03/19/13 Fettuccine with Shrimp

"Affogare in un bicchier d'acqua." (Some people are able to get drowned in a glass of water. Some people are not able to find solutions to easy problems.) Welcome to another recipe edition from Adriana's Italian Bakery!

This week's Italian recipes:
  -Spinach with Olive Oil and Lemon
  -Borlotti Bean and Pasta Soup
  -Fettuccine with Shrimp

"Buon Giorno a tutti di nuovo." Thank you for reading your new Italian recipes. I look forward to connecting further in the coming days with another couple of recipe back issues. So...enjoy today's recipes!

Arrivederci and grazie again!

Yours Truly,              
Adriana Ciccarello       

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 Recipe: Spinach with Olive Oil and Lemon

Spinach with Olive Oil and Lemon
Spinaci con Olio d'Oliva e Limone


12 ounces fresh baby spinach
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
Juice of 1/4 lemon


Add spinach to boiling water.

Cook 1 minute.

Drain and wring out.

Toss with olive oil and salt.

Add lemon juice.

Toss again. Makes 4 servings.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Borlotti Bean and Pasta Soup

Borlotti Bean and Pasta Soup
Zuppa di Fagioli Borlotti e Pasta


1 onion, chopped
1 celery stick, chopped
2 carrots, chopped
5 tbsp (75 ml) extra virgin olive oil
1 bay leaf
1 glass white wine
1 and 3/4 pints (4 cups) (1 liter) vegetable stock
14 oz (400 grams) can chopped tomatoes
1/2 pint (1 and 1/4 cups) (300 ml) tomato passata (bottled strained tomatoes)
6 oz (1 and 1/2 cups) (175 grams) dried pasta shapes, such as farfalle or conchiglie
14 oz (400 grams) can borlotti beans, drained
9 oz (250 grams) spinach, washed and drained
Salt and ground black pepper
Parmigiano cheese, to serve


Place the chopped onion, celery, and carrots in a large pan with the olive oil.

Cook over a medium heat for about 5 minutes or until the vegetables soften, stirring occasionally.

Add the bay leaf, wine, vegetable stock, tomatoes, and tomato passata, and bring to the boil.

Lower the heat and simmer for 10 minutes until the vegetables are just tender.

Add the pasta and beans.

Bring the soup back to a boil, then simmer for 8 minutes until the pasta is 'al dente'. Stir frequently to prevent the pasta from sticking.

Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Remove any thick stalks from the spinach and add the leaves to the mixture.

Cook for a further 2 minutes.

Serve in heated soup bowls sprinkled with the freshly grated Parmigiano cheese. Serves 4.

Note: Other beans such as cannellini beans, haricot beans or chickpeas, are equally good in this soup.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Fettuccine with Shrimp

Fettuccine with Shrimp
Fettuccine con Gamberetti


1 pound large shrimp, shelled and deveined
1 cup sliced mushrooms
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
2 medium tomatoes, seeded and chopped
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup dry white wine
1 teaspoon instant chicken bouillon, crumbled
1 teaspoon cornstarch
1 teaspoon 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped
Vegetable oil cooking spray
1/4 cup grated Parmigiano cheese
8 ounces fettuccine pasta, cooked 'al dente'


Coat a large skillet with cooking spray.

Heat olive oil over medium-high heat.

Add mushrooms, onion and garlic, stirring, until onion is tender, 2 to 3 minutes.

Combine 1/4 cup water with wine, basil, bouillon, cornstarch and oregano in a bowl.

Add tomatoes and shrimp to skillet.

Cook until shrimp begins to turn pink, 1 to 2 minutes.

Reduce heat to low.

Stir in wine mixture.

Cover and simmer until shrimp is cooked through, 2 to 3 minutes more.

Stir in parsley, cheese and pasta.

Divide among 4 plates.

Serve immediately. Makes 4 servings.

That's it!

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 Only In Italy!

"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:

Yes, A Crime Boss Is Buried In That Vatican Church

Rome - May 14, 2012 - Enrico De Pedis, the leader of a murderous gang known as the 'Banda della Magliana', was gunned down aged just 38, by members of his own crew.

