04/24/12 Meatball Soup

"Confidenza toglie riverenza." (Familiarity breeds contempt.) Welcome to another recipe edition from Adriana's Italian Bakery!

This week's Italian recipes:
  -Green Beans with Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  -Meatball Soup
  -Fettuccine with Kale and Sausage

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 Recipe: Green Beans with Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Green Beans with Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Fagiolini con Olio di Oliva Extra Vergine


1 lb green beans, trimmed
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
Coarse sea salt


Cook beans in a 6-quart pot of boiling salted water, uncovered, until just tender, 4 to 6 minutes.

Drain in a colander, then transfer to a large bowl and toss with olive oil, sea salt, and pepper to taste. Makes 4 servings.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Meatball Soup

Meatball Soup
Zuppa di Polpette


1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 cup frozen chopped onions (about 6 ounces)
4 garlic cloves, chopped
1 celery rib, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced crosswise
2 carrots, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced crosswise
5 and 1/4 cups chicken broth (42 fl ounces)
2 and 1/2 cups water
20 refrigerated precooked meatballs (15 to 20 ounces)
Two (14-ounce) cans small white beans, drained and rinsed
One (5 to 6-ounces) bag baby spinach, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
3/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste
1/4 teaspoon black pepper


Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a 5 to 6-quart pot over high heat until hot but not smoking.

Cook onions, garlic, celery, and carrots, stirring occasionally, until onions are pale golden, about 4 minutes.

Stir in broth and water and bring to a boil, covered.

Heat remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil in a 12-inch heavy skillet over high heat until hot but not smoking.

Saute meatballs (do not thaw if frozen), turning occasionally, until browned all over, about 3 minutes.

Add meatballs to soup along with beans and briskly simmer, covered, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are tender and meatballs are heated through, about 15 minutes.

Stir in spinach, cheese, salt, and pepper and simmer, uncovered, until spinach is wilted, about 1 minute. Makes 4 servings.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Fettuccine with Kale and Sausage

Fettuccine with Kale and Sausage
Fettuccine con Kale e Salsiccia


3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 lb turkey or pork sausage, casings discarded and sausage crumbled
1/2 lb kale, tough stems and center ribs discarded and leaves coarsely chopped
1/2 lb dried egg fettuccine pasta
2/3 cup chicken broth
1 oz finely grated Pecorino Romano (1/2 cup) plus additional for serving


Heat olive oil in a 12-inch heavy skillet over moderately high heat until hot but not smoking.

Cook sausage, breaking up any lumps with a spoon, until browned, 5 to 7 minutes.

Blanch kale in a 6-quart pot of boiling salted water, uncovered, 5 minutes.

Remove kale with a large sieve and drain.

Return cooking water in pot to a boil, then cook pasta in boiling water, uncovered, until 'al dente'.

Reserve 1 cup pasta-cooking water, then drain pasta in a colander.

While pasta cooks, add kale to sausage in skillet and saute, stirring frequently, until just tender, about 5 minutes.

Add broth, stirring and scraping up any brown bits from bottom of skillet.

Add pasta and 1/2 cup reserved cooking water to skillet, tossing until combined.

Stir in cheese and thin with additional cooking water if desired.

Serve immediately, with additional cheese on the side. Makes 4 to 6 main-course 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:

'Faster Than Light' Neutrino Man Quits

Rome - March 30, 2012 - The head of an experiment that appeared to show subatomic particles traveling faster than the speed of light has resigned from his job.

Antonio Ereditato oversaw results that appeared to challenge Einstein's theory that nothing could travel faster than the speed of light.

Reports said some members of his group, called Opera, had wanted him to resign.

Earlier in March, a repeat experiment found that the particles, known as neutrinos, did not exceed light speed.

When the results from the Opera group at the Gran Sasso underground laboratory in Italy were first published last year, they shocked the world, threatening to overturn a century of physics as well as relativity theory - which holds the speed of light to be the Universe's absolute speed limit.

The experiment involved measuring the time it took for neutrinos to travel the 730 km (450 miles) from Cern laboratory in Geneva, Switzerland to the lab in Italy.

Speaking at the time, Professor Ereditato added "words of caution" because of the "potentially great impact on physics" of the result.

"We tried to find all possible explanations for this," he said.

"We wanted to find a mistake, trivial mistakes, more complicated mistakes, or nasty effects. And we didn't."

"When you don't find anything, then you say 'well, now I'm forced to go out and ask the community to scrutinize this'."

Despite the call for caution, the results caused controversy within the world of physics. If the findings had been confirmed, they would have disproved Albert Einstein's 1905 Special Theory of Relativity.

Earlier this month, a test run by a different group at the same Italian laboratory recorded neutrinos traveling at precisely light speed.

Sandro Centro, co-spokesman for the Icarus collaboration, said that he was not surprised by the result.

"In fact I was a little skeptical since the beginning," he told a national newspaper.

"Now we are 100% sure that the speed of light is the speed of neutrinos."

So far, Professor Ereditato has not commented on his decision to step down from his post.

"Eh, Signore e Signori, andate tutti a 'fanculo!" I'm out of here...

That's something quite rare. You never see an Italian professor quit (excuse us, give up an overpaid salary) before rigor mortis sets in. Antonio quit faster than the speed of light.

"We wanted to find a mistake, trivial mistakes, more complicated mistakes, or nasty effects. And we didn't." "Mamma mia," his poor wife. You can imagine the extraordinary love scenes in their bedroom.

Antonio reminds us of the typical academic and public employee who spends a third of his day glued to the photocopier copying away. He wants documented proof that he existed and has to make sure that all the paperwork is in order. His dream is to show up on Judgement Day with a huge pile of documents and state his case one sheet at a time.

Come on, Antonio! Be a man like Galileo Galilei. He threw in Pope Urban VIII's face the fact that the sun (not the Vatican) was at the center of the universe and the Earth revolves around it. Yes, he was sentenced to house arrest for life in the Inquisition, but one shouldn't look at the negative aspects (we're trying to build Antonio's self confidence here. If he doesn't believe in himself, nobody will).

Stand up for what you believe.
Once, a relative tried to convince us the earth was flat. It got vicious...

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