 22, 2012 @ 7:44 am

    I would use Marcella Hazan …tomatoes, onion and butter recipe for the sauce! Wonderful….how i would love to win!

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    Carol L — October 22, 2012 @ 7:44 am

    I’d love to have Alfredo sauce with fresh crab and Penne. Love seafood and pasta. Thank you and Italian Wholesale Food for this generous giveaway.
    Carol L.

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    Debie Damato — October 22, 2012 @ 7:45 am

    I would have to use my mother-in-law’s sauce recipe. She was first generation Italian-American and of course had her family’s sauce recipe which is the only sauce we use. It is a red sauce and the only difference I have made to the recipe is that I make it a roaster-full at a time and freeze it, as I don’t have time to make sauce weekly!

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    Kim — October 22, 2012 @ 7:47 am

    I would sauce with some really fresh ripe tomatoes combined with some decadent brie and lovely fresh basil.

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    Denise — October 22, 2012 @ 7:49 am

    I love your blog and follow you on Facebook. My favorite sauces are garlic and oil, which really brings out the full flavor of the pasta, and red leaf basil pesto.

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    Alison Skaluba — October 22, 2012 @ 7:50 am

    I would share it with my daughter and elderly neighbors along with some of my homemade pesto & vegetable tomato sauce.

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    Sally H — October 22, 2012 @ 7:52 am

    My favored sauce! In reality, it is what is in my mouth at the time, but a Bolognese sauce slow simmered all afternoon.
    Sally

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    Sally H — October 22, 2012 @ 7:52 am

    I liked you on Facebook along time ago!

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    Sherry — October 22, 2012 @ 7:54 am

    My homemade pork Ragu would be the PERFECT topping for this perfect pasta!

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    Denise S. — October 22, 2012 @ 7:54 am

    I liked Italian Food Forever on Facebook

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    Denise S. — October 22, 2012 @ 7:55 am

    I am following Italian Food Forever on Twitter

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    Denise S. — October 22, 2012 @ 7:55 am

    Ian following Italian Food Forever on Pinterest

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    Michael Viggiani — October 22, 2012 @ 7:58 am

    I would like a simple fresh tomato sauce made with extra virgin olive oil, garlic and fresh basil so that the taste of the pasta itself could be appreciated.

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    Joe Locetta — October 22, 2012 @ 7:59 am

    My mouth is watering just thinking about topping Mariella penne with arrabbiata sauce!

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    leslie — October 22, 2012 @ 8:05 am

    My homemade tomato sauce.

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    Isabelle Procaccino — October 22, 2012 @ 8:05 am

    For the penne I would make a vodka sauce with peas, mushroom and shrimp. For the rigatoni a simple gravy and when top each plate off with a dollop of ricotta and for the spaghetti I would do either oil and garlic or make gravy with meatballs and of course Italian bread.

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    Joann — October 22, 2012 @ 8:08 am

    It may sound simple, but a really good homeade marinara is the best!!

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    Maggi Reid — October 22, 2012 @ 8:08 am

    Walnut Gorgonzola Cream Sauce – Yummy!

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    Patty — October 22, 2012 @ 8:09 am

    I would definitely use Bolognese sauce, one of my favorites. I also love Amatriciana sauce.

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    Salvatore Avitabile — October 22, 2012 @ 8:10 am

    My favorite sauce is Puttanesca with touch of cream to make a pink sauce!

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    Frank Favazza — October 22, 2012 @ 8:11 am

    I’m following you on Twitter. Hope I win .

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    Patty — October 22, 2012 @ 8:11 am

    “Like” you on facebook. I love your blog!!!

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    Deb — October 22, 2012 @ 8:12 am

    My own “famous” homemade ragu sauce, including hot sausage chunks

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    Frank Favazza — October 22, 2012 @ 8:12 am

    I think any sauce would be good . But i’ll go with Alfredo

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    Judielynn — October 22, 2012 @ 8:14 am

    My husbands gravy or sausage sauce. Both are out of this world and deserve a great pasta.

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    Frank Favazza — October 22, 2012 @ 8:14 am

    I’m following you on Pinterest.

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    Joann — October 22, 2012 @ 8:14 am

    Hi Deborah……liked you on facebook!

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    Mary Jo Connell — October 22, 2012 @ 8:14 am

    Have posted on FB. Love your recipes and would love to win the pasta

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    Tom Kushman — October 22, 2012 @ 8:17 am

    A light Butter-Longneck Garlic Sauce!

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    Katie S — October 22, 2012 @ 8:18 am

    Bolognese sauce is our favorite!

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    Dimitris Tsoukaneris — October 22, 2012 @ 8:19 am

    First of all i would like to congratulate you for your fantastic site. I have cooked a lot of your recipes and all there were really fantastic. Actually, the sauce I like very much is the real italian bolognese. Therefore – and if I am the winner, I’m going to use it to the most of the pasta.
    Congratulation again and best regards

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    Deborah Reply:

    Thanks Dimitris!

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    Jim Sposato — October 22, 2012 @ 8:21 am

    It would not make any difference what sauce you used. The pasta goes with any kind!!

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    PEGGY — October 22, 2012 @ 8:22 am

    love to try differant pasta .here in fl we have only basic pasta

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    Kateesh — October 22, 2012 @ 8:33 am

    Anything with shrimp!

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    paula z — October 22, 2012 @ 8:33 am

    spaghetti con bottarga for me
    per favore

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    Jean — October 22, 2012 @ 8:34 am

    Hello Deborah, Your website is very inspirational!

    The sauce would depend on the type of pasta. I generally make either a slow cooked bolognese or marinara, but a sauce with baccala would be wonderful too.

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    Deborah Reply:

    Thanks Jean, much appreciated!

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    Jody Titone — October 22, 2012 @ 8:36 am

    Love Italian Food Forever. Brings back fond memories of my large Italian family.

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    Jo MacNair — October 22, 2012 @ 8:40 am

    Cinghiale Ragu. That is the first thing I order when I come to Italy. The next is salsa di funghi. Love them both and i will enjoy making them at home. I have been a fan on Facebook for over a year. Thank you for bringing Italy to all of us

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    Teri Jo — October 22, 2012 @ 8:41 am

    I would love this pasta with bolognese, pesto, a Sunday gravy, or, my favorite, butter, pepper and some grated Locatelli Romano cheese. Yum!

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    Wendy — October 22, 2012 @ 8:46 am

    Simple sauces are my favorite …. tomato, butter, onion …. delicious :)

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    Joyce Iaderosa — October 22, 2012 @ 8:46 am

    This website is great and full of wonderful recipes and information. I look forward to receiving your e-mail updates so I can try new things! It is so nice of you to offer contests for your readers, allowing us to explore and expand our culinary experiences. It is difficult to pick just one sauce to use on the pasta – so, I would use at different times pesto, red sauce, and bechamel . Yummy!! Thanks again for your time and effort in bringing us a little bit of Italy.

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    Lee Willhite — October 22, 2012 @ 8:47 am

    I love a hearty Bolonese with pasta.

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    Lee Willhite — October 22, 2012 @ 8:48 am

    I liked Italian Food Forever on FB

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    Lee Willhite — October 22, 2012 @ 8:48 am

    Deborah, I follow you on Twitter

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    Margie Merlo- Burns — October 22, 2012 @ 8:50 am

    I “Liked” Italian Food Forever a long time ago on Facebook – it is a favorite and one I go to most often for really good, fresh ideas (LOVE the local stories too)! And that is how I found your contest and now your website, which I will bookmark! I make all sorts of cooked (slow simmered meat sauces) and fresh sauces (fresh veggie/tomato and herb with olive oil, garlic, onion – or red pepper, tomato, basil cream) – so depending on my sauce, I will enjoy all pastas!

