Potato gnocchi: these world famous dumplings are so tender, tasty and rich in history! Any region of Italy has its own recipe for gnocchi. Alla Romana, Canederli, Plum Gnocchi, Alla Sorrentina, a plenty of recipes has its roots in a mix of history and legends. A combination of old and new ingredients coming from the Nuovo Mondo, like potatoes and tomatoes. Here all that you need to know about gnocchi, and the recipe of course!
Chicken cacciatore, is one of the most popular Italian recipes. Named “pollo alla cacciatora”, this recipe is prepared with some little differences in almost all the regions of Italy. I like sear the chicken reduced into pieces before slowly cook it into a fresh tomatoes sauce. Garlic, rosemary and give at the meat a delicious flavor. Even if it’s possible braise the meat with white wine, I suggest baste with red wine in order to make the taste of the sauce bold!
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.
A few days ago , I have been desiring so much some fresh cheese, the same I use to taste in my childhood! Fine, soft, and delicate cheese with its unmistakable scent of milk… and so… I cooked it! The most famous fresh Italian cheese is called “Giuncata”. Its name descend from the traditional molds made with canes (canes = giunchi in Italian), used to store it. The Giuncata is a soft, and tasty cheese, and it’s and healthy as well! It’s ready in a few hours to be enjoyed with tomato salad, cured meats or even simply speared on a slice of bread!
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The sausage sauce is a classic peasant recipe. It is prepared with some variations, in many parts of Italy. As I said, there are many versions: with peppers, or mushrooms, or simply tossed with pasta and a few tablespoon of whipping cream! Today I decided to combine this tasty sauce with a simple tomato puree, used to be presented frequently at my family’s table. The preparation is not difficult, but requires a few precautions. The sausages must be cooked until golden brown, then being dipped into the tomato puree. After that, is mandatory to proceed with a very slow cooking until the meat is extremely soft. The best way to taste the sausage sauce is with a kind of pasta of your choice, in particular fresh pasta, rigatoni or shells.
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Today I propose you another recipe from my childhood: the pasta with Italian prosciutto and green peas. Oh men! This pasta brings me right to my birthplace in Bologna, when my mom wanted to cuddle us, but had not much time. The best prosciutto for this recipe is the final part, the sweeter and softer. Just because the ham is cooked, increasing its sapidity, I do not recommend you to add salt into the sauce. Try on this dish with Penne, Garganelli or, if you have more time, with fantastic homemade tagliatelle!
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If you were lucky enough to visit Rome and eat in one of its many “trattorie” (Italian informal restaurants, Ed.), you’ll have noticed that the food experience is a visceral, rough and traditional one. The Roman cuisine has very ancient origins, but has been able to evolve at an equal pace with the discovery of new ingredients from other continents, such as cocoa and tomatoes. The queen of entrees is without a doubt the oxtail “alla vaccinara”, one of the most popular among Roman dishes and the pride of every self-respecting cook of the capital. Today I present you with a more traditional and rich recipe: a dish which is complex in flavors, elegant, but also full of history: a real treat!
The fresh tomato pulp is ideal for dressing pasta, entrees and bruschettas. Its fast and taste summer. You can prepare it a day or two before, in order to speed up the preparation of the main course. I also use it on bruschettas, with olives, capers and some finely chopped fresh onion.