Rigatoni with Leeks and Sausage

Rigatoni with Leeks and Sausage

January 09, 2020

Rigatoni with Leeks and Sausage are one of those unforgettable comfort foods that simply remind me of cherished moments, surrounded by family and friends while eating together around the kitchen table.  Although extremely simple in its preparation, this rustic pasta dish consists of a perfect marriage of leeks and sausage served over some rigatoni.  This simple pasta dish will certainly make its way back over and over again as a loved family meal.  Let's get started!
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Risotto with Butternut Squash, Sausage and Pears

Risotto with Butternut Squash, Sausage and Pears

October 25, 2019

Creamy risotto accompanied by caramelized butternut squash, sausage and pear is a delicious primo perfect for cooler fall weather days.  Roast and caramelize all ingredients in the wood-fired oven, and finally combine everything into a perfect and delicious symphony of flavors.  Risotto is such a marvelous dish resembling a perfectly white canvas on which one's imagination and culinary possibilities can be absolutely unleashed to create countless and delicious dishes to satisfy any palate. 
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Penne alla Fiesolana with Peas

Penne alla Fiesolana with Peas

October 09, 2019

Today we will make Penne alla Fiesolana. Pasta is such a glorious food.  It truly is like a perfectly blank canvas from which you can create an infinite variety of delicious dishes.  Penne alla Fiesolana is just one of the many ways you can transform a simple pasta into a mouthwatering dish.  Combining cooked ham, heavy cream, some peas and Parmigiano Reggiano and voilà, you have a simple yet delicious primo prepared in no time at all.  No doubt it will become a family favorite. Let's get started.
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Orecchiette with Cherry Tomatoes and Ricotta

Orecchiette with Cherry Tomatoes and Ricotta

October 07, 2019

Orecchiette with roasted cherry tomatoes and dollops of fresh ricotta are a delicious and easy vegetarian primo quickly prepared in no time at all.  This Italian dish, typical to the region of Puglia, is known to be made by grandmas, aunts and women of all ages sitting around the kitchen table shaping one by one these iconic orecchiette - little ears, from a simple pasta di semola. How wonderful to celebrate family and be able to enjoy a deep sense of community when women and children gather together to do life as they prepare delicious comfort food for their loved ones.  Not only does it feed the belly but most importantly it feeds the soul to sit together, listen to each other, laugh and share life while passing the tradition on to the next generation. 
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Orecchiette with Truffles and Mushrooms

Orecchiette with Truffles and Mushrooms

October 02, 2019

Orecchiette with Truffles and mushrooms are definitely a winner for just about any occasion. Easy and quick to prepare and absolutely delicious. Just a few simple ingredients and you have a primo fit for a king. Sliced mushrooms, garlic and a little heat, coupled with black truffles and mushrooms by Urbani Truffles and a little heavy whipping cream, and there you have it. Unbelievably delicious and prepared in no time at all. Let's get started.

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Sformato di Finocchio, Patate e Prosciutto - Fennel and Potato Casserole

Sformato di Finocchio, Patate e Prosciutto - Fennel and Potato Casserole

September 27, 2019

Need a delicious dinner that can be prepared ahead of time? Here it is! A flavorful dish prepared with layers of potatoes, fennel and ham accompanied by a creamy, silky béchamel sauce baked to perfection inside the wood-fired oven, is the perfect combination of flavors.  Easily prepared ahead of time and heated up right before sitting around the kitchen table, this dish will certainly be loved and enjoyed by many. By omitting the ham this delicious SFORMATO also becomes a perfect vegetarian dish. 
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Roasted Cauliflower, Butternut Squash and Chickpeas over Tagliatelle

Roasted Cauliflower, Butternut Squash and Chickpeas over Tagliatelle

September 20, 2019

Simply preheat your wood-fired oven to 425°F - 218°C, place the vegetables on a baking sheet with some herbs, garlic, hot pepper flakes and good olive oil and the magic is about to happen. Place everything to roast in the oven to caramelize, and serve it as a side dish or tossed with fresh homemade pasta all'uovo. Roasting vegetables in a wood-fired oven brings out the most intense flavor, certain to satisfy any palate. When looking for a quick, healthy and delicious meal here is a great idea. Let's get started! 
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Sugo di Spezzatino - Tuscan Chuck Roast Stew

Sugo di Spezzatino - Tuscan Chuck Roast Stew

June 21, 2019

There is nothing more comforting than a good sugo di spezzatino, a delicious, Tuscan Chuck Roast Stew. Perfect as a side dish but also mouthwatering when accompanied and tossed with fresh pasta all'uovo (egg noodles) such as pappardelle. Simply prepare a good soffritto, sear the meat, drench it in red wine and crushed tomatoes and slow cook the meat in the wood-fired oven. The result is pure comfort food. Let's get started. 
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Pasta alla Carbonara

Pasta alla Carbonara

March 27, 2019

Spaghetti alla Carbonara is one of the most famous Italian dishes known all around the world. Famous dishes are often accompanied by different stories as to their origin.
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Pesto alla Genovese

Pesto alla Genovese

March 26, 2019

Pesto alla Genovese is always a welcomed and timeless dish, perfect for so many occasions. In no time at all, a healthy and delicious plate of pasta can be served as the aroma of the fresh basil permeates the kitchen with this iconic Italian dish. 
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Pasta e Ceci

Pasta e Ceci

March 05, 2019

Pasta e Ceci is is a delicious, classic Italian dish of the "Cucina Povera", meaning of simple and humble beginnings of a "Poor Kitchen". Leave it up to hard times when those in charge of the kitchen have created a timeless dish appreciated by so many throughout centuries by just using simple, inexpensive ingredients. 
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Cauliflower Pasta

Cauliflower Pasta

February 27, 2019

There are so many ways to prepare this beautiful head of white florets.  Always a very pleasant surprise to the palate.  Roasted in the oven and married with pasta it will become a mouthwatering and satisfying primo. Quick and easy in preparation, and sure to satisfy a hungry crowd. 
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