Risotto Cacio e Pepe featuring Parmigiano Reggiano® Cheese

Directions:

PARMIGIANO REGGIANO CHEESE STOCK

STEP 1

Place the freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese and water in a large pan and slowly heat to 176°F. The temperature should not exceed 194°F.

STEP 2

When the cheese starts becoming stringy, remove the pan from the heat. Let it cool to room temperature, then reheat it to 76°F again, and let it cool.

STEP 3

Cover and chill in the fridge overnight, or for 8 hours. The liquid should separate into 3 densities: a creamy Parmigiano Reggiano cheese paste on top, milky liquified Parmigiano Reggiano cheese in the middle and solid Parmigiano Reggiano cheese proteins on the bottom.

STEP 4

Separate the layers. Strain the stock, reserve the creamy paste aside, and discard the solids.

PEPPER DISTILLATION

STEP 1

Crush the peppers and vacuum-pack them with the water.

STEP 2

Leave it at 68°F for 24 hours.

STEP 3

Place the liquid in a rotary evaporator and distill at 5°F.

STEP 4

Put the distillation in a vaporizer and keep cool.

Risotto

STEP 1

Place the Parmigiano Reggiano cheese stock in a pan and keep it warm.

STEP 2

Toast the rice in a separate saucepan with a little olive oil.

STEP 3

Begin by moistening the rice with one ladle of Parmigiano Reggiano cheese stock at a time and stir, as for a classic risotto.

STEP 4

Three quarters of the way through cooking start adding a spoon of Parmigiano Reggiano cheese cream and the rest of the black pepper oil.

STEP 5

When the rice is almost cooked, work in the rest of the Parmigiano Reggiano cheese cream and the rest of the black pepper oil.

STEP 6

Leave it for 1 minute to rest in the pan, keep stirring.

STEP 7

Pour the risotto on to a plate and flatten it, then spray the pepper distillation over the risotto to enhance the pepper flavor. As a next step, take a bit and savor the rich taste and creamy texture…and you will see why Massimo Bottura is considered one of the most accomplished and respected chefs in the world.

OCTOBER 27, 2021

The Parmigiano Reggiano Day Pledge.

Every year, on October 27 we invite restaurants and families across the country to make a dish of their choice featuring Parmigiano Reggiano cheese as way to honor Massimo Bottura’s historic gesture of support after the 2012 earthquake.

This year we’re also encouraging people to donate to Food for Soul, the non-proft organization started by Massimo Bottura and Lara Gilmore with the goal to build healthier and more equitable food systems and help people experiencing situations of social and economic vulnerability – a cause that is especially relevant given the devastating economic, social and health impact that communities have experienced recently due to the pandemic.

Here are links to more:

READ THE STORY

A special Gift from Massimo Bottura.

People who donate to Food for Soul during this promotion will receive a special gift from Massimo Bottura. More details at the donation link.

DONATE NOW

Be featured in our upcoming cookbook.

Send us the recipe you made during Parmigiano Reggiano Day and we will feature on our site and in the commemorative Parmigiano Reggiano Day 2021 Digital Recipe Book.

SUBMIT A RECIPE

MAIN

Risotto Cacio e Pepe featuring
Parmigiano Reggiano® cheese

  • 10m

    PREP
  • 10m

    COOK
  • 640

    CALORIES
  • 4

    SERVINGS

Here’s the history of this delicious dish:

The epicenter of the Italian earthquake of 2012 landed about 28 miles east of Modena. Among the massive damages, approximately 360,000 wheels of Parmigiano Reggiano cheese had been damaged – endangering the livelihood of the cheesemaking families from the area.

Massimo Bottura immediately went to work with the team from his restaurant, Osteria Francescana – wanting to address the tragedy that their community was experiencing.

 “We came up with a recipe – riso cacio e pepe – and shared it with the world encouraging everyone to buy and use lots of Parmigiano Reggiano cheese. This small gesture proved to be much bigger than I could have ever realized. There, I learned that a recipe can be an act of solidarity and a social gesture. I understood the power of food and the important role that chefs can play in society.” 

Massimo Bottura 

The response was overwhelming. All of the cheese was sold – and the livelihood of the artisans was spared.

The delicious Risotto Cacio e Pepe is a take on the classic Roman pasta cacio e pepe. For this recipe, Pecorino (cacio) was replaced with Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, one of the most important and most iconic foods of the Emilia Romagna region, and a true Italian masterpiece.

Ingredients:

2 Lbs Parmigiano Reggiano, aged 30 months
.5 gallons of mineral water

PEPPER DISTILLATION

5 grams white pepper
2.5 grams Szechuan pepper
2.5 grams Jamaican pepper
2.5 grams Sarawak pepper
2.5 grams wild pepper
1/4 gallon mineral water

RISOTTO

Reserved Parmigiano Reggiano stock
2 cups of Vialone Nano rice
Extra-virgin olive oil
50 grams black pepper oil

Hint:

To be certain that you are buying Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, please look for the distinctive dotted rind and
make sure it is a product of Italy. This will ensure that you get the rich flavor profile and nutritional value that makes this cheese an Italian national treasure.

