Castagnaccio is a super famous Italian chestnuts flour cake, traditional in several regions with some variations. Thanks to its ingredients, easy to find in the Italian woods, in the past, this recipe was particularly popular among the poor people. Today, I made the Tuscan variation of Castagnaccio with walnuts, pine nuts, and raisin. This cake is very easy to prepare: just 10 minutes for the batter and 40 minutes in the oven. A classic winter recipe from Italy ready for you: vegan, healthy, and tasty!
Pumpkin gnocchi is a recipe I love to prepare in this season. They are easy to make in advance and freeze, so perfect to plan a dinner even with several people: a feast for friends! I like so much the mild sweetness of these gnocchi and pair them with butter and sage, but also with meat sauces or melted blue cheeses: so yummy!
Sardines pasta is a traditional Sicilian delicacy, and, as usual for many Italian recipes, is the protagonist of a legend and a historical fact. The ingredients of this dish are typical of Sicily but also inspired by the foreign occupations of the island into the centuries. Here the history and the recipe of this legendary dish!
Mussels in white wine sauce are one of the most popular Italian recipes. The preparation is very easy and requires just a few ingredients. The quality of the mussels is critical, and they have to be preferably living. This dish is originally from Naples, and it was the preferred recipe of King Ferdinand of the Two Sicilies. The mussels are cooked along with olive oil, garlic, parsley, and black pepper, then basted with white wine, and finally served on toasted bread slices: delicious!
Beer batter is a simple mix to fry vegetables and seafood. It does not require any eggs or dairy products: vegan and tasty! This mixture will make your deep-fried recipes light and crispy. The beer batter basic recipe needs just flour, beer, olive oil, and salt; but, depending on the recipe, I love adding some spices like turmeric, cumin, or paprika.
Roasted veal breast “alla Fornara” is a classic Italian recipe rich in taste and history! The origin of this dish is Roman, created at the times of the battles for the Italy’s unification by an Italian patriot. The recipe is easy and tasty: juicy veal breast marinated in salt and herbs, braised in white wine, then roasted in the oven. The veal “alla Fornara” is traditionally served along with potatoes, roasted aside the meat. Here the recipe and the history of this amazing and patriotic delight!
Peas and Pancetta is a classic Italian pairing: a tasty side dish or party appetizer. The sweetness of peas contrasts pleasantly against the rich taste of Italian Pancetta. In this case, I’ve added seared slices of mini bell peppers and fresh parsley: simple and delicious!
Tripe recipe made Florentine way (called in Italian “Trippa alla Fiorentina”) is one of the most challenging dishes of Tuscan cuisine: hell or heaven for any foodie who wants to explore the Florentine traditions deeply. The people of Florence love tripe and consider this recipe the Queen of street food: along with “Lampredotto”, “Trippa alla Fiorentina” is served in almost any corner on the streets of Florence. The tripe is reduced into stripes then slow cooked into tomatoes sauce and completed with Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese. If you are planning a few days in Florence, consider accepting the challenge to eat as real “Fiorentino” does!
Roasted bell peppers pasta sauce is so good! The smoked and sweet taste of bell peppers pairs perfectly with the salty of pancetta and Pecorino Romano. Sweet basil gives a note of freshness, but fresh mint is a great alternative. You can save a lot of time preparing peppers the day before and enjoy a great dish of Italian pasta in a few minutes!