Baked Penne, Broccoli, and Ricotta + Lagostina Martellata Pasta Set Giveaway

A tasty pasta dish and a fabulous Lagostina Pasta Pot giveaway! Best National Pasta Day ever!


Happy National Pasta Day, friends! In honor of today’s holiday, I have a fabulous giveaway from the nice folks at Lagostina (you might remember them from this post last December, when I gave away this snazzy Risotto Pan).


One of you will win this truly gorgeous Lagostina Martellata Hammered Copper Pastaiola Set. I’ve had the one pictured above in my kitchen for about a month now, and I can’t say enough good things about it. It’s functional, conducts heat beautifully, and may well be the most beautiful piece of cookware in my kitchen.


I’ve used it for all manner of blanching, steaming, and cooking by now (it also happens to work well as a canning pot for half pint jars!) and have taken to leaving it on the stove between uses, because I so enjoy seeing it there in all its gleaming glory.


The recipe I’m sharing with you today puts this pot to work twice. First, I use it to blanch off a bunch of chopped broccoli. Once it’s cooked, I use the same water to cook the whole wheat penne.


While the broccoli cooks, I browned some chicken sausage in a little olive oil and then drained it on a plate. Once the broccoli is bright green and tender, it gets drained and poured into the pan where the sausage had cooked.

From there, it’s a matter of building a sauce of pressed garlic and ricotta cheese. I wrap it up by adding the cooked sausage back in, along with the pasta, a healthy splash of pasta water, and a generous handful of grated parmesan cheese.


I love having a petite pasta pot like this one in my kitchen, because it allows me to stay at the stove, rather than dripping water between the sink and the stove. I’ve long had a larger pasta pot, but rarely pulled it out because it was just too much for my regular weeknight cooking. This one is just so much more functional for my household.


The Lagostina Martellata Hammered Copper Pastaiola Set can be found at Bed Bath & Beyond, Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s, and other specialty shops, and retails for $249.99. For more information about Lagostina, check out their social accounts and visit their website.

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Thanks to the kind folks at Lagostina, I have one of these glorious pasta pots to give away to you guys. Here’s how to enter.

  1. Leave a comment on this post and tell me how you’d use this pot.
  2. Comments will close at 11:59 pm eastern time on Saturday, October 22, 2016. A winner will be chosen at random and will be posted to the blog on Sunday, October 23, 2016.
  3. Giveaway open to United States residents only. Void where prohibited.
  4. One comment per person, please. Entries must be left via the comment form on the blog at the bottom of this post.

Disclosure: Lagostina sent me this pasta pot to use and write about. No additional compensation was provided. All opinions expressed are entirely my own. 

Baked Penne, Broccoli, and Ricotta

Yield: serves 4-6


  • 1 pound broccoli florets and stems, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 pound chicken sausage
  • 12 ounces short whole wheat pasta
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 2 garlic cloves, pressed or minced
  • 3/4 cup grated parmesan cheese


  1. Fill a pasta pot with water and bring it to a boil. Once it boils, salt the water well and add the broccoli. Cook for 3-4 minutes, until it turns a vivid green.
  2. Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a large pan or skillet over medium-high heat. Remove the chicken sausage from its casing and brown in the pan, using a spatula to break it up into crumbles. Once it is brown, use a slotted spoon and transfer the cooked pasta onto a paper towel-lined plate.
  3. Tumble the cooked broccoli into the pan that had once held the sausage and reduce the heat to medium. Bring the water in the pasta pot back to a boil and add the pasta.
  4. Add the garlic to the broccoli, along with the ricotta cheese and the drained sausage. Stir to combine.
  5. When the pasta is finished cooking, drain it and pour it into the pan with the other ingredients. Stir to combine and add 1/2 cup of grated parmesan cheese, along with 1/2 cup of pasta cooking water.
  6. Season with salt and pepper, and add more pasta water, if it is too thick.
  7. Top with the remaining parmesan cheese. Slide the pan under the broiler to brown the top.

