Barbara Lucchini

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I love all red things, reading novels, Milan football team, spaghetti and dark chocolate. I have wonderful memories of my grandmother who Involved me in the kitchen from a very early age. She was kind and patient and generous with her time. Some of my favorite childhood memories involve being in the kitchen with her while she was cooking Risotto alla Milanese or Polenta. And the bonus of it was that she always made me taste everything.

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Béchamel Sauce | How to Make a Basic White Sauce

Béchamel sauce is of French origin and has become part of Italian culinary tradition for a very long time. It's also known as White Sauce or Mother Sauce because many sauces are prepared with béchamel as a base, such as Mornay, which is a somewhat richer version. Lasagna and Cannelloni would not exist without béchamel and some pasta recipes or vegetables au gratin require it. You can buy ready-made béchamel but you have to know that homemade béchamel sauce is very easy and fast ...

Spaghetti Carbonara Original Recipe

What I'm about to introduce to you today is Spaghetti Carbonara original recipe, made with 4 simple ingredients: guanciale, eggs, pecorino and spaghetti. In the traditional recipe for spaghetti carbonara, you need no other ingredients; so DO NOT use garlic, parsley, onion, cream, milk or parmigiano Reggiano. If you read this recipe thoroughly, you will see that there are many Spaghetti Carbonara variants, also here in Italy, but they are...variants of the authentic recipe. Which is very ...

Original Pesto Genovese Recipe

Original Pesto Genovese Recipe was born in Liguria, a beautiful region situated in the north of Italy. It's one of the sauces most used in our country and nowadays it's famous all over the world. This is the official recipe taken from Consorzio Pesto Genovese that is very specific about exactly where the ingredients should come from. Pesto Genovese is often prepared with the addition of ricotta cheese, cashew nuts, seeds oil, green beans, lemon juice and other ingredients that have ...

White Chocolate Torta Caprese Recipe | Torta Caprese Bianca

I ate White Chocolate Torta Caprese in a restaurant in Milan and I really liked it, maybe more than the traditional caprese cake made with the dark chocolate. So I asked to give me the recipe for this Italian dessert that comes directly from the island of Capri. You will see that it's quite easy to make it. White Chocolate Torta Caprese - in Italy is called also Torta Caprese Bianca - is a cake made without flour, so it's suitable for those who have to eat gluten-free. In addition to white ...

Bolognese Sauce Recipe | The Original Ragù alla Bolognese

Bolognese sauce (Ragù alla Bolognese) is a famous sauce of Emilia Romagna, made with ground beef and bacon. Bolognese ragù can be cooked in different ways. All depends on the choice of the meat, that affects the cooking timing. There is an official recipe for Bolognese sauce, filed October 17, 1982 by Italian Academy of Cuisine at the Chamber of Commerce of Bologna city; they suggest using a rather fatty cut of meat called "cartella", located between the belly and the cow shoulder. Nowa...

Vegetarian Lasagna with Pesto, Green Beans and Potatoes | Lasagne alla Ligure

If there is a dish of Italian tradition that everyone loves, this is lasagna.   Classic Bolognese lasagna recipe needs egg pasta, Bolognese ragu and bechamel sauce. Lasagna original recipe wants Parmigiano cheese, in order to give even more flavor. It's a rich and unique dish, perfect for Sunday lunches with your family. But we can make a very special lasagna, rich and tasty with typical Ligurian flavors. In this recipe you'll find out how to make vegetarian lasagna with pesto, ...

Vegetarian Easter Pie | Traditional Italian Torta Pasqualina

Italian Vegetarian Easter Pie or Torta Pasqualina has very ancient origins (its existence is attested in the fifteenth century). It's a famous Ligurian specialty, in particular of the Genoa area. Italian Easter Pie is called Torta Pasqualina because people used (and use) to prepare and eat it especially at Easter. Vegetarian Easter Pie is also made with artichokes, but the traditional Italian Pasqualina Pie is only made with chards. During Easter in fact artichokes were not cheap, while ...

Chocolate Salami | Salame di Cioccolato

Chocolate salami is a delicious dessert that in many Italian regions is prepared for Easter, together with chocolate eggs and Easter dove cake. Italian families eat Chocolate Salami during winter lazy Sundays or as afternoon snack for children (they love it!), or as a dessert after a lunch with an excellent espresso. Along with chocolate cake, Chocolate Salami is one of the most popular desserts. It has the advantage to be uncooked but it must be kept in the refrigerator. In fact this ...

Vegetarian Carbonara | Easy Veggie Recipe

Vegetarian Carbonara is a pasta recipe made like classic Spaghetti Carbonara but, instead of using Guanciale, you have to use vegetables. In this easy vegetarian recipe I used shallot, zucchini and carrots, but you can choose the vegetables you prefer, like peppers, green peas or mushrooms. Vegetarian Carbonara is called like that because it's exactly the same as the classic Roman Carbonara, made with eggs and Pecorino Romano cheese, but it's ideal for those who don't eat meat. If you ...

Tomato Gratin Recipe

Tomato Gratin is a typical dish of Romagna cuisine. Emilia Romagna is a region of northern Italy known for its traditional local cuisine, made with home-made pasta (tagliatelle, ravioli, tortellini), lasagna and piadina to name a few. Tomato Gratin are made with firm ripe tomatoes (the big round type such as vine tomatoes), cut in two then drained from excess water and filled with a mixture made with bread, garlic, parsley and extra virgin olive oil. This breading, called "pan grates," ...