Ree Drummond adds her ‘pioneer woman’ twist to these classic Italian recipes

Food Network star Ree Drummond puts her ‘pioneer woman’ twist on three Italian recipes: pasta fagioli, spaghetti carbonara and pasta puttanesca. The culinary personality may be from Oklahoma but knows how to deliciously serve up Italian classics with her own twist.

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Ree Drummond’s Fagioli pasta encourages using what you “have on hand”

Pasta Fagioli, which translates from Italian to “pasta and beans”, is a deliciously simple meal. And the culinary personality makes it even more convenient for home cooks by adding whatever beans, vegetables or other ingredients you prefer, as she notes in her blog The Pioneer Woman.

“A good pot and lots of canned beans are essential for fagioli pasta – anything else can be substituted with whatever you have on hand,” she says. “If you want to make it vegetarian, use vegetable broth instead of chicken. Did your helpful spouse buy the wrong canned tomatoes at the market? No problem, you can use crushed tomatoes or even diced fresh tomatoes. Don’t have ditalini pasta? Use small elbows, shells or even bow ties! Don’t like kale? Use spinach or omit green vegetables.

Ree Drummond’s spaghetti carbonara adds some elements not found in the original recipe

Drummond’s version of this classic pasta dish closely follows the original which includes the use of bacon or pancetta, egg yolks, olive oil and parmesan and pecorino cheeses, then served, well sure, over pasta.

Along with these ingredients, the Pioneer Woman star adds chopped onion, garlic and heavy cream to her recipe because, as she notes on her blog, “this is a free country.” She also adds peas to her carbonara dish, which she writes should be tried, “next time you need a pasta fix! Or a dose of bacon. Or a dose of cream. Or a dose of parmesan cheese. (You get the picture.)”

A reviewer on his site agreed that Drummond’s pasta carbonara is a keeper, writing: ‘I made it for dinner tonight for the first time. My son loved it. It’s one of his favorite meals. Thanks for the recipe. I used to always use bottled alfredo sauce. No more.”

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Drummond’s puttanesca pasta deviates from the original recipe with the use of parmesan cheese

The cookbook author’s recipe includes spaghetti or bucatini pasta, sliced ​​red onions, halved grape tomatoes, garlic, anchovies, pitted olives, olive oil, chicken broth or white wine, fresh basil and parmesan.

For all the home cooks who are worried about using small salt fish in this recipe, Drummond reassures: “If you think you don’t like anchovies… you do. Really. You don’t know that yet.

Drummond’s use of parmesan cheese in his version of the dish did not escape a reviewer on his site: “Your blog is funny and this recipe looks great, but adding cheese to a recipe with seafood is a big “no no” if we’re talking about authentic Italian food..!” Maybe they’ll change their mind once they taste it.

Find each of these Ree Drummond recipes on The Pioneer Woman blog.

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