Let’s celebrate with pasta, shall we?

March 8th is International Women’s Day, a day to celebrate all of the strong, intelligent and powerful women around the world. I’ve been lucky enough to have many inspiring women in my life that have shaped me into the Pasta Queen I am today. To honor these leading ladies, I pulled together three of my most favorite pasta dishes inspired by strong women!

Lady Caterina

This dish is named for my Nonna Caterina who is one of my biggest inspirations in the kitchen. She taught me how to lovingly knead fresh pasta when I was just a toddler and showed me the secrets to this ragu, which has been made by my family for generations. May you all feel the power and love of an Italian Nonna today and remember to make her proud!

@the_pastaqueen Lady Caterina, Tagliatelle al Ragù. My family’s Sunday sauce #ragu #tagliatelle #pasta ♬ original sound - The Pasta Queen

The Goddess of Love

Who’s more powerful than the force that is Venus herself? Legend has it that the shape of tortellini was inspired by the gorgeous navel of the Roman goddess. In this dish I combine peas, prosciutto, butter, and heavy cream to make a sauce fit for a queen. Make this today as an offering to Venus so you can feel her love and passion.

@the_pastaqueen The Goddess of Love ❤️ #tortellini #panna #tortellinipasta ♬ original sound - The Pasta Queen

The Cobbler’s Wife

This goes out to all the women out there who make the world go round. Getting dinner on the table, running the board room, tending to babies and looking just gorgeous all the while. This spicy pasta dish was created by the wife of a cobbler many years ago. She was looking to impress her husband so she simmered garlic, chili pepper, basil and tomatoes until they were soft and shiny, just like you are. She then tossed in al dente pasta with Parmigiano-reggiano and Pecorino Romano and a little tears of the gods and massaged it all together until it became irresistible.

@the_pastaqueen The Cobbler’s Wife, aka Pasta allo Scarpariello #pastarenaissance #pastapasta ♬ original sound - The Pasta Queen


These adorable little letters are perfect for picky eaters. They’ll love to hunt for the letters in their name and will clear their plates in the process. These are perfect in my classic minestrone.



Also known as ‘little snails,’ these adorable shells pair beautifully with a creamy and cheesy sauce. Try my recipe, which features an amazing creamy cauliflower cheese sauce and crispy pancetta.



This shape is very similar to rice, so I love cooking it risotto-style in my recipe for The Italian Rose.



These are amazing in soups and stews, but I love using them to make my protein-packed Power Greens Pasta.

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Last but certainly not least, this is the shape that has the internet abuzz. I can promise you that the version from Pasta Di Martino is far superior to anything you’ve tried before. It’s made from a bronze die with 100% Italian wheat and contains a minimum of 14% protein. This is the shape I make when a loved one is not feeling well, preferably with some nutrient-rich homemade broth like this.


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