Friday, 27 April 2012

Bellavitafoods: Tortellini with cream and sausages

Bellavitafoods: Tortellini with cream and sausages: My mom always thought that sunday's lunches had to be special because sunday was special. Sunday was the only day of the week where we were...

Tortellini with cream and sausages

My mom always thought that Sunday lunches had to be special because Sunday was special.
Sunday was the only day of the week where we were all home at the same time for lunch, the only day that we could actually enjoy our meal together without rushing to work or classes or weatever kept us busy from Monday thru Saturday.
Sunday was "cream" day, the day were the meal was white , didn't matter if it was pasta or veal as long as it was cooked with "panna" .
I didn't realize then that these dishes needed very little preparation, i thought that my mom was in the kitchen cooking all morning to make the special Sunday lunch that we all loved so much.
Cream is a very fast way to make food delicious while making it look nice and sofisticated.
My brother's favorite was "tortellini con panna e salsiccie", tortellini with cream and sausages and today this recipe is one of my family's favorites too.
Easy and fast to make, it is quite filling so you'll only need a nice salad to go with it..... After all, Sundays are special and you don't want to spend it working in the kitchen all day.
Go on then "cream it up".

Tortellini with cream and sausages

1 package of tortellini (700gm)
5 italian sausages
6 TBLSP olive oil
3 garlic gloves chopped
2 170ml can of thick cream
chilli flakes or pepper

Peel off the sausages casings and brake the sausage meat with your fingers.
Heat the oil in a frying pan and cook the garlic.
Add the sausage meat and cook, try to crumble it up with a woodden spoon while it cooks.
When the meat is cooked add the cream , stir,  add some salt and as soon as you see the cream boiling turn the heat off.
Cook the tortellini in salted boiling water, when ready mix them in the cream sauce.
Sprinkle with chilli flakes or pepper.
So Good!

peel the casing
brake up the sausages
cook the garlic
add the sausages
cook the sausages
Add the cream
tortellini panna e salsiccia

Thursday, 26 April 2012

Bellavitafoods: Stir-fry Italiano

Bellavitafoods: Stir-fry Italiano: Have you ever had one of those days where you open up your fridge and all you see is a lot of little amounts of different foods? And is 5:00...

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Stir-fry Italiano

Have you ever had one of those days where you open your fridge and all you see is a lot of little amounts of different foods, and it's 5:00pm, your kids are dirty and tired and certainly you don't want to take a trip to the store!?
Well, I had!
 As a result I came up with this italian stir-fry, very easy to make and so fast too!
So, while your kids are in the bathtub, chop up some veggies and meat, and by the time daddy comes home, dinner will be ready, the kids will be settled and what looked like a nightmare at 5:00pm is a perfect life at 6:00pm.
So pour your self a glass of wine because life is good.

Stir-fry italiano

NOTE: i used these veggies and meat because it was what i had; but feel free to be creative with what you have in your fridge:)

1 big stake cut in strips
1 zucchini cut in strips
1head of broccoli
15/20 asparagus
6 garlic cloves (you can use less but i like it)
1/2 cup flour
1 tspn salt
6 TBLSP olive oil
3/4 cup beef stock
2TBLSP wine
2TBLSP agave (you can use brown sugar)
2TBLSP soysauce
pine nuts
cooked rice or noodles

Get your veggies and meat nice and ready.
In a bowl, mix the flour and salt and toss the meat in untill well coated.
In a big frying pan, heat the olive oil untill hot; put the meat in and cook.
Put the meat aside and put the veggies in the pan with the stock, cover  and cook untill the veggies are ready , 10 minutes or so.
In the meantime mix together wine, agave and soy sauce.
Add the meat back to the pan with the wine sauce, mix and cook for 5 more minutes and you are done!
Put a good amount of stir-fry on top of rice or noodles and sprinkle with pine nuts and hot sauce if you
get your veggies and meat ready
coat meat with flour
cook the meat in hot oil
cook the veggies with stock
add the meat to the veggies with wine sauce
Stirt-fry italiano

Tuesday, 24 April 2012

BellaVitaFoods: Pasta Amatriciana

Bella Vita: Pasta Amatriciana: They say that "the way to a man's heart is through his stomach".  I think that that is a little bit true for  my husband and I, he loves th...

