On Wednesday I went to Ventimiglia market with my friend Patty and bought several unusual Italian vegetables, an opportunity to prepare some unique Springs starters.
On the video, I show what we found at the market, and below you will find all the recipes:
When the first fave beans and fresh peas appear on the market stand, my heart fills with joy just thinking about Spring Minestra.
More than a recipe, this Spring starter is a ceremony to celebrate Spring.
The fresh vegetables are piled in layers and covered with lettuce leaves to preserve the green colour of the produces.
It can be eaten warm or at room temperature, a perfect Spring starter for the unpredictable weather during this time of the year.
They look like chive but they are bitter and chunkier.
Remove the roots and boil them for 3 minutes in salted water.
Drain and season with extra virgin olive oil and salt.
Puntarelle are chicory shoots, in Rome, they are cut very thin and seasoned with anchovies and garlic.
If they are long, they will curl once cut.
It is an uncommon vegetable and makes a perfect unusual Spring starter your guests will love.
If you cannot find Puntarelle you can use endives for a similar result.
Zucchini Trombetta di Albenga
Such unusual shape, those zucchinis are crunchy and have a nutty flavour.
As a Spring starter, I like to make Zucchini Pasta with Ricotta.
There are many Spring starters recipes I make with these zucchinis, but regular zucchinis will do as well.
When you buy regular zucchini always buy the thinnest ones.
They will be less watery and have fewer seeds.
Spring Starters Minestra
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fava beans, broad beans
small lettuce head
slices of bacon
- olive oil
Prepare all the vegetables
Put aside 4 lettuce leaves and cut the lettuce into slices
Clean the peas
Clean the fave beans
Clean and cut the artichokes into slices
In a casserole stir fry1 onion and the bacon
Cover with a layer of lettuce and season
- Add a layer of fave beans and season
Add a layer of peas and season
Add a layer of artichokes, season and add 2 cups of water
Lay on top the 4 lettuce leaves, they will keep the colour of the vegetables green
- Cover with a lid and simmer for 40 minutes
When ready, remove the top lettuce leaves
Calories 158 calories per serving
Fat 9 gr per serving
Carbohydrates 13 gr per serving
Proteins 7 gr per serving
Sugar 6 gr per serving
Sodium 544 mg per serving
Nutritional information is provided for general purpose only. It is not intended to amount to advice on which you should rely.
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