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An italian chef in London

Do you want to treat yourself ? What about an amazing dinner cooked by a chef… at your place?

I’m sure you can’t say no! What about if the chef is italian and all his italian dishes are strictly made following the truly italian traditions? Peroni has decided to offer all this …and some beers to some lucky winner of a competition!

I have for you a little preview of the dishes prepared… have a look here and get inspired for your next party. I’m sure Mario will be happy to help.

Canape’: Polenta and wild boar salami, radicchio leaves with potted lobster and bruschetta.

Starter: buffalo ricotta and lemon ravioli with Radicchio di Treviso sauce.

Main: beef fillet, wild mushroom, celeriac pure’, red wine sauce.

Pudding: vanilla panna cotta, roasted spiced plums, orange biscotti.

And here the last picture: I present you Mario… in action!

Pasta all’arrabbiata

Recipe 2: this is the last and maybe easier recipe of pasta i have to cook. Because so simple i never made it before for guests but after this dinner i have to say it’s a must that need to be in this blog… and it’s really nice too!

Ingredients for 4 people: 400gr penne (this shape is a must for this recipe), 300ml of passata of tomato, olive oil, 1 chili, 2 garlic cloves, some parsley, salt and some grated Pecorino cheese.

Put some oil in a pan with the garlic cloves in pieces and the chili cut in slices. Let the oil take the taste of these ingredients and when the garlic start to get colored turn of the fire to get the oil inven more tasty. I prefer to take off the garlic after but this depends by your taste.

While boiling the pasta(the recipe is quick so you can do both together) add the passata to the pan and let it cook a bit adding some salt if needed. When the pasta is ready toss it in the suace and serve it just adding the chopped parsley and some grated Pecorino! Easy and delicious! Enjoy!

PS. Mamy e’ proprio vero, i piatti piu’ semplici sono sempre i migliori. Erano anni che non mangiavo penne all’arrabbiata e devo dire che non deludono mai!

 

Pesto fatto in casa – Homemade Pesto

Recipe 5: Another famous recipe of my mum, and very common in every italian house is the homemade pesto. What is better than the fresh smell of basil, pine nuts and parmesan all mixed together? And pasta with home made pesto it’s just another thing. My mum never buy the already made, but instead she uses to do pesto and frozen it in little containers to have it for all the winter.

Here the ingredients for 5 people: 70 gr. basil,  half a glass of Extra Virgin Olive Oil, 2 garlic cloves , 3 spoons of pine nuts, 3 spoons of Parmesan, 1 spoon of Pecorino cheese and a bit of gritty salt. Of course the pasta will be around 500 gr. better if the shape is “trofie”.

The procedure is quite easy, but to be traditional, you will need a marble mortar and a wooden pestle. This because instead to chop the leaves you will need to crush them to have the leaves’ oil necessary for the sauce. Wash the basil leaves in cold water and dry them on a paper towel. Don’t squeeze them.

Then crush in the mortar the garlic clove the pine nuts and the basil leaves, add  the salt, the Parmesan, the Pecorino cheese and keep pounding using a light circular movement of the pestle.

Add some of the Extra Virgin Olive from time to time and keep  mixing until  you obtain  a smooth creamy sauce. Pesto should not be greasy and the amount of oil used must be well absorbed and not floating on top.

Trofie and Trenette are the pasta used in Liguria, however linguine or spaghetti al dente will make a good companion to this sauce. Just put some sauce in each plate with sme spoon of water from the boiling pasta and mix. In this way the suace will be more creamy and ready to be mixed well with the pasta.

Just add a sprinkle of Parmesan on top and Buon Appetito!

PS. Mamy che buono! L’ho portato a casa di amici e non sai le facce quando hanno sentito l’odore appena aperta la scatolina! Fantastico e la pasta non ha nulla a che vedere con il pesto pronto! Grazie questa ricetta me la tengo proprio stretta!

Tagliatelle ai funghi porcini – Porcini mushrooms tagliatelle

Recipe 6: It’s a long time I wasn’t eating fresh pasta so last night it came the moment for a classic porcini mushrooms tagliatelle, easy quick and good as usual.

Ingredients for 3 people: 50gr dried porcini mushroom and 50-100 gr fresh mashroom, garlic, salt, oil, 300 gr tagliatelle, Parmesan, white wine onion and parsley.

Put the dried mushrooms in some warm water and let them there a bit. Then pass them on the fire and let them boil. In the meantime put to boil the water for the tagliatelle. Then drain them keeping their water in a side and place them in a pan with garlic onion oil and some parsley.

Then add the fresh mushrooms in slices, some salt and some of the water you put in a side. When evaporated, add the wine and wait for it to evaporate too. Then add some more water if all the mushrooms are not cooked. When the water for the pasta will boil, add the tagliatelle following the time written on the bag. If they are really fresh they won’t take too much.

