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Winter Recipes

The Best Minestrone Soup Recipe {How Italians Make It}

Nothing says more “comfort food” than thick, hearty, melt-in-the-mouth Minestrone Soup. Italian Minestrone soup is made with seasonal veggies, legumes and small pasta shape or rice. The beauty of this soup is that you can make it a hundred times and have it taste different every time you make it. For this reason there’s no …

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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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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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Pumpkin Wedges Wrapped In Speck With Balsamic & Honey Glaze

Bright, flavorful and easy to make these Roasted Pumpkin Wedges is a perfect appetizer, side dish or even a whole light dinner! All it takes is few simple and awesome ingredients and roughly 40 minutes of time (and 5 minutes of actual work). If you’ve ever heard of a special type of Italian cured meat …

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Pressure Cooker Artichokes with Dipping Sauce

Creamy buttery artichokes are steamed in pressure cooker in less than 10 minutes. But the best part is of course the sauce! Delicate, savory and incredibly flavorful all at the same time, this green artichoke dipping sauce is truly legendary. And yes, you make the sauce while artichokes are cooking 😉 It’s best to use …

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Chiacchiere {Crostoli} – Italian Carnival Fritters

Crispy, bubbly and super addicting Chiacchiere ia a typical food during Mardi Gras or Carnival season in Italy. Both kids & adults adore them! Depending on the region they differ in shape, name and even slightly in the ingredients. Chiacchiere, pronounced as [kjakˈkjɛːre], is their typical name in Lombardia, crostoli in Veneto, frappe in Central …

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Pressure Cooker Brussel Sprouts with Pine Nuts & Pomegranate Seeds

Are you always on the go? Or maybe tired of the  same old veggie sides? These pressure cooker brussel sprouts is a total saver. Quite literally! Aside from instant noodle bowl, what else can you make in less than 5 minutes?? Brussel sprouts cook in pressure cooker for 3-4 minutes while maintaining all vitamins and …

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Ditalini Soup with Chickpeas & Bacon

Creamy, decadent, warming and utterly delicious this ditalini soup is your next favorite this winter. Chicken broth gives it an incredible rich flavor but you can certainly make it using just water. Bacon will do its job anyway.   Creamy, decadent, warming and utterly delicious this ditalini soup is your next favorite this winter. Buon …

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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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Artichoke & Potato Casserole

Artichoke and Potato Casserole is one of winter and spring favorite side dishes. It goes perfectly with any main course such as chicken meat or fish. And even if you skip the meat or fish you’ll still have nutrient-rich and delicious meal. To make this artichoke casserole both fresh and frozen artichokes (including edible part …

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Pignolata – Italian Fried Honey Balls

Pignolata is one of the most simple and delicious treats typical for Christmas and Carnival season. These slightly crunchy fried dough balls coated with honey and lemon zest they are simple irresistible. Depending in the region, you might also know them by the name Struffoli (Napoli, Campagnia), Cicerchiata (Abruzzo, Marche, Molise), Sannacchiudere (Taranto, Apulia) and …

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