Tag: italian

Pasta e ceci (chickpea and pasta soup)

Pasta e ceci is a rustic soup of chickpeas and pasta from Tuscany. It is a simple and sustaining dish that is easy to prepare and really very good. You need to remember to soak the chickpeas overnight as tinned ones won’t work in this recipe. The liquid from cooking […]

 

Green bean pasticcio (Pasticcio di fagiolini verdi)

An Italian pasticcio is a baked dish of vegetables, meat or pasta that is bound together with béchamel sauce, eggs and cheese. It can either be turned out like a pie or served straight from the baking dish. This tasty version contains well-cooked green beans and is based on a Marcella […]

 

Minestrone alla Genovese (Minestrone with pesto)

Minestrone is a vibrant vegetable soup from Italy. I love having a pot of it in my fridge for a quick and nutritious meal. Throughout Italy there are many regional and seasonal recipes for minestrone. This one comes from Genoa in Liguria and is served with basil pesto which is […]

 

Arance caramellate (Oranges in caramel)

Winter is the season for citrus fruits and there are many lovely ways to enjoy them. Blood oranges are my favourite and well worth seeking out. I like to use them in salads and desserts, although other types of oranges can be used. Arance caramellate or Oranges in caramel is […]

 
Tomato tart

Tomato tart (Torta di pomodoro)

This beautiful tomato tart (torta di pomodoro) is from Tuscany and is really quite similar to a quiche. It is lighter and brighter and doesn’t contain any cream. Serve it for a special first course or as a main course with a salad. It is also a great vegetarian main […]

 
Fennel and rocket salad with pine nuts

Fennel and rocket salad with pine nuts

Fennel and rocket salad with pine nuts is a favourite salad of mine. It is deliciously refreshing and the perfect accompaniment to my tomato tart (torta di pomodoro), and also for many other Italian dishes. I am sure you will make it again and again. Photograph by Andrew Taylor Serves 6 […]

 

Tomato risotto

Today we travel to the Lombardy region of Northern Italy for a tasty tomato risotto. Tomatoes were introduced into Europe from the New World in the sixteenth century. Initially viewed with suspicion, the Italians were the first to use and appreciate them. In France they became known as pomme d’amore […]