Fresh Mozzarella

Make fresh Mozzarella in the convenience of your own home.


Farro Salad

Insalata d’ Estate


Minestrone Soup

Bella Girl’s Minestrone Soup


Pastiera Di Grano

Easter Wheat Pie


Pizza Margherita

Bake this on a Pizza Stone or Baking Sheet


Stracciatella Alla Romana

Roman Egg Drop Soup


Chicken Parmesan

Make fresh Mozzarella in the convenience of your own home.


Spaghetti with Pork Bolognese

Insalata d’ Estate


Eggplant Parmesan

Bella Girl’s Minestrone Soup


Toasted Rye Bread Panzanella


Brown Butter Gnocchi

with Spinach & Pine Nuts


Tortellini & Sausage

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Tortellini & Sausage

  • 1 lb cooked pork sausage, sliced
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 jar (25.5 oz) Muir Glen organic pasta sauce tomato basil
  • 1 can (14.5 oz) Muir Glen organic diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1/2 cup Progresso chicken broth (from 32-oz carton)
  • 20 oz refrigerated cheese tortellini
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese (4 oz)
  • 6 fresh basil leaves, chopped

1. In 12-inch skillet, cook sliced sausage, onion and garlic 5 to 7 minutes or until onion softens and sausage starts to brown.

2. Stir in sauce, tomatoes, chicken broth and tortellini. Cover and simmer 8 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until tortellini is cooked.

3. Remove from heat; sprinkle with cheese and basil. Serve when cheese has melted.


Brown Butter Gnocchi with Spinach Pine Nuts

  • 1 (16-ounce) package vacuum-packed gnocchi (such as Vigo)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons pine nuts
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 (10-ounce) package fresh spinach, torn
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup (1 ounce) finely shredded Parmesan cheese

1. Cook gnocchi according to package directions, omitting salt and fat; drain.

2. Heat butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add pine nuts to pan; cook 3 minutes or until butter and nuts are lightly browned, stirring constantly. Add garlic to pan; cook 1 minute. Add gnocchi and spinach to pan; cook 1 minute or until spinach wilts, stirring constantly. Stir in salt and pepper. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.


Toasted Rye Bread Panzanella

  • 3 cups torn rye bread with seeds
  • 1/2 cup apple cider
  • 1/3 cup cider vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 8 ounces precooked chicken sausage, sliced
  • 2 apples, halved, cored and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1/2 small red onion, sliced (about 1/4 cup)
  • 2 large ribs celery, sliced (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped parsley
  • Salt and pepper

1. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Arrange bread in a flat layer on a baking sheet and bake until pale golden, 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer to a serving bowl; let cool.

2. In a small bowl, whisk together apple cider, vinegar, mustard and 1 Tbsp. oil. In a large nonstick skillet, warm remaining 1 Tbsp. oil over medium heat. Cook sausage, turning, until golden brown on both sides, about 4 minutes total. Transfer to bowl with bread pieces. Add apples to skillet; cook, stirring, until golden and soft, about 6 minutes. Transfer to bowl with sausage and bread. Remove skillet from heat and pour in cider mixture, stirring and scraping up any browned bits.

3. Pour hot cider mixture into bowl with bread mixture; add onion, celery and parsley, tossing to combine well. Season with salt and pepper.


Eggplant Parmesan

  • 2 (26-oz.) jars tomato, garlic, and onion pasta sauce
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 large eggplant (about 1 1/2 lb.)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil
  • 6 lasagna noodles, cooked and drained
  • 1 (15-oz.) container part-skim ricotta cheese
  • 2 cups (8 oz.) shredded mozzarella cheese

1. Cook first 3 ingredients in a 3 1/2-quart saucepan over medium-low heat 30 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in cream and Parmesan cheese. Set aside.

2. Peel eggplant, and cut crosswise into 1/4-inch-thick slices. Sprinkle slices evenly with salt and black pepper. Stir together eggs and 3 Tbsp. water. Dredge eggplant in flour; dip into egg mixture, and dredge again in flour, shaking to remove excess.

3. Cook eggplant, in batches, in 1 1/2 Tbsp. hot oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat 4 minutes on each side or until golden brown and slightly softened. Drain on paper towels. Repeat with remaining oil and eggplant, wiping skillet clean after each batch, if necessary.

4. Layer 3 lasagna noodles lengthwise in a lightly greased 13- x 9-inch baking dish. Top with one-third tomato sauce mixture and half of eggplant. Dollop half of ricotta cheese evenly on eggplant in dish; top with half of mozzarella. Repeat layers with remaining noodles, one-third sauce mixture, remaining eggplant, and remaining ricotta. Top with remaining one-third sauce mixture and mozzarella cheese.