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    Pamela — October 22, 2012 @ 8:50 am

    A very simple, homemade, classic Italian marinara sauce…can’t get any better than that.

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    Jill Fazio — October 22, 2012 @ 8:51 am

    I would just go with a homemade marinara, depending on what’s fresh.

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    Pam Tillman — October 22, 2012 @ 8:51 am

    Liked you on Facebook. Love pasta!!!!!

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    Jill Fazio — October 22, 2012 @ 8:51 am

    I liked you on Facebook!

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    Jill Fazio — October 22, 2012 @ 8:52 am

    I liked you on Twitter!

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    Helene K — October 22, 2012 @ 8:53 am

    My favorite dish of all time is baked ziti. I will be able to make it for years if I win!

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    Jill Fazio — October 22, 2012 @ 8:53 am

    I liked you on Pinterest. I am a social media queen!

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    Louise Fadness — October 22, 2012 @ 8:53 am

    I love a simple sauce on pasta, especially in a pinch. For 2 servings, I cook about 2 cups of pasta until al dente. Meanwhile, I saute one fat garlic clove, sliced, in about 1/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil until golden and then discard the garlic (or keep it if you like). Add about 20 leaves of fresh sage and turn up heat slightly. Cook leaves until crispy. Add drained pasta, fresh ground pepper, toss and serve. Pass the parmigiano at the table! Eat the leaves; they’re deliciious.

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    Steve Mallett — October 22, 2012 @ 8:54 am

    If I were to win, my first dish would have a delicious Bolognese sauce poured lovingly on it. Scrumptious !!!!!! After that —-the sky is the limit!!!!

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    Lee Willhite — October 22, 2012 @ 8:55 am

    I follow you on Pinterest

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    Suzanne Nasca — October 22, 2012 @ 8:55 am

    Love Pasta!!! Every kind especially basil marinara……

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    cindy — October 22, 2012 @ 8:58 am

    I would use the recipes in the pasta cookbook to have with the pasta

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    cindy — October 22, 2012 @ 8:58 am

    I’m a follower on facebook

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    Jenny — October 22, 2012 @ 8:59 am

    I like Italian Food Forever on Facebook!

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    Jenny — October 22, 2012 @ 8:59 am

    I’m on a pesto kick right now, but I’m also thinking a creamy sausage and sage sauce.

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    Sue — October 22, 2012 @ 8:59 am

    With the fabulous basil and garlic from our garden this year, I’d have to say pesto would be my sauce of choice. I just read your article on harvesting your olives – my husband and I love the nuovo olive oil, also – we just picked up a gallon of it straight from the press last week-end here in Northern California.

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    Delphyne — October 22, 2012 @ 9:01 am

    My own tomato sauce – lots of garlic, red wine, fresh basil , spices and San Marzano tomatoes. I add a Parm cheese rind in it, too, for additional flavor.

    I already like you on FB.

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    Meaghan Barry — October 22, 2012 @ 9:03 am

    I always love a classic homemade marinara sauce to go on top of pasta! With a side of meatballs of course…

    -m

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    Meaghan Barry — October 22, 2012 @ 9:04 am

    I liked your page on fb…

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    Linda Borchers — October 22, 2012 @ 9:04 am

    Pasta with homemade sauce is our family favorite

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    Meaghan Barry — October 22, 2012 @ 9:08 am

    I also followed you on twitter…

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    Meaghan Barry — October 22, 2012 @ 9:08 am

    And on pinterest…

    -m

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    Lisa — October 22, 2012 @ 9:11 am

    Just liked your page on FB – cannot wait for mouthwatering updates in my news feed!

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    Susan S — October 22, 2012 @ 9:11 am

    I like various tomato sauces, especially the simple ones like Anthony Stella’s from Marianne Esposito. Olive oil, onion and pureed San Marzano tomatoes, a little salt and lots of black pepper. Yum!!

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    Jordyn — October 22, 2012 @ 9:11 am

    I love pasta for real. I would love to do a pasta and white bean dish, which is very Italian. Other than that, I love a good vegetable filled pasta sauce.

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    Pamela — October 22, 2012 @ 9:11 am

    I just followed you on “Pinterest” and “Facebook!!”

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    Jordyn — October 22, 2012 @ 9:12 am

    I liked the Facebook site as well :)

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    Deborah A. Brement — October 22, 2012 @ 9:16 am

    My husband makes an awesome vodka sauce not to mention THE BEST “SUNDAY” sauce you ever tasted. Our grandchildren have even given him a trophy for the bestest sauce maker!

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    Jo Ann Gilbert — October 22, 2012 @ 9:18 am

    Your delicious pasta would be topped with a sauce made with pureed roasted red peppers, a bit of cream, fresh garlic, some hot peppers and a pinch of salt-all pureed up in the blender and lightly heated – then topped with freshly torn basil and shaved Parmesean! Yummo!!!!! Would love to win that fine pasta!
    I am hungry already!!!!

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    Skip Corsini — October 22, 2012 @ 9:18 am

    Sauce made of 20 Roma tomatoes, mushrooms, one container of tomato paste, one cup red wine, one cup brandy, garlic, basil, cilantro, Italian parsley.

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    Adrenna D'Orlando — October 22, 2012 @ 9:18 am

    I would toss it with roasted tomatoes and pignoli’s :)

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    Steve Murphy — October 22, 2012 @ 9:19 am

    I make my own salsa di pomodoro di base. That is what we would top this pasta with!

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    Pam Pampenella — October 22, 2012 @ 9:21 am

    Bolegense sauce yummy!

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    peter — October 22, 2012 @ 9:22 am

    Would love to win this pasta….

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    Carolyn D — October 22, 2012 @ 9:22 am

    So many wonderful sauces it is hard to decide. However, one of my favorites is my home-made sauce made with my roasted tomatoes from my garden to which I add peppers, garlic, olive oil and onion while the tomatoes are roasting. Sometime diced eggplant is added to the mixture to give it a wonderful richness. Thanks for yor site with all the wonderful information and recipes!

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    Heidi — October 22, 2012 @ 9:24 am

    Well of course it would be my father in- law’s recipe for pomordoro sauce! Fantastico! I love receiving my weekly e-mails from you. The recipes you have are fantastico as well, particulaly the “tomato ricotta bites. MMMMMWAH!
    Ciao

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    Gregory Gudis — October 22, 2012 @ 9:26 am

    I could use many different sauces on this pasta but nothing is better then my mother’s Sunday Sauce (aka Gravy in Philadelphia). Since the family gets together on Sunday and uses about 3lbs this would last for about 10 weeks (if I don’t find other uses in the meantime).

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    Mary Tierney — October 22, 2012 @ 9:33 am

    My favorite roasted tomato sauce.

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    Teri — October 22, 2012 @ 9:37 am

    I am now happily following you on Pinterest!

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    Amber — October 22, 2012 @ 9:37 am

    Following you on pinterest. Your site is an inspiration and a favorite of mine! My favorite sauce would be mother’s marinara!

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    Darien Reece — October 22, 2012 @ 9:38 am

    Love summer pasta:
    just-picked-warmed-by-the-sun ripe tomatoes sauteed lightly in olive oil and garlic; cook pasta (fresh or dried) until barely al dente; toss pasta into sauce to gently incorporate 1+ minutes; plate; sprinkle w/freshly grated parmesan and fresh basil (leaves rolled and cut into ribbons).
    Love your recipes – love your blog.

