Caico e Pepe

Author: kel15  //  Category: Authentic & Traditional Italian Recipes, Dinner, Everyday Italian Recipes, Lunch, Pasta Italiano, Quick & Easy

This easy Roman dish is pure comfort food too as being pretty inexpensive and effortless to make. Though it originated in Rome, it can be a widespread dish seen on restaurant menus across Umbria as well. When I want a light, tasty pasta dish, this is usually my 1st selection. In Umbria, it can be normally made with Umbria’s conventional pasta strangozzi, and may well or may possibly not incorporate just a little chopped guanciale or pancetta. I am giving the simple recipe for Cacio e Pepe also as an Umbrian variation below. Although Cacio de Roma cheese is typically utilised in combination with Pecorino Romano, really feel absolutely free to use just grated Pecorino cheese. Freshly cracked black pepper definitely makes this pasta so do not use standard pepper.

Serves 4

1 Pound Spaghetti

4 Tablespoons Extra-virgin Olive Oil

2 Teaspoons Freshly Cracked Black Pepper

1 Cup Finely Grated Aged Pecorino Romano Cheese (Reserve 1/4 For Serving)

3/4 Cup Finely Grated Cacio de Roma (Or 1 3/4 Cups Total Grated Pecorino)

Bring a significant pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta, and cook until al dente. Although the pasta is cooking, heat oil in a skillet over medium heat until hot. Add the pepper and cook until fragrant, 1-2 minutes. Drain the pasta, reserving 1 cup of pasta water. Add 3/4 cup pasta water into skillet using the oil, and then bring to a boil. Using tongs, transfer pasta to skillet. Sprinkle 3/4 cup every Pecorino Romano and Cacio de Roma (or solely Pecorino if making use of just one cheese) over the pasta. Toss the pasta using the cheese and oil mixture to combine until sauce is creamy and clings to the pasta without having clumping, adding some extra pasta water if essential. Transfer to 4 plates and sprinkle with remaining Pecorino and far more black pepper.

SPaghetti Ubriachi – Drunken Spaghetti

Author: kel15  //  Category: Everyday Italian Recipes, Pasta Italiano, Quick & Easy, Spaghetti

Spaghetti Ubriachi, or Drunken Spaghetti is really a common Tuscan dish that people also make inUmbria when the new wine reaches the marketplace each and every year. It is a great dish to look at because the pasta cooked inside the red wine takes on a gorgeous ruby red color. Usually do not be concerned about getting tipsy while consuming this pasta as the alcohol burns off with all the heat leaving just a beautiful hint of sweetness to the pasta.

I’ve seen a myriad of variations of this straightforward recipe over the years but this really is the basic recipe we use that consists of new red wine, and olive oil flavored with garlic and pancetta. You may also substitute anchovies for the pancetta in case you choose (and like anchovies ~ I do not!) but the saltiness with the pancetta pairs properly with the sweetness of the wine. If you are not able to get your hands on a brand new red, I’d recommend using a Chianti wine which has a robust flavor to it and isn’t too high-priced. You really tend not to wish to be working with your husband’s $100 special red to cook pasta in! We do not top this pasta with cheese as we actually like to delight in the exclusive flavors of this dish, but when you definitely have to add cheese to your pasta I’d suggest an aged grated Pecorino.

1 Pound Spaghetti

4 to five cups Red Wine

6 Tablespoons Further Virgin Olive Oil

3 Cloves Garlic, Peeled & Minced

3/4 Cup Chopped Pancetta

Salt & Pepper

Red Pepper Flakes (Optional)

3/4 Cup Finely Chopped Fresh Parsley

Grated Pecorino Cheese (When you Should)

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil, and cook the pasta for 2 or 3 minutes. Although it can be cooking add the wine to a second large pot and bring it to a boil. Drain the pasta well and add it for the pot with red wine and continue to cook an additional 6 to 7 minutes or just until the pasta is “al dente”. Even though the pasta is cooking inside the wine, in a frying pan, heat the oil and cook the pancetta until light brown and just beginning to crisp, Add the garlic, stir nicely and remove from the heat. Season with salt, pepper and red pepper flakes.

