Pasta e Cicerchie – Pasta and Grass Peas/Chickling Vetch

Today a recipe with one of the most unknown and not much used legumes: the grass pea, known also as chickling vetch and several other names (in Italian cicerchia) 🙂 It’s a good legume first of all, and as all the legumes I like it. In the past it was very common and it was an…

Lasagne with Grilled Eggplants and Ricotta

Finally there are a lot of good eggplants now…I use to wait this season to prepare one of my favorite recipes: Parmigiana di melanzane 🙂 But I try to fry as less as possible, so I’m not doing it so often 🙂 This is a very good alternative, the grilled eggplants are lighter than the…

Cannelloni with Ricotta and Spinach

This is another very popular recipe in Italy 🙂 It takes a while to make it, but it’s quite simple and not difficult at all. Remember to buy enough spinach, because once you cook/boil them, very little remains 🙂 Once again, instead of ricotta I used an artisanal Orda, which is very similar and it’s…

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….

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…

Pasta alla Pizzaiola al Forno – Baked Pasta Pizza-Style

This is a recipe that I didn’t prepare since a while, don’t ask me why because I used to love it 🙂 It’s a simple recipe, with ingredients which are very common in Italian recipes, and they are the ingredients used to top a good pizza, that’s why it has this name. What makes it…

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…

Lasagne alla Bolognese

Wonderful, juicy, perfumed, fulfilling, eye-catching, opulent…there are so many adjectives to describe this worldwide famous recipe 🙂 For me it’s simply a masterpiece of the Italian tradition, definitely one of its milestones, and if we consider that at its base there is the likewise great Ragù alla Bolognese, then it couldn’t be otherwise 🙂 Already…