About Massimo Bottura:

Massimo Bottura was born and raised in Modena, Italy – where he first discovered cooking after watching his mother, grandmother and aunt in the kitchen preparing family meals. Bottura is the owner of renowned restaurant Osteria Francescana, and has consistently been listed as one of the world’s best chefs.

Chef Bottura is a vocal advocate for the reduction of food waste, for healthy and sustainable food systems, and for the protection of the environment and biodiversity through sustainable cooking practices and ingredient
sourcing.

In 2016, Bottura and his wife Lara Gilmore started Food for Soul, a nonprofit organization focusing on initiatives food waste, social and cultural initiatives around the globe. His Refettorios are community hubs built in underused spaces, where people in situations of social and economic vulnerability are welcomed and served free nutritious meals cooked with surplus ingredients that would have otherwise been thrown away.

Learn more about Food for Soul.

FOOD FOR SOUL

MAIN

Risotto Cacio e Pepe featuring
Parmigiano Reggiano® cheese

  • 10m

    PREP
  • 10m

    COOK
  • 640

    CALORIES
  • 4

    SERVINGS

Here’s the history of this delicious dish:

The epicenter of the Italian earthquake of 2012 landed about 28 miles east of Modena. Among the massive damages, approximately 360,000 wheels of Parmigiano Reggiano cheese had been damaged – endangering the livelihood of the cheesemaking families from the area.

Massimo Bottura immediately went to work with the team from his restaurant, Osteria Francescana – wanting to address the tragedy that their community was experiencing.

 “We came up with a recipe – riso cacio e pepe – and shared it with the world encouraging everyone to buy and use lots of Parmigiano Reggiano cheese. This small gesture proved to be much bigger than I could have ever realized. There, I learned that a recipe can be an act of solidarity and a social gesture. I understood the power of food and the important role that chefs can play in society.” 

Massimo Bottura 

The response was overwhelming. All of the cheese was sold – and the livelihood of the artisans was spared.

The delicious Risotto Cacio e Pepe is a take on the classic Roman pasta cacio e pepe. For this recipe, Pecorino (cacio) was replaced with Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, one of the most important and most iconic foods of the Emilia Romagna region, and a true Italian masterpiece.

Directions:

PARMIGIANO REGGIANO CHEESE STOCK

STEP 1

Place the freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese and water in a large pan and slowly heat to 176°F. The temperature should not exceed 194°F.

STEP 2

When the cheese starts becoming stringy, remove the pan from the heat. Let it cool to room temperature, then reheat it to 76°F again, and let it cool.

STEP 3

Cover and chill in the fridge overnight, or for 8 hours. The liquid should separate into 3 densities: a creamy Parmigiano Reggiano cheese paste on top, milky liquified Parmigiano Reggiano cheese in the middle and solid Parmigiano Reggiano cheese proteins on the bottom.

STEP 4

Separate the layers. Strain the stock, reserve the creamy paste aside, and discard the solids.

PEPPER DISTILLATION

STEP 1

Crush the peppers and vacuum-pack them with the water.

STEP 2

Leave it at 68°F for 24 hours.

STEP 3

Place the liquid in a rotary evaporator and distill at 5°F.

STEP 4

Put the distillation in a vaporizer and keep cool.

Risotto

STEP 1

Place the Parmigiano Reggiano cheese stock in a pan and keep it warm.

STEP 2

Toast the rice in a separate saucepan with a little olive oil.

STEP 3

Begin by moistening the rice with one ladle of Parmigiano Reggiano cheese stock at a time and stir, as for a classic risotto.

STEP 4

Three quarters of the way through cooking start adding a spoon of Parmigiano Reggiano cheese cream and the rest of the black pepper oil.

STEP 5

When the rice is almost cooked, work in the rest of the Parmigiano Reggiano cheese cream and the rest of the black pepper oil.

STEP 6

Leave it for 1 minute to rest in the pan, keep stirring.

STEP 7

Pour the risotto on to a plate and flatten it, then spray the pepper distillation over the risotto to enhance the pepper flavor. As a next step, take a bit and savor the rich taste and creamy texture…and you will see why Massimo Bottura is considered one of the most accomplished and respected chefs in the world.

OCTOBER 27, 2021

The Parmigiano Reggiano Day Pledge.

Every year, on October 27 we invite restaurants and families across the country to make a dish of their choice featuring Parmigiano Reggiano cheese as way to honor Massimo Bottura’s historic gesture of support after the 2012 earthquake.

This year we’re also encouraging people to donate to Food for Soul, the non-proft organization started by Massimo Bottura and Lara Gilmore with the goal to build healthier and more equitable food systems and help people experiencing situations of social and economic vulnerability – a cause that is especially relevant given the devastating economic, social and health impact that communities have experienced recently due to the pandemic.

Here are links to more:

READ THE STORY

A special Gift from Massimo Bottura.

People who donate to Food for Soul during this promotion will receive a special gift from Massimo Bottura. More details at the donation link.

DONATE NOW

Be featured in our upcoming cookbook.

Send us the recipe you made during Parmigiano Reggiano Day and we will feature on our site and in the commemorative Parmigiano Reggiano Day 2021 Digital Recipe Book.

