Mediterranean Paccheri with roasted tomato

Now that the tomato season is just around the corner, we want you to get the most out of it. Do this by starting with this delicious and easy to prepare recipe. Enjoy the recipe and these first sunny days as well!

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Pasta (Trofie) with pesto sauce

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The recipe of this week is kindly offered by Massimo, an Italian friend (and cousin of one of us :-)) who lives in Houston together with his beautiful kids and his lovely wife.

Do you want to introduce yourself?

My name is Massimo Blaskovic. I am an Italian citizen and US permanent resident. I live in US since 2009, two of my three children are American citizens.

Where are you originally from?
I consider myself a Northeastern Italian, since I spent there the majority of my life in a town close to Trieste.
And now, talking about food, what’s your favourite Italian recipe which you use to prepare often and easily?
I like a lot Pasta al Pesto but my kids prefer Pasta alla Carbonara. I believe it is because of the tasty pancetta, which is quite a challenge to find here in US, so we usually go for smoked bacon instead.
What product do you miss mostly from Italy?
La salsiccia de cranio from Bepi Sciavo. (note: Bepi Sciavo is the most famous and oldest Buffet in Trieste, where Massimo comes from, and La salsiccia de cranio is one of the most delectable dish that Bepi serves).
About Pasta al pesto, what would you tell us?
Even if this is not a typical recipe of the region I am from, it is easy and quick to do, which is a must for a family with kids. You can prepare the sauce while you wait for the water to boil and the pasta to cook. And last but not least, the ingredients to prepare the pesto sauce are easy to find also in US.

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Spaghetti with burrata and roasted cherry tomatoes

Burrata is a delicious fresh Italian cheese composed by mixing mozzarella and cream.
The outer layer is a thin and firm shell of mozzarella, on the other hand the inside is a doughy and tender mixture, called stracciatella, made with fresh cream and mozzarella’s snippets. This cheese was created in the Southern regions of Italy, known for farming and agriculture.

Now the burrata is easily sourced in many cities outside Italy; in Copenhagen you will find it at Eataly store or made by La treccia.

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Ravioli di fonduta with truffle

This week we begin to tell you our favorite Christmas lunch menu. The first course,  primo in Italian, is a traditional recipe from Piemonte, a beautiful region in the North of Italy that offers many local products including many kinds of cheese, red and white wine and truffles. The ravioli di fonduta with truffle combines the strongest flavours of this region.

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We cooked this delicious dish using a truffle kindly offered by one of the our favourite traditional Italian restaurants: Armando’s Trattoria. There, in a pleasant atmosphere, you can enjoy dishes as well as delicious pizzas and wouldn’t notice you are not in Italy.

The ravioli’s pictures were taken from our favorite and talented photographer Giulia Bellini!

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Lasagne with pumpkin and leek

And finally our last recipe to get rid of the pumpkin leftovers you still have in your fridge!

This delicious lasagna with pumpkin and leek will satisfy all the avid lasagna-lovers, and all of their vegetarian friends too. So, roll up your sleeves and enjoy.

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