When almost al dente, I added just a bit of milk to the mushroom to make them more creamy, and then I toss in there the tagliatelle as soon as drained.

Serve it hot with some chopped parsley and Parmesan cheese.

Enjoy!

Ps. Quant’era che non mangiavo le tagliatelle? Non mi ricordo proprio piu’! Tu le facevi ogni tanto con i funghi porcini, ma qui sono impossibili da trovare percio’ ho unito secchi con qualche fungo fresco ma ho anche aggiunto troppo rosmarino che dava un po’ un sapore amarognolo. Meglio stare alla ricetta!

Christmas menu’: it’s missing just one month at the end!

Now i will present you the Christmas menu i created with some of the last recipes I miss to include in this blog. You have to consider we don’t eat meat in Christmas Eve, so i needed to cook fish!

Starter: Crispy bread with Lobster pate’

Pasta: Spaghetti with Smoked Salmon and cream of courgettes

Main dish: Grouper fish fillets with Grilled potatoes pie

Dessert and fruit: Cinnamon apples, panettone, pandoro and classic Christmas nougats.

PS. Mamy direi che non ne e’ uscito un brutto menu’ no???

Spaghetti Cacio e Pepe (- 6 weeks)

Recipe 15: This is a classic and basic roman dish that everyone can make when in the fridge you have just some cheese and some pasta in your cupboards. I love this dish because there is nothing better for me than “Pasta in bianco” when the pasta is “al dente”.  The pure and simple taste of pasta with some cheese is incomparable!

So literally the name of this dish is “pasta cheese and pepper” where for cacio we don’t means cacio cheese (a kind of cheese that exists) but we just means a cheese, better if hard and salty like Pecorino. This is the best ! So the ingredients for 2 people are : 200gr pasta (better spaghetti), 50 gr of Pecorino, but if you have more is better and black pepper! You don’t need anything else….maybe a bit of olive oil if the pasta is too dry.

Put some water  to boil on the fire, add some salt and the spaghetti when boiling. In the meantime grate the Pecorino and wait for the pasta to boil.

When are missing just one or two minute to have it ready, drain it, keeping some water in a side, and place the pasta in a pan. Cover it with the grated cheese and some of the cooking water. In this way the pasta will create a nice cream that will  create the perfect dish.

This time i used a different cheese respect to the Pecorino, because i went to an event where i discovered  a very tasty cheese called Castelrosso, from Piemonte. I have to say the taste of the pasta was amazing, but the consistency of the cheese didn’t allow the creation of this famous creamy mix.

However when ready, The pasta cook and the cheese is creamy at the right point, just take it out from the fire and serve it hot with another bit of grated cheese on top and freshly grated pepper!

Buon appetito!

PS. Mamy come ti ricorderai sono una patita della pasta burro e parmiggiano, percio’ non potevo non includere anche questa cacio e pepe tra i miei piatti> il mio problema e’ che avendo ospiti volevo offrire una cosa un pochino piu’ ricercata ed invece di usare il classico Pecorino ho voluto provare con un formaggio buonissimo del Piemonte che ho provato qui ad una fiera: Il Castel rosso. Nonostante il sapore fosse da leccarsi i baffi, la cacio e pepe con il Pecorino non la supera nessuno!

Pasta aglio e olio…e tonno – Pasta with oil, garlic, chili and tuna (-7weeks)

Recipe 17: This week I really wanted something quick, tasty but easy to cook! Lots of Christmas shopping to do and not so much time to be in the kitchen!
So I decided to comeback to the basic just giving a little twist to the dish for may guest! Initially in fact I thought to prepare just some spaghetti with oil, garlic and chili, but having a guest who could take this as a luck of care I decided to change it for tuna pasta.

For this recipes you will need: 200gr spaghetti, olive oil, salt, 1 red chili, some garlic cloves, some tuna fillets and parsley!

Put the water for the pasta, add the salt and wait until boiling. In a pan put some olive oil, garlic cloves until glodish and take them out. Cut the chili and let it cook with the rest. Add the pasta to the boiling water and wait for it to cook.

Now you can add the tuna fillets to the pan and some chopped parsley. Mix everything and let it cook. Then drain the pasta and toss it with the sauce just created. Wait a bit for the spaghetti to absorb well the oil and condiments.

Serve it on a plate and please don’t add any parmesan with these 2 recipes but just other parsley and another bit of oil if needed! The atse it’s better like this.
Simple, basic, traditional and great especially if you can make your spaghetti “al dente”, trust me!

PS. Mamy queste ricette di emergenza dell’ultimo momento sono sempre le “mejo” non c’e’ nulla da fare. E se io gia’ vado pazza per la semplice pasta aglio e olio, con un pochino di tonno, devo dire che e’ ancora meglio.