SUBMIT A RECIPE

Ingredients:

2 Lbs Parmigiano Reggiano, aged 30 months
.5 gallons of mineral water

PEPPER DISTILLATION

5 grams white pepper
2.5 grams Szechuan pepper
2.5 grams Jamaican pepper
2.5 grams Sarawak pepper
2.5 grams wild pepper
1/4 gallon mineral water

RISOTTO

Reserved Parmigiano Reggiano stock
2 cups of Vialone Nano rice
Extra-virgin olive oil
50 grams black pepper oil

Hint:

To be certain that you are buying Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, please look for the distinctive dotted rind and
make sure it is a product of Italy. This will ensure that you get the rich flavor profile and nutritional value that makes this cheese an Italian national treasure.

About Massimo Bottura:

Massimo Bottura was born and raised in Modena, Italy – where he first discovered cooking after watching his mother, grandmother and aunt in the kitchen preparing family meals. Bottura is the owner of renowned restaurant Osteria Francescana, and has consistently been listed as one of the world’s best chefs.

Chef Bottura is a vocal advocate for the reduction of food waste, for healthy and sustainable food systems, and for the protection of the environment and biodiversity through sustainable cooking practices and ingredient
sourcing.

In 2016, Bottura and his wife Lara Gilmore started Food for Soul, a nonprofit organization focusing on initiatives food waste, social and cultural initiatives around the globe. His Refettorios are community hubs built in underused spaces, where people in situations of social and economic vulnerability are welcomed and served free nutritious meals cooked with surplus ingredients that would have otherwise been thrown away.

Learn more about Food for Soul.

FOOD FOR SOUL

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Penne with mussels, anchovies, breadcrumbs and Parmigiano Reggiano cheese

Directions:

Breadcrumbs “Atturrato”
STEP 1

In a large pan heat olive oil and “colatura d’alici” (anchovy sauce), over low heat. Add garlic and cook until fragrant. Add the breadcrumbs and mix to combine. Toast for about 5 to 8 minutes making sure not to burn the mixture. Remove from heat and set aside.

Pasta
STEP 1

Cook penne according to the instructions on the packaging minus 2 minutes. Save some of the pasta water then drain.

STEP 2

In a saute pan large enough to fit the mussels and the pasta, heat olive oil. Add garlic and chili cooking until fragrant.

STEP 3

Add the mussels to the pan, pour in wine and the ‘colatura’. Allow for the alcohol to cook off, about 3 minutes. Cover and let the mussels open up. 2 -4 minutes. Discard any mussels that do not open. Add in the cooked pasta and mix together.

STEP 4

Mix in the Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, a little at a time adding a little pasta cooking water if it starts to feel dry.

STEP 5

Finish the dish with parsley, breadcrumbs, zested lemon, shaved Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, salt and fresh cracked pepper.

MAIN

Penne with mussels, anchovies, breadcrumbs and Parmigiano Reggiano® Cheese

  • 15m

    PREP
  • 15m

    COOK
  • 640

    CALORIES
  • 4

    SERVINGS

This easy-to-make recipe developed by Chef Michele Casadei Massari combines the uniquely distinctive taste of Parmigiano Reggiano cheese with fresh mussels and chili flakes, and elements from what is called “cucina povera” (peasant cooking or poor people’s cooking).

The first, “colatura d’alici”, is essentially anchovy sauce, which adds a bit of salt (sort of a natural MSG) to the dish without overwhelming the other ingredients. The other, “atturrato” bread – started out as roasted stale bread that poor people used instead of grated cheese, because cheese was often too expensive. 

The combination of flavors in the final dish is quite the opposite of poor. In fact, this simple dish packs quite a punch, delivering a complex and incredibly rich umami taste that lingers delightfully on the palate.

Ingredients:

Breadcrumbs “Atturrato”

6 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 tbsp colatura d’alici, See Hint
1 clove garlic, minced
½ cup fine breadcrumbs

 

Pasta

1 pound penne pasta
2 pounds mussels, washed well, beards removed
¾ cup Parmigiano Reggiano cheese (aged 24 months), freshly grated or shaved
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 tbsp colatura d’alici (anchovy sauce or filets)
4 cloves of garlic, chopped
2 tbsp red chili flake
¼ cup dry white wine
2 tbsp parsley, chopped
Lemon zest, to taste
Salt and pepper, to taste

Hint:

If you cannot find colatura d’alici (anchovy sauce) you can substitute anchovy filets. The filets will dissolve in the cooking process.

Use Parmigiano Reggiano aged over 24 months for best flavor and texture. To make sure that you are buying Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, look for the distinctive dotted rind and make sure it is a product of Italy, otherwise it is not Parmigiano Reggiano.

Pairings:

This dish can be enjoyed with red or white wine, or even a nice beer. Here are our suggestions:
Red wine – Sangiovese
White wine – Sauvignon Blanc
Beer – Belgian

MAIN

Penne with mussels, anchovies, breadcrumbs and Parmigiano Reggiano® Cheese

  • 15m

    PREP
  • 15m

    COOK
  • 640

    CALORIES
  • 4

    SERVINGS

This easy-to-make recipe developed by Chef Michele Casadei Massari combines the uniquely distinctive taste of Parmigiano Reggiano cheese with fresh mussels and chili flakes, and elements from what is called “cucina povera” (peasant cooking or poor people’s cooking).

