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Minestra di riso e cicoria

Minestra di riso e cicoria (Chicory and Rice Soup)

Chicory (cicoria in Italian) is one of my very favorite greens. It brings back memories of Angelina for whom cicoria and escarole were almost daily staples. Maybe that’s why she lived well into her 90s… A great weeknight dinner option, the recipe for this soup is very fast, very simple and very healthy. (If you […]

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Zucchine alla parmigiana (Zucchini Parmesan)

Eggplant isn’t the only vegetable that you can make alla parmigiana, fried and baked in layers with a light tomato sauce, mozzarella and grated parmesan cheese. Zucchini, another typical summer vegetable, also enjoys the same treatment. It is a fine way to exalt the sometimes rather bland vegetable. While the delicate taste of zucchini can […]

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Verza e salsiccia (Sausage Braised in Cabbage)

Not sure about you, but the weather here has crossed the line from pleasantly crisp to downright cold at night. That’s as good an excuse as any for some good, stick to the ribs eating. It may sound eastern European, but Italians, too, like their cabbage, especially in colder weather, and like to combine it […]

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Pomodori ripieni di riso (Baked Tomatoes Stuffed with Rice)

A staple of summer picnics and tavole calde, pomodori ripieni di riso, tomatoes stuffed with rice and oven roasted, make for a simple and relatively quick weekend dinner, part of a buffet or a tasty antipasto for a summer dinner for guests. Here’s the recipe: Take as many tomatoes as you have dining companions, cut […]

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Pasta a risotto (Pasta Cooked in the Manner of Risotto)

One of the guilty pleasures that I have never, up to now, revealed to a living soul is my penchant for late-night pasta snacks. But not just any pasta, but pastina of the kind usually used for soups, cooked in just enough liquid (usually a mixture of water and milk) so that by the time […]

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Zuppa di orzo (Barley Soup)

Italian cuisine is known for pasta and risotto and polenta and, to a lesser extent, for farro. But did you know that Italians also enjoy barley? Here is a simple, basic barley soup that is both healthy, appetizing and, if made in a pressure cooker, can be prepared in under 30 minutes. Ingredients Makes 4-6 […]

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Tiella pugliese (Puglian-Style Potato and Mussel Casserole)

Even though my paternal grandfather was from Grumo Appula, a small town outside Bari in the southeastern Italian region of Puglia, I don’t remember eating much pugliese food growing up. Other than a few dishes—orcecchiette with cime di rape (also known as broccoletti), that wonderful calzone di cipolla (onion pie) that I just recently rediscovered, […]

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Zuppa di scarola e fagioli (Escarole and Bean Soup)

Here’s a quick and easy dish, typical of the Campania region of Italy, that is a cold weather weeknight staple at our house: escarole and bean soup. Ingredients 1 small head of escarole, cut into fine ribbons 1 small onion, peeled and thinly sliced 450g (15 oz) boiled or canned cannellini or borlotti beans Water […]

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Pasta e piselli (Pasta and Peas)

Here’s a when-you-really-don’t-feel-like-cooking dish. It’s a quick and easy combination of pasta and peas, but really satisfying. This and pasta e lenticchie were my favorite everyday pastas Angelina would make when I was a kid. Here’s the way she made it: Ingredients 1 small onion, finely chopped A sprig or two of parsley, finely chopped (optional) […]

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Pasta e ceci (Pasta and Chickpeas)

There’s nothing so satisfying yet so quick and simple than the combination of pasta and some sort of legume–beans, peas or, in this case, ceci (chickpeas). And, as you probably know, the combination makes for a complete protein with plenty of fiber and no cholesterol. This kind of thing is a stand by weekday dinner […]

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Linguine al limone (Linguini with Lemon Cream Sauce)

 Linguine al limone, or linguini with lemon cream sauce, is one of those quintessential summer dishes from southern Italy, specifically the Sorrentine peninsula of the Campania region, where they grow exquisite lemons. It’s sunshine on your plate. This dish may surprise you. The lemon flavor is not at all acidic or overwhelming. Rather, the lemon […]

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Patate in padella (Sautéed Potatoes)

These pan-fried potatoes make for a wonderful accompaniment to lamb and other meat dishes, and they are incredibly simple and easy to make: peel and cut waxy, yellow-fleshed potatoes into wedges, put them in a non-stick frying pan with olive oil, a sprig of rosemary and a slightly crushed but unpeeled clove of garlic (or […]

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Angelina’s Pizza Casareccia (Homestyle Pizza)

A perfectly round, thin-crusted pizza of the kind you can eat in the best pizzerie is a hard thing to make at home. It takes practice and talent to be a first-rate pizzaiolo, or pizza-maker. (I know because I’m trying to master the art!) But there is a simpler version that is pretty easy to […]

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Angelina’s Polpettone (Italian-Style Meatloaf)

Yes, Italians make meatloaf. They call them polpettoni, or ‘big meatballs’, which is, in fact, what they are, if you think about it–using the same mixture of minced beef, veal and pork that you would use to make polpette, or Italian meatballs. Angelina made a very typical polpettone: you take equal amounts of minced (chopped) […]

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Pappa al pomodoro (Tuscan Tomato and Bread “Soup”)

In the days when freshly baked bread was a staple of everyday life, a plethora of recipes grew up for using leftover stale bread. This classic Tuscan recipe is, to my mind, the very best of the lot–pappa al pomodoro, literally “mush with tomatoes”. (Sounds better in Italian, doesn’t it?) The dish is perhaps at […]

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Angelina’s pasta e lenticchie (Pasta and Lentils)

Of all the wonderful dishes my grandmother Angelina would make when I was growing up, this was my very favorite. And that’s saying a lot, since she made incredible lasagne di carnevale. Angelina’s pasta e lenticche (pasta and lentils) was very simple to make but involved three more or less simultaneous operations: First, you simmer […]

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Zucchine cacio e uova (Zucchini with Egg and Cheese Sauce)

Zucchine and eggs were meant for each other, and they are found together in a whole assortment of Italian dishes. Here is an example of this pairing, perfect for a light lunch or supper. Ingredients 1 medium onion, finely chopped Olive oil 6 zucchini, sliced into rounds A few spoonfuls of puréed tomato (optional) Salt […]

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