Bowtie Spinach Pasta With Shaved Parmesan




1 lb. box bowtie pasta

1 lb. fresh spinach

1 cup cherry tomatoes

1 cup shaved parmesan cheese

olive oil


1. Boil pasta until desire taste. Drain well.

2. In a large skillet put 1 tbsp. olive oil. Sauté spinach for only 1 minute. (very quickly) remove and let cool.

3. In a large bowl, put cooked pasta, spinach, cherry tomatoes and shaved parmesan. Mix together.

4. Refrigerate for about 2 hours before serving.



Banana Walnut Cookies




1 1/2 sticks of unsalted butter (softened)

2/3 cups of sugar

1 large egg

1/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar

1 1/2 banana (ripe)

1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

1 3/4 cups flour

1 tsp. baking powder

1 cup walnuts (chopped)


1. Beat butter and sugar until smooth. Add in egg and vanilla extract. Mix well.

2. Chop up banana finely and add to sugar mixture.

3. In another bowl, add flour, baking powder and walnuts.

4. Slowly add flour mixture into butter mixture. Stir to blend in evenly.

5. Spoon out a large tablespoon of dough and place on a parchment lined cookie sheet. Cookies should be at least 1 1/2 inches apart.

5. Bake until cookies are light brown. (about 12-15 minutes)

John Contratti and Patricia Clarkson



It was one the nicest dinners I’ve had, when I joined actress Patricia Clarkson for dinner at Cafe Loup in Manhattan. For the devout moviegoer, my favorite films of Patricia’s include “The Station Agent”, “Pieces Of April”, “The Untouchables”, Good Night Good Luck” and so many others. Patricia will be on Broadway this Fall in “The Elephant Man” with Bradley Cooper.  It was a great way to end an amazing summer.

Cold Elbow Pasta Antipasto




1 lb. elbow pasta (cooked and drained well)

1 lb piece of salami (cut into mini cubes)

1 pepperoni stick (cut into mini cubes)

1 cup of roasted red peppers (cut into thin slices)

1 lb. piece sharp provolone cheese (cut in to mini cubes)

2 tbsp. fresh parsley (chopped)

3 tbsp. olive oil

2 tbsp. red wine vinegar


1. In a large bowl, put all ingredients. Mix well.

Refrigerate for at least an hour before serving.

Immortalized At The Palm Restaurant


It’s kind of strange walking into The Palm Restaurant in Tribeca, New York, and seeing your caricature on the wall, as it was unveiled to me this weekend. A special thanks to everyone at The Palm for a wonderful evening.  And…a big thanks to all of you, who have made “Cooking With Mr. C.” a popular food blog, which is now followed by people all over the world.