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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!

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Spaghetti alla Gricia (-27 weeks)

Recipe 58: This recipe doesn’t need a translation…you just need to call it like this! It’s a must of the roman tradition and if you go in Rome, you will see this pasta in the most of the restaurants. With the carbonara and the amatriciana this is another classic!

Ingredients 2 people: 200gr spaghetti, 100gr pancetta (but if you find the guanciale is better), 50 gr Pecorino (absolutely use just pecorino), some salt, balck pepper and a just a little bit of milk.

Also this recipe it’s really quick and easy. It’s basically a carbonara without eggs and all the taste comes from the amazing fresh ingredients. You don’t need to be a chef to make a good one!

Put some water to boil with salt and in the meantime cut the pancetta in very thin slices or pieces. When the water boils, add the spaghetti and place the pancetta to cook in a hot pan without any oil or butter. The pancetta is already quite greasy so it won’t need any other thing to cook.

When the spaghetti are cooked “al dente” (so one minute before the real time), drain them and add them to the pan with the pancetta. In the meantime in a bowl add just a little bit of milk to half of the pecorino and mix in a way to create almost a cream. Add this to the pasta and the pancetta and mix until the pecorino melts totally! the secret of this pasta is all here!!!

Now just serve it in a plate with some other pecorino on top and a good quantity of freshly grated black papper! Yummy!

Buon appetito!

PS. Mamy come poteva mancare sul mio blog una bella Gricia! Veramente l’apoteosi! Sto tentando di svuotare il frigo prima della partenza e avevo proprio questi 100gr di pancetta e ancora un po’ di pecorino e visto che era pure domenica, ho pensato che un bel piatto di pasta ci stava tutto! Che te ne pare?

Pasta e fagioli (-53 weeks)

Recipe 107: With this cold it’s just the right time for this classic italian dish… and it was months i was waiting to cook it. My italian friend here in London too was waiting for it since a long time and this was the perfect week.

The ingredients for this cheap but very tasty typical winter italian dish for 4 people are: 1 carrot, 1 celery, 1 onion, fresh rosemary, 2 pieces of garlic, 420 gr Borlotti beans (i took the ones in cans with water Cirio from Waitrose), 1 vegetable stock, 140 gr pancetta, pepper, salt, chilli, 340 gr short pasta (i used the chifferi rigati De Cecco from Waitrose).

There are thousand of different recipes for this dish in Italy, but this is the one my mum pass me. This is a middle way between a pasta and a soup and it’s a very fulfilling dish that can be eaten also as a one dish meal.

Start putting in a pan with some olive oil the carrot, garlic, onion, some fresh rosemary and celery cut in really little pieces. Let them cook and in the meantime put the vegetable stock in some boiling water to create the brodo.

In another saucepan put half of the beans without their water or already boiled if you bought the dry beans. Smash the other half with a fork and add them to the rest with a bit of brodo. Let this cook on a low fire.

After that add to the carrots, celery, onion and garlic all the pancetta and let it cook. When ready you can mix all this to the beans with another bit of brodo and some chilli, pepper and salt. Everything will cook and mix, creating a nice thick soup.

At this point you can add the pasta to the soup and cook it for the time written on the bag and  don’t forget to taste it to know if it’s the case to put some other salt too.

If you want the dish a bit more liquid and similar o a real soup, add more water or stock water, otherwise leave it like this and just let it cook. To make it even more thick, you can cook the pasta a bit lees than what is suggested and leave it to rest an hour before to serve it. everything in this case depends by your taste.

Now the dish is ready and you can serve the pasta with a bit of olive oil on top and black papper. If you want you can of course add some Parmesan but we use more oil and pepper than this for the Pasta e fagioli.

Buon appetito!

PS: Mamy non sai che buona questa pasta e fagioli!!!! e non ti immagini quanto ci stava bene con il freddo che faceva fuori!! Anna s’e’ leccata i baffi. L’ho fatta magari un po’ troppo asciutta, ma che soddisfazione e che sapore! questi si sono i piatti che proprio mi mancano!