Tag Archive: Italian

Pasta with fave beans

I was fortunate enough to spend some time in Rome. While there, many natives told me about their passion for these large green beans. Somehow I never tried them then, but recently our local cooperative has surprised us with large quantities of fave beans, and I finally had the opportunity to try them and I have become a huge fun as well.

You will need:

500 g fave beans (can be less)

pasta for 4 persons (I used penne)

vegetable stock

vegan cheese, grated

ground pepper

extra virgin olive oil

This is how I make them:

I take the beans out of the pod and then take off the outer shell of the beans. It does take some time, but I find it relaxing. You can watch TV in the meantime if it bores you. Cook the beans in the vegetable stock for 20 minutes. Boil the pasta in the meantime, and when it is ready, mix in the beans, add a tiny bit of extra virgin olive oil, pepper and salt to taste. I like to grate vegan cheese on top. (Cheddar style Cheezely).

Buon appetito!


My favourite pizza recipe

I love watching the pizza dough rise! It is like a miracle for me! But sometimes I just don`t have the time to wait, so I just make this quick dough.

I use

2 cups of wholemeal flour

7 g yeast

1 teaspoon salt

200 ml water (whenever I have, I use water in which I boiled potatoes for salad-it feeds the bacteria in the yeast and makes the dough rise better)

1 tablespoon oil

(you can use a tiny bit of sugar to facilitate the rise as well)

You work the dough for about 10 minutes (it is truly relaxing!), add some more water if needed. Then leave it at a warm place for at least 10 minutes. Then roll it or shape it into pizza bases, top with some tomato sauce, oregano and vegan cheese (I love the cheddar style Cheezly brand) and bake in a preheated hot oven for about 7-15minutes. (I always check after 7 minutes and monitor to see when it is ready).

I learned at the Southern tip of the heel of Italy how to make a simple but very yummy basic sauce. I use this recipe whenever I need a base sauce for pasta, pizza, cannelloni or melanzane alla parmigiana.

I pour about 1 dl oil in a pan, sauté a tiny bit of grated onion in it, then pour 750-1000 ml tomato sauce over it and let it simmer for about 45 minutes.

Simple pasta sauces

Here are some ideas to jazz up the tomato sauce to make some great pasta sauces. You can add

Fresh basil, thyme, origano

Fried Mushrooms

Cooked and drained chick peas