Yellow Squash all'Amatriciana with Pancetta and Spicy Tomato Sauce
All'Amatriciana, a spicy Italian pasta sauce, is traditionally made with guanciale, salt-cured pork jowl. Pancetta is much easier to find and is a fantastic substitute, while thinly sliced yellow squash is a wonderful gluten-free alternative to semolina noodles.
Buckwheat Pasta with Summer Squash, Tomatoes and Ricotta
"Our audience has really been receptive to our homemade alternative-flour pastas," says Travis Lett. He likes buckwheat for its added richness and texture. At the restaurant, Lett cuts the fresh pasta into rough rag shapes and tosses it with summer vegetables; this simplified version uses dried pasta.
Cream cheese makes the sauce here especially rich and smooth. In addition to being made with gluten-free pasta, this mac and cheese is topped with crushed rice cereal instead of the usual bread crumb topping.
Chefs love showcasing the intensely earthy flavor of buckwheat in rich, luxurious dishes. At Craft Los Angeles, Matthew Accarrino tosses buckwheat pasta with creamy mascarpone, silky mushrooms and runny eggs.