Paccheri con zucca, gamberi e pinoli – pumpkin, prawn and pine nut paccheri

Paccheri con zucca, gamberi e pinoli
Hearts on top of pasta? Oh yeah.

I have been meaning to post about paccheri con zucca, gamberi e pinoli for a very long time, but for one (happy) reason or another, I had to put it off.

It’s been a few busy and exciting weeks what with meeting Super Tim, George’s stem cell donor, Continue reading

Pasta all’ortolana – summer vegetable pasta

Pasta all'ortolana
Light but very tasty
Pasta all’ortolana is definitely among my favourite summer pasta dishes. In a season during which vegetables such as aubergines, courgettes and peppers are at their best Continue reading

Spaghetti con le vongole – spaghetti with clams

Spaghetti con vongole
They all fall in love with me…

Hold your breath…and…ta da! It is about time to introduce what is both a staple and one of the signature dishes of Neapolitan cuisine: the wonderful and unique and amazing Continue reading

Pesto genovese – classic basil pesto

Dish of pasta seasoned with pesto genovese
I am green and cooler than a cucumber.

I know, I know. No need to say: “But… but pesto genovese is from Genoa!” And no, by posting this recipe on Coochinando I’m not claiming it is a southern Italian recipe. But I do not recollect a day of my life in Naples when Continue reading

Timballo di pasta con melanzane – pasta and aubergine timbale

Timballo di pasta con melanzane
I was born to impress and delight.

Timballo di pasta con melanzane? Why? Well. When I think of aubergines, I think of George. Since the beginning of our relationship I have made sure he would try the most delicious dishes my mum had made for me for pretty much my entire life. So I once Continue reading

Pasta con crema di peperoni – pasta with cream of peppers

Dish of pasta con crema di peperoni
I am perfect for spring. I will delight you.

Say peperoni, in whatever shape and form, and you will see hearts showing up in my eyes, just like the emoticons you have on your smartphone or the ones you see in cartoons. Seriously.  So you can understand why I just could not Continue reading

Pasta e fagioli – thick pasta and bean soup

Pasta e fagioli served on aplate sprinkled with pepper and parsely
Creamy and tasty: that’s amore!
When the stars make you drool just like pasta fazool, that’s amore♥… Scusami, but you see, back in old Napoli, that’s amore!♫ ♥ Pasta e fagioli and romance…? Who would have thought, eh? 😛

I could not resist. What better introduction to pasta e fagioli than this legendary song? Who hasn’t sung it in the kitchen, dancing along in the arms of your partner, or dog/cat/rabbit? As cheesy as it might be, any time this song is on the radio and we happen to be in the kitchen, my husband and I Continue reading

Ragù alla genovese – onion and beef ragu

Dish of ragu' alla genovese.
I am the queen in Naples. Forget the rest
Forget about that amazing ragù alla napoletana I used to make lasagne napoletane. You see, ragù alla genovese is on another scale: it is truly the most iconic pasta sauce in Naples – yet Continue reading

Migliaccio salato – spaghetti, semolina and ricotta timballo

Slice of migliaccio salato straoght out of the oven.
You have never seen something like me. I am unique and I come from Pozzuoli

I have a feeling migliaccio salato, or tatiello, might ring a bell for some of you loyal readers of Coochinando. Please meet the savoury sibling of migliaccio di carnevale! If you think that migliaccio di carnevale looked awesome, then  Continue reading

Lasagne bianche – white lasagne

Slice of white lasagne or lasagne bianche on a plate
I am a white lasagne, hope that is okay with you

There is often, but not always, a reason why I share a certain recipe at a given moment: it might be linked to an Italian festivity, as with migliaccio di Carnevale, or to an event. White lasagne is definitely linked to the latter… and an exciting one!

Yesterday I played chef Continue reading