Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Zuppa d'Aglio

Just 4 u

3 heads Garlic; fresh
1/4 Cup Olive oil
1 Medium Onion; cut up
2 Celery ribs; cut up
1 Cup White wine; dry
1/4 Cup All−purpose flour
1 Gallon Chicken stock
1 Medium Potato; peeled and cut up
1 Cup Whipping cream

Zucchini Ripiene Al Prosciutto

Just 4 u

6 medium zucchini
3 eggs
5 to 6 tablespoons dry breadcrumbs
3 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan
1 tablespoon butter, melted
6 ounces Prosciutto, cut into strips
Salt and pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil

Zucchini Lasagna

Just 4 u

1 lb. lasagna noodles, cooked
1 16 oz. can (1 lb.) stewed tomatoes
3 or 4 lg. zucchini
grated parmesan cheese
1/2 lb. mozzarella cheese, shredded
3/4 Cup chopped onion
4 to 6 cloves garlic, chopped or minced
1 sm. can tomato paste
1/2 cup sliced mushrooms
1 lb. lean ground beef
1/2 tsp. oregano
1/4 tsp. thyme
1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped
ground pepper

White Clam Sauce

Just 4 u

2−7 1/2 cans minced clams
4 cloves garlic, minced or chopped
1/4 cup butter or margarine
1/4 cup olive oil
3 tbls. chopped parsley
Grated Parmesan cheese
1 Teaspoon salt

Veal Scaloppine

Just 4 u

6 veal scallops, about 5 ounces each
2 eggs, beaten
2 cups dry breadcrumbs
4 ounces butter or oil
6 ripe tomatoes, peeled, seeded, chopped
3 tablespoons fresh basil
2 tablespoons olive oil

Torzelli

Just 4 u

8 sm. chicory heads, still in each bunch
1/2 cup virgin olive oil
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
Zest of 2 lemons

Bring 6 quarts water to boil and add 2 tbsp. salt. Drop chicory into water
and cook until tender, 4 to 5 minutes. Remove and refresh in cold water
bath. Drain well on towels.

Torta Di Spinaci

Just 4 u

10 oz. spinach, blanched 1 minute, drained, dried and chopped
2 cups all purpose flour, extra for kneading dough
1/2 cup unsalted butter(4 oz.)
1 egg yoke plus 3 whole eggs, beaten
3 tbs milk
1/4 cup golden raisins, soak 30 minutes in water, drain
3/4 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
salt and ground pepper
2 1/2 tbs (1 oz.) Pine nuts

Tonno In Padella

Just 4 u

1/2 ounce dried porcini mushrooms
2 garlic cloves
2 tbls. of parsley − chopped
dash of marjoram
6 anchovy fillets
1 tbl. capers
6 tbls. olive oil
1 tbl. flour
1/4 cup of white wine
Salt
dash of black pepper
4 tuna steaks − skinned
Juice of 1/2 lemon

Tomato Bruschetta

Just 4 u

1 Loaf Italian bread, halved lengthwise then cut
crosswise diagonally, into 1−in slices
1 Garlic clove; minced
2 Tablespoon Olive oil
2 Large Tomatoes; peeled, seeded, and chopped
1/4 Teaspoon Salt
1/4 Teaspoon Pepper
1/2 Cup Chopped fresh basil

Tiramisu

Just 4 u

4 tablespoons espresso coffee
1 tablespoon Grappa
3 eggs, separated
1/2 cup sugar
8 ounces Marscapone cheese
24 Savoiardi biscuits
1 ounce sweet chocolate, grated

Stuffed Roasted Peppers

Just 4 u

4 − 7 oz. cans roasted peppers
1 cup seasoned breadcrumbs
8 oz. shredded fontina cheese
3 cloves minced garlic
1/4 cup imported grated romano cheese
A few sprigs of fresh
parsley, chopped fine

Straciatella

Just 4 u

2 eggs
4 teaspoons finely grated Parmesan cheese
a pinch of kosher salt, plus 1−1/2 teaspoons
a pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
1 tablespoon all−purpose flour
4 cups chicken stock or beef stock
1 pound spinach or Swiss chard, stemmed and leaves cut
across into narrow strips, optional