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    Josie — October 22, 2012 @ 9:42 am

    I love your recipes I look forward to receiving my weekly email from you. I have made several of your recipes and they were delicious. Your meatless meatballs reminded me of when I was in Sicily and this wonderful family friend made some they were amazing I always wanted to know how to make them and know I have a recipe. Thanks you so much

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    Donna Hill — October 22, 2012 @ 9:43 am

    The sauce I would use would be a simple tomato sauce using fresh chopped tomatoes with olive oil, garlic, basil and a little white wine simmered for about 1/2 hr and drizzled over the pasta.

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    Donna Hill — October 22, 2012 @ 9:43 am

    I like you on FB

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    Betty Proffer — October 22, 2012 @ 9:43 am

    I would love a red sauce, loaded with sweet Italian sausage, fresh herbs, some spinach on top of a beautiful pasta with a perfect sprinkling of good Pecorino. A wonderful piece of crusty bread…….”Heaven, I’m in Heaven….!”

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    Donna Hill — October 22, 2012 @ 9:44 am

    I now follow you on Pinterest

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    Joe Wilson — October 22, 2012 @ 9:44 am

    I would love to try Mariella would my Pasta Ricotta recipe., Grazie

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    Bobbie Pitkin — October 22, 2012 @ 9:46 am

    I follow you on Pinterest and I like you on Facebook! I look forward to your e-mails because each new blog is a special treat!
    My favorite sauce on pasta is my own homemade meat sauce. I have no recipe, it’s just something that I’ve developed over the years, fine tuning as I went along. There are no rules when I make it, if I have some leftover pork, it goes in the sauce- anything that adds flavor is welcome.

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    Jackie Stento — October 22, 2012 @ 9:47 am

    I have followed you on Facebook. I love your recipes, as we eat pasta a few times a week.

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    Joseph A. Wilson — October 22, 2012 @ 9:47 am

    I would love make my Pasta Ricotta using Mariella, Grazie

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    Joseph A. Wilson — October 22, 2012 @ 9:50 am

    With my Pasta Ricotta recipe using Mariella Pasta, the taste would be terrific. Grazie

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    Susan Nero — October 22, 2012 @ 9:53 am

    Hello Deborah, I want to thank you for your website, it has inspired me to be a better cook and l have learned so much. If I had to choose just one sauce, it would have to be a Lamb Ragu, the flavors with all the wonderful fall vegetables is fabulous. However I would have to make the next meal with Eggplant, Capers and Olives and another meal with Sweet Peppers and Anchovies. So many wonderful ways to enjoy pasta, so hard to choose one ! Oh and I “Liked” you on Facebook and have enjoyed following you.
    Grazie !

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    Roberta Sheridan — October 22, 2012 @ 9:55 am

    I would make pasta carbonara using eggs from my hens and bacon smoked locally with lots of fresh black pepper-yum! follow you on Facebook and look forward to your weekly emails-everything I have made from one of your recipes has been excellent and I love to see your photos of Italy

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    cathy gillard — October 22, 2012 @ 9:56 am

    I love to rummage throught the cupboards and refrigerator
    and to invent new pasta dishes with my daughter.
    I am always happy when she comes to visit and we
    love to make up flavor combinations together.
    A current favorite has olive oil, lemon and capers.

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    Mary Beth Elderton — October 22, 2012 @ 9:59 am

    I like to make an Alfredo sauce with tons of veggies over pasta

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    mushi — October 22, 2012 @ 9:59 am

    Thanks Deborah, I love all the wonderful recipes you share with all of us. You have given me so many wonderful idea to create my own versions, (I keep strictly Kosher so I have to do a bit of tweaking, use my imagination and sometimes substitute your ingredients for Kosher ones.), but that does not stop me from being here!
    My favorite sauce for pasta? That’s like having to decide which piece of chocolate from a great big box :-) Well depending on the shape of the pasta, and since I am a bit of a purest, a wonderful extra virgin olive oil, infused with garlic, with fresh asparagus that was sauteed in the garlic oil. Yum!
    I have liked you on Facebook for quite some time…
    I follow you on twitter…
    I follow you on Pinteres…
    I guess I got a bit long winded, but wanted you to know how much I like your site., and emails…
    Thanks….

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    Thanks Mushi, much appreciated!

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    Mary Beth Elderton — October 22, 2012 @ 10:00 am

    I like you on FB as Mary Beth Elderton

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    Mary Beth Elderton — October 22, 2012 @ 10:00 am

    I follow you on twitter as mbm218

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    Kendra — October 22, 2012 @ 10:00 am

    I love a light sauce with fresh basil, garlic and tomatoes! It reminds me of summer! Love your website! So glad I found you and the inspiration you pass on! Hope to visit Italy in the future!

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    Julie in Redmond — October 22, 2012 @ 10:00 am

    My favorite sauce depends on my mood. Some times I love just a very simple sauve made with lemon juice, lots of garlic, red pepper flakes, Parmesan, and wilted kale or spinach. Sometimes I crave tomato sauces with a touch of cream. And of course, there’s always a lovely pesto. Thanks for sponsoring this.

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    Mary Beth Elderton — October 22, 2012 @ 10:00 am

    I joined you on Pinterest as Mary Beth Elderton

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    We love a vodka cream sauce. — October 22, 2012 @ 10:02 am

    We love vodka cream sauce.

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    Peggy Hakanson — October 22, 2012 @ 10:03 am

    My favorite sauce over pasta is usually a pink sauce, made from a mix of Alfredo and Marinara. Add to that some freshly diced tomato, basil, garlic and a grating of Asiago and I’ll be in heaven!

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    John DeGennaro — October 22, 2012 @ 10:04 am

    Decisions, decisions! Maybe some bolognese, or arrabiata, or vodka sauce. With so much pasta, I could have them all!

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    Connie — October 22, 2012 @ 10:06 am

    I would make a simple tomato sauce with tomatoes from my garden. yum. Alittle fresh basil and parmigiano reggiano. And don’t forget the wine.

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    cynthia rich — October 22, 2012 @ 10:07 am

    I top all of my pasta with the family recipe for tomato sauce .
    it simmers all day long and is excellent !

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    joe zega — October 22, 2012 @ 10:07 am

    every pound a different gravey, verity is the spice of life. thank you

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    Joanne — October 22, 2012 @ 10:07 am

    The first sauce I would make is vodka sauce. These pastas look amazing!

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    Deanna — October 22, 2012 @ 10:08 am

    A simple raw tomato sauce is so delicious, with fresh garlic, parsley, good olive oil. That is, IF I can still find good tomatoes!

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    Melanie O'Donnell — October 22, 2012 @ 10:10 am

    I absolutely LOVE spicy italian sausage with broccoli rabe, a touch of white wine, chicken broth for flavor, and lots of reggiano!!
    Delicious!!

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    Marjorie DiBiase — October 22, 2012 @ 10:20 am

    Love your website! Love to try your recipes, which are all delicious! My husband’s favorite is his mother’s homemade meat sauce, which came straight from Italy with the family. I prefer Northern Italian sauces…..love pasta with just butter, pepper and freshly grated Parmesan!

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    Frank Perry — October 22, 2012 @ 10:24 am

    I enjoy your emails and recipes very much. I think my favorite sauce to go with the pasts would be Amatrciana using tomatoes canned from my garden.

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    Kimberly Campoli — October 22, 2012 @ 10:24 am

    I would top Mariella Pasta with the Ragu All’Abruzzese from “the glorious Pasta of Italy” or even the Basic Tomato Sauce — admit I add a little red wine to my sauce recipes! Love your blog and recipes. Thank you.

