lunedì 26 gennaio 2009


First course

1 lb seafood ravioli
8 oz tilapia or sole or cod, diced
6 oz shrimp, diced
1/2 onion, chopped
1/2 cup tomatoes, strained
1/4 cup white wine
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp parsley, chopped
1 pinch of chilli peppers flakes

Put a big pot with water to a boil.
Meanwhile, in a big skillet over medium heat put oil and onions; sautee onions for about 3 minutes and add fish, mix and add wine.
When wine is evaporated (2-3 minutes), add salt, pepper flakes and tomatoes and cook for 5 more minutes.
When the water boils, add salt in it and then ravioli.
Cook for 5 minutes, drain and put them in the skillet with the warm sauce, cook for 1-2 minutes, mixing well to combine.

Served sprinkled with chopped parsley; the use of parmesan in this recipe is highly NOT recommended because parmesan flavor tends to cover every other one.
If you think that the sauce is becoming too thick, add a few tbsp of the ravioli's cooking water.

lunedì 19 gennaio 2009


First course

12 oz Penne
5 1/2 oz pesto
1 pinch of hot chilly pepper powder (optional)
4 tbsp strained tomatoes

Put a large pot with water to a boil; when boiling add salt and pasta.
While cooking, put a big skillet over medium heat and warm tomatoes and hot chilly pepper, once savory, remove from heat and add pesto, mix well.
Drain the pasta and put it in the skillet (over medium heat) mix well for 1-2 minutes, serve immediately.

You can use every kind of pasta you like, long or short cut.

lunedì 12 gennaio 2009


First course

12 oz spaghetti
3 tbsp olive oil
8 oz sun dried tomatoes, peeled and chopped
2 tbsp strained tomatoes
2 tbsp parsley, chopped
2 anchovies fillets
1 clove garlic, chopped
hot chilly pepper flakes

Put a big pot of water to a boil.
Meanwhile, put a skillet over medium heat with: olive oil, anchovies, dried and strained tomatoes, garlic, chilly peppers and salt.
When the water boils, add salt and pasta, cook it for 6 minutes and drain it. Remember to save 1 cup of the water you cooked pasta with.
Put pasta in the skillet with the sauce and add a little of water to mix it well, and cook it for a couple of minutes (if pasta is too dry, add a little more cooking water) stirring frequently.
Serve sprinkled with parsley (and/or parmesan if you prefer).

martedì 6 gennaio 2009


First course

11 oz Carnaroli or Arborio rice
2 oz onion, finely chopped
3 oz dried mushrooms (porcini or mixed)
2 tbsp olive oil
6 oz mozzarella, diced or chopped
2 oz cream
2 tbsp parmesan, grated
1/4 cup white wine
2 tbsp parsley, chopped
1 qt broth (vegetable or chicken)

Put broth in a pot and let it boil; lower the heat until it sims.
Soak dried mushrooms in warm water for about 20 minutes, drain them carefully.
Put a big skillet on medium heat and drizzle the olive oil, as soon as it warms, add onions and cook it gently for 5 minutes, then add mushrooms, stir.
At this point add rice, stir it continuously for a couple of minutes and add wine; let it evaporate.
Cook for 15-18 minutes (following your taste) adding a cup of broth from time to time (only when the previous broth is almost absorbed).
Just before the rice is well done, take the skillet away from heat and add mozzarella, cream and parmesan stirring well to combine.
Serve hot, drizzled with chopped parsley

If you want a little less fat, you can use ricotta melted with milk instead of cream.