March 7, 2010

Cooking on a rainy day

Ciao everybody! So what do you do on a cloudy, rainy day like today? For starters I try not to look out the window, then I put on some happy music and start cooking something tasty.

For example, why not try this pumpkin and sausage sauce with some fresh pasta? This is a popular sauce among my students. The sweetness of the pumpkin contrasts nicely with the pork sausage, the onions and thyme. It is tasty and guaranteed to get you in a good mood. The pork sausage should be made of only pork, salt and pepper. A very good sausage doesn't need anything else.

Another thing I like to prepare on a rainy cold day is a minestrone where I start off with an Italian soffritto (equal amounts of diced celery, onion and carrots) and then add a mix of chopped vegetables, whatever is in season and on hand: fresh tomatoes, sun-dried tomatoes, potatoes, beans, string beans, pumpkin, a few spinach leaves, peas, zucchini, etc etc.

After about 20 minutes of cooking the minestrone, I add a short pasta or maltagliati and add some leftover Parmigiano crust diced. Cook for the time suggested by the pasta maker or 3 minutes if using fresh maltagliati. Its always a nice surpise to find some melted bits of Parmigiano in your mouth. Yum!

Sometimes I substitute the pasta for some spelt or kamut.

Well now I am going to bake a cake for later, so arrivederci!

Bon Appetito!
Maribel

PS I could have added the recipe for the minestrone but its like making any minestrone. My secret is that the soup is as good as the ingredients you put in it! So make sure you are using fresh and seasonal ingredients which are the tastiest.