Pasta and Potatoes, Nonna's Recipe
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Pasta and Potatoes, Nonna’s Recipe

Pasta and potatoes is a typical southern Italian dish with very ancient origins.

There are several versions of pasta and potatoes, this one that I propose has been handed down to me by my nonna. It is a very tasty recipe, very simple and enriched only by the presence of some cherry tomatoes and a handful of pecorino cheese or Parmigiano Reggiano.

Pasta and Potatoes, Nonna's Recipe

The recipes you see on google all use ditalini, or small rigatoni as a type of pasta, instead, I wanted to continue the family tradition with the use of cut-up spaghetti and the use of pieces leftover of Parmigiano Reggiano crust giving an intense flavor to the broth.

Pasta and Potatoes, Nonna’s Recipe

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Course: Main Course
Keyword: handmade pasta, nonna’s recipe, pasta, potato dish, sicilian recipes
Servings: 4


  • 350 gr of cut spaghetti 12.3 oz
  • 500 gr of potatoes 17.6 oz
  • 5-6 cherry tomatoes
  • 1 shallot
  • 1 carrot
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • 2-3 cups vegetable broth
  • salt and black pepper
  • 2 tbsp of pecorino or Parmigiano Reggiano cheese
  • 1-2 small pieces of Parmigiano Reggiano crust


  • Peel the potatoes, rinse well and cut into regular cubes.
  • Finely chop the onion and carrot and fry them in extra virgin olive oil, in a pan.
  • Add the potatoes and cook for a few minutes on high heat.
  • Add the vegetable broth together with the cherry tomatoes cut into 4 and remove the seeds (from the tomatoes) and the parmesan crust.
  • Add salt and pepper.
  • Lower the heat, cover and cook for about 30-35 minutes.
  • After this time, add the spaghetti (which should be broken with your hands) and cook adding more vegetable broth and adjusting salt and pepper if necessary.
  • Before serving, remove the Pamigiano Reggiano crust add a handful of grated cheese (pecorino or Parmigiano Reggiano) a drizzle of organic extra virgin olive oil and Buon Appetito!!!


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