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448 Responses to Baked Penne, Broccoli, and Ricotta + Lagostina Martellata Pasta Set Giveaway

  1. 401
    Andrea Watts says:

    I would love this pot for my pasta. I would also use it for canning tomatoes and taking the peels off

  2. 402
    Lauren E says:

    What a gorgeous pot! I’d definitely use it for pasta, but probably also for soups and for canning because it’s a great size for both of those as well.

  3. 403
    Jennifer D says:

    Soup, mac & cheese, steaming veggies…endless possibilities!

  4. 404
    Alie says:

    What wouldn’t I use it for?! We love steamed veggies and pasta, so it would get a lot of use in every day cooking. I’d also love to try it out for small batch canning. And it would likely stay out in view as decoration as it’s simply beautiful.

    First and foremost, however, I’d gift it to my wife who would fall in love at first sight!

  5. 405
    Jen Murphy says:

    This pot is GORGEOUS!! I would use it to can in small batches–right now I’m planning a batch of Maple Bourbon Apple Butter. Have a great weekend!

  6. 406
    Diana says:

    Beautiful! I’d definitely use it to can smaller jars – and to admire!

  7. 407
    Vanessa says:

    Tamales during holidays and steamed veggies often!!

  8. 408
    Jo Biddle says:

    Not only is the pot lovely. The receipe is a winner! Very tasty and easy to make. Thanks

  9. 409
    LavandulaLady says:

    This is lovely! I’d use this set for cooking pasta & blanching veggies.

  10. 410
    bonnie says:

    This looks great for making quick weeknight pasta dinners with less fuss.

  11. 411
    Courtney C. says:

    Gorgeous! I would use this pot to hone my Italian-style cooking to rival that of my husband’s!

  12. 412
    Leigh Zimmermann says:

    I’d love to use this pot for anything and everything…it’s almost soup season! I feel it would have a permanent place on my stove top because it’s so beautiful!

  13. 413
    Alison says:


  14. 414
    Donna says:

    I could cook a lot of good stuff in that lovely pot and I would love to see it setting on my stove in between recipes !!! I love the hammered look

  15. 415
    Kiana says:

    The Lagostina Pot is beautiful and I love it. I would cook pasta dishes, and soups.

  16. 416
    Denice says:

    Such a beauty, I would love to use this to make pasta, blanch vegies, and pretty much do anything that requires the use of a large pot.

  17. 417
    Dawn Reed says:

    I would use this gorgeous pot to make a pesto pasta – using up all of the wilting greens in my fridge!

  18. 418

    Wow! What a beautiful pot. I would use it for the obvious pasta, blanching, and steaming. Then definitely the canning. I am always looking for smaller pots for my small batch canning.

  19. 419
    Sarah says:

    I would use it for steaming veggies from the garden or pasta (of course).

  20. 420
    Meg says:

    I would use this gorgeous pot mostly for cooking small batches of pasta, but could see it used for blanching veggies to freeze or peel, or making a bone broth. I’ve long wished for a pasta pot with the insert!

  21. 421
    Alison says:

    I think the first thing I’d do is make this! What a beautiful piece of cookware.

  22. 422
    Katherine says:

    I just recently started investing in some quality cookware (Le Cruset), and what a difference it has made in my life! The hammered copper would look amazing hanging on the kitchen wall of my little kitchen. I have been on a big ratatouille kick recently, so I would pick up some fresh veggies at the Saturday market down the street throw in some herbs de provence and roasted garlic to make some ratatouille. There is a lovely guy I recently met and hope to invite over soon to show off my culinary skills, this pot would be much preferred to the lidless, slightly bent pot leftover from my room mate days that I’ll be using until I get around to investing in something higher quality.

  23. 423
    Nico says:

    Considering that my old pot constantly requires that I tighten the screws on the handles, the first thing I’ll not be making is a mess. But primarily, this looks proper for a good Irish stew: take it to the table and let everyone dive in.

