Todays' recipe is one of my grandmother's favourite as well as the tastiest pasta ever: Bucatini al forno. It is basically a baked pasta cooked directly into the tomato sauce which thickens and reduce so much that the surface of the pasta gets soaked with it....delicious.
for Christmas I received a basket filled with delicacies from the all over Italy, including Olive Oil from Sicily, a very big slice of Parmigiano Reggiano, a big salami from Felino, Polenta from the Dolomites and, among other types of pasta, a big box of Paccheri Napoletani, so I decided to cook them for my New Year's Eve dinner.
Lentils are a symbol to the Italians. Legend has it that if you eat lentils on New Year's Eve, at midnight, the next year will be happier, you will be lucky and you will get more money than the previous year.
You can actually make risotto with any ingredient you like: cheese, wine, sausage, vegetables, mushrooms and so on. There is basically no food wich cannot be used for making a good risotto, which is is pretty good because all of us are allowed to make our own special risotto regardless if we are omnivore, vegetarian or vegan: risotto is for everyone.
There are several Italian recipes that are pretty popular and available at restaurants all around the globe, even at non Italian places. Gnocchi is certainly one of them.
Among the several recipes I wanted to make once home I picked one which originated in the area of Palermo, although nowadays you find it everywhere in Sicily. It's called Pasta con le Sarde.