Pasta and Beans, or “Pasta e fagioli“, is a traditional Italian peasant dish of which there are different regional variations, but this one is from the Veneto region. It is an easy and cheap recipe made just with two main ingredients, precisely pasta and beans. I’m very fond of this recipe as it is one of those I inherited from my mother-in-law and I prepare for my husband when he wants to feel at home and he wants to eat something other than Apulian dishes… he is from the Veneto region, by the way!
Last time we ate Pasta and Beans, we uncorked a bottle of Amarone della Valopolicella 2014 DOCG “Sopra Sasso”, thanks to Vinimondo.dk. This robust wine, with dark cherry notes, made our dinner even more sublime.
During this warm days, anytime is a good to have a Spritz! The original Spritz is from Veneto region. It is born at the end of the 18th century during the Austrian domination. The soldiers and the merchants who arrived there were not used to the high alcohol content of local wines. So they started to ask the local hosts to spray sparkling water (“spritzen” in German) in the red wine or sparkling white wine. Today this refreshing and not-too-sweet Spritz, that has spread all over Italy, is made with Aperol or Campari liqueur (depending on your taste, the Aperol Spritz is sweeter and slightly less tart), Prosecco sparkling wine, un-flowered sparkling water and a slice of fresh orange.