Slow cooked eye of round steaks cooked with pizzaiola sauce are a classic Italian. The meat is very tender and the taste of dried oregano mark out the tomato sauce. As many of the traditional Italian stews, On Sunday feasts is usual prepare pasta tossed with the meat sauce.
Cacio e pepe recipe is a quick and tasty Roman dish. The origin of this recipe is very ancient. The secret of cacio e pepe is the creamy sauce, obtained combining best quality Pecorino Romano and a few spoons of the water used to cook the spaghetti. The cheese and the starch into the cooking water are the only ingredients to make the original cacio e pepe sauce, forget butter or cream!
Are you looking for a “sunny” recipe easy to prepare in winter as well? The sun dried tomatoes sauce is perfect! This easy recipe is great with spaghetti. Crispy bread crumbs give at this dish an authentic taste of Southern-Italian tradition!
It’s Halloween, let’s cook a great recipe with a creamy butternut squash sauce! I really care about this simple and savory pasta; Into this I combined my Italian soul with a bit of American taste. To serve the Butternut squash sauce, I choose Farfalle, a kind of pasta as popular in Italy almost as spaghetti. Crispy bacon flakes add flavor. Do not forget a generous sprinkling of Parmesan cheese to complete the dish!
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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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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Florence is well-known worldwide for its incomparable Renaissance history. In Florence, however, have been created several must-to-taste recipes of the Italian cuisine. Here was born Catherine de’ Medici, wife of Henry II of France, who imported in Paris the best Tuscan recipes, fundamental for the birth of French haute cuisine.
A few weeks ago I went back to Florence. I walked around the taverns, the market stalls and carts of street food. Read on and take a trip with me between grilled steaks, slow-cooked recipes, weird-but-tasty street food, vegetarian soups, crunchy bruschettas and local cheese of the Florentine tradition!
Today place into the dish a lot of Italian tradition seasoned with a delicious red wine sauce!
The bucatini pasta is a traditional kind of spaghetti thicker than normal with a small hole into the center. A classic recipe with bucatini is Amatriciana: tomato sauce and guanciale. Do you know what the guanciale is? It is a cured meat very famous in Italy but still little known and exported abroad, but recently it’s starting to appear on the delicatessen counters worldwide.
Today I suggest you a classic of Italian tradition: the “bucatini ubriachi” (drunken spaghetti). In this recipe, the wine will be poured almost all into the pan, so the quality of the wine must be very high! To finish the sauce, flavor it with diced guanciale (or pancetta if guanciale is not avaiable) and a generous sprinkling of ricotta salata and black pepper.
The “Ragù Barese” (Apulian meat sauce) is a Southern-Italian typical pasta dressing full of history and tradition. Even though it has improve some changes over the centuries, has maintained an intense and antique flavor. A few weeks ago I ate this dish at Enzo’s caffè in Portland and loved it: For a few minutes I felt myself in Italy, so much that along Alberta Street looked like there were appear olive trees! I’m writing here the recipe, so that a little ‘olive trees can grow in your kitchen! As with “Bolognese sauce” or” Neapolitan Genovese”, the secret to this recipe is a long cooking at a low temperature. In Italy we use a traditional crock pot, left on the stove for many hours. Here in America I tried to make the sauce with my slow-cooker and the result was perfect!