Pasta with Pistachio ~ Recipe

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Ingredients:  2 people very hungry!

  • 1 onion
  • 180 gr pasta you like
  • 125 gr pancetta ( bacon bits)
  • 200 ml double cream
  • 100 gr pistachio
  • 1 orange
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • pepper

1. Put the water on the stove with some salt in it and when the water is boiling throw your pasta in.

2. In a pan put a tiny amount of olive oil or butter. Meanwhile, chop finely a onion and let it fry on the hot pan. After 3 minutes add also your pancetta  and cook until it changed its color. Watch out,try not to overcook it, otherwise it will become too crunchy.

3. Add your double cream and let it boil a little to reduce with medium heat. When you see it’s reducing, add your pistachio and only the grated skin of an orange . This will make a huge different: giving a touch of sophisticated and more gentle taste. Don’t skimp on pepper now, you should have obtained a soft-green cream.

4. Drain your pasta “al dente” and add it in your cream. Get it all mixed and serve with more pistachio on top….and it’s done!

This the absolute final favorite pasta for my fiancée. If I really want to spoil him, I make this typical Sicilian pasta with pistachio from Bronte. If you come in Sicily during your vacation, stop by any supermarket and you’ll find it already crumbled and ready for this pasta and many other recipe.

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Chicken “alla Cacciatora” Recipe

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Time:  ~1 hour and 10 minutes

Ingredients: ( for 4 ppl )

  • 4 chicken haunch (without skin)
  • 1 or 2 can tomatoes sauce (500 gr)
  • 3 carrots
  • 2 onions
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 3 anchovy ( bottled in oil)
  • 1 glass red kitchen wine ( or leftover from a good one, it’s even better!)
  • bay leaf, pepper,salt,rosemary, salt
  • 2 spoon olive oil

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1. In a saucepan heat 2 spoons of olive oil together with 3 anchovy, with a spoon help them to melt inside the oil. Then, add the chicken legs and fry them both sides. 2. Add a glass of wine ( I am using white because I realized I had no more red)

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3. With a chopper, cut finely the onions and the carrots. 4. Add all the flavors: bay leaf, salt, pepper, rosemary and a clove of garlic. Turn to low heat and let the wine evaporate.

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5. After the wine restricted, add one or two can of chopped tomatoes, it depends how much salsa you want. You can use the extra-salsa to make a delicious pasta! ( I used two can :) Put a lid on and cook for 30 minutes and it’s done! Buon appetito

Risotto with Lemon – Recipe

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Time:30 min

Ingredients:  [quantity for 4 ppl]

  • 400 gr rice (carnaroli or arborio)
  • 1 onion
  • 1 big lemon
  • 1 glass white kitchen wine
  • a spoon Parmesan cheese
  • butter
  • pepper + parsley

1. Put a little bit of butter in a pot, when it starts frying add a fine chopped onion. At the same time, fill another pot with water and brings it to boil. You can decide to use plain water (lighter and healthier choice) or to put half bouillon/stock cube as my sweet sweet Grandma used to. By the way, this is one of her simple and super-tasty recipe.

2. After the onion sweats, put the rice, toast it and add a glass of white wine.

3. Once the wine is all dried off, start adding a scoop of boiling water(with or without bouillon) and wait till it evaporate. Keep putting water spoon by spoon till the rice is cooked up.

4.  When you see the rice is almost done, season it with pepper, Parmesan cheese and the juice of one lemon.Adjust with salt and cook for other 5 minutes. Now it should be all creamy and the lemon juice sunk and dried in.

Serve it hot with parsley on top :D