We are Pasta lovers here, and I was quite interested to see what the review copy of 500 Pasta Dishes that Sellers Publishing sent me. Having reviewed other books in the 500 Series of cookbooks I now have certain expectations of these books like beautiful food photography, simple and easy to cook recipes, colour coded chapters and a good variety of recipes. I wasn’t disappointed.
This book has recipes for Classic Pasta Dishes, Pasta Soups & Salads, Pasta cooked with Meat/ Vegetables/ Fish/ Cheese, and some all-time favourites from around the world. There are non-vegetarian recipes in the book, naturally, but there are enough recipes to keep a vegetarian like me happy too. Many of the non-vegetarian recipes are very easily adapted to vegetarian cooking. The book includes an introduction to the world of Pasta – about it origin and how it countries other than Italy also cook their own kinds of pasta, different kinds of Pasta and which ones go best with what sauce, and tips on how to best cook Pasta. The first chapter in the book is a collection of basic recipes for making fresh Pasta at home and different kinds of sauces that it is eaten with.
Recipes include well known Pasta like Carbonara, Penne Arrabiata, Bolognese Ragu, Lasagne, and Spinach and Ricotta Ravioli. Some other recipes you can find in this book are Pasta and Bean Soup, Paccheri with Eggplant Sauce, Pasta with a Creamy Lemon Sauce, Burette with Almond Pesto, Macaroni with Pumpkin, Spaghetti alla Capricciosa, Penette with Soft Goat Cheese, Greek Tortellini Salad, And Thai Style Coconut noodle Soup.
About the Author:
Valentina Sforza has enjoyed a long career writing and teaching about authentic Italian dishes. She currently lives in London and teaches at several cooking schools, continues to write, and offers her services as a consultant and caterer.
I have bookmarked quite a few recipes to cook, and one of them is Pasta with Vegetable Ragu. It’s a dish that cooks up as a hearty and balanced one pot meal with a good portion of carbohydrates, protein from the lentils and lots of vegetables.
In Italian cooking, a "ragu" is a meat and vegetable sauce usually made with tomatoes and served with pasta. In this version, the meat is replaced with red lentils which gibe the sauce a nice thick texture and flavour.
Valentina Sforza describes this vegetable and lentil ragu as a "a lovely rich vegetable ragu that allows you to use whatever vegetables you like best, and that are in season”.
Sellers Publishing have generously sent me an extra copy of to give away to one lucky reader of this blog.
To participate in this giveaway, all you have to do is to leave a comment at this post telling me what is the one Italian recipe you would love to cook, which you have never cooked before. That’s all you have to do. Please also leave behind an e-mail id/ link where I can reach if you should be chosen the winner. Any comment without an e-mail id or a link where I can reach you will automatically be disqualified from this giveaway. This giveaway is open from today till the 15th of March, 2014 (that’s 10 days) after which I shall randomly choose a winner from the qualifying comments. Please also note that this giveaway is open only to those with an Indian mailing address. Those who live outside India but have a mailing address within India are most welcome to participate.
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