Drain the pasta once more of whatever wine is left (most will have been absorbed by the pasta) and add the drained pasta to the pancetta and oil mixture. Toss effectively and cook more than the heat for a minute or so until it can be well blended and piping hot. Add the parsley, toss and serve.

Lasagna Spinach Goat Cheese

Author: kel15  //  Category: Authentic & Traditional Italian Recipes, Everyday Italian Recipes, Gourmet Italian Recipes, Italian Food Online, Italian Meat Recipes, Pasta Italiano, Sauces

This lasagna consists of two of my favorite elements, goat cheese and spinach, and typifies my most recent appreciation for a lot more basic lasagna dishes. It’s a very easy lasagna recipe, but simplicity is indeed what would make Italian cuisine so wonderful. As long as you acquire excellent excellent elements, you may produce fantastic dishes with just a couple of objects. I’ll encourage you to make your personal pasta noodles which definitely does make this dish added particular, but should you be definitely pressed for time try to buy fresh retailer purchased sheets.

Serves six


3 (14 oz) Cans Chopped Italian Tomatoes

3 Cloves Garlic Minced

2 Tablespoons Olive Oil

5 Tablespoons Chopped Clean Basil

Pinch of Red Pepper Flakes

Salt & Pepper

Pasta Dough:

three Cups Unbleached Flour

4 Large Eggs

Pinch of Salt

Other Components:

1 (16 oz) Bag Refreshing Spinach

1 (6 oz) log Goat Cheese

1 1/2 Cups Grated Mozzarella

1 Cup Grated Parmesan Cheese

To create the pasta, mound your flour on a large pastry board, or the counter with the salt, and make a well in the center. Break the eggs into this well, and start to scramble each egg with a fork as it can be being extra. Start to incorporate the eggs and flour by slowly bringing a lot more flour in from the inside edges of the well. Continue adding the flour to the eggs until they are no longer runny. Using your hands now, bring the outside edges in, forming a large mass on your board. Use only the amount of flour needed to form a soft ball.

Begin to knead the ball of dough as you would bread, pushing it down with the heel of your hand. Continue kneading until the dough is smooth and satiny, for about 5 to 7 minutes. Wrap the prepared dough in plastic wrap, and let it sit for about 30 minutes.

Use a pasta roller or roll by hand to produce extended sheets of pasta 1/4 thick. I use my Kitchen Aide table mixer with the pasta attachment and roll my pasta to the third last position or to variety six on the dial. After rolling, cut into 12 inch lengthy strips. Precook in boiling water for 30 seconds, then place in ice water. Dry and set aside on clean kitchen towels.

To create the sauce, cook the garlic in the oil until it really is tender. Finally add the tomatoes, basil and seasonings. Bring everything to a boil and then reduce heat to a simmer. Cook for about 10 minutes until thickened.

Cook the spinach by either steaming it or by using the microwave. Allow to cool and squeeze to remove as a lot of the liquid as doable. Coarsely chop.

To assemble the lasagne, add about 1/2 cup of sauce to the bottom of a large lasagne pan. Add a little water and mix. Make an overlapping layer of the noodles across the bottom of the pan. Spread a large spoonful of sauce on top rated, making sure the noodles are well covered. Take about a quarter of the spinach and layer on top rated of the sauce. Sprinkle some of the mozzarella on top. Add the next layer of noodles, then sauce, then break up some goat cheese on best. Sprinkle with some of the parmesan cheese. Continue layering in this fashion, alternating spinach and goat cheese layers. Spoon enough sauce to cover the leading, and then sprinkle on the last of the parmesan and mozzarella cheese. Drop small dollops of the goat cheese to finish. Cover the dish with foil and refrigerate until ready to bake.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. If the lasagna was refrigerated, allow it to come to room temperature before baking. Bake for about 30 minutes. Remove the foil topping and bake an added 15 minutes or until the major is lightly browned and the lasagna is bubbling. Let rest 10 minutes before cutting.

Orecchiette With Fresh Tomatoes & Pecorino

Author: kel15  //  Category: Dinner, Everyday Italian Recipes, Lunch, Pasta Italiano, Quick & Easy

This is really an easy and delicious pasta dish. And you will be amazed with how tasty it will be when you are done. Tomatoes of each description are accessible locally at this time, and I decided to use cherry tomatoes rather than the chopped plum tomatoes. It is better to prepare the tomatoes a couple of hours prior to cooking your pasta as the tomatoes will break down a bit, releasing their juices which helps to create a sauce.

