Dried Pasta · Pasta · Recipes · Summer

baked anelletti pasta timbale with melt in the mouth eggplants

PASTA INCASCIATA. When it gets as cold as it is now here, I need to dream of the sun. Or of sunny food. This recipe is for those of you who still have summer somewhere, probably very far from here. It’s a vibrant dish, with all the colors and flavors of the Mediterranean. To get…… Continue reading baked anelletti pasta timbale with melt in the mouth eggplants

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the antimafia and other very good pasta

“GO BUY  ME A KILO PASTA, WILL YOU?????” This Italy here  is a crazy country and always will be, but important priorities are respected. A good bowl of pasta is  hardly ever refused. So easy,  so good, so comforting. It’s in our genes, in our blood, it’s the mother of foods. Pasta comes first, not…… Continue reading the antimafia and other very good pasta

Dried Pasta · Fresh Pasta · Recipes · Sauces · Spring

tagliolini with almond pesto and broad beans

TAGLIOLINI WITH PESTO AND BROAD BEANS. Umbrians love broad beans, fave. As soon as it’s spring, crates of the long green pods start to appear in markets and shops. Those who are lucky enough to have a vegetable garden will pick the young and tender ones and give bagfuls to their neighbors as a gift.…… Continue reading tagliolini with almond pesto and broad beans

Appetizers · Dried Pasta · Fresh Pasta · Recipes · Sauces · Spring · Vegetables

piselli al prosciutto

PEAS AND HAM.  Spring brings wonderful ingredients, fresh peas, asparagus, broad beans, strawberries. It seems hardly necessary to cook as everything is so bright and flavorful you can eat it as it is. Fresh shelled peas are delicious and can be used as a low calories snack. This is a very traditional side dish that…… Continue reading piselli al prosciutto

Dried Pasta · Fresh Pasta · Recipes · Sauces · Winter

creamy norcina pasta sauce with pork

    Norcia is a marvelous medieval town in Southeastern Umbria, blessed by fresh mountain air and by the breeding of pigs. Already in the IX century the delicious animal represented a main source of income for the locals. One can modestly say that they have a long standing expertise in making the best sausages…… Continue reading creamy norcina pasta sauce with pork

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beef and pork ragu’ sauce

In net contrast to everything stated yesterday about sauce and Italians eating light meals, today we polished up a whole  pan of  glorious cannelloni al ragù. It was not a holiday, but we innkeepers must work throughout most of the occasions when others celebrate holidays. As a consequence we have to choose a grey, cold…… Continue reading beef and pork ragu’ sauce