Friday, May 29, 2009

Paper Roses:)

Remember that song?

I made Diane's/Marcella's Roses..Pasta Roses..before going to work a few days ago.. I had pasta cooking at 7:15:)

Worth every moment for me.

Diane..thank you for this recipe..I loved coming home to it all ready and waiting to be baked..
That's life.. a meal..waiting for you after a day out:)So many people.. don't have that~

This is their morning face and unfortunately by the time I came home it was very dark and drizzly..So no AFTER shots:)

The taste however.. was perfect for me..As if someone had made these for me before leaving:)Like a little dream.

And Abracadabra there they were!

Marcella and you are in my keeper more ways than one~
I did use my husband's prosciutto again..and only found the curly uncooked pasta at my 5 seconds away store..I added crushed chili peppers..many:) and I did not have as much fresh basil as you..:)
The basil kicks it up the lovely little taste bud notch.
Thank you Diane:)

Her beautiful recipe..
The Fresh Scent of Pasta Roses
As many of you know, I love roses....I'll make a rose out of anything. I love when life imitates art or nature. So twenty years ago when I saw a recipe by Marcella Hazan for Pasta Roses, I had no choice but to try it. Throughout the years, I've lightened it and adapted it to my taste. According to Marcella Hazan, the recipe originated in Romagna, Italy and is a stunning presentation of rolled pasta with a rosy cream sauce. It originated in a time and place where the gentle and yet robust art of cooking was more of a family affair. Engage a family member or friend while rolling your roses and you'll enjoy a meal made with love. Or you may make it yourself and dazzle them with your creation. This dish is an art and not a science. You may use long curly edged lasagna noodles, shorter and wider lasagna pasta or even fresh pasta. I used 3 x 7 inch flat lasagna pasta and cut it in half lengthwise after boiling. I even used any broken pieces to make "rosebuds". Just follow the basics and enjoy the fresh scent of Pasta Roses wafting from your kitchen.

Pasta Roses

1/2 pound lasagna pasta*, boiled "al dente" with 1 tablespoon oil
olive oil for coating pasta
1/2 pound ham, very thinly sliced
1/3 pound fontina cheese
1 1/2 cups red pasta sauce (use your favorite sauce)
1/2 cup cream or half and half
pinch of nutmeg
1/3 cup (about) grated Parmesan cheese

*use flat or curly edged lasagna pasta

You'll need a 7 x 11 inch baking dish.

Coat the boiled lasagna with olive oil so it doesn't stick together, and let cool. While the pasta cools, very thinly slice the fontina cheese in 1 inch strips. Mix the red pasta sauce, cream, and a pinch of nutmeg together. Coat the bottom of the baking dish with this sauce.

When the pasta is cool enough to handle, cut in half lengthwise. Lay a pasta length on a board and then add a thin 1 inch layer of ham and the cheese. It is not necessary to cover the whole piece, it should be somewhat sparsely placed. Then lightly roll the pasta, from the shorter side. Add the pasta rolls to the dish, with the open side of the roll at the top and bottom of the dish. Arrange the pasta so it is evenly spaced in the dish and loosen any rolls if needed. After adding all of the rolled pasta "roses" to the baking dish, top with the remaining sauce and freshly grated Parmesan cheese. You may refrigerate it to bake later at this point. If you are baking right away, preheat the oven to 350 degrees and bake about 20 minutes or until lightly browned on top. If you are baking it from the refrigerator, let it come to room temperature before baking.


  1. Oh Monique, yours turned out beautifully too! I'm sure these were extra tasty with J's homemade

    Such a pretty presentation, I love when art imitates nature. Very nicely done! xo

  2. Monique this dish is so romantic! I think I'll be making this for dinner quite soon.


  3. Beautiful job Monique, and what a treat to come home to!

  4. They are perfectly delicious-looking roses! I was expecting to see a new paper craft and found a crafty idea for dinner instead ;)

  5. What a creative use for lasagna noodles! I like the presentation. Thanks! :)

  6. Oh My God!! I just found your blog and I LOVE every bit of it!! the sense of food and living .. amazing.. I'm a follower now :)

  7. Yes, I remember the song! Your roses are beautiful, and aren't you the early pasta gal..

  8. Those pasta roses look good and sound tasty!

  9. huuuuuuum! quel super plat de pâtes! biises micky

  10. I would like to tell you that I tried this.. It was so delicous I made it on the next day too !!

    However I couldnt find the ruffled edge lazagne so I just used regular lazagne ..

    and I had some trouble seperating the lazagne sheets from each other.. some of them stuck together? Any advice?

    Email me at

    Many thanks!!!!!