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Throw together an Italian pasta dish in minutes

At their New York restaurant Lentini, Enzo and Giuseppe Lentini are committed to serving only original Italian cuisine. True to the wishes of their customers, they recently introduced rice pasta, available now only in Italy, to the menu. This pasta contains half the carbohydrates of regular pasta and less fat. They were invited on the "Today" show to share their recipes, which can also be made wit
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At their New York restaurant Lentini, Enzo and Giuseppe Lentini are committed to serving only original Italian cuisine. True to the wishes of their customers, they recently introduced rice pasta, available now only in Italy, to the menu. This pasta contains half the carbohydrates of regular pasta and less fat. They were invited on the "Today" show to share their recipes, which can also be made with regular wheat pasta.



Pasta Riso PinoEnzo and Giuseppe Lentini

In a sauce pan add oil, sliced garlic, diced yellow tomatoes, salt and pepper to taste and simmer for 10 minutes on medium heat.

While the tomato mixture is cooking, roast the peppers on an open flame until the outside of the pepper is well done and easy to peel off when cooled. Then dice and add to sauce pan. (Put to the side 1/2 ounce of raw, diced red pepper to decorate dish at the end.)

Boil the string beans in 2 quarts of water, and after 5 minutes add the pasta to the water. Cooking the beans and pasta together, gives the pasta additional flavor. When the pasta is done after 6 to 8 minutes strain the pasta and beans together. Add the sauce to the pasta and string beans, mix well and grate the hard ricotta into the dish. Garnish with reserved red pepper.

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Pasta Riso With Parsley Pesto and Mussels Enzo and Giuseppe Lentini

Boil 2 quarts cold water and add salt to taste. When water is at a steady boil, add pasta. In a sauté pan add the puree of roast tomatoes and the mussels. Puree the parsley into pesto with the garlic, and olive oil. When the pasta is done after 6 to 7 minutes, drain well. Add the pasta to the sauce, and then add the parsley pesto and stir until blended.

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