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Oct 7th

Episodes » Episode 47: The Geometry of Pasta

Lately we've had lots of opportunity to work with various people & companies who've broadened our horizons and introduced us to new foods and flavors. The best part, however, is sometimes we get some good shwag for our readers, as is the case today!!

More details? Watch the episode to the verrrry end to see how you can win a big prize!

Moving on, in today's show, we make Pasta alla Norma, the recipe for which we found in The Geometry of Pasta, a book from our friends at Quirk Publishing. We plucked our favorite recipe to bring it to you today!


Tags: pasta, geometry of pasta, ziti, eggplant, tomato sauce, italian recipe
Recipes » Pasta Alla Norma


-1 large eggplant, sliced

-5 cloves garlic, minced

-2 Tbsp olive oil

-2 28 oz cans whole peeled tomatoes

-pinch of red pepper flakes

-Peanut, Canola or Corn oil for frying.

-1 lb Ziti

-1/2 cup pasta water


Tags: eggplant, pasta, italian recipe, tomato sauce, pasta, ziti, geometry of pasta

Jun 24th

Recipes » Allie's Summertime Pasta


-1 12 oz. box Linguini or Spaghetti

-1 red pepper, roasted and sliced

-1/2 cup sundried tomatoes, chopped

-2 Tbsp capers

-1 Tbsp Italian seasoning

-Juice of 1 lemon

-olive oil

-1/2 cup to 1 cup shaved Parmesan cheese


Tags: pasta, easy pasta recipe, cheap pasta recipe, summertime pasta

Jun 11th

Episodes » Episode 34: Pasta Puttanesca

Welcome back to Economy Bites! We're using a lot of new, exciting ingredients in today's episode: olives, baked tomatoes and, are you ready for this, ANCHOVIES!! The pizza topping everyone loves to hate is about to make it's Economy Bites debut and we couldn't be more excited - check it!



Tags: pasta, puttanesca, italian food, pasta recipe, Italian recipes, easy Italian recipe, cheap and easy Italian recipes

Jun 10th

Recipes » Pasta Puttanesca


-8 plum tomatoes, sliced and dried in the oven

-olive oil


-6 cloves of garlic, smashed

-4 to 5 filets of anchovies in olive oil (about 2 tsp), chopped and made into a paste

-1/2 cup olives (I used Manzanilla) sliced in half

-28 oz can of whole-peeled tomatoes 

-1/2 cup white wine, plus more for thinning (optional)

-3/4 tsp crushed red pepper

-2 tsp sugar

-1 Tbsp cream

-1/3 cup basil, chopped fine

-3 Tbsp capers

-1 lb pasta shells


Tags: Italian food, pasta, pasta sauce, puttanesca, olives, capers, anchovies, oven baked tomatoes

Mar 25th

Episodes » Episode 24: Penne a la Vodka

Long ago there was a time of terror and chill in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. During this time, the residents hibernated and wore coats and scarves. This time has passed and we've shedded our winter coats for more approrpriate Spring wear. That said, this episode was shot during the Winter Of My Discontent, so that's why I look so tired and cold throughout. Don't judge - it was a terrible winter


Tags: penne, penne vodka, italian recipe, vegetarian recipe, easy italian recipe, pasta, vodka, cooking with alcohol, booze recipe, cream, paremsan, cheap italian recipe

Mar 4th

Episodes » Episode 21: Fettuccine with meat sauce

Hello all! It's been a huge week here on Economy Bites. We've finally got our show up on iTunes, and we now have #3 podcast in the food category. Woo hoo! To top it off, abc Sacramento news10 aired their interview with us this past Monday. Like I said, HUGE WEEK.


Back in kitchen studio, we've been quietly recipe testing (OK, more like loudly burning things) and approving new episodes for the comming months. After watching the one above, I thought maybe you'd want to know the actual names for the techniques I used in the episode...yes, I do know a few. So here they are, some real live culinary terms that relate to today's show:

  • mise en place: the organizing and arranging of ingredients before cooking begins. In this episode the carrots, onion and celery are my mise en place in today's episode.
  • julienning: is what I did to the carrots when I sliced them into rectangles, then into slices, then into sticks. I believe in the video I say I'm turning them into matchsticks.
  • brunoised: when I turned my julienned carrots 90 degrees and diced them into tiny little cubes

Tada! I know things, and now you do too. Just wanted to get that out of the way so in the future when people say, "Allie, you never give us any good, actual info about the culinary world," I can be like, "AHEM..."

