I’m a sucker for easy Italian food recipes – I mean, I am Italian after all. That said, I haven’t had traditional pasta since the day that I learned I have a gluten sensitivity. Let me tell you how much of a damper that put on my cucina libertà (excuse the bastardization – I haven’t spoken Italian since my grandfather died when I was five).
Since that fateful day I’ve scoured cookbooks and the internet looking for gluten free Italian recipes – and I discovered something I wasn’t really aware of before: Italian cooking is in fact not all about pasta. Who knew?
Before you go getting all judgy on my naivety, let me explain that once my grandfather died, I didn’t have any contact with my Italian family for almost 30 years. No one’s really sure why that happened, but they’ve recently tracked me down via Facebook and now we’re in the process of getting to know each other (hello Stiavetti clan! <3 <3 <3!). It’s kind of weird to suddenly have a huge family that you never knew about, and it’s even stranger to know that if not for Facebook, I might have gone my entire life not knowing that I had so many blood relatives living literally 20 minutes away (!!!!!). So, thank you Facebook for contributing to my own personal historical context.
Simple, Easy Italian Recipes
Now that I’ve gone off on a semi-emo tangent, let me bring it back home. Lately I’ve been craving some serious Italian food, and after my discovery a few years ago that Italian cooking was far more than the sum of its noodles, I’ve made it my personal quest to understand what Italian food really is.