Basil pesto is an Italian sauce worldwide famous. Make a good Basil pesto is quick and easy, but needs a little extra attention choosing the right ingredients and following the traditional recipe. Like many traditional recipes, the origin of pesto is ancient and amazing. Here I’ll tell you the history and the recipe of this Italian masterpiece!
Pappa al Pomodoro! This recipe is one of the most traditional Tuscan soup. Prepare this dish is very easy, but it needs prime quality ingredients. Tomatoes sauce and bread quality must cook along with best extra virgin olive oil, sweet basil leaves, and Tuscan bread creates a delicious cream soup very healthy and digestible and tasty, perfect for kids!
Eggplant pasta with prosciutto dices is a quick and tasty Italian recipe. I love serve this sauce along with any kind of short pasta, but the shape I prefer is Garganelli: an Emilian kind of maccheroni very traditional in Bologna, my birth city. Deep fried eggplants give a characteristic flavor, but if you prefer an healthier choice you can bake them, considering that the taste will be good but not the same. I like complete this eggplant pasta with Ricotta Salata cheese, but Pecorino is perfect as well!
Ricotta cheese pasta is one of the recipes I liked most in my childhood. This sauce for pasta is very easy and fast, just combine ricotta along with fresh basil, Parmigiano Reggiano and tomato sauce. Crushed pine nuts are the crunchy part of this recipe and give a particular taste! Today I opted for strozzapreti, a traditional Italian kind of pasta, but this sauce is delicious with any shape of short pasta or spaghetti as well!
Tuna pasta is one of the most famous Italian comfort food! There are several version of this recipe. Today I prepared it with tomato sauce, capers and black olives. The most important think to prepare a tasty tuna pasta is add the canned fish just 5 minutes before toss and serve. Even if the sauce is perfect just cooked, the day after will be even more tasty! Just prepare the sauce one day in advance and toss with the pasta just before eating.
These Sauteed shrimps are very easy to prepare, and tasty! I love serve them as appetizer, but they are great also as a snack, paired with beer or white wine. Furthermore, the sauteed shrimps are perfect for flavorful salads or sandwiches.
The cherry tomatoes spaghetti are almost a miracle, perfect for summer meals. This quick and easy recipe is a pillar of the Italian cuisine, created to exalt the few ingredients that make it up. For this reason, pasta, olive oil, basil, and tomatoes must be of the highest quality! The cherry tomatoes must be cooked fast and energetic. When cooked, the tomatoes have to be soft and warm, but conserving the taste of fresh tomatoes. Jack Bourdain once said that he could not bear those who underestimate a good dish of cherry tomatoes spaghetti, and I fully agree;-) .
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A couple of days ago dining with my wife Caterina, we were talking about Italian fried peppers, a delicious traditional dish served cold, and dressed with oil and vinegar, as in the south of Italy its’s used to prepare. Yesterday morning wandering around the aisles of my preferred grocery, I saw a box of Sweet mini peppers in plain sight, and I thought about the previous day chat with Caterina. I bought them right away and I quickly reach my kitchen to give vent to my cravings! I prepared the sweet mini peppers with basil, garlic and balsamic vinegar, then I let them rest covered overnight in the fridge. The pan fried sweet mini peppers are perfect to be tasted with bread crostini, but next to roasted sausages or with a delicious slice of aged Pecorino cheese and cured meats as well.
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In Italy, meatballs (that we call “polpette”) are a classic Monday dish. In fact, originally the meatballs were made with the leftovers of the meat used for Sunday’s broth. Nowadays, meatballs are no longer made just to avoid throwing out leftover food, and we prepare them in many ways: with vegetables (eggplant is an excellent choice), meat (veal, beef or pork) or fish (especially cod and shrimp). Usually the balled mixture is fried and then simmered, although at times they area perfect street food, just fried and eaten on the go. Today we are going to prepare sausage meatballs, topped with a sauce made of tomatoes and fresh basil, without frying them so they are lighter. Given that the meat is very savory, I don’t add salt to either the sauce or the meatballs, and they are still very tasty. Your only regret will be not having prepared a few more!