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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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Sauteed Broccoli Rabe {Rapini}

Are you tired of conventional steamed spinach or broccoli sides? This sauteed broccoli rabe will give you the perfect variety to classic healthy green sides. For those of you hearing about this leafy vegetable for the first time, let’s see what broccoli rabe actually is. What is Broccoli Rabe? Broccoli rabe is a green leafy …

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Pesto Alla Trapanese {Sicilian Almond, Tomato & Basil Pesto}

A month of Sicilian foods and recipes couldn’t have gone without one of my favorite pasta sauces – pesto! Pesto alla Trapanese is a Sicilian pesto with 3 main ingredients: almonds, tomatoes and basil. As its name implies it’s a typical pesto from province of Trapani. In ancient times, ships coming from Genoa to the …

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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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Caprese Salad {How Italians Make It}

Caprese Salad or Insalata Caprese or tomato, mozzarella and basil salad is a cult dish of Italian cuisine. It’s ready in less than 5 minutes and made with the most simple ingredients like sliced tomatoes and mozzarella cheese seasoned with basil leaves, oregano and extra virgin olive oil. Caprese salad originated in Campagna region on …

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Easy Zucchini Rolls with Ricotta & Pesto Sauce

My husband has been recently complaining that we have too much zucchini in the fridge. But if you think for a moment, how can you resist creamy zucchini pesto that can be used for pasta AND crostini, or pasta with zucchini, cherry tomatoes and bottarga. Or one of the summer favorites –  skinny vegetable lasagna? …

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Salmon Patties with Avocado Dipping Sauce

Juicy, tender and super easy to make these salmon patties (or crochette di salmone) is a perfect pair to go with salads, polenta, baked or mashed potatoes and more! You can fry them or bake in the oven for the healthier version (and less cleanup). My favorite way to serve them is with this 2-minute …

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