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    Susan Robertson — October 22, 2012 @ 10:29 am

    Puttanesca…because I always have the ingredients on hand…which means I can eat it anytime I am in the mood!!!

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    Michael J. Macaluso — October 22, 2012 @ 10:29 am

    The only way to go for me is fresh!!!
    Take the last of the summer pomodoros…peel (blanch and an ice plunge)…hand torn into a bubbling sauce pan holding sauteed garlic , sweet onion, fine chopped carrots and celery…all getting soft and translucent in a cauldron of EVVO from Sicily. Add kosher salt and garden basilico and parsley at hour 2 in the cooking processand let in simmer for 4-5 hours.

    Depending on the acidity of the tomatos…I like a snitch of sangiovese vino and a drizzle of organic honey.

    Cool it down and refridgerate. The next day reheat…slowly prep the pasta water…grate the Loccatelli…and go to town.
    Simple and …for me the best.

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    Julie Bellante — October 22, 2012 @ 10:29 am

    Bolognese on a lazy week end or a beautiful raw tomato, olive oil, garlic and basil mix on a busy week night……lots of grated cheese always!

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    Vicki — October 22, 2012 @ 10:29 am

    A Cilantro Pesto is our new fav………..
    yum………
    or just good old EVOO and Garlic, maybe some Broccoli or Asparagus, perhaps add a little blackend chicken??
    ANY Way sounds wonderful………
    Wish me luck!

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    William English — October 22, 2012 @ 10:30 am

    The particuar sauce that compliments each pasta shape such as White Clam Sauce with Linguine, a simple but delicious Marinara with Spaghetti or a rich Pork or Beef Ragu with Rigatoni.

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    Geri Bocchieri — October 22, 2012 @ 10:33 am

    The pastabilities are endless..I love puttanesca sauce and tortelloni Alfredo

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    Anita Galan — October 22, 2012 @ 10:39 am

    I’m of Italian heritage on both my Mother’s and Father’s side of the family and I could eat pasta every day. My favorite sauces are meatball and sausage and a three mushroom sauce. My husband’s favorite is white clam sauce. Love your website and recipes.

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    Doug Roberts — October 22, 2012 @ 10:40 am

    I like all kinds of sauces for pasta but my all-time favourite is a bright, fresh-tasting marinara sauce.

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    Mary Mansson — October 22, 2012 @ 10:41 am

    I liked your facebook page. I have a recipe for a pork and fennel ragu that is great on penne rigate.

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    Judith — October 22, 2012 @ 10:41 am

    Marcella Hazen’s Tomato, Butter and Onion sauce. Simple and exquisite.

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    Judith — October 22, 2012 @ 10:44 am

    I “liked” you!

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    Pam — October 22, 2012 @ 10:44 am

    My favorite sauce is my Signature Meat Sauce. I created this sauce at age 18 and have been happily making it for 39 years! Hubs says, “Oh Mama, you cooka you a** off”.

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    Carolyn Mandia — October 22, 2012 @ 10:48 am

    My great grandmothers “gravy” would be my choice. A recipe that has been handed down for 4 generations and savored on Sundays with meatballs and braciolla….deliciouso!!!

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    toni — October 22, 2012 @ 10:55 am

    I’m am SO following you on Pinterest….I’d follow you to the ends of Naples (FL) and Umbria!

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    valerie — October 22, 2012 @ 10:57 am

    just butter, pepper and a really good grated cheese!!!

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    alisha — October 22, 2012 @ 11:05 am

    Vodka sauce or ll’Amatriciana both sound great right now….

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    Mary — October 22, 2012 @ 11:06 am

    Hi. I love all pasta but my favorite sauce would be a tomato based on with tomatoes from my husband’s garden. I would add our zuccinne and some red pepper along with garlic and onions. But the next best one would be my best friends seafood sauce with clams, shrimp and a creamcheese white wine sauce. Very rich so I would only make it if I had been for a hour long walk before the meal…..to full afterwards.

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    alisha — October 22, 2012 @ 11:06 am

    I have ‘liked’ you on Facebook since you first joined :)

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    alisha — October 22, 2012 @ 11:07 am

    I have been following you on Pinterest for some time now – although that sounds kind of creepy….

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    VinXpert — October 22, 2012 @ 11:13 am

    With the Eggplant at my local Farmers’ Market so glorious now, I would make Pasta alla Norma with this wonderful pasta.

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    Babs — October 22, 2012 @ 11:15 am

    I have many tomatoes from my garden that I make into a great fresh tomato sauce. Next would be marinara, as that is actually my husband’s favorite. Seriously, I don’t think I have ever had a pasta dish with any type of sauce that I didn’t like. We seem to go through an awful lot of pasta in this house.

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    Cherryl Gilker — October 22, 2012 @ 11:16 am

    I am now following you on pinterest! Friends stayed with you in Umbria recently and did a cooking class. You got rave reviews! I hope to make it there some day.

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    Connie Gallagher — October 22, 2012 @ 11:17 am

    This time of the year in San Diego we are getting great sweet ripe tomatoes, so I would make a fresh tomato and basil sauce to use for my pasta. I love all the recipes from Italian Food Forever and make them on a daily basis. Thanks Deb!

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    Connie Gallagher — October 22, 2012 @ 11:23 am

    I just liked you on Facebook and I have to tell you, my whole family was in from Chicago and I made your cavatelli with a vodak cream sauce and they went crazy. I posted a picture of our family dinner on Facebook.

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    gmg — October 22, 2012 @ 11:26 am

    since past is my favorite food i would love to make a beautiful bolognese from a combination of meats! that would be heaven

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    Connie Gallagher — October 22, 2012 @ 11:28 am

    I have pinned some of you recipes on pinterest before and now that I followed you on pinterest, I can just repin your pins. Love this!

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    Louie Z — October 22, 2012 @ 11:36 am

    My mother’s sauce, with aunt Sue’s meatballs, and Grandmom’s laughter every Sunday. I miss you all.

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    Pamela — October 22, 2012 @ 11:40 am

    Thanks for yet another great give-a-way. Pasta is my favorite food and now that I make 3 – 4 pounds every Sunday for our family’s Sunday dinner ( at 2:00 ) I surely could use the 30 pounds. My favorite sauce is the traditional Sunday “gravy” with meatballs and sausage but I also like a quick sauce with fresh tomaotes and basil. Actually, ANYTHING with pasta is my favorite!!!

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    Miss Pat — October 22, 2012 @ 11:46 am

    My 13 year-old granddaughter and I both love almost any sauce on pasta or just butter and shredded hard cheese.

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    Winston — October 22, 2012 @ 12:00 pm

    I enjoy a good chicken alfredo and would certainly use some of the pasta to that end. Beef ragu comes in a close second.

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    Charlotte — October 22, 2012 @ 12:00 pm

    I would coat the spaghetti with a Carbonara sauce and the other pasta with an eggplant Bolognese sauce.

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    Winston — October 22, 2012 @ 12:00 pm

    Already follow IFF on Facebook

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    Winston — October 22, 2012 @ 12:01 pm

    Already follow on Twitter

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    Winston — October 22, 2012 @ 12:01 pm

    Already follow on Pinterest

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    Jack Creamer — October 22, 2012 @ 12:03 pm

    Simple tomato base sauce made with with EVOO, sliced garlic, oregano and San Marzano tomatoes.

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    Jack Creamer — October 22, 2012 @ 12:05 pm

    I have liked you on face book

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    Jack Creamer — October 22, 2012 @ 12:05 pm

    I now follow you on Pinterest

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    Lynn — October 22, 2012 @ 12:10 pm

    Thank you for the wonderful giveaway! Roasted tomato, basil, in garlic olive oil with a light sprinkle of cheese.