5. Bake at 350° for 35 to 40 minutes or until golden brown. Let stand 20 minutes before serving.


Spaghetti with Pork Bolognese

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 cups finely chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped carrot (about 1 medium)
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped celery (about 1 stalk)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chopped garlic
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 pound ground pork tenderloin
  • 3/4 pound ground pork
  • 2 ounces pancetta, finely diced
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 2 cups chopped plum tomato (about 1/2 pound)
  • 1 1/2 cups organic vegetable broth (such as Swanson)
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 1 cup 1% low-fat milk
  • 1/8 teaspoon grated whole nutmeg
  • 1 (2-ounce) piece Parmigiano-Reggiano rind
  • 1 (3-inch) cinnamon stick
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 8 cups hot cooked spaghetti (about 16 ounces uncooked)
  • 1/2 cup (2 ounces) grated fresh Parmigiano-Reggiano
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley

Heat olive oil in a large Dutch oven over medium heat. Add onion, carrot, celery, garlic, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and bay leaf to pan; cook 8 minutes or until vegetables are tender, stirring occasionally. Increase heat to medium-high. Add ground pork tenderloin, ground pork, pancetta, and 1/4 teaspoon salt; sautee 8 minutes or until pork loses its pink color. Stir in tomato paste; cook 1 minute. Add tomato and next 5 ingredients (through rind); bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 45 minutes. Add cinnamon; simmer 30 minutes or until most of liquid evaporates. Discard bay leaf, rind, and cinnamon stick; stir in remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper. Arrange 1 cup noodles on each of 8 plates; top each with about 3/4 cup sauce. Sprinkle each serving with 1 tablespoon grated cheese and 1 tablespoon parsley.


Chicken Parmesan

  • 1 cup Italian-seasoned breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 2 skinned and boned chicken breasts
  • 2 egg whites, lightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Tomato Sauce
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Combine breadcrumbs, flour, and ground red pepper in a small bowl, and set aside. Place chicken between two sheets of heavy-duty plastic wrap, and flatten to 1/4-inch thickness, using a meat mallet or rolling pin. Dip 1 chicken breast in egg whites, and coat with breadcrumb mixture. Dip again in egg mixture, and coat again in breadcrumb mixture. Repeat procedure with remaining chicken breast.

Cook chicken in hot oil over medium heat 2 to 3 minutes on each side or until done. Place chicken breasts in a single layer in a lightly greased 8-inch square baking dish. Top evenly with Tomato Sauce and cheeses.

Bake at 350° for 20 minutes or until cheese melts.


Stracciatella alla Romana

(Roman Egg Drop Soup)

  • 4 x-large eggs
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated parmigiano reggiano (20 gr)
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice (30 ml)
  • 2 tbsp chopped Italian parsley (8 gr)
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 qts chicken broth (2 lts)

Beat eggs in a small bowl until just blended. Add parmigiano reggiano, lemon juice, parsley, nutmeg, and salt. Mix well. Bring broth to a rolling boil in a sauce pan. Pour egg mixture, stirring gently and constantly with a wire whisk. Reduce heat to a simmer. Cook 2-3 minutes until egg mixture forms tiny flakes. Serve piping hot. Serves 8.


Pizza Margherita

(bake this on a baking sheet or pizza stone)


    For the dough:

  • 1 envelope active dry yeast
  • 1 1/2 cups lukewarm water, divided salt
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, plus extra
  • 3 1/2 cups flour, plus extra
    (for an authentic napolitano pizza try using
    dopio zero flour 1 kg)

    For the topping:

  • 12 ounces canned crushed or whole peeled tomatoes
  • 20 leaves fresh basil or dry basil
  • 10 ounces sansone mozzarella, sliced
  • Salt
  • 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided

In a large bowl, mix the yeast and 1/2 cup of the lukewarm water, and set aside to 10 minutes. Add the remaining water, a pinch of salt and the olive oil, and mix with wooden spoon, adding the flour a little at a time. When a dough forms, turn it out onto a floured work surface, and knead by hand until smooth and elastic, about 4 to 5 minutes. Add more flour if necessary to achieve a smooth (non sticky) dough. Form the dough into a ball, and transfer to a lightly oiled bowl. Cover, and set aside in a warm place to rise about I hour.

After the dough has risen, punch it down, and transfer to a floured surface. Cut it in half, and roll each half out into a 1/4 inch-thick circle about 10 inches in diameter. Place the dough circles on oiled baking sheets, cover with clean dish towels, and set aside for 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 500 degrees. If using a pizza stone, place it in the oven. Spread the tomatoes on the dough, and add some basil leaves. Cover with the mozzarella slices. Sprinkle with a pinch of salt, and drizzle each pizza with 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Place the pizza on the lowest rack of the oven or on the stone, and bake until the crust is golden and the cheese is melted, about 10 a 15 minutes. Remove from the oven, and top with the remaining basil leaves. Makes 2 small pizzas.


Pasteria Di Grano

(Easter Wheat Pie)


    Wheat Mixture:

  • 3/4 pound soaked wheat drained and weighed after soaking (If soaked wheat is not available, dry wheat may be soaked as follows: cover dry wheat with cold water and boil 15 mins. Or until husks crack open. Remove from heat and soak 24 hours.)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup scalded milk
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 cup each, minced glace citron and orange peel

    Pasta frolla (flaky sweet pastry):

  • 3 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 tablespoon milk


  • 3 cups sansone whole milk ricotta
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Dash cinnamon (optional)
  • Grated rind of lemon
  • 1 or 2 teaspoons orange flower water
    or 1/2 teaspoon orange extract
  • Wheat mixture (ingredients above)
  • 4 egg whites, beaten stiff
  • Confectionary sugar

Prepare wheat mixture: place drained wheat in covered saucepan and cover with 3 cups water. Add salt and boil 1 hour, stirring frequently to prevent sticking. Drain wheat, add milk and sugar, and boil an additional 5 minutes. Remove from heat, add citron and orange peel, mix and allow to cool.

