Pasta Alla Marco Recipe for Cancer and Chemotherapy

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Pasta alla Marco is a light but savory and sweet pasta recipe. The bowtie pasta makes this dish really fun to eat.


Pasta Alla Marco Recipe for Cancer and Chemotherapy

Ease of Preparation: Intermediate Recipe

Dish Description:
Pasta alla marco is a fun and sassy pasta dish that adds variety to everyday pasta. Its bright color and fun textures make eating pasta fun and delicious.

Tasting Guidelines:
This recipe should taste savory, sweet, and a little spicy.
The weight of this recipe is light to medium but can be balanced with vinegar and sugar.
The texture of this recipe is noodly and crunchy.
This recipe is good for people with low to moderate treatment side effects.
This recipe gives an emotional response of summer time fun.
This recipe is best categorized as modern Italian cuisine.

Food Ingredients:
2 links, or 4 oz., spicy salsicca
1 box Barilla bow tie pasta
1 can diced tomatoes
1/2 red onion, cut into thin strips
1 red pepper, seeded and cored, cut into thin rings and then the rings cut in half
1 tbsp. olive oil
parmesan, optional

Flavor Balancers:
1 tsp. kosher salt
1 cup red wine (Chianti is preferred)1/2 tbsp. black pepper
2 tbsp. red wine vinegar
2 tbsp. sugar

Aromatics:
2 tbsp. garlic, minced
1 tsp. dried oregano

Recipe Directions:
In a 2 qt. sauce pan, heat oil to a medium heat. Add sausage, garlic, onion, and red peppers. Sauté until onions are translucent. Add red wine and mix thoroughly, allowing red pepper and onions to soak up the wine. Add salt, black pepper, red wine vinegar, sugar, oregano, and tomatoes. Stir well and cover.

Allow to work on stovetop for 45 minutes over medium heat, stirring every few minutes to avoid burning the tomatoes. Ten minutes before sauce is finished, prepare noodles in well salted water. (Water should taste like the ocean.) Prepare pasta as directed on box. Do not allow to over cook. Drain pasta and lightly cover with olive oil, mixing to avoid sticking. Return pasta to pot, making sure not to place the pot back on the hot burner. At this point, you want to taste the sauce; add extra sugar if it’s too acidic. After sauce is satisfactory, toss pasta with sauce and serve.

Chef Recipe Tips:
Don’t be alarmed if the sauce turns out thin with chunks of tomato. This is what we are looking for. Also, cheap, low-quality pastas will be mushy so get a good quality pasta because you need a firm texture.


Cooking for Chemo focuses on teaching you how to make your food taste good again during cancer and chemotherapy treatments. The flavor and cooking techniques contained within our easy to make recipes will help improve your quality of life as you go through cancer and chemotherapy treatments. Our cooking and flavor techniques can be integrated with any diet regimine. All of our recipes can be made with organic ingredients if you choose. Our holistic approach to cooking will help you not only be able to eat but to also enjoy the taste of your food again during and after cancer and chemotherapy treatments. We have many healthy recipes, crockpot recipes, chicken recipes, dinner recipes, shrimp recipes, pasta recipes, soup recipes, vegan recipes, salad recipes, vegetarian recipes, breakfast recipes, and even a great chili recipe. Talk with your oncologist and dietitian to come up with a quality nutrition plan. This site is not to be taken as or used instead of professional medical advice. Please consult your doctor, oncologist, and dietitian before starting any new diet.

This recipe is taken from Cooking for Chemo …and After! By Chef Ryan Callahan -The Cancer Chef. For more cooking for chemotherapy recipes like this, you can pick up a copy on Amazon or Barnes and Noble. Have specific questions? Email us at cookingforchemo@gmail.com

About the Author:

Chef Ryan Callahan is a classically trained chef with fifteen years of culinary experience. He is also the author of "Cooking for Chemo ...and After!" Chef Ryan acted as his mother's primary caregiver while she herself went through chemotherapy treatments.