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Cauliflower & Broccoli Pasta

Adapted from Chez Panisse Vegetables

Ingredients:

Preparation:

Boil a large pot of salted water.   Saute the cauliflower and broccoli in olive oil in a large saute pan.  When the cauliflower begins to soften, season with salt and pepper and add the onion.   Saute over medium high heat until the vegetables are brown and tender.   The cauliflower and broccoli should still be slightly crunchy and should not look steamed.  Add the garlic and rosemary and remove from the heat, tossing and stirring so the garlic doesn’t burn; if it starts to brown, add a splash of water.  Add the chili oil, vinegar and the pine nuts.  Taste and correct the seasoning for salt, chili oil and vinegar.  When the pasta is done, drain and add to the cauliflower, adding enough extra-virgin olive oil to coat the pasta thoroughly, then add the parsley and cheese, toss together and serve.

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Fried Ravioli

Ingredients:

Preparation:

Heat oil 300F in a fryer or deep-sided pot. Beat the eggs with the olive oil; season with salt and pepper.  Dip each ravioli into the egg mixture and then coat with bread crumbs.  Fry 5 to 7 ravioli at a time, leaving plenty of room for the ravioli in the pot.  Drain the ravioli on paper towels. Serve with the tomato sauce (heated if you like).

Linguini Aragosta Fra Diavolo (Spicy Lobster) – Feast of the Seven Fishes

Ingredients:

  • The meat from 2 (approximately 2 pound) Lobsters
  • 1/4 C  Lucini Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 TB    Garlic (minced)
  • 1/2 tsp Hot Pepper flakes
  • 1/2 C  White Wine (dry)
  • 2 C  Lucini Organic Plum Tomatoes
  • 4      Anchovies  (chopped coarsely)
  • 2 tsp Oregano (dried)
  • 2 TB  Salt
  • 1 LB   Linguini (or Fettucini, Spaghetti, etc.)
  • 3 TB   Italian (flat-leaf) Parsley (chopped coarsely)
  • Black Pepper (fresh, ground)

Preparation:

Place a large Dutch oven over medium heat, and when it is hot, add the olive oil.  Add the garlic and stir until golden, about 2 minutes.  Add the hot pepper and lobster meat and cook, stirring, for 5 minutes.

Add the wine and tomatoes to the pot and bring to a simmer.  Add the anchovies and oregano and stir well.  Transfer the pot to the oven and cook until the sauce has thickened, 6 to 7 minutes.  Remove from the oven.

While the sauce is cooking, fill a 10-quart stockpot to half with water and bring to a boil over high heat.  Add the salt.  Add the pasta, stir, and cook until al dente.

Drain the pasta, reserving 1/2 cup of the pasta cooking water, and add the pasta to the pot of sauce.

Add the lobster meat and parsley to the sauce and simmer for 2 minutes. If the pasta looks dry, add the reserved cooking water 1 tablespoon at a time, tossing to combine between additions.  Season with salt, pepper and hot pepper flakes (or Lucini Chili-Infused Extra Virgin Olive Oil).

Ravioli with Fig Balsamic Reduction, Pumpkin Seeds and Brown Butter

Ingredients:

  • 16-24 oz  Ravioli (homemade or purchased, best with cheese or vegetarian ravioli)
  • 6 TB          Butter (unsalted, high quality)
  • 3 TB          Lucini Fig Infused Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp    Salt
  • 1/4 tsp    Black Pepper (fresh, ground)
  • 1/3 C        Pumpkin Seeds (roasted – pine nuts, walnuts and even pecans work well)
  • 1/4 C        Lucini Parmigiano Reggiano (fresh, grated)

Preparation:

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat.  Add the ravioli and cook 4 to 5 minutes, until tender but still firm, stirring occasionally.  Drain ravioli onto a large serving platter.

Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan cook the butter over medium heat, stirring occasionally. When the foam subsides, and the butter begins to turn a golden brown, about 3 minutes, turn off the heat and allow to cool for about 1 minute.  Stir in the salt and pepper.