You can use any firm Italian cheese that you prefer, but I used a nice Pecorino Romano in my dish. This dish works greatest if the cheese is freshly grated using a box grater so when the little slivers of cheese meet the hot pasta they melt into the pasta. Be sure to taste the pasta prior to adding salt as the cheese is fairly salty on it’s own.

Serves 4-6
1 Pound Orecchiette Pasta

2 Pints Ripe Cherry Tomatoes (Or About 3 Cups Ripe Plum Chopped Tomatoes)

2 Large Garlic Cloves, Minced

3 Tablespoons Olive Oil

Sea Salt

Cracked Black Pepper

Red Pepper Flakes

1/4 Cup Fresh Basil, Finely Chopped

3 Cups Freshly Grated Pecorino Cheese

Cut the tomatoes into quarters, and mix with the garlic, olive oil, a pinch of salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, and fresh basil in a bowl. Let rest for at least two hours before you are ready to cook the pasta.

Cook the orecchiette in a large pot of boiling water until it is al dente. Drain, keeping a small cup of the pasta water. Mix the tomatoes and cheese into the pasta, tossing to combine. Add a little of the pasta water if the pasta seems dry and mix well. Taste, and season with additional salt if needed and additional cracked black pepper. Serve hot.

Rigatoni With Sausage Cream Sauce

Author: kel15  //  Category: Authentic & Traditional Italian Recipes, Dinner, Everyday Italian Recipes, Lunch, Pasta Italiano, Quick & Easy, Sauces, Sausages, Side Dishes/Snacks

This is really a bona fide simple Italian recipe and a quickie to make. The sausage could be cooked and cut a couple of hours before as well as the sauce may be prepared while the water for the pasta is boiling. This recipe
may also be created using a tomato sauce rather than the cream sauce.


1 lb sweet Italian sausage (with fennel)
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
1 cup heavy cream
1/4 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
Freshly grounded black pepper
1 cup freshly grated Parmigiano cheese
1 lb Rigatoni
2 tbsp minced parsley leaves


1 – Place the sausage in a saucepan with 1 1/2 cups water. Cover, bring to a boil and turn heat down to low. Simmer, covered for about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and let sausage cool to room temperature. Remove casings from sausage and chop finely.

2 – In a medium skillet, melt 1/2 cup butter over medium heat. Add heavy cream, turn heat to low and cook until mixture is well blended and slightly thickened, stirring once or twice with a wooden spoon. Stir in sausage, nutmeg, 1/2 tsp salt and pepper and cook for 1 minute. Stir in Parmigiano cheese and remove from heat.

3 – Cook pasta in 6 quarts boiling water with 1 tbsp salt until al dente. Drain in a colander, transfer to a bowl containing 1 tbsp softened butter and toss quickly. Mix 3/4 of the sauce with the pasta and spoon remaining sauce on top. Garnish with minced parsley and serve with additional freshly grated Parmigiano cheese.


Serves 4 to 6

Potato Gnocchi

Author: aclazaro  //  Category: Authentic & Traditional Italian Recipes, Pasta Italiano

Gnocchi is served hot in a rich and thick pasta sauce with some hints of Parmesan Cheese. This is what you really can consider as comfort food. However, the type of Gnocchi you serve depends on which part of Italy you are from. From this aspect, your ingredients to be used would vary. But what we have here is the traditional Potato Gnocchi or might as well be called as potato dumplings. This ingredient is good for two.


1 pound of potatoes, peeled

.5 oz butter

Flour, 4 tbsp

Pepper and salt to taste

1 beaten egg

Butter for serving


You must first boil the potatoes and drain them after. Crush them with a masher and allow it to totally cool and dry. Mix in the butter, flour, seasoning and the egg while preventing it from being sticky. Knead the dough for about 5 minutes and form it into a ball before you divide it into tiny pieces. Turn each into a sausage size type and create some ridges. Cook them in salted water and bring them to a boil. Drain them, add some butter and sprinkle some lashings of cheese.

