Pasta and Potatoes

Pasta e Patate or Pasta and Potatoes is a classic Italian comfort food dish that has been cherished for generations. This hearty and satisfying meal has its origins in the Italian culinary tradition, where simple and affordable ingredients are combined to create a flavorful and filling dish. The combination of pasta and potatoes is a testament to the resourcefulness of Italian cooking, offering both carbohydrates and vegetables in a single, delicious bowl. Although it is a rustic and modest dish, Pasta and Potatoes is rich in history and flavors, representing the heartwarming essence of Italian home cooking.


  • Easy

Wine Pairings

  • Not Available

Servings For :

  • 4 People


  • Approximately 30 minutes of preparation and cooking


  • Inexpensive

Italy Region

  • Campania


  • Not Available


  • 360-400 g of short pasta (such as ditalini, small shells, or small elbow macaroni)
  • 3-4 medium-sized potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 can (400g) of crushed tomatoes or 2 fresh tomatoes, chopped
  • Fresh basil leaves
  • Grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese (optional)
  • Salt
  • Black pepper


  1. In a large pot, heat the extra virgin olive oil over medium heat. Add the finely chopped onion and sauté until it becomes translucent.
  2. Add the minced garlic and continue to sauté for a minute or until fragrant, taking care not to let the garlic brown.
  3. Add the diced potatoes to the pot and stir them with the onion and garlic.
  4. Pour in the crushed tomatoes (or fresh chopped tomatoes) and enough water to cover the potatoes. Season with salt and black pepper to taste. Allow the mixture to simmer until the potatoes are tender and the sauce thickens, which should take about 15-20 minutes.
  5. While the potato and tomato sauce is simmering, cook the pasta in a separate pot of salted boiling water until al dente. Drain the pasta.
  6. Add the cooked pasta to the pot with the potato and tomato sauce. Stir everything together, allowing the pasta to absorb the flavors of the sauce.
  7. Tear fresh basil leaves and sprinkle them over the pasta and potatoes.
  8. If you prefer, serve Pasta and Potatoes with a sprinkle of grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese.
  9. Enjoy this comforting Italian dish that combines the heartiness of potatoes with the satisfaction of pasta.

Pasta and Potatoes is a delicious and comforting Italian classic that speaks to the charm of rustic and simple cooking. It’s perfect for a cozy and satisfying meal.

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