Recipe tips:


Tags: fettuccine, meat sauce, pasta recipe, fettuccini with meat sauce recipe, grandma hilde recipe, easy pasta recipe, cheap pasta recipe, brunoise, julienne, mise en place, italian sausage, ground beef, tomatoes, pasta
Recipes » Fettuccine with meat sauce


-3 medium carrots, diced fine

-1 medium yellow onion, diced fine

-3 stalks celery hearts with leaves, diced fine

-2 to 3 Tbsp olive oil

-2 cloves garlic. minced

-1 Tbsp dried parsley

-1 lb ground beef

-1 lb italian sausage (casing removed)

-1 Tbsp tomato paste

-2 28 ounce cans whole peeled tomatoes with juice

-2 or 3 bay leaves


Tags: fettuccine, meat sauce, pasta recipe, fettuccini with meat sauce recipe, grandma hilde recipe, easy pasta recipe, cheap pasta recipe, brunoise, julienne, mise en place, italian sausage, ground beef, tomatoes, pasta, italian recipe

Dec 10th

Recipes » Thai Chicken Pasta


-4 thinly sliced boneless, skinless chicken breasts

-1 to 2 Tbsp grill seasoning

-1 box of thick spaghetti

-1 large seedless cucumber, pealed and sliced thin

-2 red peppers, chopped into strips

-4 or 5 large carrots, sliced thin

-1 bunch of scallions, chopped

-cilantro, chopped (for garnish)

-1 lime for juice


-1/3 cup peanut butter, microwaved for 30 seconds

-1 shallot, diced

-1/2 cup apple cider vinegar or rice wine vinegar

-1/2 cup soy sauce

-1/2 cup honey

-1 Tbsp sesame oil

-2 Tbsp hot sauce

-2 tsp crushed red pepper



Tags: thai chicken pasta, allie schwartz, daniel schloss, thai recipe, chicken recipe, easy recipe, cheap recipe, cheap thai recipe, easy thai recipe, thai chicken recipe, pasta, vegetables, peanut butter, soy sauce, apple cider vinegar, chicken, thai at home, asian recipe

Oct 16th

Episodes » Episode 3: Hoisin Veggie Stir Fry

***this episode originally aired in October 2009.

Can you hear me, internet? I'm talkin to you! We are now 3 weeks into our Economy Bites internet-o experiment-o and I have to say that the response has been amazing! I'm overwhelmed by the positivity pouring out from every web-orafice: our fans are the best best BEST!


Tags: asian recipe, mom, suzy schwartz, easy recipe, healthy recipe, yummy recipe, hoisin sauce, stir fry, pasta, daniel schloss, allie schwartz

Oct 12th

Blog » Sunday Night: Cooking with Scott Conant

Hello, everybody. Welcome to Monday morning. If you're like me and you are knee deep into your second cup of coffee, you're probably jutting around the internet looking for something to read. Have no fear, for I will ramble for you!



Tags: Scarpetta, Serious Eats, Serious Eats New York, recipe, Scott Conant, hard recipe, Dean Deluca, spaghetti, pasta, tomato basil, tomato basil spaghetti, Sunday night cooking

Oct 8th

Recipes » Ground Turkey Penne Bake

-1 lb ground turkey (93/7 lean)  
-1/2 medium white onion, diced  
-1 package of raw mushrooms, chopped  
-3 cloves garlic, diced  
-1 lb whole wheat penne
-1 24 oz jar tomato sauce
-1 16 oz bottle parmesan cheese
-1 to 2 Tbsp Italian seasoning
-1/2 Tbsp rosemary, fresh or dried 
  -Olive oil
-Salt and pepper


Tags: Episode 2, ground turkey, ground turkey penne bake, pasta, penne, penne pasta, baked pasta, mushrooms, marinara sauce, cheap recipe, easy recipe, Italian recipe
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