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Simple Baked Polenta

Author: aclazaro  //  Category: Pasta Italiano, Quick & Easy, Side Dishes/Snacks


  • ¼ cup of parmesan cheese, grated
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 ¼ cups of lukewarm water
  • 1 cup of polenta


Set the oven in 350 degrees F. Mix all the ingredients in a huge bowl and combine it well. Place all the ingredients in a greased baking pan. Bake without cover for 50 minutes. With the use of a fork, stir it well and bake for another 10 minutes. Remove it out of the oven and sprinkle on top with cheese.

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Italian Baked Chicken and Pastina

Author: lokipup66  //  Category: Authentic & Traditional Italian Recipes, Italian Appetizers, Italian Meat Recipes, Pasta Italiano, Side Dishes/Snacks

Try this homey recipe, it combines the Succulent. Juicy. Tender baked chicken and the fine taste of little pasta or pastina.


  • 1 cup pastina pasta (or any small pasta)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup cubed chicken breast (1-inch cubes)
  • 1/2 cup diced onion (about 1/2 a small onion)
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes with juice
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan
  • 1 tablespoon butter, plus more for buttering the baking dish


Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Bring a medium pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the pasta and cook until just tender, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes. Drain pasta into a large mixing bowl.

Meanwhile, put the olive oil in a medium saute pan over medium heat. Add the chicken and cook for 3 minutes. Add the onions and garlic, stirring to combine, and cook until the onions are soft and the chicken is cooked through, about 5 minutes more. Put the chicken mixture into the bowl with the cooked pasta. Add the canned tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, parsley, salt, and pepper. Stir to combine. Place the mixture in a buttered 8 by 8 by 2-inch baking dish. In a small bowl mix together the bread crumbs and the Parmesan cheese. Sprinkle over the top of the pasta mixture. Dot the top with small bits of butter. Bake until the top is golden brown, about 30 minutes.

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Spinach Fettuccini with Mussels

Author: lokipup66  //  Category: Authentic & Traditional Italian Recipes, Italian Appetizers, Pasta Italiano, Seafoods

If you’re craving comfort food, and that means pasta in particular, creamy, delicious and satisfying with a few extra delectable ingredient then you might want to try this recipe, using spinach fettuccine instead of regular pasta for a vegetable boost and tender mussels to create a zesty flavor.

Here are the Ingredients:

•48 fresh mussels
•1 garlic clove
•1 cup dry white wine
•1 pound spinach fettuccini
•2 tablespoons butter
•1/3 cup olive oil
•1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
•3 Roma tomatoes


Blanch, peel, seed and chop tomatoes. Wash and cover mussels with water. Let stand for 3 to 4 hours, changing the water several times. Drain and put in a large, covered saucepan. Add garlic pieces and wine. Cover pan and steam mussels over low heat until the shells open. Discard any unopened ones. Remove mussels from shells, reserving juice. Discard shells.

Cook pasta until it is al dente. Drain and return to the saucepan. Add butter, olive oil, lemon juice and juice from steamed mussels. Add half of the mussels and half of fresh tomatoes, and toss pasta well. Empty mixture of pasta and sauce into a large bowl. Arrange remaining mussels and tomato pieces on top of pasta and serve.

Pasta Corta con Salmone e Noci

Author: lokipup66  //  Category: Authentic & Traditional Italian Recipes, Pasta Italiano, Quick & Easy, Seafoods

Here is a classic romantic dish, so simple  and easy  to prepare with a little extra to make it luscious  and more appetizing, the Pasta Corta con Salmone e Noci: or Pasta with Salmon and Walnuts.


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 4-5 walnut meats, chopped
  • 2-3 ounces (50-75 g) smoked salmon, shredded
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • Salt & pepper
  • Flour, for thickening (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons minced parsley
  • 1/2 pound (200 g) short pasta, along the lines of farfalle (bow ties).


Bring salted pasta water to a boil and while the pasta is cooking sauté the garlic in the oil in a skillet, discarding it when it has browned. Add the nutmeats, cook them for a few minutes, then add the salmon and season lightly. Add the cream and heat through, thickening the sauce with a little flour if you want. Drain the pasta and turn it into the skillet. Toss over a brisk flame for a minute, stir in the minced parsley, and serve.

You can also try salted smoked tuna which is as good as salmon.

Buon Appetito!