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"Chi troppo vuole, nulla stringe." (He who wants too much doesn't catch anything.) Welcome to another recipe edition from Adriana's Italian Bakery!

This week's Italian recipes:
  -Roast Pork and Escarole Soup with Pasta
  -Meatballs with Parmigiano
  -Penne with Mushroom Pesto

All of us at the bakery here at Santo Stefano Quisquina sincerely hope you enjoy your recipes!

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 Recipe: Roast Pork and Escarole Soup with Pasta

Roast Pork and Escarole Soup with Pasta
Zuppa con Arrosto di Maiale, Scarola e Pasta


1 and 1/2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
3 garlic cloves, minced
6 cups chicken broth
1 tablespoon fresh oregano or 1 teaspoon dried
1/2 cup tubetti or small elbow macaroni
3 cups (packed) thinly sliced escarole
1 and 1/2 cups sliced cooked pork, or prosciutto (about 6 ounces), cut into strips
8 tablespoons freshly grated Parmigiano cheese (about 2 ounces)


Heat olive oil in heavy medium saucepan over medium-low heat.

Add garlic and stir until beginning to color, about 2 minutes.

Add broth and oregano.

Increase heat to high and bring mixture to boil.

Add pasta and cook 4 minutes.

Add escarole and cook until pasta is tender, about 5 minutes longer.

Add pork and 3 tablespoons Parmigiano and simmer mixture 1 minute.

Ladle soup into deep bowls.

Sprinkle with remaining 5 tablespoons Parmigiano and serve. Serves 2; Can be doubled.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Penne with Mushroom Pesto

Penne with Mushroom Pesto
Penne con Pesto di Funghi


4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
One 10-ounce package fresh white mushrooms, chopped fine (preferably in a food processor)
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon medium-dry Sherry (if desired)
1 garlic clove, minced and mashed to a paste with 1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup pine nuts
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmigiano cheese
1/2 cup packed fresh parsley leaves, washed well and spun dry

1 lb Penne rigate (ridged Penne) or other tubular pasta


In a 6-quart kettle bring 5 quarts salted water to a boil for pasta.

Prepare the pesto:
In a 10 to 12-inch non-stick skillet heat 1 tablespoon olive oil over moderately high heat until hot but not smoking and saute mushrooms with Worcestershire sauce, Sherry, and salt and pepper to taste, stirring, until liquid mushrooms give off is evaporated and mushrooms begin to brown, about 10 minutes.

In a food processor puree mushroom mixture with garlic, pine nuts, Parmigiano cheese, and remaining 3 tablespoons olive oil.

Add parsley and blend until parsley is chopped fine. Pesto keeps, surface covered with plastic wrap, chilled, 1 week.

Prepare the pasta:
Cook pasta in boiling water until 'al dente'.

Reserve 1 cup cooking water and drain pasta.

In a large bowl whisk together pesto and 2/3 cup reserved hot cooking water.

Add pasta and toss well, thinning pesto, if necessary, with remaining reserved cooking water. Serves 6.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Meatballs with Parmigiano

Meatballs with Parmigiano
Polpette di Carne con Parmigiano


4 large eggs
1/2 cup fresh French breadcrumbs
6 tablespoons grated Parmigiano cheese
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
3 large garlic cloves, minced
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 lbs lean ground beef
Additional olive oil (for frying)


Stir eggs, breadcrumbs, Parmigiano cheese, 3 tablespoons olive oil, parsley, garlic, 2 teaspoons salt and pepper in large bowl to blend.

Add ground beef and mix thoroughly.

Form mixture into 1 and 1/2-inch diameter meatballs.

Pour enough olive oil into heavy large skillet to coat bottom; heat over medium-low heat.

Working in batches, add meatballs and fry until brown and cooked through, turning frequently and adding more olive oil as needed, about 15 minutes per batch.

Transfer to plate. Makes about 44.

That's it!

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 Only In Italy!

"Only In Italy" is a daily news column that translates and 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:

Home Inherited By Family Murderer

Parma - October 17, 2008 - A man who confessed to murdering his parents has inherited their home, the one in which he shot them dead.

Ferdinando Carretta, who was released from a mental hospital two years ago, reached an out-of-court settlement on Wednesday with his aunts, who had contested his ownership of the property.

"Seeing as how the flat is rented, I'll take the rent," he told newspapers. "Then, it's likely that I'll sell it." Under the terms of the settlement Carretta will inherit the property, valued at 310,000 Euros (393,000 USD), and some 40,000 Euros in cash.

Carretta was arrested in 1998 in London following a routine traffic check nine years after the killings in his home town of Parma. Soon afterwards he confessed to murdering his parents and his brother in a television interview.

He said he had long hated his father, an accountant, and murdered his mother because she was a witness. He then shot his brother because he was convinced he would turn against him. All three bodies have never been found.

Several of the details Carretta provided during the interview, and later to police and prosecutors, failed to square with the known facts or were highly improbable.

However in 1999 he was acquitted on the grounds of not being in his right mind at the time of the offence, and the court ordered that he be sent to a secure psychiatric institution.

He told the newspaper he now wanted a secure job and a steady girlfriend.

"Ahhh", sit back and relax folks; the Italian judicial system hard at work creating the perfect civil environment.

Whoever says crime doesn't pay should have an espresso and a little chat with Ferdinando.

"Ferdinando Carretta...reached an out-of-court settlement on Wednesday with his aunts, who had contested his ownership of the property." "Cornuto", who needs the aggravation? They could have fought for the property and risked being buried in the yard. Did the out-of-court settlement include a stop to the family reunion invitations?

"Seeing as how the flat is rented, I'll take the rent." That's a house where parties are out of the question and the tenants make extra-sure the rent is promptly paid on the first of the month.

"He told the newspaper he now wanted a secure job and a steady girlfriend." Oh, ladies, he's available.

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