Moving house…


*waves* It’s been a while, you may have noticed I haven’t blogged in a long time! Lots of changes in the Italian Foodie Casa in the last year, new baby, new business, new website. I’ve moved everything over to the new site Real Italian Foodies and hope to blog there more regularly from now on. I loved this blog and just want to say a big thank you to all of you for reading and your lovely comments. I do miss blogging and I hope I can find the time to start again…


Lorraine xx

spicy bean & pancetta soup….

It’s cold, it’s wet, it’s dark, yes it’s winter time and that means only one thing – SOUP!!! We’ve been absolutely battered here this weekend so it was time to bring out the comforting soup recipes. I love minestrone soup but it does require a bit of prep with all the veg that has to be chopped which can take a while whereas this recipe is great in that it mainly involves opening a few cans of beans. Does that make it any less tasty, no Sireeeeeee, it’s absolutely delicious. I demand you try it:)

what you need:

2 carrots chopped

1 celery stick

2 garlic cloves crushed

2 tsp chilli flakes

250g diced pancetta

1 400g tin cannellini beans drained

1 400g tin  borlotti beans drained

1 400g tin lentils drained

1 400g tin chickpeas drained

1 lt chicken stock

2 sprigs of rosemary chopped

olive oil

sea salt and black pepper

what to do:

heat 4\5 tbsp olive oil in a pot and cook the garlic, carrots and celery over a low heat for about 10 mins until soft but not coloured.

add your rosemary, chilli and pancetta and cook over a high heat for about 10 mins until pancetta starts to colour.

add your beans and your stock, bring to the boil, season and reduce heat.

simmer over a low heat for about 30 mins.

check the seasoning and serve with crusty bread of course:)

Easy Peasy:)

L x

agnello con piselli

Yo Yo Yo…..

It’s been a while hasn’t it? I’ve been a busy ladeeee with setting up the new company for our new range of fresh pasta sauces. We are closer to launch now & hope it will happen some time in November. It’s been a long process but we’ve threaded very cautiously and hopefully we have made the right decisions. I’ll do a full blog post on it again, it’s very exciting times in Casa Italian Foodies & I’m keeping everything crossed that it succeeds, as they say “nothing ventured, nothing gained”!

So this summer was absolutely rubbish & I find it really hard to cook when I know I’m supposed to be eating al fresco & the bbq should be permanently on but that didn’t happen this year so I’m actually embracing winter and its comfort food. What represents winter & the cold wet nights better than a hearty stew so a simple, tasty, lamb stew is my comeback post, (I know, I know I’ve had about 10 but at least I try) I wish I could say this is my recipe but I have to give credit to the “Two Greedy Italians” for this one, I’ve made lamb stew before but I like the addition of chilli & white wine vinegar in this one so I’ll give you their recipe, I’m sure they won’t mind:)

what you need:

1 kg boned shoulder cut into chunks

10 tbsp olive oil

1 onion diced

1 carrot chopped

1 celery stalk

5 garlic cloves crushed

20g anchovy fillets

handful of thyme

1 red chilli sliced

250ml white wine

25ml white wine vinegar

250g frozen peas

300g potatoes cut into cubes

200g cherry tomatoes cut in half

flour for dusting

sea salt and black pepper

what to do:

dust the lamb chunks with flour and season well

heat the olive oil in a large pot and sweat the carrots, celery, garlic and onion over a low heat until soft.

add the anchovies, thyme and chilli and cook until anchovies have dissolved.

add the lamb chunks and seal well all over.

stir in the wine and allow to reduce by half, then add the vinegar.

reduce the heat to low, cover and simmer for 20 mins.

add the peas, tomatoes and potatoes, cover again and cook for about an hour.

serve with lots of crusty bread:)

Harry’s Walled Garden….


















































































































I don’t think this post needs any words….

L x

we’ve moved house…..

We’ve changed our La Cucina facebook page from a profile page to a business page so you can now find us here

Please likey us:)

L xx

waterford food festival…..

a bit of research…


I’ve talked a bit about our new business venture on here, we’re doing market research on it at the moment and I’m looking for your help. If you buy pasta sauces would you mind doing this short survey for me…

Grazie a tutti xx