The Love Chef reveals his cooking secrets

February 14, 2008 4:46:28 PM PST
Make pasta with love! Today, we are going to whip together a dish that's easy, fast, and a real crowd pleaser! The "Love Chef" Francis Anthony has been a regular on "Live With Regis and Kelly" for more than twenty years.

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Pasta Con Amore
Pasta With Love
I developed this recipe for my performance at the 1992 "Taste of Buffalo" Show. The official tasters loved it. It's easy, fast, and a real crowd pleaser.

12 ounces ziti or penne
2 bunches scallions, chopped
1 small red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
1 very large ripe tomato, chopped
½ cup Colavita extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons drained capers
2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil (or 1 tablespoon dried basil)
2 cups (approximately) ricotta cheese (low fat or no fat)
Freshly ground black pepper to taste
Salt to taste
4 ounces mozzarella cheese, shredded (low fat or no fat)

In a medium size saucepan, sauté the scallions, red pepper and tomato in the Colavita extra virgin olive oil until soft. Add the capers and basil and continue stirring. Then add the ricotta. Add pepper and salt. (If a smooth sauce is desired, put the ricotta through a fine strainer or sieve before adding to the pan.) Simmer until all the ingredients are blended together.

Divide the pasta among four plates and top with the sauce. Sprinkle with mozzarella and serve immediately.

About Francis Anthony:
As a pioneer who married cooking and entertainment, he could be called the grandfather of food shows. His on-air appearances helped set the stage for setting tables, something he recommends "should always be done with love." A regular on Live with Regis and Kelly for more than 20 years, The Love Chef regularly informs and entertains audiences around the world with his unique mixture of culinary expertise, genuine humor and personal charm. The Love Chef is the author of four cookbooks: "Cooking with Love;" "Cooking with Love, Italian Style;" "Cooking Pasta with Love;" and "Low-Carb Italian Cooking." Due to popular demand (not to mention a passion for cooking), a fifth book is in development. In addition, he's working on the co-creation of a children's television show geared toward education about food and nutrition.

His "Cooking with Love" column has appeared weekly in many US publications and he makes frequent television appearances to demonstrate his skills and inspire others to cook with love. The beloved chef earned a solid reputation as a culinary educator through his "Cooking With Love" international Cooking School in New York City, where he offered programs for adults with varying levels of competency as well as a "Little Chefs" program to effectively teach children the love of cooking with thousands of people. The Love Chef has been known to tell most classes that the art of cooking isn't just about the food preparation - it's also about the experience you create for yourself and others. "One of the greatest benefits of cooking wonderful meals is sharing them with the people you love," he says. He is also the recipient of an honorary doctor of culinary art degree from College Misericordia.