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Fettuccine boscaiola – with sausage and porcini mushrooms

Fettuccine boscaiola – with sausage and porcini mushrooms

Fettuccine boscaiola (meaning from the wood) is indeed aย  family favorite.ย  Pasta with mushrooms, we could simplify, but it is actually much more than this. Do you know this dish or ever tried to make it at home? If yes, then you already experienced the deliciousness I will try to show you, if not…you have no excuse. The variants are so many that you can’t just say no, you absolutely have to try… above all because you won’t regret it!
In autumn this is really a must, especially if you have the chance to find fresh mushrooms. I am a little spoiled, so this time I used porcini mushrooms – love the taste and the texture – but you can use champignons or other mushrooms you have at hand in alternative.

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White bean and Kale soup – Minestra di fagioli e cavolo nero

White bean and Kale soup – Minestra di fagioli e cavolo nero

White bean and kale soup is a delicious warm dish that I highly recommed when the cold season comes. I have to say that during the last few days here in Brussels we have been experiencing a drastic temperature drop, and the days have started being shorter…and I immediately felt the urge to have a warm soup to help me going through the season change! When it comes to soups, I never know what to choose from but this time I just needed white bean and kale soup! I think you’ll also need it if you are reading this in the right emisphere…and if not, save it for later, I am sure you will appreciate ๐Ÿ™‚

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Homemade vegetable stock – An absolute must

Homemade vegetable stock – An absolute must

Once you start preparing your homemade vegetableย  stock, you’ll never stop! In italian cuisine, stock is your first ally, the inevitable companion in the preparation of soups and risotti. Without it, how could we ever hope to enjoy tortellini in brodo, cappone al forno for Christmas, or a magical ragรน?? The utility of stock is never praised enough…
Yes, mayyyybe I am a little bit melodramatic, but we must admit that we can’t absolutely try to even remotely compare a good homemade stock to the fraud they sell us in supermarkets.

Those small insidious small cubesย  were the promise of freedom from the stove. Instead, now we have become ignorant about what we put in our dinner. In my stockย  I have carrots, tomatoes and many other vegetables …. but I have no clue about a veggie called monosodium glutamate ๐Ÿ™‚ (more…)

Mushroom soup – Vellutata di funghi

Mushroom soup – Vellutata di funghi

Mushroom soup – vellutata di funghi, in Italian – is another treat you can grant yourself in this challenging but charming season. So warm and comforting, I appreciate it a lot for its rustic taste and for the easiness in the preparation. The outcome of this simple recipe is in fact a creamy, delicious soup with a very fragrant flavor.

When I lived in Italy, in October I sometimes went with some friends in the woods looking for mushrooms! This is a very loved activity in the mountain and countryside areas, but watch out! It is important to always go with somebody expert so to avoid picking the dangerous ones ๐Ÿ™‚ I personally don’t understand much so I trusted the people I went with, usually more used to recognize the good from the bad ones…the only thing I know is that I love mushrooms! Whether you give me finferli, porcini, cardoncelli, I like all of them and I know how to use them for a big variety of recipes. I love to mix them too, or use them for side dishes together with other vegetables, like carrots, potatoes, peas and so on. I can surely say it is not just me, as this ingredients is very often used in Italian cooking in general, for soups, pasta and many side dishes. (more…)