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EAT THE ITALIAN WAY - EPISODE 1 FOOD & COOKING ARTICLE

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Italians are known for their food and Mediterranean love of life but whereas they 'live to eat', in Britain we tend to 'eat to live.' For us, eating is seen as more of a necessity and not about the experience itself. Perhaps we should all take note of the Italian philosophy when it comes to food. If we all have to eat to live, why not make it an enjoyable occasion?

In today's fast-paced society, it's often difficult to find time to sit down with your loved ones and have quality time together, let alone enjoy a meal. Less preparation means more time to enjoy our food - but it doesn't mean we need to compromise on taste and nutrition.

In this four-part video series, real Italian mums Daniela and Monica show us how to cook food that is quick, easy, tasty and good for you. Whether you're a busy mum looking for quick and nutritious meals to feed the family or if you're clueless in the kitchen and looking to impress, you won't go wrong with these easy-to-follow recipes.

Below you will find the video and below it is the accompanying recipe so you can sit back and enjoy the video without the need to make notes.

Episode 1:
Giovanni Rana Fresh Ricotta & Tender Spinach Tortelloni alla "carrettiera"
Episode 2:
Giovanni Rana Sun-ripened Tomato & Mozzarella Tortelloni alla pizzaiola
Episode 3:
Giovanni Rana Tender Spinach & Fresh Ricotta Tortelloni Primavera
Episode 4:
Giovanni Rana Prosciutto Crudo & Cheese Cappelletti with ricotta and tomato sauce

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EPISODE 1:

Giovanni Rana Fresh Ricotta & Tender Spinach Tortelloni alla "carrettiera"

FRESH RICOTTA & TENDER SPINACH TORTELLONI ALLA "CARRETTIERA" RECIPE

Ingredients

Giovanni Rana Fresh Ricotta & Tender Spinach Tortelloni
Country-style bread or large white bloomer
·400g fresh spinach
150g ricotta cheese
Garlic - finely chopped
Extra virgin olive oil
Sea salt
A handful of pine nuts

How to make

  • Preheat the oven to 180°C / Gas Mark 4.
  • Thinly cut four slices of bread. Put the slices in the oven and toast until they are golden.
  • Heat the extra virgin olive oil in a non-stick frying-pan together with the garlic. Sauté the spinach in the pan for a couple of minutes and season with a little sea salt. Put aside.
  • Toast the pine nuts in a frying-pan.
  • In a large pan, bring to the boil plenty of salted water. When the water is boiling, add the Giovanni Rana Fresh Ricotta and Tender Spinach Tortelloni to the pan and cook for one minute. Drain the Tortelloni.
  • Arrange the warm bread slices on each plate. Spoon the sauté spinach and the fresh ricotta onto each slice of bread. Add the Giovanni Rana Fresh Ricotta and Tender Spinach tortelloni on top of the spinach & ricotta layer and some around it. Sprinkle with the toasted pine nuts. Serve immediately.

Serves 4

Wine pairing: A glass of Soave Classico is a great choice

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