Spaghetti with tomato sauce: Artusi’s recipe

Spaghetti with tomato sauce is the classic italian food loved by everybody, especially by children. However, as a teenager, I hated it. The reason was that my mum would cook it way too often according to my taste. I wanted to try other cuisine, other sauces, and fancy...

Pasta with spinach and bacon

Sometimes I really don’t feel like cooking at all. If it were for me, I would be happy with bread and cheese (cannot live without cheese!) and a glass fo wine. Or even a greasy chinese takeaway! However with two small kids, one has to make the effort to cook a...

Maltagliati with chickpeas

      Maltagliati with chickpeas is a very old recipe from the paesant tradition of southern Italy. It’s food for the very poor, however it’s very nutrient, because of its high protein content. In my family maltagliati with chickpeas was a...

Pasta with mushrooms and ham

I remember when my mum prepared pasta with mushrooms and ham: I was the happiest child in the city! However -alas- she didn’t prepare it very often, because my father disliked white sauces. So, it was really a super-special treat. I grew up thinking that pasta...

Pizzoccheri

Today we are going to discover the pizzoccheri, a traditional peasant dish from the Lombardy region, and more precisely from an area called Valtellina, which is a stunning valley bordering Switzerland. Pizzoccheri are thick and short tagliatelle-like pasta, made with...
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