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Pasta & Risotto

Orecchiette With Broccoli Rabe

Orecchiette with broccoli rabe is one of the signature pasta dishes from Apulia, city of Bari in particular. This is a classic “poor man’s dish” or cucina povera that dates back to ancient times. A couple of simple local ingredients like homemade pasta (orecchiette), seasonal veggies (broccoli rabe), anchovy fillets, extra virgin olive oil, garlic …

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Tortelli Mantovani {Pumpkin Tortelli from Northern Italy}

Pumpkin Tortelli or Tortelli Mantovani is a traditional pasta from Northern Italy (Lombardy region) made particularly for Christmas Eve. Pumpkin, as a protagonist of the season is also a key ingredient in the filling of these tortelli. But Tortelli Mantovani are called so for a reason. It’s not just simple pumpkin that sets them aside, …

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Tagliatelle with Sauteed Mushrooms, Roasted Meat & Chestnuts

Cold days are here, which means it’s the best time to indulge yourself with a hot bowl of homemade pasta. With all seasonal fall foods like mushrooms and chestnuts these tagliatelle is luxury in the bowl. Trust me, with homemade semolina flour pasta (tagliatelle, fettuccine or pappardelle are the best) that texture, that tiny little …

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Pasta With Cauliflower Sicilian Style

Pasta with Cauliflower is one of the staples of Sicilian cuisine. During cold season it’s one of the most comforting dishes you can treats yourself to. It’s made with all typical ingredients from this territory like purple cauliflower, pine nuts, raisins, anchovies and saffron. In Sicilian dialect you’ll often hear it by the name “Pasta …

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Busiate Pasta With Pesto Alla Trapanese

Busiate or busiati is a long, thin, hollow tube pasta, twisted in the way that it resembles a telephone cord. Busiate are typical to Western Sicily and considered to be an iconic pasta type that represents Trapani region. In some way it resembles corkscrew or fusilli type of pasta. BUT they’re still FAR away cousins. …

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Penne Pasta with Roasted Cherry Tomatoes & Black Olives

Would you be surprised if I told you that the whole idea of this pasta was inspired by a piece of ricotta salata (salted ricotta cheese) that I had in the fridge? And it turned out SO-oh-o  good that I encored it 4 times during the same week. Before you mentally disconnect thinking of ricotta …

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Red Wine Risotto With Italian Sausage & Rosemary

Red wine risotto is one of those magic dishes that requires minimum ingredients, very little effort but tun out to be out of this world delicious! Imagine delicate and creamy risotto paired with seasoned bites of Italian sausage and fragrant fresh rosemary sprigs. Of course it wouldn’t be the same without red wine. Just don’t …

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Risotto with Cream of Asparagus

Risotto with asparagus cream is definitely one of spring and summer favorites. Delicate taste, creamy texture and fresh green color  – what else could you wish for in classic Italian risotto? Crumbled Parmesan Crisps on top! They add an unforgettable charm and color to the whole dish, which makes it perfect not only for family …

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Candele Pasta with Roasted Eggplant, Bell Pepper & Olives

Here’s another special pasta I got as gift this Christmas. Candele is typical pasta from Naples, Campagna region of Italy. As you might guess it got its name from a smooth, cylindrical form that resembles a candle. Very much like those real candles that were used in various religious processions common to Southern Italy. Candele …

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Garganelli With Creamy Spinach Sauce

Imagine slightly ‘al dente’ egg garganelli coated in rich creamy spinach sauce that are ready in the blink of the eye. This spinach pasta is seriously one of the favorite all-season quick meals. Top it generously with freshly grated Parmesan cheese and it’s heaven on earth! Of course as with most pasta sauces you can …

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