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    Dolly C — October 22, 2012 @ 12:10 pm

    Wow, so soon with another glorious Deborah Mele contest. Would love to win. My favorite pastas, are the ones being offered, Rigatoni, Spaghetti, and Penne, in that order. My toppings would include a simple tomato sauce, bolognese sauce, sausage sauce, eggplant sauce, pesto sauce, mushroom sauce, or a tomato cream sauce. Choosing just one sauce would be too hard as our family members all have their favorites. Right now we’re into making pesto sauces with all the basil from our garden.

    And your Glorious Pasta of Italy cookbook to accompany the prize would complete the prize….. have wanted it for quite some time.

    Thank you Deborah.

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    Dolly C — October 22, 2012 @ 12:16 pm

    Hi Deborah,

    Just posted a comment on Facebook.

    Thank you.

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    Jeri Lynne — October 22, 2012 @ 12:18 pm

    I love a good vodka sauce. This had made me hungry for lunch!

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    Christine Geery — October 22, 2012 @ 12:21 pm

    I have followed you on facebook, linked and pinterest for quite some time. My family loves a Basil cream sauce made with crushed tomatoes, onion, garlic, sausage, mushrooms and eggplant, toasted pine nuts and plenty of homegrown basil. At least 2 cups of cream is added to this sauce and simmered. Then after the pasta is cooked al dente, I combine everything in a baking dish and bake for about 45 minutes till it is perfection. Sprinkled with more basil and Parmesan cheese makes a wonderful presentation and my family and guests think I have been slaving all day.
    Next to this a simple sauce of tomatoes, garlic, basil and Parmesan is perfect for me.
    So many sauces spring to mind, so little time to share them all. I guess being Italian does that to you. Pasta is my go to comfort food.

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    Sarah — October 22, 2012 @ 12:26 pm

    I would top the pasta with Bolognese. Yum!

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    Dolly C — October 22, 2012 @ 12:29 pm

    Just posted on twitter, don’t know if it went through, I have trouble figuring out how to post.

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    Dolly C — October 22, 2012 @ 12:36 pm

    Just repined on Pinterest, wish me luck!

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    Micheline — October 22, 2012 @ 12:36 pm

    I would top this pasta with a bolognese … Mmmmm

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    Diane — October 22, 2012 @ 12:37 pm

    I’d make sauce with pancetta, onion and tomato and serve it with the spaghetti. A meat sauce would be great with the rigatoni and penne! We eat pasta every day (we’re Italian) and I love bronze die dry pasta…it’s the best! Will have to search for this brand…

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    Eleanor W — October 22, 2012 @ 12:38 pm

    The possibilities are endless, but I must admit to loving pasta with garlic and olive oil, a little parmesan and a hunk of nice crusty bread! Of course, fresh veggies in a homemade tomato sauce or homemade sauce with my favorite chicken sausages are making my mouth water. Hoping to be the random winner!!!

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    Diane — October 22, 2012 @ 12:39 pm

    I have followed you on Face Book!

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    Milo — October 22, 2012 @ 12:39 pm

    My tomato sauce made with home made Italian sausage, meat balls, some pork with bone, home grown San Marzano tomatoes, home grown Italian oregano, basil, garlic and olive oil.

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    Donna DeKeyrel — October 22, 2012 @ 12:39 pm

    Love this site and LOVE pasta!!! Always a good day when I get a message from Italian Food Forever. Even when it is rainy and gloomy outside. Thanks for the pick me up!

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    Diane — October 22, 2012 @ 12:40 pm

    and pinterest! :)

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    anne — October 22, 2012 @ 12:44 pm

    basil tomato sauce. Love this contest.

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    Cecelia Gitto — October 22, 2012 @ 12:45 pm

    My topping would be my special shrimp with fresh tomato sauce over spaghetti.

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    Ms. Tweetley — October 22, 2012 @ 12:45 pm

    I’d use a garlicy creamy cheese sauce for the pasta.

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    Brenda — October 22, 2012 @ 12:47 pm

    Hi, Debra,
    My husband and I are faithful followers of your amazing blog. We love Italy and Italian cooking. Our first trip many years ago when we rented a restored farm house at the top of a mountain near Umbertide is forever engraved in our hearts and memories. We think pasta made in Italy is superb, so the chance to win the Mariella Bronze Die Pasta is thrilling. I think it would be fabulous topped with sun dried tomatoes, artichoke hearts, basil, olive oil, and garlic.

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    Terrie — October 22, 2012 @ 1:01 pm

    Shrimp Scampi

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    gene grillo — October 22, 2012 @ 1:01 pm

    I would use an amatriciana ssuce made with real italian san marzano tomatoes

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    SUSAN FELICETTA — October 22, 2012 @ 1:15 pm

    WOULD TOP OFF THE PASTA WITH MY SPECIAL CARBONARA SAUCE

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    Antonette Holub — October 22, 2012 @ 1:15 pm

    I like Italian Food Forever on Facebook! And I’d love to win pasta and a cookbook!

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    Tony Vitello — October 22, 2012 @ 1:19 pm

    I would toss with Hot Sausage, Calamata Olives, Spinach, Chopped Roma Tomatoes and Feta.

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    Adrienne Tortoriello — October 22, 2012 @ 1:24 pm

    Anything is good on pasta even plain butter and cheese…my favorites are clam/shrimp & calamari or puttanesca…doesn’t have to be fancy I just enjoy eating it…

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    Donna Wensch — October 22, 2012 @ 1:28 pm

    Fresh tomatoes with basil, garlic and Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Just a basic, simple and tasty sauce over the best pasta in the world.

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    Laura Patterson — October 22, 2012 @ 1:30 pm

    I would love a fresh basil tomato sauce over the pasta!!

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    Margaret — October 22, 2012 @ 1:35 pm

    Homemade pesto sauce with extra pine nuts and parmesan cheese. Oh, and sausage!

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    Margaret — October 22, 2012 @ 1:44 pm

    Repinned with pleasure on Pinterest. Love the boards!

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    Ann — October 22, 2012 @ 1:45 pm

    Creamy dreamy homemade alfredo with smoked mushrooms,chicken and sundried tomatoes!!!

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    tom ferrera — October 22, 2012 @ 1:48 pm

    i would use the fresh tomatoes from my garden and season them with De Fratelle tomato sauce

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    tom ferrera — October 22, 2012 @ 1:50 pm

    enjoy your web site, thanks

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    Michael W. — October 22, 2012 @ 1:58 pm

    I would probably prepare Pasta Amatriciana. Also liked you on Facebook.

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    Cathy T — October 22, 2012 @ 2:16 pm

    Deborah, I have followed you for awhile now and lover your site! I’m following you on Pinterest and FB is next! You have a great site, I love the recipes and being able to see how wonderful life in Italy can be!
    Winning the pasta would be awesome and it would have to be topped with a marinara or Bolognese at first. Then I’d branch off to a lot of others to let the pasta have lots of chances to shine!

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    PAUL PULEO — October 22, 2012 @ 2:18 pm

    PUNTTANESCA IS THE BESTA !!!! LOL

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    Christopher L — October 22, 2012 @ 2:21 pm

    Deborah,
    I make a Ragu Bolognese with slow cooked beef shank that would be wonderful with either the penne or the riggatoni. The sauce is bold and meaty and needs a good sturdy pasta to enhance its rich texture.
    Thank you for your great posts and even better recipes. I have yet to find one that did not rise to my expectations.
    Best regards for the winter months.