The first, “colatura d’alici”, is essentially anchovy sauce, which adds a bit of salt (sort of a natural MSG) to the dish without overwhelming the other ingredients. The other, “atturrato” bread – started out as roasted stale bread that poor people used instead of grated cheese, because cheese was often too expensive. 

The combination of flavors in the final dish is quite the opposite of poor. In fact, this simple dish packs quite a punch, delivering a complex and incredibly rich umami taste that lingers delightfully on the palate.

Directions:

Breadcrumbs “Atturrato”
STEP 1

In a large pan heat olive oil and “colatura d’alici” (anchovy sauce), over low heat. Add garlic and cook until fragrant. Add the breadcrumbs and mix to combine. Toast for about 5 to 8 minutes making sure not to burn the mixture. Remove from heat and set aside.

Pasta
STEP 1

Cook penne according to the instructions on the packaging minus 2 minutes. Save some of the pasta water then drain.

STEP 2

In a saute pan large enough to fit the mussels and the pasta, heat olive oil. Add garlic and chili cooking until fragrant.

STEP 3

Add the mussels to the pan, pour in wine and the ‘colatura’. Allow for the alcohol to cook off, about 3 minutes. Cover and let the mussels open up. 2 -4 minutes. Discard any mussels that do not open. Add in the cooked pasta and mix together.

STEP 4

Mix in the Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, a little at a time adding a little pasta cooking water if it starts to feel dry.

STEP 5

Finish the dish with parsley, breadcrumbs, zested lemon, shaved Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, salt and fresh cracked pepper.

Ingredients:

Breadcrumbs “Atturrato”

6 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 tbsp colatura d’alici, See Hint
1 clove garlic, minced
½ cup fine breadcrumbs

 

Pasta

1 pound penne pasta
2 pounds mussels, washed well, beards removed
¾ cup Parmigiano Reggiano cheese (aged 24 months), freshly grated or shaved
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 tbsp colatura d’alici (anchovy sauce or filets)
4 cloves of garlic, chopped
2 tbsp red chili flake
¼ cup dry white wine
2 tbsp parsley, chopped
Lemon zest, to taste
Salt and pepper, to taste

Hint:

If you cannot find colatura d’alici (anchovy sauce) you can substitute anchovy filets. The filets will dissolve in the cooking process.

Use Parmigiano Reggiano aged over 24 months for best flavor and texture. To make sure that you are buying Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, look for the distinctive dotted rind and make sure it is a product of Italy, otherwise it is not Parmigiano Reggiano.

Pairings:

This dish can be enjoyed with red or white wine, or even a nice beer. Here are our suggestions:
Red wine – Sangiovese
White wine – Sauvignon Blanc
Beer – Belgian

SUBMIT YOUR RECIPES

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Every month our curatorial team will review the recipes that have been submitted. If yours is selected we will send you a nice gift and will feature the recipe on our website (along with your photo and bio), and we’ll also post it on our Social Media platforms.

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Portobello Mushrooms alla Judy with Parmigiano Reggiano cheese

Directions:

STEP 1

Preheat your oven to 375 F. Shred the Parmigiano Reggiano cheese.

STEP 2

To prepare the mushrooms rinse them in cold water to remove any bits of dirt or sand, then dry them with paper towels. Remove the stems.

STEP 3

Fill each of the mushroom caps with 1/4 cup of the shredded Parmigiano Reggiano cheese. Arrange them in a prepared baking dish or on a lightly greased baking sheet.

STEP 4

Bake for 10 minutes then rotate the pan and bake for another 10 minutes.

STEP 5

Serve immediately. And to make it pretty, garnish with a few green olives or fresh herbs. Enjoy!

About Judy Wright

I was born and raised in Minnesota. I am not a professional chef – however I have always enjoyed cooking for family and friends. I am a huge fan of Parmigiano Reggiano and include it in many of my recipes.

I love to cook all sorts of food from different countries, but I am particularly fond of Italian food. I like it because it uses few, simple ingredients, it is mostly very easy to make, and it always tastes delicious.

This particular mushroom recipe has become one of my go-to treats. It is a great snack to enjoy while watching a game, or as an appetizer with a nice glass of wine. Keep in mind that you can always modify it and add a little garlic or parsley…but I prefer it with just the cheese.

MAIN

Portobello Mushrooms alla Judy with Parmigiano Reggiano® cheese

  • 10m

    PREP
  • 20m

    COOK
  • 95

    CALORIES
  • 6

    SERVINGS

This recipe was submitted by Judy Wright.

Portobello mushrooms are available year round, great for stuffing, and in this case the large cavity makes a perfect “bowl” for the melted Parmigiano Reggiano cheese. According to our guest chef, Judy Wright, “Baking brings out the earthy flavor of the mushrooms and once you add the rich taste of Parmigiano Reggiano the result is absolutely delicious. This recipe is healthy, takes only 20 minutes, and will delight your friends and family.” By the way, although Chef Judy is suggesting this simple dish as an appetizer or a snack, it is also versatile enough and meaty enough to work as a main or a side.

Ingredients:

6 large portobello caps
1 1/2 cup of Parmigiano Reggiano cheese

Look for the seal of authenticity.

For a better experience always use authentic Parmigiano Reggiano, made in Italy.

