Baccalà alla Napoletana: Neapolitan-Style Braised Salt Cod

Baccalà (in Italian) simply means salt cured cod. Cod preserved in this manner can last for years and years, and Campania, a region which includes the city of Naples, boasts the highest consumption of baccalà in all of Italy, so naturally, a Napoletana recipe must be good! Continue reading “Baccalà alla Napoletana: Neapolitan-Style Braised Salt Cod”

Salad Niçoise

Provence, France brings us this wonderful salad, packed with an entire rainbow of veggies and protein! It nourishes not only the body, but also the soul. There is much debate on what makes an authentic Niçoise and very little consensus about what’s supposed to be in it. Keep Reading!

Spaghetti in a Caper Cream Sauce with Parmigiano

A rich, homestyle creation that will have you coming back again and again.
Think comfort food—Italian style.
Creamy bèchamel, a hint of toasted nutmeg, nutty Parmigiano Reggiano, and a salty-acidic bite of caper.
Buon Appetito!
Spaghetti in Caper Cream Sauce
Spaghetti in a Caper Cream Sauce with Parmigiano Reggiano

Ingredients:

2 cups whole milk
3-4 Tbs. butter
1-2 teaspoons flour
4 Tbs. capers
1/2 cup Parmigiano Reggiano, grated
1 lb Spaghetti noodles
Dash of hot pepper (fresh or flakes)
Dash of nutmeg
Freshly grated black pepper and salt to taste

Preparation:

Melt butter over medium heat in a large saute pan. Once melted, add the flour, stir until combined to make a roux, and simmer until it becomes sandy in color. In a separate saucepan warm the milk but don’t allow it to boil. Once the milk is warmed begin slowly adding it to the roux, bring to a boil and simmer for 10 minutes, continuously stirring. Next, add the dash of nutmeg, and the cheese, continue stirring until the cheese melts.  If the sauce becomes too thick, just add more milk. The trick is to constantly stir! Once combined add in the capers, black pepper and salt to taste.

Meanwhile bring a large pot of water to boil, add a generous amount of salt and cook the pasta until al dente. Once the pasta is cooked add it to the Caper Cream Sauce and gently toss until combined. Add a generous amount of freshly grated black pepper, garnish with hot pepper and olive oil if desired and serve.