    Chris

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    Sydna M. — October 22, 2012 @ 2:21 pm

    My favorite is a creamy tomato sauce with shrimp! My second favorite would be a spicy tomato broth sort of sauce. :-) I love pasta!! I already follow you on twitter, FB and Pinterest so does that count as my 4 entries!? Thanks!!

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    Sydna M. — October 22, 2012 @ 2:23 pm

    Ok, I thought I followed you on Twitter. Now I do (@Sixty5roses)!

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    Marie McConnell — October 22, 2012 @ 2:57 pm

    My favorite sauce would be my homemade marinara sauce

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    Marie McConnell — October 22, 2012 @ 2:57 pm

    I have followed you on Facebook

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    Marie McConnell — October 22, 2012 @ 2:57 pm

    I have followed you on Twitter

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    liz ansley — October 22, 2012 @ 2:58 pm

    Amatriciano!!

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    Marie McConnell — October 22, 2012 @ 2:58 pm

    I have followed you on Pinterest

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    Carol — October 22, 2012 @ 3:13 pm

    I’ve been enjoying your blog for quite a while. Didn’t even think to check you out on twitter. So glad I saw this contest and started to follow you. Thanks for all the interesting readings and recipes.

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    Gary C — October 22, 2012 @ 3:24 pm

    Thank you, Deborah – my day is complete when I receive your e-mail. I have made many of your wonderful recipes over the years; so wonderful. I am happy to build a tradition of Italian cooking with my family and your website has helped me so much.

    I would prepare the sauces I learned from Naples over this blessing pasta.

    God bless you and thank you. Gary Caimano

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    jenn mink — October 22, 2012 @ 3:30 pm

    I’d have to say your easy basil pesto sauce. Delicious!

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    Elisa Whittington — October 22, 2012 @ 3:31 pm

    What could be better? Pounds of Deborah’s favorite dried pasta AND one of her favorite pasta cookbooks!!!

    I would cook up a batch of Deborah’s delicious Bolognese sauce to serve over this pasta!

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    Pepper Richardson — October 22, 2012 @ 3:40 pm

    I am now following you on Pinterest:-) Thanks for the chance to win!

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    Alisa Taggart — October 22, 2012 @ 4:20 pm

    Pesto is the besto!!!!!!!! …and dont forget the Parmesan cheese!

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    Martha Brown — October 22, 2012 @ 4:20 pm

    Marinara.

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    Kimi — October 22, 2012 @ 4:28 pm

    Olive oil, butter, garlic and parsley is my favorite sauce

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    Millie Cala — October 22, 2012 @ 4:29 pm

    visited FaceBook Italian Food Forever

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    Shirley Moy — October 22, 2012 @ 4:32 pm

    I think the pasta would be great with my homemade marinara made with San Marzano tomatoes from my summer garden.

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    mary jane segreto — October 22, 2012 @ 4:34 pm

    crab and tomato—best every

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    Marianne Nebel — October 22, 2012 @ 4:42 pm

    My Mom sent me a link to this fantastic site! Would love to win some pasta to cover it with some homemade Bolognese. And fresh grated paremiagiana, of course.

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    Marianne Nebel — October 22, 2012 @ 4:43 pm

    I am now following you on Twitter, Liking you on Facebook and Following you on Pinterest. Looking forward to trying out some of your recipes!

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    Lisa — October 22, 2012 @ 4:46 pm

    Quality pasta to me needs only simple accompaniments….EVOO, garlic, a pinch a red pepper flakes and the company of those you love. Nothing else required!

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    Annette — October 22, 2012 @ 4:47 pm

    My daughter’s mane is Marielle and her dance teacher calls her Mariella! Marielle’s favorite food is pasta of course! I would love to make her a dinner when she comes home from college with homemade pasta( that bears her name) gravy and Meatballs from scratch too:)

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    Erica Sergent — October 22, 2012 @ 4:51 pm

    I love penne arrabiata! Can’t find anything close the delicious pastas we had living in Italy! Love all of your stories and recipes! AND I’ve “liked” you on FB!

    A presto!

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    Brint Adams — October 22, 2012 @ 4:55 pm

    I liked you on Facebook.

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    Brint Adams — October 22, 2012 @ 4:55 pm

    I am following you on Twitter.

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    Brint Adams — October 22, 2012 @ 5:08 pm

    My wife makes several sauces from Mama Leone’s which would be great with any of the different pastas.

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    Kristen @ The Holiday Kitchen — October 22, 2012 @ 5:18 pm

    What a great giveaway! I would top the pasta with vodka sauce – my favorite.

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    Kristen @ The Holiday Kitchen — October 22, 2012 @ 5:19 pm

    I’m following you on Twitter

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    Kristen @ The Holiday Kitchen — October 22, 2012 @ 5:20 pm

    Following you on Pinterest!

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    Terry Covington — October 22, 2012 @ 5:25 pm

    Definitely Bolognese sauce! Thanks for this wonderful opportunity.

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    Brian Nonno — October 22, 2012 @ 5:56 pm

    My pasta would be topped with meatballs from my grandmothers recipe. She is 88 years old and my great grandmothers sauce who was 93 when she died. The sauce simmers for 12 or more hours.

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    Brian Nonno — October 22, 2012 @ 5:56 pm

    Add you to all sites

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    Joe Rodriguez — October 22, 2012 @ 6:23 pm

    Love Italian food, especially pasta of any type. I can’t yhink of a better way to get my family and me through our long, cold, snowy winter than to spend dinner time eating a hearty bowl of pasta.

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    Del Martinis — October 22, 2012 @ 7:02 pm

    I liked you on facebook

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    Diane J — October 22, 2012 @ 7:12 pm

    What a great gift. Would love to win.
    Your attitude about food is inspiring and I agree!

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    Chris S — October 22, 2012 @ 7:22 pm

    Roasted pepper sauce…my family’s new favorite!

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    Peter Bower — October 22, 2012 @ 7:33 pm

    Putanesca – no question!

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    Julie in Redmond — October 22, 2012 @ 7:48 pm

    I “like” Italian Food Forever (and Recipe Rebuild!) on Facebook.

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    Al Cappello — October 22, 2012 @ 8:15 pm

    I think pasta like this deserves a good Red Clam Sauce just like my mother makes. To Die For!!!

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    F Montes — October 22, 2012 @ 8:19 pm

    San Marzano tomatoes, olive oil, garlic and mozzarella.

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    Anita M. Creamer — October 22, 2012 @ 8:21 pm

    Hmm, picking a favorite sauce to top this pasta is a tough question, nearly impossible to answer. While Bolognese is one of my favorites, a simple marinara with tomatoes, olive oil, garlic and basil would easily make me happy. Simplicity fits this rustic choice.

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    Maria Celeste Gearino Lloyd — October 22, 2012 @ 8:24 pm

    So many sauces are delicious, and all of the suggestions above have whet my appetite, but there is nothing better than a real Italian homemade tomato sauce with authentic Italian hot sausage and meatballs (beef/veal/pork).

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    Maria Celeste Gearino Lloyd — October 22, 2012 @ 8:27 pm

    Of course, I “LIKE” Italian Food Forever on Facebook!

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    Nikita — October 22, 2012 @ 9:30 pm

    My all time fav Pasta sauce – Tomato Marinara Cream based sauce…

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    Cynthia Devlin — October 22, 2012 @ 9:39 pm

    My pasta would be topped with White truffle cream sauce…mmm!!!

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    Abby Egli — October 22, 2012 @ 9:52 pm

    I would use Alfredo Sauce!!