READ MORE

Hint:

Chef Judy used large portobello caps but if you can’t find them at your grocery store, you can use the smaller ones as well.

To make sure that you are buying Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, look for the distinctive dotted rind and make sure it is a product of Italy, otherwise it is not Parmigiano Reggiano.

Where to buy:

RETAILERS

MAIN

Portobello Mushrooms alla Judy with Parmigiano Reggiano® cheese

  • 10m

    PREP
  • 20m

    COOK
  • 95

    CALORIES
  • 6

    SERVINGS

This recipe was submitted by Judy Wright.

Portobello mushrooms are available year round, great for stuffing, and in this case the large cavity makes a perfect “bowl” for the melted Parmigiano Reggiano cheese. According to our guest chef, Judy Wright, “Baking brings out the earthy flavor of the mushrooms and once you add the rich taste of Parmigiano Reggiano the result is absolutely delicious. This recipe is healthy, takes only 20 minutes, and will delight your friends and family.” By the way, although Chef Judy is suggesting this simple dish as an appetizer or a snack, it is also versatile enough and meaty enough to work as a main or a side.

Directions:

STEP 1

Preheat your oven to 375 F. Shred the Parmigiano Reggiano cheese.

STEP 2

To prepare the mushrooms rinse them in cold water to remove any bits of dirt or sand, then dry them with paper towels. Remove the stems.

STEP 3

Fill each of the mushroom caps with 1/4 cup of the shredded Parmigiano Reggiano cheese. Arrange them in a prepared baking dish or on a lightly greased baking sheet.

STEP 4

Bake for 10 minutes then rotate the pan and bake for another 10 minutes.

STEP 5

Serve immediately. And to make it pretty, garnish with a few green olives or fresh herbs. Enjoy!

About Judy Wright

I was born and raised in Minnesota. I am not a professional chef – however I have always enjoyed cooking for family and friends. I am a huge fan of Parmigiano Reggiano and include it in many of my recipes.

I love to cook all sorts of food from different countries, but I am particularly fond of Italian food. I like it because it uses few, simple ingredients, it is mostly very easy to make, and it always tastes delicious.

This particular mushroom recipe has become one of my go-to treats. It is a great snack to enjoy while watching a game, or as an appetizer with a nice glass of wine. Keep in mind that you can always modify it and add a little garlic or parsley…but I prefer it with just the cheese.

Ingredients:

6 large portobello caps
1 1/2 cup of Parmigiano Reggiano cheese

Look for the seal of authenticity.

For a better experience always use authentic Parmigiano Reggiano, made in Italy.

READ MORE

Hint:

Chef Judy used large portobello caps but if you can’t find them at your grocery store, you can use the smaller ones as well.

To make sure that you are buying Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, look for the distinctive dotted rind and make sure it is a product of Italy, otherwise it is not Parmigiano Reggiano.

Where to buy:

RETAILERS

SUBMIT YOUR RECIPES

Become a superstar!

Every month our curatorial team will review the recipes that have been submitted. If yours is selected we will send you a nice gift and will feature the recipe on our website (along with your photo and bio), and we’ll also post it on our Social Media platforms.

SUBMIT A RECIPE


Four Cheese Eggplant alla Mackie with Parmigiano Reggiano

Directions:

STEP 1

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

STEP 2

Cube the eggplant. Generously salt the eggplant, and let it sit for about an hour.

STEP 3

Start heating the marinara.

STEP 4

Come back to the eggplant. The eggplant should look almost shiny because the salt drew out some of the moisture. Pat the eggplant well with a paper towel to absorb the water. This process is called “sweating” the eggplant. It helps make the eggplant less soggy.

STEP 5

Spray the eggplant with cooking oil and place batches in the air fryer at 400 degrees for about 10 minutes per batch, flipping about halfway through. Note: If you dont have an air fryer, you can fry it in a pan.

STEP 6

Cook the pasta according to the instructions.

STEP 7

Add the eggplant, mozzarella/provolone blend, and marinara sauce to a baking dish and mix well until everything is evenly distributed.

STEP 8

Heat the butter in the small bowl in the microwave for about 45 seconds or until melted.

STEP 9

Mix the Pecorino Romano, breadcrumbs and melted butter well.

STEP 10

Top the dish with the Parmigiano Reggiano cheese and breadcrumb mixture.

STEP 11

Put in the oven for about 30 minutes or until the breadcrumbs are browned and the dish is bubbling.

STEP 12

Let cool and dig in!

About Mackie

My name is Mackie Ermocida, and I am from the Philadelphia Area. I recently started posting on Instagram: feed @mackies_meals where I share my culinary adventures and fun food & beverage events (hoping to turn it into a website someday).

I grew up loving all things food. While I love to experiment with all types of cuisine, my true love is Italian food. The cheeses, the wines, the pastas, the sauces, the flavors – OH MY! I also love traveling to discover new dishes!
Please follow my culinary adventures for more dishes like this.

MAIN

Four Cheese Eggplant alla Mackie with Parmigiano Reggiano® cheese

  • 10m

    PREP
  • 50m

    COOK
  • 356

    CALORIES
  • 4

    SERVINGS

This recipe was submitted by Mackie Ermocida.

