Pappardelle with Chanterelles and Asparagus Recipe

Pappardelle with Chanterelles and Asparagus

Pappardelle con Finferli e Asparagi is a dish to enjoy when chanterelles are in season. They are often available in supermarkets from June to early fall. In the US, chanterelles are commonly found along the Pacific Northwest Coast, places with abundant summer rain.

Midnight Spaghetti (Spaghettata di Mezzanotte)

Midnight Spaghetti (Spaghettata di Mezzanotte)

It’s a “no idea what to cook, need something quick using pantry staples” type recipe. This is the Sicilian version, where pantry staples are pasta, extra virgin olive oil, garlic, pignoli (pine) nuts, raisins. Pick up some parsley from the garden or balcony and you are done. Spaghettata di Mezzanotte is a tradition in Italy and ingredients vary by region or family.

Tagliatelle with Roasted Mushrooms and Chive Pesto Recipe

Tagliatelle with Roasted Mushrooms and Chive Pesto

Chives, typically used as a garnish, add a nice herbaceous and bright flavor to the pasta. Cremini mushrooms also called baby Portobello or simply Italian brown mushrooms add the meatier touch. Do not prepare chive pesto in advance. Chives will lose their emerald green color and turn dull green.

Squid and Arugula Risotto Recipe

Squid and Arugula Risotto

One of my favorite risotto dishes is Risotto ai Calamari e Rucola from the Liguria region in Italy. Easy to make, downright delicious. Cooking the squid separately will avoid it to become tough and chewy.

Fettuccine with Shrimps, Chorizos and Peas Recipe

Fettuccine with Shrimps, Chorizos and Peas

The taste of Italy and Spain is a winning combination. A quick and easy pasta dish spiced up with dry Spanish chorizos and brightened up with shrimps and green peas. Instead of fettuccine, you can use tagliatelle. The only difference is the thickness of the pasta.

Gnocchi with Spring Vegetables

Ready-made gnocchi is a fast cook’s dream. Available fresh in most specialty stores or in the refrigerated case of your supermarket, they do not need to be cooked separately. Sautéing them in butter and olive oil sears them in a crispy mantel. A delightful recipe for a quick and healthy dinner.

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