Recipes from Today’s Show: Rustic Italian

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TODAY on MHTV: These recipes all use simple, fresh ingredients and can be made anytime for any occasion. A no-cook tomato sauce can be prepared in advance and tossed in pasta when you’re ready to eat. Serve the pasta as a first course followed by seared tuna steaks with mint sauce and slow-cooked Neapolitan-style green beans. More from the show.

Get the recipes from this episode:

Pasta with Fresh Tomato Sauce

Neapolitan Green Beans

Tuna Steaks with Mint Sauce


Watch ”Mad Hungry with Lucinda Scala Quinn” weekdays at 11 a.m. /10 a.m. CT on Hallmark Channel. Bonus episode airs weekdays at 11:30 a.m./10:30 a.m. CT.

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  • Kathleen Davis October 11, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    Love your show, saw it for the first time today, home sick.

    I can not wait to make your lovely pasta no-cook dish!!

  • dave October 11, 2010 at 11:23 pm

    i just saw ur show for the 1st time & couldn’t believe the no cook pasta sauce, but where is the recipe? i see the recipe for the beans & the tuna, but not the no cook sauce. i really wanna try it: my father, frank portaro, introduced pizza to the gorgeous city of charleston sc in ’47 and i was raised on authentic italian food (well, actually, my mom was from the sticks of sc while my dad, who was born on the boat on the way to ny from italy in 1909 and they shared the cooking for us 9 kids so that we would end up w/a mixed-bag of stuff for supper like lasagna, collards & corn bread) and i love cooking too. i think my mom would be very excited to taste such an innovative dish!

  • Stephanie October 11, 2010 at 11:23 pm

    I have become a huge fan. Just started watching your show this season and have checked your book out from the library. I have already tried several recipes and all have been great. I’m putting the book on my Christmas list because I need my own copy. But do you know what stopped me dead in my tracks today when you aired this show, “Your shirt” It was a blueish gray with the greatest pleating on the upper arms and chest. You always wear the greatest shirts, but today’s I need to have myself. Who is the designer of that shirt?

  • Brooke Thorell October 12, 2010 at 10:00 pm

    Holy Sh!t this pasta is good!!! I made the sauce this morning like you recommended- ate it tonight (and ate the garlic- sorry yoga class!) I am really loving your show! I had lost my love for cooking when my twins were born, but this show is bringing it back!

  • sholland October 13, 2010 at 1:44 pm

    Hey Dave,

    Here’s the recipe for the pasta sauce:


  • JoAnn November 5, 2010 at 4:04 pm

    I made the tuna steaks with mint sauce last night. When I first tasted the sauce, I panicked because it was really overwhelming and strong, and I told my family to keep an open mind. Now, keep in mind, I have been making nothing but Mad Hungry recipes since the show started, and every single one has been a total winner. So I wasn’t too bummed out to make something we weren’t crazy about, and after all, it was only sauce, which wasn’t absolutely necessary. OMG was it amazing spread over the tuna steaks!!! Even my picky-pants 8-year-old daughter loved it (although my 4-year-old son was content to just nibble the mint and parsley leaves plain…it’s a start).

    Thank you, Lucinda, for making me love cooking for my family again. Mad Hungry is just what I needed to make planning and preparing meals NOT be a chore anymore!

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