Today vegetarian Carbonara! I love traditional Carbonara, but sometimes I opt for a more light and healthy version. Zucchini pair greatly with eggs and Pecorino Romano cheese. Grated lemon skin give a tasty touch of freshness. Zucchini have to be chopped big enough to be cooked until golden brown but not mushy. The main question is: creamy or not creamy? For Italian people there is an only question: creamy. If the yolks coagulate, for us sounds like a disaster! For this reason I suggest to use only trusted, super fresh eggs, or pasteurized.
This crostini polenta recipe is very simple and perfect for parties and gatherings! Traditionally the polenta crostini are shaped squared, but you can reduce them into the shape you prefer. They pair perfectly with melted cheese, but with grilled vegetables or meats as well.
Born and raised in New York, Chef Michael Ledwith began his culinary training in some of the best restaurants of the Big Apple. His next career adventure took him to the Caribbean where he learned to respect and beautifully cook seafood. Upon returning to the States, he created a name for himself in Central Florida, but longed for island life full of fresh fish.
Artichokes spaghetti is a simple and tasty Italian dish. Pasta is tossed along with a smooth and healthy artichokes dip. Fresh mint and Pecorino cheese will give at this recipe a particular flavor!
Calf liver Venetian Style is another recipe originating from the North Italian culinary tradition. The meat is stir-fried just the time to be medium cooked, and served with sweet and sour onions. This calf liver recipe pairs greatly with toasted bread slices or white polenta. When done, serve the liver immediately with minced parsley and black pepper, and don’t forget a glass of good white wine!
Rapini and pasta is a classic Italian pairing. Even if the basic recipe is prepared without any kind of protein, is common add sausage or anchovies to give more taste! The most typical shape of pasta cooked along with this tasty greens is orecchiette. Can’t miss a sprinkle of Pecorino, so considering the strong taste of this cheese and preserved anchovies, manage the salt with care!
This artichokes dip is a very versatile sauce, full of taste and healthy! Artichokes and mint is a traditional Italian pairing. Pecorino Romano is the perfect cheese for this recipe. Season pasta, enrich your meats or simply spread the artichokes dip over toasted bread slices!
A farro salad is a great way to say hallo at the warm season! This healthy recipe is perfect to be prepared a little in advance. Bell peppers and zucchini squash pair greatly with the taste of farro, but if you prefer, it’s possible utilize other vegetables.
This cabbage soup is the kind of comfort food I prefer: tasty, greedy and rich in vitamins! Preparing this recipe I’ve been inspired by the classic French soup. Shiitake mushrooms give a particular flavor to this cabbage soup. The secret of this recipe is the onion, very smooth and caramelized. I stir fried the vegetables with clarified butter, but it’s possible use a mix of butter and extra virgin olive oil as well.
Oven roasted octopus is the the baked version of a classic summer Italian dish. Seafood is reduced into pieces, then baked with potatoes and capers. Potatoes are roasted until golden. Octopus has to be crispy and dark violet. The sour taste of wine will balance the sweet of octopus and potatoes. A suggestion: salt lightly just a couple of minutes before finishing the oven roasted octopus, an only if necessary.