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Authentic Recipe for Rosa di Parma

The Italian province of Parma is famed for Parma ham, and also for this flavorful roasted pork recipe known as ‘Rosi di Parma’ locally. This name means it has a prosciutto and parmesan cheese filling. It is often made with beef but goes just as well with pork, which we are using here. Our recipe makes enough to serve 8 people or maybe even 10 if you have several side dishes. We recommend using the best quality Parmigiano-Reggiano and Prosciutto di Parma you can find, to ensure a wonderful and authentic flavor in the finished dish.

Not only this is a very tasty dish but it is also healthy. One serving gives you just 180 calories and 1g carbohydrate, along with 44% of your daily requirement of selenium and 15% of your daily requirement of calcium. Add some flavorful vegetables on the side and you can expect a really tasty meal. Because this is served in slices, it looks impressive, and would be a nice dish to prepare for a dinner party. Offer a selection of antipasti as your appetizer, and then bring out this elegant dish.

You will need a pair of pork tenderloins to make this, each between 1 and 1¼ pounds in weight. Trim off any visible fat then butterfly them. This is easy to do. You will need a sharp chef’s knife. Just cut through to the edge without cutting all the way through, then rotate the pork 180 degrees and repeat. When you open out the 2 flaps you have made, you will end up with a large rectangle of meat. You can then add Parma ham and parmesan cheese and roll it up. The meat is then coated in rosemary, garlic and sage, for an exquisite flavor, before being browned on the stove and then finished off in the oven. Continue reading

Hearty Sausage and 3-Bean Casserole

This hearty casserole features sausages and beans. You can use chorizo-style chipolatas, perhaps pinching and twisting them, and then cutting them in half, so you get smaller pieces. Also in this dish you have 3 types of beans – flageolet, butterbeans and kidney beans. The sauce is made with passata, which is cooked strained tomatoes, as well as balsamic vinegar, brown sugar and dark treacle to add a rich and earthy sweetness, garlic for an aromatic accent, and onion and corn (frozen or canned) to finish it off perfectly.

This is the kind of dish that is lovely served with crusty bread, and you can use the bread to soak up all the lovely juices. It is your choice whether you want to make this one the stove or in the oven. Either way would work. Some people find they cannot get their stovetop burners low enough so rather than risk burning this, you might want to use the oven, and it will take about 30 or 40 minutes to bake in there.

Enjoy this for lunch or dinner. It is hot and hearty, but not only for the winter months. Whenever you are in the mood for Italian food and you want to combine meat, vegetables and aromatic flavors, consider this dish, because it is really nice. It is chunkier and heartier than a soup, but there is plenty of liquid, so serve it in bowls not on plates. The rich caramelized sauce is one of the best things about this wonderful casserole, and you will find the flavors perfectly balanced. Continue reading

Italian Sausage and White Bean Soup

White beans and sausage are the stars of this soup, and this is a rustic, warming and hearty dish. The recipe makes 8 small servings, about 1 cup each, but we prefer a slightly more generous helping, so suggest this amount for 6 people. This works well for lunch or dinner, served with crusty bread, and you will find that kids enjoy this soup as much as the grownups do, and you will love serving this to your little ones because you know it is full of nutrients without all the sugar, salt and chemicals found in most canned soups.

Whether you choose cannellini beans, Great Northern beans, or navy beans, this soup is sure to taste delicious. If you are using dried ones, soak them overnight so you can cook them faster the following day. You might want to puree a cup or 2 of beans to make the texture creamier. An immersion blender is a simple way to do this, or you could use a regular blender or food processor. If you do not want to do this, just leave all the beans whole and the soup will be thinner in consistency.

This is a simple soup to make, as many Italian soups are. You need to sauté the vegetables, garlic and other ingredients, then add the beans and let them cook until tender. Soak them overnight and they will cook faster. If you prefer to use canned beans, these only need to be warmed through, not cooked, so the cooking time will be shorter still. Continue reading

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Christine Szalay-Kudra

Hi I'm Christine, and I am happy you are visiting. Food is a large part of our family's lives, and we love to try new dishes, especially Italian food which offers so much freshness and flavor, whether you are making a classic Italian dish like lasagna or pizza, or experimenting with new appetizers, entrées or desserts from Italy.

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When the weather is cold, a baked pasta dish or juicy pork or veal recipe might be ideal. During the summer months, an Italian salad might be your dish of choice. We have vegetarian recipes, Italian soups, and even tips on how to work with Italian ingredients for the best results, whether you are making lasagna, gnocchi or an Italian casserole


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