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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Arancini Recipe | How to Make Sicilian Rice Balls

Arancini recipe, a typical specialty of Sicilian cuisine; a mouth-watering street food, loved all over the world. Arancini are small rice balls, round or cone-shaped, stuffed with meat sauce, peas and caciocavallo cheese, or simply with ham and mozzarella, breaded and then fried. They have a crispy crust that hides a soft and tasty heart which, due to its golden color and shape, bring to mind an orange (it: arancia), hence the name "arancini". Here we'll show you how to make the traditi...

Béchamel Sauce | How to Make Basic White Sauce

Béchamel sauce has 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.  It is a smooth, white sauce made made with flour, milk, and butter. Lasagna and Cannelloni would not exist without béchamel and some pasta recipes or vegetables au gratin require it. You can buy ready-made béchamel sauce, ...

Spaghetti Carbonara Traditional Recipe | Italian Spaghetti alla Carbonara

Spaghetti Carbonara, one of the most famous Pasta Recipes of Roman Cuisine, made only with 5 simple ingredients: spaghetti seasoned with browned guanciale, black pepper, pecorino Romano and beaten eggs. In the traditional recipe for spaghetti carbonara, you need no other ingredients so DO NOT USE garlic, parsley, onion, cream, milk, parmigiano, pancetta, bacon. If you read this recipe thoroughly, you will see that there are many Pasta Carbonara variations, even here in Italy, but ...

Caponata Recipe | Authentic Sicilian Version

Caponata recipe is a simple vegetable stew, an easy recipe for a summer appetizer or a typical Sicilian side dish, made mainly with eggplant, celery, capers, olives, tomato passata (in many recipes you can find tomato concentrate) and finally vinegar and sugar, to give this Sicilian dish the typical sweet and sour taste. These ingredients, already common to other typical Sicilian recipes, such as Pasta alla Norma and eggplant parmigiana, create a mix of aromas, colors and flavors that recalls ...

Castagnaccio Recipe | Best Italian Chestnut Flour Cake

Castagnaccio recipe, a typical Tuscan dessert made with chestnut flour and enriched with raisins, pine nuts, walnuts and rosemary. Only extra virgin olive oil and a little water; no eggs, no butter and no yeast. Castagnaccio is not one of those soft and airy breakfast cakes, but this chestnut flour cake is moist and compact and unleavened. If you love chestnuts and dried fruit, you will love Castagnaccio for its delicate and naturally sweet taste. Yes, because the original Tuscan recipe does ...

Panna Cotta Recipe

Panna Cotta is a classic italian dessert made with heavy cream, vanilla and sugar. Gelatin sheets, added to the mixture, create a custard-like consistency. The choice of ingredients is essential for an excellent panna cotta recipe, so choose the best you can find such as high quality fresh heavy cream and natural vanilla bean. You can top Panna Cotta with seasonal fruits, it's delicious with exotic fruits, citrus and red fruits. It can even be served with dark chocolate ganache on top or ...

Potato Gnocchi: Recipe, Tips and Tricks

Potato gnocchi are apparently easy to make, but they hide a series of small pitfalls that can determine the outcome of a bad dish. What are the secrets to make potato gnocchi that do not lose shape when cooked, that maintain a smooth texture, soft and palatable, and that have the slight taste of potato and not the annoying flavor of flour? In this recipe we'll show you a series of small tricks and tips necessary for those who are recently approaching potato gnocchi recipe and want a safe ...

Italian Sausage Risotto with Treviso Radicchio

Risotto with Italian sausage is a grat combination! Italian Sausage Risotto with Treviso Radicchio is a winter dish in Italy, typical of the region of  Veneto; risotto is served with mild Italian pork sausage and beautiful red treviso radicchio. Finish it off with some fresh Parmigiano Reggiano and you’ve got an Italian recipe that will impress all your friends! Risotto is very popular in northern Italy. It's a dish that you can make in many variations and with many different ingredi...

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 ...