Basil pesto is a must of Genovese cuisine (click here to read the recipe and history). People from Genoa are very proud of this tasty recipe and admit just a few variation. The most famous recipe with basil pesto is “Pesto Avvantaggiato” also called simply “Pesto Alla Genovese”. The pasta, commonly Linguine or Trofie, is cooked along with green beans and diced potatoes, then tossed with basil pesto. It’s critical do not re-heat basil pesto and add a few tbsp of water to obtain a creamy sauce. Easy and tasty!
Basil pesto is an Italian sauce worldwide famous. Make a good Basil pesto is quick and easy, but needs a little extra attention choosing the right ingredients and following the traditional recipe. Like many traditional recipes, the origin of pesto is ancient and amazing. Here I’ll tell you the history and the recipe of this Italian masterpiece!
Roasted carrots with balsamic and arugula pesto is an healthy vegetarian salad. I love the sweet taste of the carrots glazed with balsamic vinegar paired the bitter of arugula. To obtain a perfect balance between these strong flavors a very good quality balsamic vinegar is mandatory, otherwise the taste will be too sour!
Pesto arugula is a quick and easy recipe, very versatile. Thanks to my friend Erik and his beautiful garden, I can prepare this recipe with fresh organic arugula! I love the bitter taste of this green, balanced with the sweet and sour flavor of Parmigiano Reggiano and pine nuts. Pesto Arugula is perfect to toss pasta, but is great also as seasoning of baked or boiled vegetables and chicken or brisket salad. Try it on simply spread on toasted bread as well, it is delicious!
These Sauteed shrimps are very easy to prepare, and tasty! I love serve them as appetizer, but they are great also as a snack, paired with beer or white wine. Furthermore, the sauteed shrimps are perfect for flavorful salads or sandwiches.
The most famous Italian pesto is “Pesto Genovese” (basil, garlic, cheese, pine nuts and olive oil): Its goodness lies in its simplicity! But Pesto Genovese is not the only option. In Sicily, for instance, pesto is prepared with tomatoes, cottage cheese and almonds. Today I propose you a rich but healthy pesto version with eggplant and mint. Eggplants are baked in the oven with no added fat. The mint leaves are crushed with garlic and blended with the eggplant pulp. The Tuscan pecorino adds flavor and a pinch of Italian tradition. Finally, the zucchini cut into chunks are a tasty surprise in the sauce. You can prepare the eggplant pesto also a day or two in advance, in order to have a quick and super-tasty dish ready to serve. For the pasta, I suggest caserecce, a typical south Italian specialty whose shape is perfect to hold the sauce!
When I see rack of lamb in plain sight on the butcher’s counter, I simply cannot resist! I love its unique flavor, almost naturally spicy, and its versatility: you can fry, pan-fry, bake, or stew it. My very first memory of lamb goes back to my maternal grandmother’s breaded lamb chops: fried and immediately served in a dish with baked potatoes…yum, sooner or later I’ll make them again! Today we will prepare the rack of lamb simply in the oven, after having briefly pan-fried it. To enhance the flavor of the meat I recommend an intense sage pesto and to finish off, a scented potato purée seasoned with fennel; need I say more? Buon appetito!
A little over a year ago, Caye Caulker, one of the most beautiful islands in Belize, has welcomed a piece of Italy. A small meeting place where you can enjoy pasta, prepared fresh every day, and traditional sauces which are simple and genuine. Armando and Anna run it since 2013 and called it “Pasta per caso” (pasta by chance), to recall the coincidences that brought them from Italy to this little tropical paradise.