Homemade tortellini is one of the most important recipes of my hometown, Bologna! Along with Bolognese ragù and Lasagne, this recipe is an authentic icon of the Emilian culinary tradition. Here I’m telling you the history, the legend, and the traditional way to make tortellini. Not really easy to prepare, but a masterpiece of the Italian culture!
Bottarga spaghetti with lemon zest is the best recipe to taste this delicious cured fish roe! This cured fish roe divide the foodies in two parties: who loves, and who hates this ingredient! For sure, once in your life, you want to try it on!
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!
The Imperial Soup (Zuppa Imperiale) is a typical Bolognese soup: fluffy semolina dough is baked, then reduced into small dices, and finally cooked with a fragrant meat stock. This recipe is a traditional, kid-friendly, option for family gatherings! The preparation of the Imperial Soup is fast and easy. It’s possible to bake and dice this tasty dough in advance, and quickly boil it into meat or vegetable broth just before serving!
Broccoli rabe pasta is a recipe I love to prepare all year long. Simple ingredients and artisan Orecchiette are the secrets of this recipe! I like to prepare broccoli rabe pasta vegetarian version, but today I make for you the red snapper version, delicious and healthy!
Mushroom risotto: another classic Italian! Risotto recipes are very popular into the North Eastern Italian cuisine. Its preparation is not particularly easy, but it worth any minute of your time! There are many variations of Italian risotto: along with Milanese Risotto and Asparagus Risotto, the mushroom version is one of the most famous. In this case, I love to add a yolk before stirring the last time my mushroom risotto, but if someone doesn’t like the taste of the egg, it is possible to substitute the yolk with one more spoon of butter.
Bean sauce is an easy recipe perfect tossed with pasta, or served on toasted bread slices. Another way to serve this tasty vegan sauce is paired with fried eggs. In this case, I choose black, cannellini, pinto, and kidney beans, but you can select any beans you prefer!
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!
Capocollo is a classic cured Italian! This savory cut of pork is processed fresh or cured in several Italian regions. In this case, I prepared a great pasta with cured capocollo and mini sweet peppers. Oregano leaves give at the sauce a fresh flavor and balance the salty taste of the meat and chili pepper. Serve this dish hot with a sprinkle of ricotta salata.