10/18/11 Penne Rigate with Pine Nuts and Mixed Greens

"Finché c'è vita c'è speranza." (As long as there is life there is hope.) Welcome to another recipe edition from Adriana's Italian Bakery!

This week's Italian recipes:
  -Frittata with Pancetta, Ricotta, and Greens
  -Linguine with Sauteed Cherry Tomatoes and Pancetta
  -Penne Rigate with Pine Nuts and Mixed Greens

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Arrivederci and grazie again!

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 Recipe: Frittata with Pancetta, Ricotta, and Greens

Frittata with Pancetta, Ricotta, and Greens
Frittata con Pancetta, Ricotta e Verdi


12 ounces pancetta, cut into 1/2 to 3/4-inch pieces
1 cup sliced shallots
12 cups (packed; 12 ounces) assorted coarsely chopped greens (such as kale, rucola, chard, and mustard greens)

12 large eggs
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup freshly grated Parmigiano cheese, divided
12 ounces fresh whole-milk ricotta cheese (about 1 and 3/4 cups)


Preheat oven to 350°F.

Cook pancetta in 12-inch diameter ovenproof nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until crisp.

Using slotted spoon, transfer pancetta to paper towels to drain.

Pour pancetta drippings into bowl; reserve.

Return 2 tablespoons drippings to skillet.

Add shallots and saute over medium heat until golden, about 4-5 minutes.

Add half of greens and toss until beginning to wilt, about 1 minute.

Add remaining greens and saute until wilted, tender, and dry, about 15 minutes.

Transfer greens to plate; cool.

Rinse and dry skillet.

Beat eggs and salt to blend in large bowl.

Whisk in 3/4 cup Parmigiano cheese, then greens and half of bacon.

Stir in ricotta, leaving some clumps.

Heat 1 tablespoon reserved drippings in skillet over medium heat.

Pour in egg mixture; spread greens evenly.

Sprinkle remaining bacon and 1/4 cup Parmigiano cheese over eggs.

Cook over medium heat until frittata is just set at edges, about 10 minutes.

Transfer to oven and bake until just set, about 20 minutes.

Cut around frittata to loosen; slide out onto platter.

Let cool 30 minutes.

Slice into wedges and serve. Makes 6 servings.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Linguine with Sauteed Cherry Tomatoes and Pancetta

Linguine with Sauteed Cherry Tomatoes and Pancetta
Linguine con Pomodorini Saltati e Pancetta


12 ounces linguine pasta
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
6 garlic cloves, chopped
4 ounces sliced pancetta, chopped
1/4 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
1 and 1/2 pounds cherry tomatoes

1 and 1/4 cups grated Pecorino Romano or Parmigiano cheese, divided
1/2 cup chopped fresh basil, divided


Cook linguine in pot of boiling salted water until 'al dente'.

Drain, reserving 1 cup liquid.

Return pasta to pot.

Meanwhile, heat olive oil in large skillet over medium-high heat.

Add garlic; stir 30 seconds.

Add pancetta and crushed red pepper; saute until pancetta is crisp, about 4 minutes.

Add tomatoes; saute until soft, about 4 minutes.

Transfer tomato mixture to pot with pasta.

Add 3/4 cup cheese and 1/3 cup basil.

Toss over medium heat until cheese melts and sauce coats pasta, adding cooking liquid by 1/4 cupfuls if dry.

Season with salt and pepper.

Transfer to bowl.

Sprinkle with basil.

Serve remaining cheese alongside. Makes 4 servings.

That's it!

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 Recipe: Penne Rigate with Pine Nuts and Mixed Greens

Penne Rigate with Pine Nuts and Mixed Greens
Penne Rigate con Pinoli e Verdure Miste


1 lb Penne Rigate
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup pine nuts (1 and 1/4 oz)
1 teaspoon chopped garlic
Two (8 to 10-oz) bags mixed salad greens with radicchio (16 to 20 cups)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 cup finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, plus additional for serving


Cook penne pasta in boiling salted water in a 5 to 6-quart heavy pot until 'al dente' or according to package directions, then drain in a colander.

Combine butter, olive oil, and pine nuts in cleaned and dried pot and cook over moderately high heat, stirring, until nuts are pale golden, about 3 minutes.

Add garlic and cook, stirring, until garlic is golden, about 1 minute.

Stir in greens and cook, stirring, until they wilt, about 3 minutes.

Add penne pasta, salt, and pepper and toss to coat.

Stir in cheese and serve immediately with additional cheese on the side. Makes 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:

Berlusconi Tried His Damndest To Cover Up Ruby

Rome - June 15, 2011 - More trouble seems to be brewing for Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi after it emerged that he tried to cover up his relationship with a teenage nightclub dancer, a charge which prosecutors say was similar to a "military attack".

Berlusconi, who has been embroiled in several sex scandals, was now accused of abusing his office by telephoning a Milan police station and putting officers under pressure to release Karima El Mahroug, known by her stage name as Ruby the Heart Stealer, from arrest on a charge of theft.

The claims by prosecutors came at the resumption of the trial in which he is accused of paying the young woman for sex, newspapers reported.

According to the report, the 74-year-old PM then allegedly sent two associates to collect the 17-year-old El Mahroug from the police station. The associates were Nicole Minetti, an Anglo-Italian show girl who his party elevated into politics, and Michelle Conceicao, a Brazilian starlet who was known to Berlusconi.

"It was a military attack, an encirclement, and it was all directed towards the police station," the lead prosecutor in the case Ilda Boccassini was quoted as saying.

Berlusconi’s attempt to bail out the teenager occurred on the night of May 27, 2010, after she had been accused by a friend of stealing several thousand euros in cash and arrested by police.

Prosecutors claim Berlusconi was terrified that she would spill the beans on their relationship and he did all he could to extricate her from questioning.

Boccassini dismissed an plea application for the case to be either dropped or transferred to Rome to be heard by a special tribunal of ministers.

"Everything was done with respect for the law and the constitution," Boccassini said.

See, people? Now you know understand why Italians would lactate (yes, even men) in the hopes of entering any meaningless political office.

A 74 year-old billionaire Prime Minister and an ugly 17 year-old nightclub dancer/escort. "Minchia", what a stupid "bestia". Does anyone know how to get through to someone who is limited in his capacity? I don't think pasta and a beating is going to help.

This is a man who also claimed to the police Ruby was the granddaughter of the ex Egyptian president, Mubarak. "Porca miseria", it would have been more convincing if he told them that he received an acknowledgement from Kissinger that Ruby was a distant niece of Cleopatra.

Some of you might think he went with his gut feeling when he made that stupid phone call. After all, he's the Prime Minister. What could happen?
What his gut should have told him was, "Stop hanging over the belt!"

Lead prosecutor, Ilda Boccassini, "It was a military attack, an encirclement, and it was all directed towards the police station." A military huh? "Per favore." What attack could possibly come from an Anglo-Italian show girl/escort/politician and a Brazilian starlet/escort/nitwit? They would have done more damage if they showed up in bikinis, wore sandwich boards, and paraded the sidewalk in front of the station.

One thing is certain in this comedy...when he pulled down his pants, he was sticking his neck out.

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