Reduce the fig balsamic in a skillet over medium heat.  Do not let the balsamic bubble wildly, as it will reduce too quickly and lose its liquidity.  Remove when it thickens by half.

Transfer the ravioli to the pan saucepan with the brown butter, sprinkle with the pumpkin seeds and Parmesan and toss.  Add to serving bowls, then finish with the reduced fig balsamic.

Couscous with Dried Fruit

Similar to rice, couscous is as versatile as the dish it is served with or can be easily spiced to suit any recipe.  This couscous recipe makes a great side dish for chicken and fish dishes and also works well as a base for vegetarian stews and other entrees.  I use a wide variety of dried fruits, including: raisins, cranberries, apricots, prunes and figs.

Couscous is a great source of protein, fiber, niacin, selenium, and B vitamins.  It is made by rolling and shaping moistened semolina wheat and then coating it with finely ground wheat flour.  Once coated, the wheat is formed into small finished pellets of couscous and sieved.

Ingredients:

Preparation:

Bring the stock to a boil in a small saucepan.  Add the dried fruit and couscous.  Cover the pan tightly with a lid, remove from the heat, and allow to sit for 5 minutes.  Add the olive oil and vinegar and stir well with a fork – couscous should be light and fluffy, not gummy.  Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

Pasta Salad

This simple pasta recipe is great as a side dish for meals at home or a certain hit when you bring it to BBQs and picnics, a nice variation to traditional macaroni salad.  The Lucini olive oil and artisinal vinaigrette are a healthier alternative to the usual mayonnaise-based dressings and add a lot more flavor to the dish.  Just about any fresh vegetable works well here, so add or substitute your favorites.  I find using about 1.5 – 2 cups of fresh veggies per pound of pasta works best.    I have added pesto, sun-dried tomatoes, broccoli, onions, pineapple, roasted peppers, finely diced carrots and celery, eggs, cooked mushrooms, corn, leftover greens and even cubed turkey, ham and Spam in the past.

Ingredients:

Use any vegetables you like

Use any vegetables you like

Preparation:

Cook pasta according to directions until al dente.

Drain pasta well and coat with salt, pepper, olive oil and cucumber vinaigrette until well distributed.  Add vegetables and stir well.  Refrgerate for at least 1 hour (I find overnight is best).  Bring salad up to room temperature, top with grated parmesan and serve.

Pesto

Why flax seeds?  I have been reading a lot about omega 3 lately and trying to work it into my diet more often (rather than relying solely on supplements).  One of the best sources of omega 3 is ground flax seeds and thinking about the groundness of the seeds led me to pesto – the root of the word is the same as pestle and both derive from the Latinpestâ” (to pound or crush).  It seems that many people have negative connotations for flax seeds – that the texture is weird or flavor will be unpleasant.  But, i’ve tested this recipe on some discerning palates and everyone thought that the nuts used were either 100% walnuts or a mixture of walnuts and pine nuts.  Be sure to taste before and after adding the salt – I usually avoid salt in pesto recipes, but because the Lucini Stravecchio Parmigiano Reggiano is so rich and flavorful and has less of a salty profile than generic Parmigiano Reggiano, I do add salt to this preparation.  As always find it better to start with a little less – you can add more, but if you start with too much, fixing the taste is difficult.

pesto

Ingredients:

Preparation:

Grind the flax seeds.  Combine the garlic, flax seeds, walnuts and salt in a food processor (or a mortar and pestle, for a more ‘authentic’ consistency) and blend until the mixture forms a paste.  Slowly drizzle in the olive oil, blending slowly.  Add the Parmigiano 1 tablespoon at a time, blending for short beats until the mixture forms a thick paste.  The pesto can be put in a container, topped with a thin layer of extra-virgin olive oil and then stored for several weeks in the refrigerator.  Without this preservation layer, the pesto discolors very quickly and the garlic flavor will turn bitter in a matter of days.