Entrees

Recipes for an Umbrian Summer

There’s nothing simpler to make, and nothing tastier, than a fresh tomato sauce. Just about any Italian restaurant will serve you pasta al pomodoro; it’s often my choice on a hot summer day. You’ll always know a good restaurant by their tomato...

Pasta alle Melanzane: A Summertime Recipe

This Sicilian eggplant pasta dish is a hit! Pasta alle Melanzane (for 4 – 6 people) Ingredients:4-6 Medium-sized eggplantsExtra virgin olive oil, q. b. (“quanto basta” or “as much as you need”)½ C. Sunflower seed oil (or other vegetable...

An Umbria Winter Recipe: Lemon Zest Winter Squash

On these biting winter days, our wood stove warms our Assisi farmhouse while tempting  me into trying new dishes. Here is a recent favorite. Ingredients (for 4- 6 people)1 - 1/2 lbs. Winter squashExtra-virgin olive oil, q.b. (“quanto...

Fusilli con Zucca, Prosciutto e Salvia

(Fusilli Pasta with Winter Squash, Prosciutto and Sage) That rich coral-orange winter squash appeals to the eye as well as to the palate. Ingredients (serves 4 – 6 people): ½ lb. Fusilli pasta 1-1 ½ lbs. Winter squash, diced 5-6 Fresh sage...

Pasta alle Melanzane: A Summertime Recipe

This Sicilian eggplant pasta dish is a hit! Ingredients (serves 4 – 6 people):4 – 6 Medium-sized eggplantsExtra virgin olive oil, q. b. (“quanto basta” or “as much as you need”)½ C. Sunflower seed oil (or other vegetable oil)Parmesan cheese, q....

Fresh Tomatoes on that Pasta!

In hot weather, there is nothing more refreshing than pasta with a fresh tomato sauce. “Why have a sauce simmering on a hot stove on a steamy summer day,” you might ask. For an Italian, though, what’s lunch without pasta? So here is the perfect...

Wild Asparagus Carbonara: Umbria Springtime Goodness

Wild asparagus is now sprouting in our Umbrian woods. With a bit of luck, and ideal weather conditions, we’ll be foraging for the woodland goodness until late May. Our pasta at lunch today highlighted the tasty wild asparagus: spaghetti alla...

Lentil soup

Because we could not eat meat on Fridays, my nonna always made lentil soup. Lentils are good luck to eat on New Year's Day because they look like little coins: the more you eat, the more money you will have! ½ lb. Washed lentils1 Medium...

Italian Pasta Salad

Total time3 hr 20 min 4 servings Ingredients:2 cups Rotini pasta, uncooked1 cup Miceli’s Perline 1 cup chopped zucchini 1 cup halved cherry tomatoes 1/4 cup Kalamata olives 1/4 cup chopped red pepper1/4 cup chopped red onionLemon Ricotta...
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