Steak Alla Pizzaiola

Just 4 u

2 lb. rib roast (4 steaks or club steaks)
2 oz. lard or 3 tablespoons oil
1 clove garlic
red pepper (optional)
1 tablespoon parsley, chopped fine
1 teaspoon salt
freshly ground tomatoes (Italian plum)
1/4 cup dry red wine
2 tablespoon oil

Spumone Di Zabaglione

Just 4 u

6 eggs
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 cup marsala
3 tbsp. dark rum
1−1/2 cup heavy cream

Spaghetti E Scampi

Just 4 u

1 lb. Italian Spaghetti, Taglinini, or Linguine
10 oz. Shrimp, peeled and de−veined
4 tbs. extra virgin olive oil
1 tbs. tomato sauce
1 dry hot red chili pepper, crushed
1 cup heavy cream
1 tbs. Curry powder
1 lg. red bell pepper, seeded and diced

Sottoaceti

Just 4 u

1 Head Cauliflower, cored and broken into florets
4 Med. Carrots, peeled and sliced
1 Med. bunch of Celery, washed and sliced
24 Cipolline or pearl onions, peeled
12 Cloves of Garlic, peeled
3 − 4 Cups water
2 − 3 Tbs. Salt
1/2 − 1 Tbs. Sugar
2 Tbs. Pickling Spices
3 − 4 Cups White Vinegar

Shrimp Oreganato

Just 4 u

2 lbs. medium shrimp, cleaned and shelled
2 cups bread crumbs
2 cloves of garlic−minced
2 tbls. of parsley
1 tsp. paprika
1 teaspoon oregano
1/4 cup olive oil
2 cups chicken broth
2 lemons

Scallops In Creamy Pesto

Just 4 u

1 tbl. unsalted butter
1 clove of garlic − minced
1 small onion−diced
1/4 cup dry white wine
1/2 cup fish or chicken stock
1 tbl. fresh basil− minced
1 lb. large scallops
1/3 cup half−and−half

Risotto alla Parmigiana

Just 4 u

2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 pound Arborio rice
6 cups chicken stock, hot
2 tablespoons butter
3 ounces Parmagiano Reggiano cheese, coarsely grated

Risotto A L'asparigi

Just 4 u

2 cups Italian rice (Risotto Arborio)
1/2 cup salted butter, or 1/4 cup olive oil
2 Tablespoon dried parsley
1 whole red onion (chopped)
5−6 cups chicken stock
20 asparagus spears
1/4 cup olive oil
3 cloves garlic (minced)
8 Tablespoon parmigano cheese (grated)

Ribollita

Just 4 u

1 Cup dried cannellini, great northern or navy beans
1 Lb. Savoy cabbage, roughly chopped
1/4 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 Tbs. tomato paste
1 stalk celery, finely chopped
1 carrot, peeled and finely chopped

Ratatouille Nicoise

Just 4 u

1/3 cup olive oil
2 or more cloves of garlic, chopped
1 large onion, sliced
2 zucchini, scrubbed
1 small eggplant
3 tablespoons flour
2 green peppers, seeded & cut into strips
1 #2 can Italian plum tomatoes
salt and pepper

Ragu Alla Bolognese

Just 4 u

1/3 pound of ground veal
1/3 pound of ground beef
1/4 pound bacon
1 tablespoon butter
1 onion, 1 carot, 1 celery stalk
1/4 cup of red wine
tomato sauce
1/2 cup broth
milk
salt and pepper

Porchetta

Just 4 u

6 fresh Sage leaves
4 sprigs fresh Rosemary, leaves only
4 cloves garlic, peeled
1 Bay leaf
Salt & freshly ground black pepper
2 Tbs. Olive Oil
3 1/2 Lb. Boneless loin of pork
Salt
4 Tbs. Olive Oil

Pollo alla Griglia

Just 4 u

1 whole chicken
1 tablespoon coarse sea salt (Kosher salt will work fine)
3−4 leaves of fresh sage
2 cloves garlic
A 10−inch sprig of rosemary
Pepper to taste (go easy)

Pollo Alla Cacciatora

Just 4 u

2 lbs. chicken parts
6 Tbs. olive oil
1 small carrot
1 stalk celery
1 lb. tomatoes, peeled, seeded, and chopped
salt, pepper
bay leaf
juniper berries

Pesto Sauce

Just 4 u

4 cups fresh basil
1/2 cup olive oil
2 cloves garlic
6 sprigs parsley
Salt and pepper to taste
1/4 cup pine nuts
1/2 cup fresh grated Parmesan or Romano cheese
Place the basil in a blender. Add the oil, garlic parsley, salt, pepper, and
pine nuts. Blend until all are chopped very fine. Remove from the blender
and add the Parmesan or Romano cheese. Toss with pasta.

