Monthly Archives: November 2010

Guinness Beef Stew

Finally the weather is getting colder even in Florida, so I decided it is time for a stew. I was feeling in the mood for something new and instead of cooking one of my safe Italian stews, I decided I should try to cook something with Guinness. I found this recipe on the web ( and modified it according to my taste. It turned out very good! This is a reach stew, the meat almost dissolves and makes a creamy … Continue reading

Cream of Butternut Squash Soup

Happy (belated) Thanksgiving to everybody! I haven’t dared to cook a turkey yet, but it looks like my squash soup is becoming a Thanksgiving tradition. This soup is creamy heaven! Even my boyfriend, that does not eat any kind of vegetable, enjoys it. The idea of this recipe comes from a frozen soup that is sold in Italy, you just melt these orange frozen cubes  in a pot and it is ready to be eaten. I was skeptical the first … Continue reading

Castagne e vino Novello

All Italian for this post’s title, because this is a 100% Italian tradition, at least as far as I know ;) When autumn comes it’s chestnuts season, castagne! You can see fruiterers popping on the side of the streets and in the city’s main squares, setting up a nice fire and cooking chestnuts with the typical punched skillet. They throw them high, high in the sky and catch them all as gravity does its job. People line up to buy … Continue reading

Stuffed Mushrooms and Zucchini

I have to thank my friend Kay for the discovery of this recipe. She was coming over for lunch and I was struggling to find a good vegetarian recipe to serve. Stuffed mushrooms are quite a famous Italian dish but I always thought they were hard to prepare. Well, I was wrong! This is an easy, tasty vegetarian dish! And it is even cheap! This recipe is a new entry in my “recipe book” and it quickly made its way … Continue reading

Creamy Shrimp Linguine

Italy is home to all sorts of pasta, I am Italian, my blog is called Beyond Pasta but I have not given you a pasta recipe so far, I certainly have to make up for that. This recipe is such a delicious sauce for your pasta! Linguine and fish/shellfish based sauces are a perfect marriage. This sauce is also fantastic with tagliatelle, fettuccine, pappardelle and most of the different types of long, flat, egg pasta. I will tell you more … Continue reading

Chicken and Almond Involtini

Is it always going to take me hours to decide what the next recipe should be? I hope not or this blog will take a while to take off. Oh well, since I just gave you the recipe for something sweet, today I am going to share a meat based recipe, a variation of “involtini”. This is a delicious “secondo piatto”. A typical Italian meal is made of an antipasto, a primo piatto, a secondo piatto and a dolce, that … Continue reading

Mars cake

My first post :) How exciting! It was really hard to decide what the first recipe should be. After a lot of thinking I chose the mars cake, we call it mars in Italy. It is a sweet thing, how else could I start my blog? It is a boyfriends’ favorite, try it and let me know ;) It is also a recipe from the past. I discovered this cake when I was 7 or 8, it was the birthday … Continue reading