Polpo Ubriaco – Drunken Octopus

Today I made another recipe with one of my favorite ingredients, the octopus 🙂 It’s a typical recipe from Tuscany (polpo bria’o in the local dialect), but also from Sicily (purpu mpriacu in the local dialect), it’s very simple and you need very few ingredients. It is called ubriaco (drunken) simply because it is simmered…

Cavatelli e Cicerchie – Pasta and Grass Peas

Another very simple but tasty and healthy recipe with what is a simple and poor ingredient: the grass pea. I already wrote a couple of posts about it lately (HERE and HERE), this time is a recipe using a typical pasta type from southern Italy, more precisely from Molise region, but also Puglia and Basilicata:…

Fava Beans Soup, with Barley

Probably I already wrote it, but I love legumes and I love this kind of soups, especially for dinner 🙂 Fava beans are very particular, they are quite different than normal beans, and you can make great things with them. They are great fresh, but in this case I used dried fava beans. And I…

Spaghetti con le Vongole – Spaghetti with Clams

This is one of those traditional recipes that I love: so simple, few ingredients, so fast and so perfect 🙂 you cannot make it better with some modern fancy tricks, it’s already perfect as it is 🙂 Of course, there are details to take care to have the best result, as always 🙂 if you…

Rigatoni with Broccoli

Broccoli is another very good and healthy vegetable of this season which I really like to use. You can eat it as a side dish, usually boiled, but you can make also some very good pasta recipes, like this one 🙂 It’s very simple and you need few ingredients. Let’s see how to make it….

Ribollita Toscana*

As I probably already said, I love to eat soups for dinner, and this is definitely great 🙂 it’s thicker than a normal minestrone (someone say that you should be able to eat it even in a flat dish), because of the bread and because of the beans purée, but it’s very tasty especially one…

Fresh Pasta with European Perch and Zucchini

This is a good and different way than usual to prepare freshwater fish. I used the European Perch but you can use also the zander or a trout or a pike for example. And also sea fish obviously, for example it can be great with swordfish. In this case I prepared some fresh “fusilli al…

Linguine with Tuna, Colatura and Lemon Zest

I don’t know in other countries, but in Italy when you say “pasta with canned tuna” many people think immediately to one of the typical and easiest recipes that students living away from home often do, or single men living alone, or people with few cooking skills, it’s kind of a stereotype 🙂 But in…

Insalata di Limoni – Lemon Salad

Here it is another amazing recipe that shows how great is a simple but fresh food. In this case a southern Italian lemon, beautiful, extremely perfumed, tasty, and not sour or bitter at all (and rich of vitamins)! Plus a good extra virgin olive oil, a good chili and a good fresh mint from the…

Pasta e Lenticchie – Pasta and Lentils, Neapolitan Style

Here it is another very good traditional pasta recipe coming from the area of Naples, following the similar previous ones made with beans, with chickpeas and with potatoes 🙂 Lentils are a very good and healthy legume, rich in proteins and in iron. There are various types of lentils, with different colors, shapes, size. And…