Peperoni Al Vaso

Just 4 u

6 1/2 Pounds Green peppers
12 Basil leaves
4 Cup White−wine vinegar
4 Cup Balsamic vinegar
1 Teaspoon Sugar
4 Teaspoon Salt
4 Clove Garlic, cut in half
4 Clove Garlic, chopped
3 1/2 Ounce Capers
7 Ounce Canned anchovy fillets

Penne Rigate Con Salsiccia

Just 4 u

6 tablespoons butter
1 small onion, peeled and chopped
1 clove garlic, peeled and finely chopped
1 lb. Italian sausage
1 sprig of fresh rosemary
2/3 cup white wine (only one you would drink)
Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
Pinch of ground cloves
Salt

Pasta with Wild Mushrooms

Just 4 u

1 oz. (two small packages) dried porcini mushrooms
1/2 Cup dry white wine
4 oz. Pancetta, finely diced
2 Tbs. Unsalted butter
2 Lb. assorted mushrooms (Portobello, Crimini, Common
White, etc.), thinly sliced
2 Shallots, peeled and finely diced
4 sprigs fresh thyme, leaves only
salt & freshly ground black pepper
1/2 Cup heavy cream
1 Lb. long pasta (Spaghetti, linguine, etc.)
4 Tbs. flat leaf Italian parsley, finely chopped


Pasta Faguli

Just 4 u

1 can whole tomatoes (32 oz.)
1/4 cup olive oil
2 cloves garlic (chopped)
3 Tablespoon dried oregano
3 Tablespoon dried parsley
salt to taste
2 cups elbow pasta (cooked)
1/2 can white kitney beans

Pasta E Fagioli

Just 4 u

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
6 cloves garlic, minced
1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
2 cans (15 ounces each) cannellini beans, undrained
2 teaspoons dry basil leaves
3−4 cups boiling water, divided usage
2 cups beef broth
1/3 cup dry red wine
12 ounces ditalini, elbow macaroni, or any short tubular pasta
Salt and pepper to taste

Parmesan cheese, freshly grated

Pasta Dough

Just 4 u

8 eggs
2 tsp. salt
4 cups all purpose flour

In a large bowl, combine eggs & salt. Beat well. Add flour, 1 cup at a time
until dough sticks together but is still soft.
Spread flour on a board, knead dough for 15−20 minutes. Cover and let stand
in a warm place for about 1 hour.
Knead for another 5 minutes.

Pasta con Limone e Pignoli

Just 4 u

1/4 pound angel's hair pasta or capellini
3/4 teaspoon minced garlic
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons pine nuts, toasted golden
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1−1/2 teaspoons freshly grated lemon zest
1/4 cup minced flat−leafed parsley leaves

Pasta Asciutta

Just 4 u

1 pound fettuccine, tagliatelle or trenette pasta noodles
3/4 cup virgin olive oil
12 cloves fresh garlic
1 medium white onion
6 medium Idaho potatoes
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon freshly

Pasta Alla Caruso

Just 4 u

2 Tbs. Olive Oil
1 Cup Flour, seasoned with a pinch of salt & freshly ground black pepper
1 Lb. Chicken Livers, separated into individual lobes,
all visible fat removed
2 Tbs. Unsalted Butter
1 Lb. assorted mushrooms, Shiitake (stems removed), Portobello, Crimini,
  White button, sliced thinly
1 Cup dry red wine

Pasta al Forno

Just 4 u

2 lbs. rigatoni
1/4 cup pancetta, very thinly sliced
(if you can't find pancetta, use regular bacon)
2−1/2 lbs. Italian sausage, casing removed (hot or sweet, your preference)
1 onion, chopped
1 carrot, chopped
8 Ounce mixed mushrooms, sliced (variety your preference)
3 tbsp. julienne basil
3 tbsp. chopped parsley
3 lbs. ricotta