Pasta Amatriciana

They say, "the way to a man's heart is through his stomach".
 I think that that is a little true for my husband and I, he loves this pasta dish and I think that every time that I make it he loves me a little bit more!
The beauty of it all is that this is a really easy dish to make, only a few ingredients to put together and that's it .... The smell in your house will make everybody hungry so make sure to make enough.
You can freeze the sauce and use it within a month.
If you are a vegetarian you can use "veggie bacon" insted of the real deal and if you rather have something "less fatty" use turkey bacon, it will be equally delicious.
So, go on and try this easy pasta recipe and make your husband,(or your wife), fall in love with you all over again.


1 small onion chopped
2 or 3 garlic cloves minced
6 TBSP olive oil
1tspn chilli flakes (this is optional depending on your taste)
6 slices of bacon cut in little pieces
12 oz can of plain crushed tomato ( you can use fresh tomatoes and crush them in a blender)
salt and pepper to taste
500gm pasta (penne, rigatoni, fusilli ....)
parmiggiano cheese (the real deal )

In a frying pan put the olive oil, onion, garlic and chilli flakes ,(if you are using them), cook for a few minutes untill the onion and garlic are nice and gold, add the bacon, cook for a few minutes.
Add the crushed tomato, salt and pepper , stir, bring to a nice boil on medium/high heat, put a lid on the pan leaving a little open space, ( i usually put a wooden spoon between the lid and the pan), reduce to low and let cook for about 30 minutes. stir occasionaly.
Cook the pasta according to package and mix it with the sauce.
Sprinkle with parsley and parmiggiano cheese.
cook onion and garlic
add bacon
add crushed tomato, bring to a boil
Amatriciana <3

Sunday, 22 April 2012

BellaVitaFoods: St.Lucia ribbons

BellaVita: St.Lucia ribbons: My mom came to visit us this past Christmas and she shared some of her recipes with me as she always does. When we where growing up she nev...

St.Lucia ribbons

My mom came to visit us this past Christmas and she shared some of her recipes with me as she always does.
When we where growing up she never baked cookies or cakes or anything sweet really, so I was surprised when she made this cute "ciambelline" shaped like ribbons.
They are not overly sweet and in Italy they dip them in "mosto", the very first juice that comes out of pressed grapes before the wine process.
My kids love them so much and my son gave them the name "St.Lucia ribbons"....
... Anyway this could be a little treat that you can bring to a friend's dinner with a nice bottle of sweet wine or you can just dip them in your "Caffe latte" in the morning.
They last forever and the harder they get the better they are for dipping; but don't worry they will be gone before you know it.
Here is the recipe:


3 1/2 cups unbleached flour
1/2 cup milk (i used soy milk vanilla flavor)
1/2 cup white wine
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup canola oil
1TBLP+1/2tsp baking powder
1tsp anise ground ( you can put more for a stronger flavor if you like so)
1 tsp vanilla (if you use normal milk)
1 cup raisins (i used cranberries because i didn't have any:P)

Preheat oven 350
Mix all the  dry ingrediets  first , add the wet ingredients until you have a nice soft ball , take a little piece, the size of golf ball, and roll it out like a snake and fold one side on top of the other to make the shape of a ribbon .
Keep doing that until your dough is finished.
It makes 20 ribbons more or less.
Bake them for 25/30 minutes untill slightly golden.
Put them on a rack and let cool.
mix dry ingredients

add wet ingredients
mix untill you get a soft ball
roll out a little piece
fold and shape like a ribbon
St.Lucia ribbons

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