Nonno Knows is in its very humble beginnings………. Nonno Knows pledges to be a practical, simple advice based blog brought to you by Claudio and his Team. Nonno Knows endeavors to gather and dish out practical and simple advice. First and foremost on Food aiming for Healthy, Quick and Easy recipes whenever possible. A little warning, We really, really do Love our Food!
Nonno loves pizza! One of Nonno`s favorites is Nanna`s version of the Sicilian Pizza famous in the province of Siracusa, Italy. Forget the stuffed pizza here in North America, this is how to really stuff a pizza that is tasty and relatively easy to make.
Carbonara means “in the manner of coal miners,” I am not sure of the actual origin of Pasta Carbonara. Food is sometimes named based on its’ appearance. It is possible that the name originated from the flecks of black pepper that appear to look like coal dust against the pasta, creamy eggs and cheese. I have heard others say that it may be that it was originally served in a Roman restaurant called Carbonara. Nevertheless, it is a tasty, quick and easy dish to prepare.
God bless Big Nonno – He is the Patriarch of the famiglia.
Big Nonno in Chicago
He is the father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He is now almost 84 years young – He has lived on his own since big Nanna passed almost 15 years ago. He still works part-time, tends a large vegetable garden, cooks, cleans, cans vegetables, makes sausage, sopressata, capicola, prosciutto, etc.
How to Can tomatoes Quick and Easy the way that Nonno does it!
Celebrating the great tomato!
Another one of Nonno Knows Quick, Easy to Prepare, simple, nutritious, delicious pasta dishes.
For this pasta dish, Nonno uses just a few simple ingredients, tomatoes, ground beef and pork, fresh basil, oregano (or Italian Spice) and spaghetti, fettuccini or penne pasta.
Total Preparation Time is approximately 30 minutes, Serves 4
Nonno loves his fix of rapini. Rapini (also known as broccoli rabe) is one of the most popular greens in Italy.
This recipe of Rapini makes a great side dish with almost any kind of meat and potatoes either mashed or baked.
It is a great source of vitamins A, B, C, K, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, zinc and even some omega 3 fatty acid. A bonus is that Rapini also contains phytochemicals called indole-3-carbonyl (I3C) believed to be a powerful cancer-fighting component. (Source: SelfNutitionData & Chatelaine)
This tasty Italian favorite only takes about 20 minutes to prepare.
Almost everyone makes spaghetti sauce. This is the authentic and easy to make (in about 45 minutes), southern rich flavored Italian version. This recipe uses ground pork and Italian sausage, which seems to really make a rich and flavorful sauce typical in southern Italy. It can be used on any pasta dish, ravioli, gnocchi, lasagna, etc.. The northerners of Italy seem to prefer more plain tomato-centric sauces.
In my opinion, Brussels sprouts have a bad rap that is unwarranted.
Cacciatore means “hunter” in Italian. In the kitchen, an “alla cacciatore“ is a meal that is prepared “hunter-style”.
This recipe is from the perspective of a Southern Italian. We all like to use simple ingredients. This recipe requires simple ingredients such as your choice of Meat (either rabbit or chicken), Garlic, Onion, Rosemary, Bay leaves, Tomatoes, Red Pepper, and a good dry Red Wine. In other regions of Italy, they may use white wine, they also may add mushrooms and sometimes other vegetables. The two most popular types of meat done “alla cacciatore” are generally rabbit and chicken. Some Italians also make a “salamino” from pork, which is a small salami that is seasoned simply with just garlic and pepper.
This will feed approximately 6 and take about an hour and a half to prepare. If you can use precooked whole tomatoes and do it in 45 minutes or less.
Who doesn’t like Butterscotch in their cookies? Nanna likes to make these easy to make butterscotch cookies. They take just minutes, but the dough does need to be chilled for about an hour.
No meal is really complete without a tasty and healthy salad. A good fresh salad provides the health benefits of fresh vegetables and Nonno’s favorite has a splash of fruit.
Nonno makes variations of this very easy to make, tasty and delicious garden salad quite often, but, the original is a staple salad for Nanna and Nonno`s weekly family Pasta Sundays. There never seems to be any left over.
You can add take away or even additional ingredients to it if you choose. It is great with your favorite cheese, sliced carrots, walnuts, cranberries etc. The options are endless.
In our very busy lives, many of us struggle to get enough fruit in our diet.
Nonno has a simple way to add a great mix of fresh fruit as a dessert to any meal. No additives, just fresh fruit. Nonno likes it of course because it tastes so good but you use one 1 of each different fruits and they go a long way. Nonno`s recipe will easily be enough for dessert for 8.
It is quick, easy, nutritious and a healthy addition to any meal. Any leftovers will keep in a sealed container in the fridge for a few days. What is left over is great for your lunch or for the kids’ lunches or you can put it in your blender and make a tasty fruit smoothie.
What You Need To Make Nonno’s Favorite Quick & Easy Rhubarb Delight.
Nonno’s Spinach Potato Frittata – a very simple, flexible & versatile meal component.
Nonno’s recipe keeps it simple using Potatoes, Onion, Spinach and Parmesan Cheese and is quick and easy to prepare.
If you so desire, you can mix it up using other cheeses. You could also add meat – whether it is ham, prosciutto, bacon, chorizo. or your favorite meat choice. You can also add other vegetables (peppers, mushrooms are good) – just saute those in at the very beginning.
Nonno and everyone who visits Nonno and Nanna, love to eat this simple, easy to prepare Oreo Cheesecake.
It is pretty quick and easy to prepare, it only takes about 35 to 45 minutes to prepare, including the bake time.
Hey, who doesn`t love Oreo cookies?
This is a quick and easy banana loaf recipe handed down from our Zia Diana, that Nonno loves to eat and Nanna makes. It is a delicious dessert after almost any meal and requires very few simple ingredients.
Nonno`s Quick and Easy Pasta al Burro (Nonno`s version of Mac and Cheese)
This is Nono’s favorite non-tomato-based pasta dish. It is tasty, quick, and one of the easiest pasta dishes to prepare, a real comfort food.
Nanna makes these tasty and buttery Christmas cookie treats for Christmas. They make a very nice gift pack for your friends and family and are certainly a great Christmas party treat.
You can make different Christmas shapes with cookie cutters, even add your favorite Christmas coloring to the dough mix and then top them with holiday colored icing and sprinkles.
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