Sweet pancetta sauce (Sugo di pancetta dolce)

Sweet pancetta sauce sweet pancetta sauce

As promised, this is a super-fast & easy recipe for a yummy sauce for gnocchi.

Sweet pancetta sauce is a savory pasta condiment that you can cook in 10 min.while you’re waiting for your pasta or gnocchi to be ready.

You can even try to add sweet Italian sausage (pork sausage)instead of pancetta , and the preparation still remain the same.

 ingredients

-2 oz sweet pancetta (italian bacon)

-1 oz butter

-2 tbs olive oil

-1 cup strained tomatoes

-chilly pepper,salt & pepper

 preparation

-cut the pancetta in tiny pieces or grind it

-brown the pancetta in a pan with the olive oil & the butterIMG_0040

-add the strained tomatoes,a pinch of salt & pepper and chilly pepper

-melt everything together and let it cook for 5 min.

-your sauce it’s ready to join your potatoes gnocchi or pastaIMG_0039

-buon appetito!!

Potatoes gnocchi (gnocchi di patate)

Potatoes gnocchi

Potatoes gnocchi

Potatoes gnocchi is a tipical Italian dish and a good substitute for pasta, but how to make perfect and tender potatoes gnocchi? What you need is a minimal amount of flour, too much and the gnocchi will be too dense. The trick, I’ve learned, is to use older potatoes, and to bake them, not boil or steam them, so that they get pretty dried out. Also it helps to put them through a potato ricer for a smoother consistency. Gnocchi are good with practically any kind of  pasta sauce.

ingredients

2 lbs whole baking potatoes

2 beaten egg yolks

1 1/2 cups flour

Pinch of salt

Your favorite sauce (for example,coming soon,a delicious sweet pancetta sauce)

 preparation

Scoop out the potatos from their skins. Pass the potatoes through a potato ricer and into a large bowl. (If you don’t have a potato rice you can mash the potatoes by hand and fluff them up a bit with a fork.) It is best to work with the potatoes when they are still warm.potato-gnocchi-1

Add the flour, egg and a pinch of salt. Mix by hand until you have a nice pliable ball of dough. Do not overmix.IMG_0043

Prepare a work area and dust it with flour. Take the dough, a piece at a time, and roll it out gently with your hands until you have rolls about 3/4 inch in diameter.

Cut the tubes of dough into pieces about one inch long. Using either the tines of a fork or your fingertip, press against a piece of the dough and roll it slightly to form an indentation (good for catching the sauce). As the gnocchi are made, place them on flat baking pan, lightly dusted with flour or lined with wax paper. At this point you can freeze the gnocchi ahead of time. Freeze them first on a floured or lined tray, then once frozen you can put them into a freezer bag for more easy storage. To cook, just put the frozen gnocchi into the simmering water .IMG_0044

Bring at least 6 quarts of salted water to a boil in a shallow saucepan. Gently drop the gnocchi, a few at a time, into the water. As soon as they rise to the surface, remove them with a slotted spoon, draining well.IMG_0038

Put them in a large pan with your favourite pasta sauce and add grated parmisan all over before serving.

Buon appetito!!

Crostata cake

Crostata cakeImmagine

This is one of my mom masterpiece. It’s a yummy and light cake that almost everyone likes and you can personalize it adding your favourite preserve or even Nutella!!My mom used to do Crostata cake with homemade plum preserve…no sugar or pectin , just plums.It was a sweet and tart taste, perfect for this recipe. I want to dedicate this Crostata cake recipe to my little doggy Lilli who passed away on November 25th , after giving to me and to my family 16 years of unconditioned love. Thank you Lilli…you’ll live in my heart forever.

ingredients:

-8oz all porpouse flour

-3oz butter

-3oz sugar

-1 whole egg + 1 yolk

-1 tbs olive oil

-a pinch of salt

-1 tbs yeast

-1 1/2 cup extra plum (or blackberries)preserveIMG_0641

preparation:

-preheat the oven at 360′

-mix the butter(cold)with the sugar with your hands

-add the flour,the eggs,the olive oil,the yeast and a pinch of salt

-mix everything together using your hands until you get an uniform dough

-take 2/3 of the dough and put it on a baking pot

-press and stretch the dough on the baking pot until you get a thin layer that covers all the pot,even the borders

-spread the preserve all over the doug layer

-cut thin strips with the left over dough and put them over the crostata cake to get a gridImmagine 2

-cook the crostata cake in the oven at 360′ for 25 minutes

-Buon Appetito!!!Immagine 1