Pasta a risotto (Risotto-style Pasta)

Pasta a risotto (Risotto-style Pasta) by Frank Fariello

One of the guilty pleasures that I have never, up to now, revealed to a living soul is my penchant for late-night pasta snacks. But not just any pasta, but pastina of the kind usually used for soups, cooked in just enough liquid (usually a mixture of water and milk) so that by the time the liquid has almost evaporated, the pasta if…

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Polenta con salsicce e spuntature

Polenta con salsicce e spuntature by Frank Fariello

Rome is not especially known for its love of polenta, perhaps because its winters are relatively mild compared with those up in true polenta country skirting the southern rim of the Alps, but there is one polenta dish you are bound to find if you visit Rome in the cold weather months, polenta with sausages and spareribs simmered in…

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Chicken Cacciatore

Chicken Cacciatore by Salad Foodie

Cacciatore in cuisine refers to a meal prepared “hunter style” with meat, tomatoes, onions, herbs, wine (and depending on region and availability other vegetables.) Time-saving conveniences like boneless skinless chicken breasts and thighs, presliced mushrooms and onions simplify preparation. While the chicken braises in the tomato…

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Elegant Shrimp Scampi Pasta Lightened Up

Elegant Shrimp Scampi Pasta Lightened Up by Skinny Kitchen with Nancy Fox

For a romantic dinner, try this superb shrimp, sauteed in a buttery, garlic and lemon wine sauce. It doesn’t get easier to prepare yet it taste so indulgent. Instead of having to prep the raw shrimp, by deveining and such, I like to use cooked shrimp. It’s so much easier and cooks in minutes! The skinny for each generous serving is…

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Braised Chicken & Sausage with Kale & Spinach

Braised Chicken & Sausage with Kale & Spinach by Bob Vincent

This braised chicken dish is a good choice on a cool night. Add a salad along with crusty bread and your family will surely be full by the end of the meal. Any cut of chicken can be used but if you use breasts be careful not to over cook them as they will dry out. I used garbanzo beans for the legume but others would work as well.…

2 votes
Beef Braciole

Beef Braciole by Therese

This is one of my sons favorite dishes served with pasta I personally like it served with a side of roasted spaghetti squash. In the recipe I use white wine please don't cringe trust me on this one the sauce is fantastic .

3 votes
Carciofi alla romana (Roman-style Artichokes)

Carciofi alla romana (Roman-style Artichokes) by Frank Fariello

Dear readers: I am back from my travels, at my blogging post just in time for the first day of Spring. Artichokes are back in season! And is there any vegetable more typical of Roman cooking, perhaps of all Italian cuisine, than the artichoke? What better way to get back to work, then, than this dish, one of the most typically Roman…

2 votes
«Polpetielli» affogati (Baby Octopus Braised in Tomato Sauce)

«Polpetielli» affogati (Baby Octopus Braised in Tomato Sauce) by Frank Fariello

Octopus is a popular food all around the Mediterranean basin and yet elsewhere it is often, for some reason, 'controversial'. Many people who will happily scarf down fried calamari will shudder at the thought of eating its close cousin, which is too…

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Warm Octopus w. Potato and Parsley

Warm Octopus w. Potato and Parsley by Carmelita

This is one of my favourite things year round, served lukewarm in winter or at room temperature in summer. Octopus meat is beautifully tender when properly cooked. It has a very mild sweet-savoury flavour which some compare to chicken and some to squid though neither comparison really stands up in my view. Perhaps crab or scallop…

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Slow Cooker Polenta with Sausage Ragù

Slow Cooker Polenta with Sausage Ragù by Frank Fariello

Making polenta the old-fashioned way is a laborious job, as we all know, involving a lot of stirring over a good 45 minutes or more to reach the right, creamy consistency. Italians have developed any number of tricks to make the job a bit easier, as I have outlined in my post on How to Make Polenta. The slow cooker provides yet…

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Braised Bone-In Veal Breast with Tomatoes & Potatoes

Braised Bone-In Veal Breast with Tomatoes & Potatoes by La Tavola Marche (farm, inn & cooking school)

Literally a one pot dinner - thinly sliced roasted veal breast with layers of tomatoes & potatoes makes for a rich delicious meal that is easy to make. A classic example of cucina povera, peasant cooking using a tough piece of meat & simple ingredients to create rich dish fit for a king. (You can use slices of veal breast or other…

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Braised Chicken Sausage with Red Bell and Peppadew Peppers

Braised Chicken Sausage with Red Bell and Peppadew Peppers by Colleen Mcconnell

I tried to make this version of sausage and peppers a little healthy by using chicken sausage (Whole Foods spicy Italian chicken sausage is my go-to). As I was walking through the grocery store, I was trying to think of something to make this dish a little more special and flavorful. That’s how the peppadew peppers ended up in my…

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Verza e salsiccia (Cabbage and Sausage)

Verza e salsiccia (Cabbage and Sausage) by Frank Fariello

Not sure about you, but the weather here has crossed the line from pleasantly crisp to downright cold at night. That's as good an excuse as any for some good, stick to the ribs eating. It may sound eastern European, but Italians, too, like their cabbage, especially in colder weather, and like to combine it with pork. The typical…

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Sausage, Potatoes and Onions

Sausage, Potatoes and Onions by B Innes

Quick Easy and delicious

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Roman Oxtail Stew

Roman Oxtail Stew by Carmelita

The Italian name for this dish is Coda Alla Vaccinara. It is an iconic symbol of Roman cuisine, is one of those heart warming soothing winter dishes that you dream of and crave when cold weather sets in. Quick to prepare and slow to cook, it is a humble unpretentious dish made with an inexpensive cut of meat. The succulent tender…

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