Filed under 2. Primi (pasta, risotto)

Split Pea Risotto with Hot Smoked Salmon

Split Pea Risotto with Hot Smoked Salmon

In summer there is ample choice of fresh produce to choose from, but in winter we have to make do with what is available, especially if you want to cook with local seasonal ingredients. Fresh peas are only available in summer, but dried split peas are available year round. In the Netherlands they are used … Continue reading

Tagliatelle with Sous-Vide Turkey Thigh

Tagliatelle with Sous-Vide Turkey Thigh

Can you make a delicious pasta dish using only four ingredients, counting salt and pepper as the first two? Yes, you can! Boneless and skinless turkey thigh becomes tender, flaky, juicy, and tasty after cooking it sous-vide for 24 hours at 74C/165F. It will release a lot of juices when cooked that way, but that … Continue reading

Pasta with Calamari and Bell Peppers

Pasta with Calamari and Bell Peppers

Calamari and squid are both types of cuttlefish. You can use any type for this recipe. Squid can be cooked in two ways: either very short or very long. Something in between, and it will be tough. Since I was hungry when I was making this dish, I opted for the short method. But this … Continue reading

Ravioli alla Genovese

Ravioli alla Genovese

For Christmas I wanted to make a traditional Italian dish that I had not prepared before, preferably something that involved stuffed pasta. As I’ve already made so many stuffed pasta dishes over the years, I wasn’t sure if I would succeed. But then I saw ravioli alla genovese on Enassar’s blog Oven-Dried Tomatoes, and I … Continue reading

Spaghetti Squash with Clams and Pancetta

Spaghetti Squash with Clams and Pancetta

Have you ever heard of spaghetti squash? I had not until I read about it on Shanna’s wonderful blog. Coincidence or not, this autumn for the first time I saw spaghetti squash in markets here. The name may sound strange, but when you look at the texture of the cooked squash it is clear where the … Continue reading

Venison Pasta Sauce (Ragù di Cervo)

Venison Pasta Sauce (Ragù di Cervo)

Making traditional Italian venison pasta sauce is pretty straightforward, but it does require some patience because of the long cooking time involved. As you only have to stir every half hour or so, this is a perfect sauce to prepare during an autumnal (rainy) Sunday afternoon. It freezes well, so it makes sense to make a … Continue reading

Risotto with Apple, Mushrooms, and Goat Cheese

Risotto with Apple, Mushrooms, and Goat Cheese

When we visited Estancia Piedra for a wine tasting, our charming host Mary suggested that a risotto with tart apple, mushrooms, and goat cheese would be outstanding with the Rueda Verdejo from Estancia Piedra. Although the wine did smell of apples, it was not a combination I would have thought of myself. And so I … Continue reading

Pasta with Roasted Carrots and Carrot Tops Pesto

Pasta with Roasted Carrots and Carrot Tops Pesto

I like using everything and reducing waste. When you buy a bunch of carrots, they come with the greens, but usually those are discarded or used to feed the rabbits if you have them. I’ve already posted recipes to use parts that are usually discarded, such as asparagus ends, the greens from radishes, or shrimp heads … Continue reading

Linguine with Sole and Lemon Zest

Linguine with Sole and Lemon Zest

This elegant pasta dish can be prepared in the time it takes to cook the pasta. Succulent pieces of sole fillet (I actually used plaice, schol in Dutch) are tossed with linguine pasta in a simple sauce of white wine, lemon zest, parsley, extra virgin olive oil and butter. It is important not to overcook the … Continue reading

Spaghetti alla Carbonara

Spaghetti alla Carbonara

Spaghetti alla Carbonara is one of our favorite dishes that I make often because it is such great comfort food: filling and full of flavor. If you are a long time follower of this blog with a good memory, you may remember that I already posted a recipe for carbonara over four years ago. I … Continue reading

Butternut Squash Risotto (Risotto alla Zucca)

Butternut Squash Risotto (Risotto alla Zucca)

There was a butternut squash in my pantry that needed to be used. The best Italian recipes are always the simplest, and so I decided to use the squash to make risotto with no other ingredients except the squash and the “usual suspects” for risotto: rice, stock, onion, white wine, butter, parmigiano, salt and pepper. … Continue reading

Pasta with Asparagus Ends

Pasta with Asparagus Ends

We love green asparagus, especially when they are grilled on the BBQ, but every time I prepare them, it bothers me to discard the ends. About 40% of the weight is discarded that way. And so I wanted to experiment to see whether something edible could be made from green asparagus ends. I decided to … Continue reading

White Asparagus Ravioli

White Asparagus Ravioli

Apart from anything sous-vide, homemade ravioli could be considered to be my signature dish. Besides Italian classics I have developed many variations over the years. So many that it is getting hard to come up with something new. White asparagus are in season and I realized I had not posted a recipe for white asparagus … Continue reading

Pasta with Celeriac, Chicken, and Walnuts

Pasta with Celeriac, Chicken, and Walnuts

Celeriac is one of the few local vegetables available here in winter, not counting stuff that comes out of a greenhouse. It is tasty and versatile, as you can eat it raw, as puree, steamed, or roasted. In this recipe I blanched the celeriac before briefly sautéing it in walnut oil. Roasting would also have … Continue reading

Mushroom Lasagna (Lasagne ai Funghi)

Mushroom Lasagna (Lasagne ai Funghi)

Mushroom lasagna is a classic I’ve been making for years, but I noticed I had never published it on the blog yet. It is a great dish to indulge, rich yet elegant. Its components are fresh homemade spinach pasta, funghi trifolati (mushrooms sautéed in olive oil with garlic and parsley), white sauce, and plenty of … Continue reading