Detectives investigating the disappearance of Emanuela Orlandi, 15, in 1983, believe De Pedis is linked to her kidnapping. The body of the Vatican employee?s daughter has never been found.

Last month the diocese of Rome, on orders from the Vatican, granted investigators permission to open up the tomb in the Sant?Apollinare basilica close to Piazza Navona in the centre of Rome. Their decision was the result of an anonymous call to a missing person?s program on Italian television which said the riddle of Orlandi?s kidnapping would be solved "if De Pedis tomb was opened".

De Pedis, whose name on the 15,000 Euro ($19,100 USD) tomb is spelt in diamonds, was gunned down in 1990 in Campo De Fiori. Officials said that De Pedis body was "well preserved" and that he was recognized by detectives present. He was still dressed in a dark blue suit and black tie.

His body was inside the last of three coffins and the forensic team lifted his arm out of the casket to take fingerprints, which were a positive match.

But another mystery was revealed as a box of bones was found inside the tomb which officials said were "not those of De Pedis" and were removed for examination.

Officials said that several boxes of bones were also recovered from elsewhere within the crypt which they explained could date from 200 or more years ago.

Despite his criminal past, it was said that church officials allowed De Pedis to be buried in one of the capital?s most notable churches because he had "repented while in jail and also done a lot of work for charity", including large donations to the Catholic Church.

He and his gang controlled the lucrative drug market in Rome and were also rumored to have a "free hand" because of their links with police and Italian secret service agents.

In 2008 Sabrina Minardi, De Pedis?s girlfriend at the time of Orlandi?s disappearance, sensationally claimed that the now dead American monsignor Paul Marcinkus, the controversial chief of the Vatican bank, was behind the kidnapping.

In the early 1980s, Monsignor Marcinkus used his status to avoid being questioned by police probing the collapse of a Banco Ambrosiano which the Vatican had invested heavily in.

The collapse was linked to the murder of Roberto Calvi, dubbed God?s Banker because of the Vatican links, whose body was found hanging under Blackfriars Bridge in London in June 1982.

Emanuela Orlandi?s brother Pietro, who in the past has accused the Vatican of not co-operating fully with the police and prosecutors, was at the scene and said: "I never expected my sister?s remains to be found in the coffin. Personally I also doubt that the Magliana gang had anything to do with my sister?s disappearance. I just hope that with the opening of the tomb there is transparency and collaboration between the investigating authorities and the Vatican."

How unbelievable! How stupid! This situation is a slap in the faces of Catholics all over the Italian planet.

For those of you who are curious the Sant'Apollinare is a peculiar church located outside the walls of that Vatican. Peculiar because it's used primarily by members of the ultra-conservative 'Opus Dei' prelature for special masses for student priests and for celebrations of marriage and baptism of those affiliated with this loony sect.

In other words, it's an exclusive religious cult where its members worship their own big heads. "'Fanculo", there! I said it!

Why a known-mobster is buried in a Vatican church has been the object of lots of speculation since 1997, when a little church maid revealed the tomb?s existence to a nosy journalist. Unfortunately, we don't know how it ended for the maid, but when the story broke out, we sincerely hope she jumped on the first rowboat for New Zealand.

Now, we can't keep track of all the holy shenanigans of that Vatican. Life is too short...but our readers want satisfaction! Therefore, we demand to know what does it take to be buried in a Vatican Church!

Don't living survivors of Catholic Schools deserve such an honor?

- Did you march off to school in distinctively colored school uniforms bought at that special store?

- Ever raise your little hand to go to the bathroom only to have a toilet Nazi (aka nun) respond, "Sit down and shut up"?

- Ever have a bat from hell in a black and white uniform swoop down on you and drag you by the EARS from one line to another? Let me guess, it's still a mystery to you to how you wound up on the wrong line.

- Were you ever interrogated at 11 years of age by other toilet Nazis or bats on what you were giving up for Lent? Let me guess again, candy and TV were not enough. It's somehow connected to some theory on being sorry for sins and Easter.


- And then Ash Wednesday came along and threw you for a loop!

Enough of this! "Affanculo" to all!


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