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    Paula R — October 22, 2012 @ 9:56 pm

    I would use my own homemade tomato sauce made with a chuck roast and pork ribs. I also cook my sauce with the rind of parmesan cheese. The meat would be deboned, chopped and added back to the sauce. The lucky pasta would have this sauce poured all over and showered with grated parmesan….YUM!

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    Nancy F Lambert — October 22, 2012 @ 10:06 pm

    I love Italian foods, I can eat pasta every day I put sauce on all kinds of noodles.
    I enjoy your emails, I also follow you on facebook, twitter, and now on pinterest
    Thank you

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    Tom King — October 22, 2012 @ 10:20 pm

    Marinara sauce with lots of red wine and a splash of balsamic vinegar on ANYTHING!

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    Catherine — October 22, 2012 @ 10:21 pm

    I LIKED you on Facebook and my favorite sauce is Bolonese….

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    Chris Ann — October 22, 2012 @ 10:34 pm

    I love a white sauce with clams but I would have to say that I would select my husband lovely made, homemade herb tomato sauce made with his organic tomato & herbs from his garden. I thank you for educating me about Mairella Bronze Die Pasta. I had no clue about the material that the pasta is extruded through.
    Peace to you and yours,
    Chris Ann

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    Valerie Poulter — October 22, 2012 @ 10:42 pm

    Following you on FaceBook!!!

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    Roger — October 22, 2012 @ 10:52 pm

    Carbonara for the spaghetti, puttanesca for the penne

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    Sally Massey — October 23, 2012 @ 12:39 am

    My favorite sauce is a homemade Parmesan Alfredo,but while recently attending a cooking class in Cortona, was taught a pork/beef ragu sauce. I am anxious to make this again. I know any of these pastas would taste great with this Ragu.

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    Sally Massey — October 23, 2012 @ 12:49 am

    Loved you on face book….oh wait…it’s like isn’t it.
    Well I both. ;) *\*

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    Yvonne Negro — October 23, 2012 @ 1:32 am

    Love every article that I have read, just followed you on twitter. Recipes easy to follow, healthy & yummy. Thankyou

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    Nikita — October 23, 2012 @ 1:52 am

    Just liked Italian Food Forever on Facebook…

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    Nikita — October 23, 2012 @ 1:53 am

    Just started following “DebIFF” on Twitter….

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    Nikita — October 23, 2012 @ 1:55 am

    Following on Pinterest now…

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    Suzie — October 23, 2012 @ 2:00 am

    A tre funghi sauce or pesto

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    Marilyn — October 23, 2012 @ 5:18 am

    Since the fresh tomatoes are gone now, I would use a sauce of sundries tomatoes.

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    Marilyn — October 23, 2012 @ 5:23 am

    I liked Italian Food Forever on Facebook

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    Marilyn — October 23, 2012 @ 5:35 am

    I follow you on Pinterest.

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    Marilyn — October 23, 2012 @ 5:49 am

    I don’t have a Twitter account, but could I please be entered for the giveaway?

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    Deborah Reply:

    Marilyn, you do not need a Twitter account to enter, simply to post a comment stating which sauce you prefer on your pasta. Liking my IFF Facebook page, or following e on Twitter or Pinterest simply gives you multiple entries into the contest.

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    Rose P. — October 23, 2012 @ 6:42 am

    I would have the pasta with butternut squash/mascarpone mixture.

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    Mrs C. From Illinois — October 23, 2012 @ 7:35 am

    Our favorite would be a fresh tomato and basil sauce right from the garden!

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    Ruth — October 23, 2012 @ 8:10 am

    I liked italian Food Forever on Facebook . I eat pasta everyday so I have a multitude of sauces to choose from, some I learned from recipes on Italian Food Forever. I especially love Pasta Amatriciana With Cherry Tomatoes.

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    Karen S — October 23, 2012 @ 9:14 am

    I would put a delicious red gravy made with pork neck bones on that beautiful pasta.

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    Ami Goedke — October 23, 2012 @ 11:45 am

    I would top the pasta with Amatriciana sauce!

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    Ami Goedke — October 23, 2012 @ 11:46 am

    I follow you on Pinterest!

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    Ami Goedke — October 23, 2012 @ 11:47 am

    I like Italian Food Forever on Facebook!

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    Rhianna — October 23, 2012 @ 12:52 pm

    I would use this pasta for an alfredo which is one of my son’s favorite.

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    Lorie — October 23, 2012 @ 1:50 pm

    My favorite sauce would be anything with basil and garlic! I also love a good marinara..

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    Lorie — October 23, 2012 @ 1:51 pm

    I am still learning the ropes of pinterest but I am now following you!

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    Jenni2 — October 23, 2012 @ 3:24 pm

    I love Italian food, just some of my most favorite food. I just love fresh tomatoes sauteed with parsley and olive oil of course, garlic and pasta for a fresh take on marinara.

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    Teresa — October 23, 2012 @ 4:24 pm

    Pomodoro, my every day go to!

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    Teresa — October 23, 2012 @ 4:26 pm

    I like Italian Food Forever on Facebook!

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    Teresa — October 23, 2012 @ 4:27 pm

    I follow Italian Food Forever on Pinterest!

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    rita castorena — October 23, 2012 @ 4:36 pm

    just liked you on facebook

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    rita castorena — October 23, 2012 @ 4:36 pm

    i would put bolognese on my pasta

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    Linda Kastenbaum — October 23, 2012 @ 7:46 pm

    A rich bolognese sauce or maybe my Aunt Viv’s gravy with meatballs! Molto delizioso!

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    Lindsay H — October 23, 2012 @ 8:04 pm

    Pesto would be my first choice! If it’s really good, just olive oil and some sautéed veggies would make it delicious!

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    Jill Hartley — October 23, 2012 @ 8:16 pm

    I would most definitely put homemade vodka cream sauce on top of it! Delish!

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    Jill Hartley — October 23, 2012 @ 8:19 pm

    I liked Italian Food Forever on facebook

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    Jill Hartley — October 23, 2012 @ 8:19 pm

    Following Italian food forever on twitter :-)

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    Jill Hartley — October 23, 2012 @ 8:20 pm

    Following you on pinterest :-)

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    Indre — October 23, 2012 @ 9:08 pm

    mm..I would put… cream cheese, herbs , cooked well chopped meat, and my own one secret ingredient ;-) bon apettit!!!

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    DARLENE EPPS — October 23, 2012 @ 9:10 pm

    I would put my homemade Bolognese sauce on my pasta.

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    Grace H — October 23, 2012 @ 10:05 pm

    I would top with my homemade pasta sauce.

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    Grace H — October 23, 2012 @ 10:06 pm

    I like Italian food forever on Facebook.

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    Grace H — October 23, 2012 @ 10:14 pm

    I follow you on Twitter. Thanks for all your give-aways. They are always fun to enter.

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    Julie M — October 23, 2012 @ 11:28 pm

    My favorite sauce right now is reducing low sodium chicken stock and adding lots of fresh or dried herbs. Then if I’m really needing some cheese…like almost always. I’ll put in a bit of freshly grated hard cheese or a spoon full of low fat cream cheese or sour cream. Of course lots of veggies..roasted, sauteed or fresh! I am actually loosing weight and feeling fabulous. Love Italian, wish I were! Will visit someday soon.

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    Julie M — October 23, 2012 @ 11:37 pm

    Okay. Liked Ya on Facebook.

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    Julie M — October 23, 2012 @ 11:49 pm

    Okay now I have Tweeted! Practicing new skills is good for my brain! Thanks for the chance!