While prepared wheat is cooling, prepare pasta frolla: sift flour, salt, and sugar into bowl; cut in butter with pastry blender or finger tips to distribute butter evenly through flour. Stir in egg yolks one at a time, mixing with wooden spoon. Work with hands until dough is manageable and clears bowl, adding a little milk if necessary to hold dough together. Turn onto lightly floured board and knead quickly until smooth. Form into a ball, cover and chill 30 minutes. Divide ball into two parts, one larger than the other. Roll large piece on lightly floured board into a disc 1/8-inch thick, large enough to line a deep 10 inch pie plate. Butter pie plate and line with pastry, leaving a 1/2 inch overhang. Roll out remaining dough 1/8-inch thick and cut into 3/4 inch strips for lattice topping.

Prepare filling: preheat oven to 350F. Beat ricotta and sugar together; add egg yolks, vanilla, cinnamon, lemon rind and orange water, blending well. Stir in prepared wheat and fold in beaten egg whites. Turn into pie shell. Arrange pastry strips criss-cross over filling to edge. Roll bottom overhang up over strips at edge and flute heavily. Bake about 1 hour or until filling is firm in center and crust is nicely browned. Let it cool in oven. Serve sprinkled with confectionary sugar. 8-10 servings.


Bella Girl’s Minestrone Soup

  • 2 cups red kidney beans
  • 10 cups chicken stock
  • 1/2 lb prosciutto (sliced & chopped)
  • 3 tablespoons 100% pure olive oil
  • 4 cloves peeled garlic (crushed)
  • 2 medium carrots (peeled & diced)
  • 2 medium yellow onions (diced)
  • 1 cup celery (sliced)
  • 1 - 28oz. Sansone italian peeled tomatoes (crushed)
  • 2 cups potatoes (peeled & diced)
  • 1/2 cup dry red wine
  • 2 tablespoons parsley (chopped)
  • 1 tablespoon dried marjoram
  • 1 1/2 cup zucchini (diced)
  • 1/2 cup parmigiano (grated)

Heat prosciutto in pan for 5 minutes in 2 teaspoons of olive oil. Set aside. Heat large frying pan on medium heat with olive oil. Add garlic, onions, and celery. Sautee until tender (about 10 minutes). Add to pot with chicken stock. Add tomatoes, potatoes, red wine, parsley, and marjoram. Bring to simmer and cook while covered for 1 hour (stirring often). Add zucchini, prosciutto, and 1/2 cup parmigiano. Simmer gently for 30 minutes more and stir often. Add salt and pepper to taste.


Farro Salad

A refreshing salad made with farro that's quite popular in umbria and lazio.
  • 6 ounces (by weight, 150g) farro, in whole grains
  • 6 ripe tomatoes, diced
  • 15 black olives (gaeta or kalamata), pitted and cut in half
  • 10 basil leaves
  • 4 cloves peeled garlic, crushed
  • 1/4 cup (100% or extra-virgin) caroli olive oil (you may want more)
  • Salt and red crushed pepper

Prepare the farro: wash it well, picking out impurities such as bits of chaff, pebbles, or bad grains, and soak it for at least 8 hours. Next, cook it for 2 hours (a pressure cooker will speed things) and let it sit for a while when it's done. While it's sitting, combine the tomatoes, basil leaves, garlic, olive oil, salt and red pepper, and let them sit too for at least a half hour. Drain the farro, stir it into the tomatoes, add the olives, check seasoning, and serve.

Prep time: 30 mins

Cook time: 2 hours

Course: lunch, salad, side dish


Fresh Mozzarella

Preparation Guidelines

    1. Curd Temperature: recommended internal curd temperature is 125 - 135 F.

  • Gradually bring the curd up to 125-135 f for best results.
  • Water temperatures between 165-175 f work well.

In a large stock pot, add the water. Add enough salt to the water until it tastes like saltwater. Place a colander in the water. Crumble the cheese curd into the water.

2. Mixing:

Only minimal stretching is required. Using a wooden spoon, stir the mixture until the curd starts to pull. Using your hands or a spoon, pull the cheese until it begins to hold shape. It's like pulling taffy. Do not over pull the cheese because the end product will be rubbery. If the cheese hardens to soon, dip the cheese back in the water and repeat the pulling process. After the desired weight is achieved dip the cheese in an ice bath.

3. Salting:

Add salt at any point in the preparation if desired. The cheese can either be stored in salted water or rolled in plastic wrap.

Problem solving tips:

    1. Problem: grainy texture; falls apart; decreased yields:

  • Curd is too hot.
  • Curd is over-mixed.

    2. Problem: rubbery texture; difficult to work with:

  • Curd is too cold.
  • Curd is under-mixed.