There are several theories about the origin of Eggplant Parmigiana or Parmigiana di Melanzane – as they call it in Italy. Some food writers think the name of the dish derives from Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, the predominant cheese used in the dish – and that is our favorite theory. Others argue that eggplant made its first appearance in in Sicily and the name is derived from the word “palmigiana”, which is the name of the louvered panes of shutters that the layered eggplant slices are meant to resemble. However, most everyone agrees that this is a true classic Italian dish, so delicious that it has become popular around the world.
According to Mackie, “This is one of my favorite recipes! Try it! It is a twist on regular Eggplant Parmigiana. It’s cheesy, it’s saucy, it’s beautiful…and it tastes soooo good!”.

Grazie, Chef Mackie!

Ingredients:

56 oz of Marinara Sauce of your choosing
(I used San Marzano Tomatoes)
3/4 lb cavatappi, fusilli or rotini pasta
1-2 Eggplants, depending on the eggplant to pasta ratio you prefer
1/3 Cup panko breadcrumbs with Italian seasoning
1/4 Cup mozzarella/provolone cheese blend
1/4 Cup Parmigiano Reggiano cheese
1 1/2 Tablespoon butter, unsalted
1 1/2 Teaspoon Pecorino Romano, grated
4 Teaspoons salt
Cooking oil spray

Look for the seal of authenticity.

For a better experience always use authentic Parmigiano Reggiano, made in Italy.

READ MORE

Hint:

To make sure that you are buying Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, look for the distinctive dotted rind and make sure it is a product of Italy, otherwise it is not Parmigiano Reggiano.

Where to buy:

RETAILERS

MAIN

Four Cheese Eggplant alla Mackie with Parmigiano Reggiano® cheese

  • 10m

    PREP
  • 50m

    COOK
  • 356

    CALORIES
  • 4

    SERVINGS

This recipe was submitted by Mackie Ermocida.

There are several theories about the origin of Eggplant Parmigiana or Parmigiana di Melanzane – as they call it in Italy. Some food writers think the name of the dish derives from Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, the predominant cheese used in the dish – and that is our favorite theory. Others argue that eggplant made its first appearance in in Sicily and the name is derived from the word “palmigiana”, which is the name of the louvered panes of shutters that the layered eggplant slices are meant to resemble. However, most everyone agrees that this is a true classic Italian dish, so delicious that it has become popular around the world.
According to Mackie, “This is one of my favorite recipes! Try it! It is a twist on regular Eggplant Parmigiana. It’s cheesy, it’s saucy, it’s beautiful…and it tastes soooo good!”.

Grazie, Chef Mackie!

Directions:

STEP 1

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

STEP 2

Cube the eggplant. Generously salt the eggplant, and let it sit for about an hour.

STEP 3

Start heating the marinara.

STEP 4

Come back to the eggplant. The eggplant should look almost shiny because the salt drew out some of the moisture. Pat the eggplant well with a paper towel to absorb the water. This process is called “sweating” the eggplant. It helps make the eggplant less soggy.

STEP 5

Spray the eggplant with cooking oil and place batches in the air fryer at 400 degrees for about 10 minutes per batch, flipping about halfway through. Note: If you dont have an air fryer, you can fry it in a pan.

STEP 6

Cook the pasta according to the instructions.

STEP 7

Add the eggplant, mozzarella/provolone blend, and marinara sauce to a baking dish and mix well until everything is evenly distributed.

STEP 8

Heat the butter in the small bowl in the microwave for about 45 seconds or until melted.

STEP 9

Mix the Pecorino Romano, breadcrumbs and melted butter well.

STEP 10

Top the dish with the Parmigiano Reggiano cheese and breadcrumb mixture.

STEP 11

Put in the oven for about 30 minutes or until the breadcrumbs are browned and the dish is bubbling.

STEP 12

Let cool and dig in!

About Mackie

My name is Mackie Ermocida, and I am from the Philadelphia Area. I recently started posting on Instagram: feed @mackies_meals where I share my culinary adventures and fun food & beverage events (hoping to turn it into a website someday).

I grew up loving all things food. While I love to experiment with all types of cuisine, my true love is Italian food. The cheeses, the wines, the pastas, the sauces, the flavors – OH MY! I also love traveling to discover new dishes!
Please follow my culinary adventures for more dishes like this.

Ingredients:

56 oz of Marinara Sauce of your choosing
(I used San Marzano Tomatoes)
3/4 lb cavatappi, fusilli or rotini pasta
1-2 Eggplants, depending on the eggplant to pasta ratio you prefer
1/3 Cup panko breadcrumbs with Italian seasoning
1/4 Cup mozzarella/provolone cheese blend
1/4 Cup Parmigiano Reggiano cheese
1 1/2 Tablespoon butter, unsalted
1 1/2 Teaspoon Pecorino Romano, grated
4 Teaspoons salt
Cooking oil spray

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Black Truffle Pasta & Parmigiano Reggiano cheese

Directions:

STEP 1

Place the room temperature Urbani Black Truffle Butter in a small mixing bowl.
Add milk and whisk the mixture for 3 minutes to create a buttery sauce.

STEP 2

Bring 4 – 6 quarts of water to a rolling boil in a large pot and add a pinch of salt.
Add fettuccine to boiling water. Stir gently.

