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Fettuccine all’Alfredo

Fettuccine all’Alfredo

This simple recipe was invented in 1892 by a Roman restaurateur called Alfredo Di Lelio who became famous for serving it with a gold fork and spoon. the fame of his “fettuccine al triplo burro” (later named “fettuccine all’Alfredo” or “fettuccine Alfredo”) spread, first in Rome and then to other countries and became very popular especially in United States. Fettuccine all’Alfredo is a simple dish made of very few ingredients, yet full of flavour and texture. It is prepared and cooked in no time and is perfect for a quick (15 – 20 minutes), fuss-free lunch or dinner. The story behind make this dish appropriate even for evening meals prepared for guests, that would love to hear it. 

Linguine with rocket

Linguine with rocket

Linguine with rocket can be a very nice, fashionable lunch, that is so quick and easy to make at home. Rocket has an excellent peppery flavour that combines beautifully with the Parmesan cheese. Linguine is an egg pasta and looks rather like flattened strands of spaghetti. Spaghetti, fettucine or pappardelle could be used instead. Dried pasta cooks in 10-12 minutes, but an even faster result can be obtained by using fresh pasta. Simply add it to a large pan of boiling, lightly salted water, making sure that all the strands are fully submerged, and cook for 2-3 minutes. The pasta is ready when it rises to the top of the pan and is tender to the taste, with a slight firmness in the centre. Fresh Parmesan keeps well in the refrigerator for up to a month, if wrapped in greaseproof paper.

Roman gnocchi

Roman gnocchi

Roman gnocchi can be prepared a day or two in advance, wrapped and stored in the refigerator in the slab form or as circles. Roman gnocchi are made with semolina and are quite different from the more well-known potato gnocchi served with pasta sauce. Gnocchi are eaten as a first course (primo piatto), as an alternative to soups (minestre) or pasta. They are generally home-made in Italian and diaspora Italian households. They may also be bought fresh from speciality stores. In supermarkets, industrially produced packaged gnocchi are widely available refrigerated, dried, or frozen. Common accompaniments of gnocchi include melted butter with sage, pesto, and various sauces.

Ravioli with four-cheese sauce

Ravioli with four-cheese sauce

This ravioli dish has a smooth extra-cheesy sauce that coats the pasta very evenly. If you cannot find all of the cheeses, simply substitute your favourites. The aim is to have a total quantity of 225 g cheese and to include Parmesan in the selection. Always buy Parmesan in the piece and grate it yourself. Using the ready grated cheese may save time, but the flavour will not be as good. Here are used Parmesan (fragrant and tangy), Edam (sweet, slightly nutty), Gruyère (nutty, slightly sweet) and Fontina (delicate, good for desserts) cheese. You may like to try to use a different combination, with cheeses such as Gauda, Cheddar, Red Leicester or Wensleydale. Most cheeses are available all year round, but a few traditionally-made cheeses, such as Gruyère, have a season when they are considered to be at their best. If possible, it’s best to buy cheeses from a specialist who stores their stock well and will be able to suggest which cheese will be best for your purpose. Specialist suppliers will also allow you to taste a range of cheeses before purchase.

Pasta with swordfish, aubergine and mint

Pasta with swordfish, aubergine and mint

Pasta with swordfish, aubergine and mint is very distinctive in taste and quite fulfilling. The swordfish is a firm, succulent and meaty fish whose texture can be compared to that of tuna. Swordfish is a bill fish with a deep iron-grey skin, slim body and long ‘sword’ or bill as the upper jaw. Available as steaks both fresh and frozen, although fresh swordfish is usually better. Swordfish is most often filleted or boned into loins at point of landing; the loins are usually cut into steaks and sold with skin already off, as it needs to be removed prior to cooking. Best char-grilled, pan-fried or barbecued, swordfish stands up well to strong flavours including chilli, ginger, sesame, soy, nam pla and garlic. Although it is an oil-rich species of fish, it benefits from being marinated or brushed generously with oil prior to cooking as this helps prevent it from drying out during cooking.When making this dish you can use busiate (traditional pasta from Trapani area), but this sauce works well with any pasta you have.