04/11/12 Tortellini Bolognese

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This week's Italian recipes:
  -Fettuccine Alfredo (Butter and Cream)
  -Spaghetti with Spring Vegetables
  -Tortellini Bolognese

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 Recipe: Fettuccine Alfredo (Butter and Cream)

Fettuccine Alfredo (Butter and Cream)
Fettuccine all'Alfredo


1 pound fettuccine pasta
1/4 cup butter
1 cup whipping cream
Salt and white pepper to taste
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmigiano cheese plus additional for serving


Melt butter in a large skillet. When butter foams, add cream.

Simmer over medium heat about 2 minutes until slightly thickened.

Season with salt and white pepper.

Fill a very large saucepan two-thirds full with salted water.

Bring water to a boil.

Add pasta.

Bring water back to a boil and cook pasta uncovered until 'al dente'.

Drain pastas and place in skillet with cream.

Add 1/4 cup Parmigiano cheese.

Toss pasta and sauce over medium heat until sauce coats pasta, 20 to 30 seconds.

Serve immediately with additional Parmigiano cheese. Makes 4 to 6 servings.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Spaghetti with Spring Vegetables

Spaghetti with Spring Vegetables
Spaghetti Primavera


5 medium tomatoes
1/4 pound small asparagus
1 medium zucchini
1/4 pound small white mushrooms
1 large red or green sweet pepper
5 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 medium onion, thinly sliced
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
3 tablespoons chopped parsley
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 pound spaghetti


Peel, seed and dice tomatoes.

Wash asparagus and cut tips off stalks. Save the stalks for another time.

Wash and dry zucchini and mushrooms thoroughly; cut into thin slices.

Wash pepper and cut into short thin strips.

Heat olive oil in large skillet.

Add pepper strips and saute over medium heat 5 to 6 minutes.

Add onion, zucchini, asparagus tips and mushrooms.

Saute 4 to 5 minutes.

Add diced tomatoes and salt and pepper.

Cook uncovered over medium heat 10 minutes, stirring frequently.

Stir in parsley and garlic.

Taste and adjust for seasoning.

Fill a very large saucepan two-thirds full with salted water.

Bring water to a boil.

Add spaghetti.

Bring water back to a boil and cook spaghetti uncovered until 'al dente', 8 to 10 minutes.

Drain spaghetti and place in a warm deep dish or bowl.

Pour sauce over spaghetti.

Serve immediately. Makes 4 to 6 servings.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Tortellini Bolognese

Tortellini Bolognese
Tortellini col Ragu Bolognese


For the Bolognese Meat Sauce:
1 and 1/2 oz (40 grams) butter
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 carrot, chopped
1 celery stick, chopped
1 onion, chopped
9 oz (250 grams) ground beef
1 tablespoon concentrated tomato puree
Salt and pepper

For the Tortellini:
1 pound fresh tortellini pasta
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmigiano cheese


Prepare the Bolognese Sauce:
Heat the butter and olive oil in a small sauce pan and add the carrot, onion, celery, and ground beef.

Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Mix well and cook over a low heat for just a few minutes until the vegetables have softened and the beef starts to cook and turn brown.

Mix in the tomato puree with a little bit of water to dilute it and add to the sauce pan.

Cover and cook over a very low heat for 1 and 1/2 hours, adding a little hot water if the sauce appears to be turning dry.

Prepare the Tortellini:
Fill a very large saucepan two-thirds full with salted water.

Bring water to a boil.

Add tortellini.

Bring water back to a boil and cook tortellini uncovered until 'al dente'.

Drain tortellini and place in a warm deep dish or bowl.

Add 2 cups of the bolognese sauce and toss gently until mixed.

Serve immediately with Parmigiano cheese. Makes 5 to 6 servings.

That's it!

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"Only In Italy" is a daily news column that translates & reports on funny but true news items from legitimate Italian news resources in Italy. Each story is slapped with our wild, often ironic, and sometimes rather opinionated comments. And now, for your reading pleasure, a sample of today's edition:

No Casualties and Rioting Despite USA Soccer Win Over Italy

Rome - February 29, 2012 - The USA soccer team shocked Italy on Wednesday as Clint Dempsey's second-half goal gave the Americans their first ever victory over Italy's Azzurri in 11 meetings.

Dempsey became only the fourth American to score against Italy when he fired past Gianluigi Buffon in the 55th minute, and the US clung on for a memorable win in the friendly international.

It is Jurgen Klinsmann's fifth victory in 10 games as US coach and will also serve as personal revenge for the former Germany great after losing the 2006 World Cup semi-final to eventual champions Italy when in charge of the German national team.

Italy almost snatched a draw in stoppage-time when Riccardo Montolivo's effort flashed past the right upright. It is the Azzurri's first defeat in Genoa since 1924.

On behalf of Italy and the Italians we would like to sincerely thank the Americans for behaving in a refined and gentlemanlike manner over this historic win, even though you had much of a chance of winning as Elvis did.

"Si", soccer is a popular activity...but this does not mean it has any value. As far as we're concerned, this activity doesn't affect us one iota! It doesn't interfere with our lives in the least.

And its fans are the most irrational people in the universe. A stupid goal is scored and the first instinct that comes to the minds of jackass fans? Let's trample each other! "Vaffanculo!"

Much to our surprise, Italy had woken up the morning after the loss to find a peaceful and bloodless atmosphere. No livestock stampeding down the highways and the Tower of Pisa was not turned upside-down and stuck into the ground.

Personally, we think the USA win took our fans by surprise and they were too shell-shocked to violently react. Regardless, for those of you who did not understand the shenanigans that were going on at the game in Genoa let us enlighten you:

When Italian fans cheer...it has NO purpose. They successfully pushed the USA team's offense to call timeouts, use up the play clock, screw up audibles and cause penalties. They sang incoherent songs (which all sound the same) regardless of the outcome. Their cheering did not celebrate performance. It did not serve to intimidate. It has NO purpose.

Soccer has NO purpose.

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