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Chef CJ Bivona Shares Nonna's Fried Pasta Recipe In Honor Of National Spaghetti Day

Nicole Barylski

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Nonna's Fried Pasta is near and dear to Chef CJ Bivona. (Courtesy Photo)

With National Spaghetti Day (Sunday, January 4th) right around the corner, Chef CJ Bivona has shared with Hamptons.com the recipe for Nonna's Fried Pasta, a dish that has sentimental value for the Executive Chef at Upper East Side Italian favorite Petaluma.

"My fried pasta dish is very near and dear to me," expressed Bivonna. "It's a dish that my grandmother would make for me during the time I spent with her while she was watching me as a young child."

Nonna's Fried Pasta:

Marinara Sauce:

 • 3 32 oz. San Marzano Tomatoes
 • 3 onions
 • 1 carrots
 • 8 garlic cloves (crushed)
 • 1/2 oz. of basil
 • celery
 • pinch of crushed red pepper
 • salt (to taste)
 • pepper (to taste)
 • sugar (to taste)


1. Sweat out onions and carrots together; add celery 10 to 12 minutes after.
2. Cook until celery is translucent, reduce heat.
3. Add garlic; cook another 2 to 3 minutes.
4. Add tomatoes and the sachet of basil, cook for 2 to 4 hours until liquid is almost gone.
5. Season with salt, sugar, and black pepper.
6. Reserve basil and chiffonade, fold into cooled marinara.


 • Ground beef
 • Ground veal
 • 2 slices of Layflat Bacon
 • 1/4 cup of parsley
 • 1/4 cup of sage
 • 1/4 cup of basil
 • 1/4 small diced onion
 • 1 cup of panko
 • 1 whole egg
 • 1/4 cup of garlic
 • 1/4 cup of grated Parmesan


1. Chop all herbs sand garlic.
2. Lightly beat eggs.
3. Mix all ingredients by hand.
4. Roll to 5 to 6 oz. each.
5. Sear in a sauté pan until golden brown.
6. Transfer to a vat of hot marinara sauce.
7. Cook in sauce for at least 2 hours, the longer the better.


 • fresh rolled spaghetti (or any spaghetti found in the local grocery
 • olive oil


1. Boil the pasta in water for 8 minutes (one minute less than the box states).
2. Drain water and place in small plastic container.
3. Place the pasta in the fridge until it sticks together.
4. Fry with a little olive oil on high.
5. Take the pasta cake out of the container onto the frying pan.
6. Season with salt and pepper.
7. Sear it in the hot oil until its golden brown.
8. Top with hot meatball and sauce, cover with grated Parmesan cheese.

Nicole is the Editor-in-Chief of Hamptons.com where she focuses on lifestyle, nightlife, and mixology. She grew up in the Hamptons and currently resides in Water Mill. www.hamptons.com NicoleBarylski NicoleBarylski

Guest (Rae) from Suffolk county says::
Thank you so much for this recipe what a gem
Jan 9, 2015 9:35 pm

Guest (Doreen Takalo) from Skandia mi says::
Your presentation was wonderful, can't wait to try this
Jan 4, 2015 9:09 am

Guest (Judi) from Florida says::
How much ground beef and ground veal is used in this recipe?
Jan 4, 2015 8:11 am


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