Pasta & FazulBy Alyssa SaltzmanPasta & Fazul, meaning "pasta and beans", is a traditional Italian dish. Like many other Italian favorites, including pizza and polenta, the dish started as a peasant dish, being composed of inexpensive ingredients.Umbrian Potato SoupBy Alyssa SaltzmanA great warm vegetable soup for a cold winters day. Ribollita (Tuscan Cabbage and Bean Soup)By Alyssa SaltzmanRibollita is a Tuscan poor mans soup made throughout the countryside in winters with whatever is leftover in the fridge.Mussel SoupBy Alyssa SaltzmanMussels are very widely used in Italy, this soup is perfect as an appetizer or on a cold dayEgg Leek SoupBy Alyssa Saltzman"When we were children, we used to visit the farmers that managed our land. The wife, Anna, was a wonderful cook and always prepared special dishes for us. This particular one is one of my fondest memories of winter meals on the farm. Now is it one of those things I make when I really want something quick, warm and light."
- PaolaCioppinoBy Alyssa SaltzmanPina uses only white fish and no shellfish. The preparation for white fish only is described in the instructions. If you decide to use shellfish, please follow the cleaning and cooking time of each fish. In class, the fish was served on one large platter with the broth on the side, which was a nice presentation, family style.Chestnut and Garbanzo Bean SoupBy Alyssa SaltzmanCastelluccio Lentil SoupBy Alyssa SaltzmanCastelluccio, although a tiny village, is well known in Italy for its lentils, in fact, we visited this town specifically for its lentils on our Norcia tour.Lesso (Bollito)By Alyssa SaltzmanWhen one thinks of "Comfort Food" in Central and Northern Italy, "Lesso" (also known as Bollito) is high on the list. It is warm, light, and incredibly healthy. It could be best compared in terms of comfort to how we see chicken soup -- Not feeling well? Have some Lesso. Want to keep it light? Have some Lesso. But it is Italian, so it can be so much more. It can be light and healthy, or rich and delicious... it all depends on how you serve it.