Creamy pasta with mushrooms and pancetta

Mushrooms and pancetta are just meant to be together! I love the combination of these flavours and it is such an easy recipe to make with pasta!

Ingredients:

  • Mushrooms, 250g
  • Pancetta, 4 slices
  • Cream, 150 g
  • Pasta (mezze maniche or rigatoni) 320g
  • White onion, 1
  • Butter, 1 tablespoon

Recipe:

  1. Peel the onion and cut it finely
  2. Melt the butter in a pan
  3. Add the onion and leave it to cook until softened but not golden
  4. Wash the mushrooms, cut in slices and add them to the pan
  5. Add some water to the pan
  6. Cut the pancetta in squares
  7. Put the pancetta in a separate Pan and Cook it in its own fat
  8. Cook the pasta
  9. Mix the pasta with the mushrooms
  10. Add the cream
  11. Add the pancetta on top

Enjoy!!

Beef stroganoff

This is one of my favourite recipes, it combines so many flavours and the result is amazing! I know this is not the traditional recipe, but this the version I created after hundreds of attempts and I love it 🙂

Ingredients:

  • Diced beef, 450g
  • Chestnut mushrooms, 300g
  • Creme fraiche 120 ml
  • Sour cream 120 ml
  • Paprika a table spoon
  • Beef stock 120 ml
  • White onion, 1
  • Marsala wine, half a glass
  • Oil, one tablespoon
  • Butter, one tablespoon
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Parsley

Recipe:

  1. Cut the onion finely
  2. Put the oil and the butter in a pan and heat it
  3. Add the onions
  4. Add just a little bit of water, so that the onions become soft and clear
  5. Wash and chop the the mushrooms
  6. Add the mushrooms to the pan
  7. Let the mushrooms and onions cook for 5-6 minutes
  8. Add salt and pepper
  9. Take the vegetables off the pan
  10. Boil the beef stock
  11. Put the beef in the pan and let it brown on all sides, for just a few minutes
  12. Add the marsala and let it evaporates
  13. Add the beef stock
  14. Add the mushrooms and let everything cook for 5 minutes
  15. Add salt and pepper if needed
  16. Turn the heat off and add the creme fraiche and sour cream
  17. Add some parsley

I always have it with rice, but I think potatoes are acceptable too

Done!!! Love it 🙂

Avocado toast

Who doesn’t love avocado toast? It is quick, delicious, and you can create so many versions of it! This is my favourite:

Ingredients:

  • Chestnut mushrooms, 10
  • Avocado, 1
  • Rye bread, 2 slices
  • Lemon juice just a little bit
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Chilli flakes
  • Garlic flakes

Recipe:

  1. Clean the mushrooms and cut them in slices
  2. Put some oil on a tray
  3. Add the mushroom slices
  4. Add salt and pepper
  5. Put the tray in the oven set on grill, medium temperature, for 10 minutes
  6. Grill the rye bread as well
  7. Open the avocado and empty it with a spoon
  8. Put the avocado in a dish and mash it with a fork
  9. Add some lemon juice, salt and pepper
  10. Take the rye bread and the mushrooms an let them cool
  11. Spread the avocado on the rye bread
  12. Add the mushrooms
  13. Add some more salt and pepper
  14. Add the chilli flakes
  15. Add the garlic flakes

Enjoy your brunch!!!

Beef stew with vegetables

Winter for me is slow cooking, lots of vegetables and a warm, nice stew!

This recipe takes quite a long time but it is absolutely manageable, you only need to stir it from time to time. I always make it when the weather is not great and I want to spend some time at home 🙂

Ingredients:

  • Diced beef, 400g
  • Frozen peas, 200g
  • Carrot, 1
  • Celery, 1 stick
  • Mushrooms, 200g
  • White onion, 1
  • Oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • White wine, 40ml
  • Vegetable stock 500ml

Recipe:

  1. Cut the onion, carrot, celery very finely
  2. Boil the vegetable stock
  3. Heat the oil and add the meat
  4. Leave the meat a couple of minutes, turn it all the time until all sides are brown
  5. Add the wine and keep stirring until it evaporates
  6. Add the vegetables you cut in step 1
  7. Leave them to cook for 5 minutes
  8. Add the vegetable stock
  9. Add salt and pepper as you like
  10. Leave everything to cook for at least 2 hours at a low temperature
  11. Cut the mushrooms
  12. Add the peas and mushrooms to the stew
  13. Leave it to cook for another hour
  14. When the beef is very very tender, you can turn the heat off.

Your stew is ready!

My mushroom risotto

I lost count of how many times I made mushroom risotto, it is my favourite dish and I did so many experiments before reaching the absolute perfection!

My recipe is slightly different from the authentic Italian version, but I will make some notes in my steps to let you know what the proper recipe says, so that you can make your decision (spoiler alert: my version is spot on, I absolutely LOVE IT).

Ingredients for 5 people:

  • Mushrooms
    • My version: Portobello mushrooms 150g Chestnut mushrooms 150g, Woodland mushrooms 150g
    • Authentic recipe: porcini mushrooms 450g
  • One small white onion
  • White wine 1/2 glass
  • Arborio rice 400g
  • Parmesan
  • Butter
  • Olive oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Vegetable stock 1litre

Additional, for my version:

  • Double cream
  • Rosemary

Recipe:

  1. Wash the mushrooms
  2. Put the vegetable stock to boil
  3. Chop the onion very finely
  4. Put the onion in a pan with oil (2-3 tablespoons) and butter (1-2 tablespoons)
  5. Cut the mushrooms
  6. When the onion becomes clear (not goldened) add the rice
  7. Add the wine and stir until it evaporates
  8. Start putting some vegetable stock with a cooking spoon. Dont “drown” the rice, add some stock any time it evaporates.
  9. Add the mushrooms
  10. Keep adding the stock until the rice is ready
  11. When it is almost done, add one tablespoon of butter and grated parmesan, as much as you like
  12. Add salt and pepper as you like

The authentic Italian recipes is completed, but for extra taste you can add these two steps:

13. Add some rosemary, 1 or 2 tablespoons as you like

14. When the rice is ready, turn the heat off and add 2-3 tablespoons of cream, even more if you prefer your risotto very very creamy!

I really hope you love it as much as I do!!!