26 February 2015

Spaghetti ai Pomodorini

This simple dish is a demonstration of Italian cuisine: using few, but good quality, ingredients to prepare a delicious dish. And all it takes is around 15 minutes or as long as it takes to get the water boiling and to cook the spaghetti. That's fastfood Italian style!

ingredients (portions per person)
  • 80-100 gr spaghetti
  • 8-10 cherry tomatoes
  • 1 anchovy
  • ½ shalot (scallion)
  • some fresh basil leaves
  • Parmesan cheese

  1. Boil the spaghetti al dente in salted water;
  2. Slice the cherry tomatoes in half or quarters;
  3. Glaze the shalot in some olive oil in a pan on low-medium heat together with the anchovy;
  4. Add the tomato parts and have it simmer while the spaghetti is cooking;
  5. Add half of the sliced basil to the sauce;
  6. When the spaghetti is almost ready put it in the pan together with the tomato (sauce); 
  7. Add a bit of the boiling water from the pasta
  8. Add the rest of the basil and maybe a sip of olive oil;
Serve with some freshly grated Parmesan cheese on top.

Buon Appetito!

17 February 2015

Pasta al Salmone & Zucchine

ingredients (4 people)
  • 350-400 gr pasta (preferably something like Penne) 
  • 300 gr smoked salmon (sliced into cubes or strips)
  • 2 zucchini (cut into julienne)
  • 1 chopped onion or shalot
  • 100 gr (salmon flavoured) Philadelphia or some other kind of light fresh cheese

time: 10 minutes or how long it takes to cook the pasta
  • boil the pasta, al dente of course (take at least one minute of the recommended cooking time)
  • with the pasta boiling you gently cook glaze the onion in some olive oil.
  • add the sliced zucchini and some salt and freshly grated black pepper and let it simmer for a couple of minutes
  • now add the sliced or diced salmon 
  • when the pasta is almost cooked add the fresh cheese to the salmon and zucchini and maybe add some water from the pasta to create a smooth sauce
  • when the pasta is almost done add it to the sauce, and maybe add some of the pasta water too.