Eggplant Doublets "Doppiette di Melanzane'

Eggplant Doublets "Doppiette di Melanzane'

by Esther Milne April 22, 2019

This is a typical dish from Messina which incorporates so many of the fresh ingredients of Sicilian cuisine.  Recipes in Sicily vary so much by cities and regions and Vitina told me that despite visiting her family in Sicily so many times, this was the first time she ever experienced this dish.  Her family is from the Eastern side and the food is different!  This is a very popular recipe and is a creative way to make an eggplant spaghetti sandwich covered in rich tomato sauce, cheese and fresh basil.

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Sicilian Swordfish 'Pesce alla ghiotta'

Sicilian Swordfish 'Pesce alla ghiotta'

by Esther Milne April 18, 2019

We met Samuele in Messina, Sicily, a beautiful city where fishermen pull up every day with an abundance of freshly caught fish.  You can eat it in a variety of different ways and Samuele decided to make 'Pesce alla ghiotta' for us, which combines swordfish with some of the fresh local ingredients.  You can always use tuna or salmon steaks if it's difficult to find the fresh Swordfish, it's a recipe that fits perfectly into the Mediterranean Diet.

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Pasta alla Trapanese

Pasta alla Trapanese

by Esther Milne April 16, 2019

This is a traditional Sicilian dish that takes its flavors from the province of Trapani where the land produces an abundance of sweet, fresh tomatoes, almonds and basil.
This is a quick & easy vegetarian pasta dish that you can prepare in less than 30 minutes. All you need to do is cook the pasta and to make the pesto sauce, you just need to put all the other ingredients into the blender.  It is Sicilian cooking at its best, simple recipes with local, farm fresh ingredients.

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Pasta Fagioli

Pasta Fagioli

by Whitney Scelp April 11, 2019

Pasta fagioli, or a soup made with pasta and beans, is a staple for most Italian families. The beauty of this soup is how each family and often, each family member, has their own versions. Variations include using pork, sausage, chicken broth, and different types of beans, such as Navy or Cannellini beans. 

This version of Pasta Fagioli is packed full of vitamins and nutrients from the vegetables, Papa Vince tomato sauce and EVOO, as well as creating a complete protein from the combination of the beans and pasta. Quick and easy to make for a healthy weeknight dinner, it comes together in less then a half hour.

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Spaghetti wrapped King Prawns

Spaghetti wrapped King Prawns

by Esther Milne April 11, 2019

This is a recipe that chef Filippa made for us at her restaurant in Messina.  Her daughter came up with the idea to wrap the king prawns in spaghetti, they loved how it tasted and have been making it ever since.  Of course she lives right on the coast of Sicily and has the best of the fresh catch to cook everyday.  We loved the crunchiness of the spaghetti with the meaty king prawn, absolutely delicious!

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Penne with shrimp and zucchini

Penne with shrimp and zucchini

by Esther Milne April 10, 2019

We met chef Filippa in Messina, Sicily who showed us how to make a quick & simple pasta dish that you can easily recreate at home.  The Papa Vince Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) and tomato sauce give a beautiful golden finish to the sauce and allow you to experience the flavors of Sicily from any place in the world. We had fun filming with her in her restaurant but she wished that our camera could pick up the aromas from the kitchen.  You'll just have to try the recipe for yourself or come to Sicily with us.

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Squid Ink Pasta

Squid Ink Pasta

by Esther Milne April 08, 2019

We met chef Filippa in Messina, Sicily who showed us how to make a real squid ink spaghetti.  She told us that her grandma taught her how to make it and it's a common recipe where she lives, in fact she makes it in her restaurant everyday.  It's not that difficult you just need fresh squid and the best quality Extra Virgin Olive Oil and tomato sauce and then the flavor is exquisite!  Filippa loved making her recipe with Papa Vince products because the EVOO made the pasta shine and the tomato sauce is not acidic, it's the quality that counts!

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Pasta alla Campagna

Pasta alla Campagna

by Esther Milne March 21, 2019

In English this recipe's name is Country Pasta.  It's a simple recipe that my mom grew up eating in Sicily, especially at harvest time when they would eat outdoors. The tasty sauce is made with fresh tomatoes and raw garlic which is so good for your health.  It's clean healthy food that can be eaten as part of the Mediterranean diet and it's suitable for Vegans and Vegetarians too.

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