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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How to Make Italian Homemade Pasta

Making homemade pasta in Italy is an ancient art: from the fresh pasta sheet you get tagliolini or tagliatelle, ravioli or tortellini and the everlasting lasagna. It does not take long to make a good fresh homemade pasta: 15-20 minutes for a nice smooth and elastic dough, 30 minutes of rest, 15 minutes to roll out... in about 1 hour fresh homemade pasta is ready! In this article we will tell you how to make homemade pasta, what are the tricks to keep it from drying out, which is the best ...

Amatriciana Pasta Recipe | Pasta all’Amatriciana

Amatriciana pasta recipe (Pasta all'Amatriciana) is a famous first course of Roman trattorias and restaurants, originally born in Amatrice, a small town in the district of Rieti. The ingredients are basically four: red pepper, pecorino romano, guanciale and peeled  tomatoes. Other ingredients, such as garlic and onion, are not present in the authentic Amatriciana pasta recipe but are present in the recipe of the district of Rome. In addition, the type of pasta used in the Amatriciana sauce ...

Chicken with Bell Peppers, Onion and Olives

Chicken with bell peppers onion and olives is a tasty and dainty dish, very simple to make and therefore perfect if you are looking for quick recipes for lunch or dinner. The strong flavor of the bell pepper perfectly matches the sweetness of the onion and the delicacy of the chicken, creating a perfect mix of flavors that will allow you to serve the chicken breast in an alternative way. We chose red bell peppers, but you can use green ones or even both. For an alternative recipe, you can ...

Squid with Peas Recipe

Squid with peas is an easy recipe, whether you start with fresh products or use frozen ones. In the second case, avoiding to shell the peas and clean the squids, the process will be faster. The squids usually are cooked in a thousand ways: baked, stewed, grilled, stuffed, with tomato or salad. In this recipe we prepared the squid with peas stew without using tomato. This is perhaps one of the easiest ways to cook them. In this recipe, the squid are baby squid prepared in a normal pan, ...

Coffee Mascarpone Cream in Chocolate Cookie Cups

Coffee Mascarpone Cream is an excellent and easy-to-make dessert, served in single-portion glass cups or in small cups made of chocolate biscuits, as we will explain in this recipe. For Coffee Mascarpone Cream recipe, neither eggs nor cooking are needed. This delicious cream made with mascarpone and coffee is excellent for making lighter tiramisu, a valid alternative to the classic tiramisu recipe made with eggs. So here we'll show you how to make the chocolate cookies cups filled with ...

Easter Eggs filled with Chocolate Ganache

Easter eggs filled with chocolate ganache are delicious and sure a different dessert for Easter dinner. The recipe is very simple: just get lots of dark chocolate, Easter eggs, butter and whipping cream. Ganache Cream is a dense and velvety cream made of dark chocolate, used in pastry to decorate and fill so many types of sweets such as cakes, cupcakes, tarts, tartlets, mignon. With it you can make puddings, fill bignè, make little chocolates or Profitteroles, finally make decorations on ...

Roman Style Artichokes | Carciofi alla Romana

Roman style artichokes is a traditional Roman dish. More precisely it's a tasty side dish, usually served with meats, especially lamb. In many Italian restaurants Roman style artichokes are even served as an appetizer. The variety of artichokes needed for this recipe are roman artichokes or mammole, that stands out from the others for its rounder shape and non-thorny leaves. These are called globe artichokes in English. Then there is the mint (or better still mentuccia, a type of wild mint ...

Tomato Passata Recipe | How to Make Italian Tomato passata

Traditionally in Italy passata is made right at the end of summer, when there’s a glut of ripe, juicy tomatoes. But fortunately red ripe tomatoes can be found throughout the year. It is enough to know how to choose the right quality. Today we'll try to show you a way to enjoy the taste of ripe tomatoes in every season and we'll do it making the classic tomato passata. Tomato passata is one of the most useful basic recipe in Italian cuisine. It is uncooked tomato, without seeds or ...

Orecchiette with Broccoli, Anchovies and Cherry Tomatoes

Apulia is a land full of delicious and tasty dishes. Among the most popular dishes, there is the traditional Orecchiette with Broccoli, Anchovies and Cherry Tomatoes.  Orecchiette is a kind of pasta made with remilled durum wheat semolina, water and salt. A type of pasta perfect for all vegan people. Strictly hand made, orecchiette have the typical round and concave shape, with their unmistakable wrinkled surface. Its characteristic shape is perfect for all kinds of seasoning such as tomato ...

Beef Braised in Barolo: How to Make the Perfect Recipe

Beef Braised in Barolo is one of the cult dishes of the Italian tradition, more precisely of Piedmontese cuisine. Barolo is a red wine made with Nebbiolo grapes, typical of the Piedmont region, used to cook the beef in this recipe. The particularity of this dish is the tenderness of the meat, which is seared so that its juices remain inside before being cooked for a long time in a marinating made of an excellent wine and vegetables such as celery, carrots and onions. The result is a dish ...