An Apulian Way Pasta: Penne with Flower Sprouts and Anchovies

The first time I saw the flower sprouts was last week when I opened my weekly veggies box delivered in front of my door by Eatgrim.

These new trendy vegetables from the UK have surprised us either with the delicate sweet nutty taste or the consistency. These mini-vegetables are always crunchy and their leaves won’t get damaged even when boiled in salted water.How should you prepare these cross between Kale and Brussel sprout veggies? Stir- fry them with garlic and anchovies, as the Apulian Orecchiette with Broccoli Rabe recipe.

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Apulian Cauliflower Pasta with Crunchy Bread and Pancetta

The crunchiness of the fried bread and the sapidity of the pancetta, tempered with the tenderness of a sweet cauliflower, makes this Apulian version of “Pasta con i Cavoli“ perfect.

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A Weeknight Meal: Mozzarella and Tomato Sauce Pasta

Mozzarella and Tomato Sauce Pasta is present in every collection of staple recipes that the Italian families use to prepare when trying to give an extra twist to a simple tomato sauce. Take a look at the video below and let’s prepare this cheap and easy recipe together.

We have to thank Chilometro 5 Pasta for making us taste these spaghetti. This pasta is made with high quality cereals, cultivated and stone- ground in an old mill in Vicenza, Veneto region.

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A Truly Italian Recipe: Spaghetti with Cruschi Peppers and Breadcrumbs

During the recent event named “True Italian Taste” organised by the Italian Chamber of Commerce for Switzerland, we got to know many Italian products which are the feather in the cap of the Italian cuisine, among many excellent wine brands. The first of all, the Cruschi Peppers, also called Peperoni Cruschi or Peperoni di Senise from the Basilicata, the Region they represent. The Peperoni di Senise are sun dried in the late summer and then fried to become Cruschi (which means crunchy). When they are fried, they are very good as a ready-to-eat snack, but also good to add a strong flavour to many dishes.

We have to thank Da Vinzi, an Italian wholesaler who imports many niche products from the Basilicata region to Switzerland, for making us taste his Peperoni Cruschi, the bronze drawn Spaghetti and his extra virgin olive oil. All these high quality products made the following recipe a sophisticated dish, despite its simplicity. To paraphrase the Da Vinzi slogan : “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication”.

If you want to know more about the Basilicata Region and the European Capital of Culture Matera, follow the links below:

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Matching Italian Food and Wine: Spaghetti with Seafood – “Elementi” Trebbiano d’Abruzzo DOC White Wine*

There isn’t a better pairing than the Trebbiano d’Abruzzo white wine and a luscious dish of Spaghetti with seafood. There isn’t a better place to enjoy them than in an Italian restaurant with a sea view and the relaxing sound of waves! Even just imagining that makes me immerse in the Italian holiday atmosphere. A steaming and flavoured dish of seafood Spaghetti under your nose will accentuate this feeling even more ;).

The Trebbiano d’Abruzzo white wine is the equivalent of the red wine Montepulciano d’Abruzzo. The “Elementi” Trebbiano d’Abruzzo DOC wine is produced following a certified biodynamic farming regime. The wine is golden in color, typically dry with a delicate bouquet and a refreshing, crisp acidity. It is a representative product of a territory where the thermal shock caused by the proximity to the mountains makes the scents of Mediterranean scrub more intense, with a palate of freshness and persistence.

*This wine is imported to Denmark byVinimondo.dk, a wine wholesaler that works with some of the best wine suppliers in Italy, Portugal, France and Spain.

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Matching Food and Wine: Cannelloni with Spinach and Ricotta – Barbera d`Asti DOCG Superiore 2014 Enzo Bartoli, Red Wine*

This week’s wine and food match is between the Enzo Bartoli- Barbera d’Asti Superiore and one of the most traditional dish of the Italian cuisine: the cannelloni with spinach and ricotta cheese. This Barbera d’Asti is a fruity wine with a fresh acidity and with tones of red berries, cherry, spices, and a touch of vanilla and liquorice. Enzo Bartoli Barbera d’Asti is from Nizza, an area in the Piemonte region that is considered the best for the grape variety Barbera

*This wine is imported to Denmark from Vinimondo.dk, a wine wholesaler that works with some of the best wine suppliers in Italy, Portugal, France and Spain.

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