Panzanella

Just 4 u

4 3/4" slices stale Italian bread
1 clove garlic, peeled and halved
4 vine−ripened tomatoes, cut into 1" chunks
1 large Bermuda onion, peeled and thinly sliced
1 medium cucumber, peeled and sliced into 1/4" rounds
2 − 4 Tbs. red wine vinegar
4 Tbs. extra virgin olive oil
salt & freshly ground black pepper
4 Tbs. flat leaf Italian parsley, finely chopped
2 Tbs. fresh tarragon, finely chopped

Panettone

Just 4 u

1 Cup Flour, plus 2 Tbls.
1/8 Teaspoon Salt
1 Package Yeast, dry fast−rising
2 tb, Water, lukewarm
3 Tablespoon Sugar, divided
2 Eggs
8 Teaspoon Margarine
1/2 Teaspoon Orange peel, grated
1/2 Teaspoon Brandy extract
3 Ounce Mixed dried fruit, coarsely chopped

Osso Buco

Just 4 u

8 Large Veal shanks, patted dry
Salt and Pepper, to taste
Flour
7 Teaspoon Unsalted butter
3 Teaspoon Olive oil
1−1/2 Cup Dry white wine
1−1/2 Cup Onion, finely chopped
3/4 Cup Carrots, finely chopped
3/4 Cup Celery, finely chopped
1 Teaspoon Garlic, minced
4 Cup Beef broth
1−1/2 Cup Plum tomatoes, chopped
Bouquet garni
1/2 Teaspoon Salt

Mostaciolli With Fennel, Mint And Bread Crumbs

Just 4 u

6 tbsp. virgin olive oil
2 cloves garlic
2 fennel bulbs
1−1/2 cups toasted breadcrumbs, divided
1 tbsp. crushed red pepper flakes
1 cup loosely−packed fresh mint leaves
3 to 4 tbsp. extra−virgin olive oil
1 pkg. mostaciolli

Minestrone

Just 4 u

1 Medium carrot, peeled and chopped roughly
1 Celery stalk, chopped roughly
1 Medium onion, peeled and chopped roughly
2 Cloves garlic, peeled
4 Tbs. flat leaf Italian parsley
2−4 fresh sage leaves
Olive oil
2 1/2 quarts water
1 Celery stalk, finely diced
1 Medium carrot, quartered lengthwise and diced
1 Medium onion, peeled and thinly sliced lengthwise
3 Medium all−purpose potatoes, peeled and diced
1/4 head of broccoli, cut into small florets
Rind from a piece of Parmigiano (if available)
1 small zucchini, quartered lengthwise and diced
1 small yellow squash, quartered lengthwise and diced
1 cup peas
Approx. 4 oz. green beans, cut into 1 inch lengths
Approx. 4 oz. yellow beans, cut into 1 inch lengths
1/2 lb. spinach, washed and stems removed
1 19 oz. can Red Kidney Beans, washed and drained
1 19 oz. can Canelinni Beans, washed and drained
1 19 oz. can Chick Peas, washed and drained
Salt & freshly ground black pepper to taste
1 Cup Tubettini, Orzo, or small shell pasta
Freshly grated Parmigiano

Meatballs (Polpette Alla Casalinga)

Just 4 u

2 slices Italian bread, torn into small pieces
1/2 Cup milk
2 Tblsp. finely chopped fresh Italian parsley
2 cloves finely chopped garlic
1 teaspoon salt
1 egg lightly beaten
1 pound beef chuck, ground twice
6 Tblsp. freshly grated Romano cheese
1 Tblsp. olive oil
1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1 Tblsp. oregano

Marinara Sauce

Just 4 u

2 cans of Italian plum tomatoes
2 small cans of sauce
1/4 cup olive oil
1 medium onion − chopped
3 garlic cloves − crushed
1/4 cup fresh basil
1 tbl. parsley
Salt & pepper

Heat olive oil in sauce pan − add garlic and chopped onion and saute until
onions are transluscent. Add tomatoes, tomato sauce, basil, parsley, and
salt & pepper and cook slowly for 45 minutes to an hour.