STEP 3

Return water to a boil. For authentic “al dente” pasta, boil uncovered – stirring occasionally for 12 minutes. Towards the end of the cooking time, take a couple of ladles of the pasta cooking water and set it aside (you may need it later).
Remove the fettuccine from heat. Drain well.

STEP 4

Pour the sauce in a ceramic bowl, add Parmigiano Reggiano cheese and Urbani Black Truffle Thrill and stir gently. If the sauce seems too thick add a little of the pasta water that was set aside earlier, until you arrive at a smooth creamy texture. Add the pasta to the bowl mixing it with the sauce.

STEP 5

Finally, serve the pasta on a dish, add a little more freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese and a shave a few thin slices of Urbani Summer Black Truffles on top. You are now ready to enjoy a dish that will transport you to the heart of Italy. Buon Appetito!

MAIN

Black Truffle Pasta &
Parmigiano Reggiano cheese

  • 15m

    PREP
  • 10m

    COOK
  • 370

    CALORIES
  • 4

    SERVINGS

This pasta recipe is the perfect treat for dinner with the one you love. The earthy rich flavor of Urbani’s Summer Black Truffles combined with the distinctive taste and texture of Parmigiano Reggiano cheese makes this recipe a decadent and delicious treat for your palate. Plus it is easy to make, takes no time at all, and requires just a few (but very good) ingredients!!

Ingredients:

1 oz fresh Urbani Summer Black Truffles
4 tablespoons Urbani Black Truffle Thrill
1/4 cup Urbani Black Truffle Butter
2 tablespoons organic whole milk
9 oz pasta (fettuccine)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese

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MAIN

Black Truffle Pasta &
Parmigiano Reggiano cheese

  • 15m

    PREP
  • 10m

    COOK
  • 370

    CALORIES
  • 4

    SERVINGS

This pasta recipe is the perfect treat for dinner with the one you love. The earthy rich flavor of Urbani’s Summer Black Truffles combined with the distinctive taste and texture of Parmigiano Reggiano cheese makes this recipe a decadent and delicious treat for your palate. Plus it is easy to make, takes no time at all, and requires just a few (but very good) ingredients!!

Directions:

STEP 1

Place the room temperature Urbani Black Truffle Butter in a small mixing bowl.
Add milk and whisk the mixture for 3 minutes to create a buttery sauce.

STEP 2

Bring 4 – 6 quarts of water to a rolling boil in a large pot and add a pinch of salt.
Add fettuccine to boiling water. Stir gently.

STEP 3

Return water to a boil. For authentic “al dente” pasta, boil uncovered – stirring occasionally for 12 minutes. Towards the end of the cooking time, take a couple of ladles of the pasta cooking water and set it aside (you may need it later).
Remove the fettuccine from heat. Drain well.

STEP 4

Pour the sauce in a ceramic bowl, add Parmigiano Reggiano cheese and Urbani Black Truffle Thrill and stir gently. If the sauce seems too thick add a little of the pasta water that was set aside earlier, until you arrive at a smooth creamy texture. Add the pasta to the bowl mixing it with the sauce.

STEP 5

Finally, serve the pasta on a dish, add a little more freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese and a shave a few thin slices of Urbani Summer Black Truffles on top. You are now ready to enjoy a dish that will transport you to the heart of Italy. Buon Appetito!

Ingredients:

1 oz fresh Urbani Summer Black Truffles
4 tablespoons Urbani Black Truffle Thrill
1/4 cup Urbani Black Truffle Butter
2 tablespoons organic whole milk
9 oz pasta (fettuccine)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese

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Italian Dumplings with Artichokes and Leeks

Directions:

STEP 1

Place the bread in a bowl. Lightly beat the egg with the milk. Add it to the bread and mix well. Allow to soak for at least 25 minutes.

STEP 2

While the bread is soaking prepare the broth. Boil the vegetables in 2 quarts of water for 30 minutes, add salt at the end to taste. Strain the broth and return back to the pot.

STEP 3

With clean hands, mix together the bread. Add a pinch of salt and pepper, thyme leaves and bacon. The mixture will be sticky.

STEP 4

Form the dough into balls with a diameter of approximately 1 ½ inches. Make sure the balls are compact. The mixture should yield approximately 14 balls in total.

STEP 5

Thinly slice the shallots, leek and artichokes, sauté for 4-6 minutes with a few ladles of the vegetable broth. You want the liquid to reduce by about 35%.

STEP 6

Bring remaining broth back to a boil and cook canederli in broth for 5 minutes.

STEP 7

To serve, add the artichoke mixture to the bottom of your bowl or plate. Place the canederli on top and pour some of the broth over top or leave without. Garnish with Italian parsley and shaved Parmigiano Reggiano cheese.

MAIN

Italian Dumplings with
Artichokes and Leeks

  • 30m

    PREP
  • 30m

    COOK
  • 265

    CALORIES
  • 4

    SERVINGS

These delicious Italian dumplings (they are called canederli in Italy) are made from a mixture of stale bread, eggs and milk. Canederli are a traditional dish from the Trentino-Alto Adige area, the Alpine region in North East Italy that borders with Austria. In fact, canederli are also a signature dish on the Austrian side of the border, where they are called ‘knödel’.

