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…

Porcini Trifolati

As I already showed other times, I love this season and I love one of its main products: the porcini mushrooms 🙂 In this new post I’m going to show one of the more common ways to prepare them in Italy as a side dish…and what a side dish! 🙂 it’s so great and simple…

Vellutata di Porcini – Porcini Cream Soup

This soup will be a perfect recipe to warm your autumn evenings 🙂 its porcini mushroom’s perfume will spread all over the kitchen and it will make it even more inviting! I admit that I prefer to make a good pasta or a good risotto when I have porcini, but when it happens that I…

Pappardelle with Porcini

This is another wonderful ingredient of this season 🙂 I love porcini and I love all the wild mushrooms in general. I was lucky to grow up in a family in the Italian countryside, by the mountains, so my father and uncles always picked up wild mushrooms (and in the last 2 days my father…

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…

Risotto with Dried Porcini Mushrooms

I love porcini mushrooms, just the smell it’s so inviting and the taste is simply amazing, it’s like having the forest in your dish 🙂 Obviously the best is when you can have fresh porcini, but dried porcini are a very good way to preserve them and to have them all year long. And if…

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 Baccalà – Dried and Salted Cod Salad

I already talked about the Baccalà in THIS post, and I also wrote something about the history of this great product and how it became so popular in Italy, so if you are interested about that background you can have a look there 🙂 This is one of the many ways you can use it,…

Capù – Cabbage Rolls, Brescia Style

Hi, today I’m showing one traditional recipe typical of my area of origin (Brescia province, but Bergamo too): the “Capù” 🙂 It’s a word in the local dialect (which literally means “capon”, no idea why, I suppose that maybe originally it was a dish reminding a meat dish that people couldn’t afford), I don’t think…

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…

Breaded Pike Fillet on Spring Onion Cream

This is an easy and simple recipe I thought at the moment to prepare something different with some northern pike fillets I still had in my freezer 🙂 I really like pike, but my favorite recipes with it are usually made by boiling it. This time I tried to coat it in breadcrumbs and to…

Pasta e Patate – Pasta and Potatoes, Neapolitan Style

“Past’ e patane” they say in Naples 🙂 Many times people tell me “you eat pasta so often? it’s not good”, so probably some of them could be shocked to the idea of pairing pasta and potatoes in the same recipe (“carbs with carbs, oh my God!“), especially according to some modern and trendy diets spreading…