  24. 424
    Maria McCloud says:

    Making spaghetti is my favorite pasta dish! But the recipe you posted looks yummy, too!

  25. 425
    Julie Neely says:

    Oh how I would love to have this pot. We cook a lot of veggies in my house and being able to steam them would be amazing! And it is truly a beautiful pot!

  26. 426
    Polly says:

    I have always wanted a lot like this. Functional and beautiful. I would definitely use it for soups and pasta. I would also cook up a batch of jam in it and use it for blanching my tomatoes I can see it filled to the rim with a big batch of salsa.

  27. 427
    Susan says:

    I would use this pot to make pasta three nights a week and also daily to cook vegetables. I believe in the famous chef Thomas Keller’s method of cooking/blanching vegetables in plenty of salted boiling water and then placing them in a chilled water bath to stop the cooking process. You would just place the “basket” into the ice water bath.
    Thank you for blogging and for the opportunity to win this pot!

  28. 428
    Barb says:

    For our Christmas Eve-Eve dinner (the 23rd) we will be making dinner for about 15 people. It would be great to use this copper pot to serve one of the dishes as it is beautiful – as well as to use in making the dish. Additionally it would be used for canning – love the fact it is deep enough to do 1/2-pints.

  29. 429
    Janet Swicegood says:

    I Love copper!! This would be great for veggies, soups, sauces and of course pasta. I also like the idea of canning in it. I used to can alot years ago. I have just back into recently. Started when a friend brought me over 500 pears from her tree.

  30. 430
    Shelley says:

    Its almost two pretty to use. But definitely for soups and long simmering stews.

  31. 431
    Karen says:

    My husband and I love pasta but I always struggle to find the right pot to cook it in. I love also that this pot looks really good on the stove top

  32. 432
    Shirl Stec says:

    I would use that pot for any number of uses, the first would be this fabulous recipe you shared!! It is so pretty it would be on my kitchen shelf, not in the pot cupboard.

  33. 433
    Colleen Wolowski says:

    What a gorgeous pot! I, too, would leave it on the stove! I certainly would be making more pasta dishes. Can’t wait to try this one! Thanks!

  34. 434
    Amy Levine says:

    I would love to have the set to make the Baked Penne. The pots I have for making this recipe are really inadequate and I think the dish would;t have the flavor and texture that it would have if I used the right tools.

  35. 435
    Erin says:

    Pasta and soup!

  36. 436
    Rachel says:

    Soup! It’s beautiful.

  37. 437
    Faith says:

    Oh I never thought of using this type of steamer/pot combo for canning…great idea for all those small recipes. I have a couple of pasta recipes that would work well here – simple comfort food.

  38. 438
    Laura Bowe says:

    I would use this pan to make soup a lot and steam vegetables.

  39. 439
    Krystal says:

    I have and use the aspargus pot you recommend for canning all the time. Bet this would be equally useful…

  40. 440
    Anne says:

    That is quite possibly the most beautiful pot I’ve ever seen. I’d use it for pasta, of course, but I think I’d leave it on the stove all the time just so I could look at it. I’d use it for soup, and sauces, and anything and everything else, too.

  41. 441
    Kathy says:

    I would use this pot for steaming veggies and pasta too.

  42. 442
    Cat G says:

    I’d use it for pasta, soup… so many wonderful things. It would be beautiful at Thanksgiving! Thanks for the giveaway!

  43. 443
    flora says:

    This pot makes me want to whip up a batch of mac & butternut squash/cashew cheese right now!

  44. 444
    Nicole says:

    I’d use this pot to try out your recipe!

  45. 445
    Susan says:

    I would want to put it where I could just look at It! Plus actually using it as a cooking and canning vessel

  46. 446
    Samantha Schurter says:

    I would use this for pasta definitely, but also for soup. It’s so pretty that I’d love to just take it to the table for serving soup.