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    Julie M — October 23, 2012 @ 11:52 pm

    OK just Pinned All. Hope that’s a good thing! :)

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    Laura Timmons — October 24, 2012 @ 7:18 am

    I would love a fresh tomato with basil sauce. This allows you to enjoy the taste of the pasta too. Thank you…

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    Rosetta from Elmwood Park — October 24, 2012 @ 8:37 am

    Love your contests Deborah! Well, what can I say about pasta?? It is fabulous and just about everyone enjoys it. Whether it’s prepared with some homemade Marinara or served with roasted vegetables you cannot go wrong! Hope to win this wonderful prize…Deborah my dear you are welcome anytime to my home for a dish of pasta!

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    Sue — October 24, 2012 @ 12:23 pm

    I would use the gorganzola-sage sauce that I love. it requires a wonderful pasta so that it can shine.

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    Morgan — October 24, 2012 @ 1:34 pm

    I would top it with a creamy marinara/mix of marinara and alfredo…I love that combo! Great giveaway!

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    Amanda Page — October 24, 2012 @ 2:10 pm

    I just started following you on twitter! I came across your website today and have fallen deeply in love with it. I probably shouldn’t look at it with and empty stomach though… yummy stuff. I am planning on using your fall recipes and your past Thanksgiving recipes to have a formal sit down Thanksgiving this year. We were looking to do something different than down home southern, and I am blown away by your recipes and knowledge. thanks for the amazing tutorials too. Keep them coming! I hope I win the pasta!!!! everyone can come over for Pasta night – i’m a sucker for vodka sauce BTW

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    Deborah Reply:

    Thanks Amanda, much appreciated!

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    Anna Jones — October 24, 2012 @ 2:57 pm

    I would top this pasta with my homemade slow-cooked marinara and freshly shredded romano…always a classic!

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    Apryl Mendez — October 24, 2012 @ 5:12 pm

    I would make it with a vodka sauce =D

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    Apryl Mendez — October 24, 2012 @ 5:12 pm

    Like IFF on FB

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    Apryl Mendez — October 24, 2012 @ 5:13 pm

    Following you on Twitter

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    Apryl Mendez — October 24, 2012 @ 5:13 pm

    Following you on Pinterest

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    Melissa in VT — October 24, 2012 @ 6:57 pm

    I would top with vodka tomato sauce or amatricana sauce! Those are my favorites to eat and to make.

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    Melissa in VT — October 24, 2012 @ 7:00 pm

    Liked on Facebook!

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    ALLISON LOPEZ — October 24, 2012 @ 10:10 pm

    I “liked” you on FB, and followed you on Pinterest!! :)

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    jackie m — October 25, 2012 @ 12:12 am

    hmmm my favorite sauce is just a basic tomato based sauce, althought i love baked penne with lots of motzarella.

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    jackie m — October 25, 2012 @ 12:13 am

    I liked italian food forever

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    jackie m — October 25, 2012 @ 12:15 am

    i followed you on twitter

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    jackie m — October 25, 2012 @ 12:17 am

    I followed you on pinterest….and now i am going back and gettin lost in your pins ;>

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    Laura G — October 25, 2012 @ 6:29 am

    I love simple tomato sauce on pasta.

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    Rosetta from Elmwood Park — October 25, 2012 @ 9:16 am

    Pasta! What would the world be like without it?!?!? Hope to win some delicious pasta!!

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    Cat Martinez — October 25, 2012 @ 3:33 pm

    I “liked” Italian Food Forever on FB :)

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    nancy hurley — October 25, 2012 @ 6:15 pm

    Following you on twitter.

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    G. Rex — October 26, 2012 @ 5:00 am

    Nothing better than my lemon, caper and artichoke sauce

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    Angela Napolitano — October 26, 2012 @ 7:15 am

    My favorite sauce for nice quality pasta is a homemade Bolognese.

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    Judy N — October 26, 2012 @ 9:49 pm

    I “liked” you on FaceBook!

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    Diana Letteri-Lewis — October 27, 2012 @ 3:45 pm

    I just liked Italian Food Forever on FB.

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    Debbie Belleau — October 27, 2012 @ 4:36 pm

    I make a good ragu sauce..and would be awesome on this pasta..yummm…

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    Savitr — October 27, 2012 @ 5:28 pm

    I would be hard put to decide between my basic sauce – garlic lightly browned in EVOO then simmered in diced tomatoes with salt & pepper, topped with basil – and Pasta a la Checca: But, I imagine there will be enough pasta to allow me to make both!

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    Estelle Palmisano — October 27, 2012 @ 9:12 pm

    crushed garlic, garlic salt and red pepper flakes in olive oil with a touch of butter, mixed with chopped Italian Sausage and topped with finely chopped parsley.

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    Kelli Giguiere — October 28, 2012 @ 2:44 pm

    I would love a tomato basil sauce on mine!

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    Kelli Giguiere — October 28, 2012 @ 2:44 pm

    I am following on Pinterest!! Woot woot!

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    Kelli Giguiere — October 28, 2012 @ 2:45 pm

    I also ‘liked” your facebook page! I can’t wait to try some recipes!

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    Laura V — October 28, 2012 @ 6:41 pm

    I would think that some pasta with sliced mushrooms, some olive oil ,maybe finely chopped spinach and some garlic too! Oh and then cheese.. Some caciocavallo from Sicily…hmm maybe sauté the mushrooms in white wine and make a yummy sauce!! And how about topping it all with a sprinkle of bread crumbs that were pan toasted in a bit of olive oil! What do you think??

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    Carol Freeman — October 28, 2012 @ 7:35 pm

    Hi, love pesto on real italian pasta

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    Carol Freeman — October 28, 2012 @ 7:36 pm

    following you on facebook

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    Carol Freeman — October 28, 2012 @ 7:37 pm

    following you on twitter

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    Carol Freeman — October 28, 2012 @ 7:37 pm

    following you on pinterest

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    Doaa — October 28, 2012 @ 9:11 pm

    I absolutely love a pesto sauce with lots of garlic!

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    cindi m — October 28, 2012 @ 10:35 pm

    def a bolognese or if I am in a lighter mood, pesto

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    cindi m — October 28, 2012 @ 10:35 pm

    I like you on FB

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    cindi m — October 28, 2012 @ 10:40 pm

    I follow on twitter

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    cindi m — October 28, 2012 @ 10:41 pm

    I follow in Pinterest

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    Sharon P. — October 29, 2012 @ 12:08 pm

    I have a savory sauce made with short ribs that would be absolutely fantastic with the pasta. Thanks for the contest.

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    Natasha O. — October 29, 2012 @ 7:34 pm

    Pasta is my #1 fav choice!! Alfredo all the way.

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    Natasha O. — October 29, 2012 @ 7:34 pm

    I like you on Facebook!

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    Cliff G — October 29, 2012 @ 10:58 pm

    It depends, a thicker pasta needs a thicker sauce, and a thinner pasta needs a thinner sauce.

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    Sara B — October 29, 2012 @ 11:59 pm

    Too many sauces to choose from! Pesto from fennel, sage, or tarragon; a concentrated homemade tomato sauce with a touch of harissa and different herbs with every serving; squash blossoms; beet greens with orange juice; and of course the amazing wild mushrooms that my husband forages from the woods. Perhaps a different sauce for every pound…

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    Terry Covington — November 4, 2012 @ 10:32 pm

    I wanted to let you know that the beautiful book came in the mail today, and I am looking forward to reading it and cooking from it. Thanks again!

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    Deborah Reply:

    Terry, happy to hear the book arrived. The pasta should be there soon too!

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