Manzo Brasato

Just 4 u

2 1/2 lb. Boneless chuck roast, rolled and tied
4 Tbs. flat leaf Italian parsley, roughly chopped
2 Celery stalks, washed and roughly chopped
1 Med. carrot, peeled and roughly chopped
1 Med. yellow onion, peeled and roughly chopped
4 Cloves garlic, peeled
3 − 4 Cups dry red wine
2 − 4 Tbs. olive oil
2 Tbs. tomato paste, dissolved in several Tbs. red wine
   salt & freshly ground black pepper
4 Tbs. flat leaf Italian parsley, finely chopped

Manicotti

Just 4 u

1 lb. ricotta cheese
1 1/2 lbs. mozzarella cheese (grated), divided
1/4 cup romano cheese (grated)
Salt and pepper
1/4 cup provolone cheese (grated)
Parsley (chopped)
3 eggs
2−3 cups tomato sauce

Lasagna With Prosciutto

Just 4 u

8 oz. Italian Prosciutto, chopped
8 oz. Lasagna pasta noodles, cooked
16 oz. can whole peeled tomatoes, chopped
1 cup Ricotta cheese
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 lb. Mozzarella cheese, sliced thin
1 medium onion, chopped
1 lb. lean ground beef
4 tbs. fresh basil, chopped
4 cloves garlic, chopped or minced

Italian Tomato Sauce

Just 4 u

2 − 28 ounce cans diced or ground tomatoes or whole
tomatoes NOT packed in puree or sauce
3 tablespoons high−quality olive oil
1 large, thick pork chop or 1−1/2 pounds beef chuck,
steak preferred
1 medium onion, peeled and finely chopped
1 medium carrot, peeled and finely chopped
4 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
1/2 cup red wine
1−1/2 teaspoons salt
3 tablespoons fresh basil or Italian parsley, chopped

Italian Pepper Sausage

Just 4 u

4 1/2 Pound fresh lean pork
1−1/2 Pound fresh pork fat (fresh pork's)
1 med. onion, chopped
1 large clove garlic, minced
3 Teaspoon salt
1−1/2 Teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1−1/2 Teaspoon paprika
2 Teaspoon crushed dried red peppers
2 Teaspoon fennel seeds
1/2 Teaspoon crushed bay leaf
1/4 Teaspoon thyme
1/3 Cup red wine or water

Italian Cookies

Just 4 u

3 eggs
1/2 cup orange juice
1 cup sugar
1 cup oil
1 Teaspoon salt
1 tsp. vanilla extract
3 3/4 cups flour
2 tbsp. baking powder
almonds chopped (optional)

Insalata Caprese

Just 4 u

4 large fresh tomatoes, sliced 1/4 inch thick
16 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced 1/4 inch thick
1/3 cup packed whole leaf fresh basil
4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
fine sea salt to taste
freshly ground black pepper to taste
1/4 cup imported olives
On a large platter, arrange tomato and mozzarella slices and basil leaves,
alternating and overlapping each. Drizzle salad with olive oil; Sprinkle
with salt and pepper. Garnish with imported olives.

Gubana

Just 4 u

1 Recipe strudel pastry
1 Cup walnuts, chopped roughly
1/2 Cup hazelnuts, chopped roughly
Zest of 1 lemon
Zest of 1 orange
1/4 Cup candied citron
1/4 Cup semi−sweet chocolate pieces, roughly chopped
1/4 Cup currants, soaked 1 hour in 1/2 Cup Verduzzo Wine
2 eggs separated
yolks beaten until stiff
1/4 Cup sugar, plus 3 Tbls.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees and grease a cookie sheet.
In a large mixing bowl, combine walnuts, hazelnuts, lemon zest, orange zest,
candied citron, chocolate pieces, currants, soaking liquid and stir to
combine.

Gnocchi Alla Giordano

Just 4 u

2 pounds Baking potatoes
1 cup All−purpose flour
1 Whole egg plus
1 Egg yolk, lightly beaten
2 tablespoons Unsalted butter, softened
1 teaspoon Salt
Freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Tomato sauce

Boil the potatoes in their jackets, drain, peel and put through a ricer or
food mill.