Benedict is the first Pope to retire in nearly 600 years, proof that the Vatican must be a really exciting place to live. Still, if I were a priest, I think I would prefer to live in The Big Easy, The City That Care Forgot — in New Orleans, where the confessionals probably are enough to make a reality TV producer blush. Still, as mischievous as the city can be, some folks are more pious, asking for little more than a winning Saints game and good bowl of pasta on Sundays.
As proof that our prayers are answered, this recipe is provided by Monsignor Christopher Nalty, who recently returned to New Orleans after ten years at the Vatican. In Rome, he became a devout believer in pasta, and is said to have kept his fellow priests well-fed with an inspired bucatini all’amatriciana. Back in New Orleans, he is still nourishing his flock, and recently prepared this lasagna ai funghi e tartufi (which he adapted from Taverna Giula in Rome). Sinful maybe, but this lasagna is truly heaven-sent.