Chef Michele Casadei Massari gave this traditional dish a twist by adding bacon and serving them over sautéed artichokes and leeks. And, of course, garnishing them with plenty of Parmigiano Reggiano® cheese.

Ingredients:

12 oz stale bread cut into 1/2” cubes
2 large eggs
5 oz of milk
4oz of smoked bacon finely chopped
1 sprig thyme, leaves removed
Pinch of salt
Pinch of pepper
2 shallots
1 leek
4 clean artichokes
Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, shaved
Italian parsley, for garnish

For broth:

2 qt water
2 carrot
2 stalk of celery
1onion
Outer leaves of the artichokes
2 tablespoon of tomato paste
Sea salt, to taste

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Hint:

Use Parmigiano Reggiano cheese aged over 24 months to optimize flavor and texture.

To trim artichokes, snap off and discard the tough outer green leaves until you are left with a small bullet-shaped artichoke with pale yellow leaves that are green at the tips and tender.

Pairing:

Cynar 70 Negroni

According to legend, the Negroni was invented in 1919 at Caffe Casoni in Florence, when Count Camillo Negroni asked his friend, bartender Forsco Scarselli, to strengthen his favorite cocktail – the Americano – by replacing the soda water with gin.

The recipe below adds Cynar 70 (the 70-proof formula). Cynar (pronounced CHEE-nar) is a liqueur known for its stomach-soothing qualities. Specifically, Cynar is a digestivo, an almost-medicinal Italian after-dinner drink. It is made by steeping herbs (13 in this case) in a neutral spirit. But what makes the spirit really stand out is its primary ingredient: artichokes.

Mix 1¼ oz. gin, 1¼ oz. Campari and 1¼ oz. Cynar 70. Pour over ice and garnish with a twist of Orange.

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MAIN

Italian Dumplings with
Artichokes and Leeks

  • 30m

    PREP
  • 30m

    COOK
  • 265

    CALORIES
  • 4

    SERVINGS

These delicious Italian dumplings (they are called canederli in Italy) are made from a mixture of stale bread, eggs and milk. Canederli are a traditional dish from the Trentino-Alto Adige area, the Alpine region in North East Italy that borders with Austria. In fact, canederli are also a signature dish on the Austrian side of the border, where they are called ‘knödel’.

Chef Michele Casadei Massari gave this traditional dish a twist by adding bacon and serving them over sautéed artichokes and leeks. And, of course, garnishing them with plenty of Parmigiano Reggiano® cheese.

Directions:

STEP 1

Place the bread in a bowl. Lightly beat the egg with the milk. Add it to the bread and mix well. Allow to soak for at least 25 minutes.

STEP 2

While the bread is soaking prepare the broth. Boil the vegetables in 2 quarts of water for 30 minutes, add salt at the end to taste. Strain the broth and return back to the pot.

STEP 3

With clean hands, mix together the bread. Add a pinch of salt and pepper, thyme leaves and bacon. The mixture will be sticky.

STEP 4

Form the dough into balls with a diameter of approximately 1 ½ inches. Make sure the balls are compact. The mixture should yield approximately 14 balls in total.

STEP 5

Thinly slice the shallots, leek and artichokes, sauté for 4-6 minutes with a few ladles of the vegetable broth. You want the liquid to reduce by about 35%.

STEP 6

Bring remaining broth back to a boil and cook canederli in broth for 5 minutes.

STEP 7

To serve, add the artichoke mixture to the bottom of your bowl or plate. Place the canederli on top and pour some of the broth over top or leave without. Garnish with Italian parsley and shaved Parmigiano Reggiano cheese.

Ingredients:

12 oz stale bread cut into 1/2” cubes
2 large eggs
5 oz of milk
4oz of smoked bacon finely chopped
1 sprig thyme, leaves removed
Pinch of salt
Pinch of pepper
2 shallots
1 leek
4 clean artichokes
Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, shaved
Italian parsley, for garnish

For broth:

2 qt water
2 carrot
2 stalk of celery
1onion
Outer leaves of the artichokes
2 tablespoon of tomato paste
Sea salt, to taste

Look for the seal of authenticity.

For a better experience always use authentic Parmigiano Reggiano, made in Italy.

READ MORE

Hint:

Use Parmigiano Reggiano cheese aged over 24 months to optimize flavor and texture.

To trim artichokes, snap off and discard the tough outer green leaves until you are left with a small bullet-shaped artichoke with pale yellow leaves that are green at the tips and tender.

Pairing:

Cynar 70 Negroni

According to legend, the Negroni was invented in 1919 at Caffe Casoni in Florence, when Count Camillo Negroni asked his friend, bartender Forsco Scarselli, to strengthen his favorite cocktail – the Americano – by replacing the soda water with gin.

The recipe below adds Cynar 70 (the 70-proof formula). Cynar (pronounced CHEE-nar) is a liqueur known for its stomach-soothing qualities. Specifically, Cynar is a digestivo, an almost-medicinal Italian after-dinner drink. It is made by steeping herbs (13 in this case) in a neutral spirit. But what makes the spirit really stand out is its primary ingredient: artichokes.

Mix 1¼ oz. gin, 1¼ oz. Campari and 1¼ oz. Cynar 70. Pour over ice and garnish with a twist of Orange.

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