pasta e fagioli for pasta lovers

Italians have been bean eaters for thousand of years. Greeks ate lentils. Romans consumed  garbanzo beans and black-eyed peas daily. Common beans arrived in Italy from America with Colombo and returned to America with Italian emigrants and their “pasta fazool”. There are a million versions of “pasta e fagioli”, pasta with beans. The quality of the beans really is important: use beans which are fresh … Continue reading pasta e fagioli for pasta lovers

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 for nothing we call it primo. Eating store-bought dried pasta … Continue reading the antimafia and other very good pasta

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. The fave are eaten fresh, just out of the pod, … Continue reading tagliolini with almond pesto and broad beans

creamy norcina pasta sauce with pork sausage

    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 of the world. This simple and hearty sauce is available … Continue reading creamy norcina pasta sauce with pork sausage