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...

Leeks, bacon, and ricotta pie

When we think about pies and quiches, we imagine always a heavy, cream and egg based filling. But it doesn’t have to be. A more mediterrenean version, lighter and tasty, is what I propose here with this leeks, bacon, and ricotta pie. This dish is very simple to...

Risotto with kale and mascarpone

  What’s better than risotto to warm you up in winter? Risotto is a typical dish from northern Italy, where is cold and the temperature are very similar to the ones in Britain. Rich and creamy, it is one fo the best way to introduce vegetables to the...

Artusi’s cauliflower frittata

In his book “The science of cooking and the art of fine eating” (the link is NOT an affiliate), Pellegrino Artusi labelled the cauliflower “the most tasteless of all greenery“. Some people agree with this affirmation, others do not. Certainly,...

Carrots with lemon sauce and parsley

It is hard to make children eating carrots. Many, including me, complains that they are too sweet. And certainly boiling or steaming them doesn’t help the situation. However sometimes you just need a little trick to make the carrots taste like 1 million dollars....

Garden peas hamburgers: quick and easy recipe

I find that the best way to make children eat their greens, it is to make vegetables patties. We Italians call them polpette: they are easy and quick to make, taste good, and they can be packed in the lunch box. Today I am giving you the recipe for garden peas...

Cannellini beans and cherry tomatoes soup

Beans are a staple food of Italian cuisine: cooked with pasta, rice, or in soups, beans are found everywhere. They are an excellent substitute to meat, especially paired with wholewheat pasta or rice, so to boost their protein content. Neapolitan people cook a lot...
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