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Spaghetti di Lilli and the Vagabondo: an idea for children – Italian Cuisine

Just like those of the protagonists of the Disney cartoon, with tomato sauce and meatballs, to roll up and suck

Impossible not to remember the scene of Lady and the Tramp in which, on the notes of Sweet dream, the two dogs eat spaghetti with meatballs sucking the pasta until you kiss. A tribute to Italy and the good Italian cuisine, complete with clichés of red and white checked tablecloth. If you are looking for a recipe for your children, but will also lick the mustache to adults, here's how to prepare the "Spaghetti and meatballs", as the Americans call them.

The spaghetti recipe Lady and the Tramp

Ingredients for 4 people

350 g of spaghetti (set according to the children's hunger and their age)
800 g of tomato sauce
1 clove of garlic
1 white onion
100 g of good quality ground beef
50 g of sausage
nutmeg to taste
1 egg
3 slices of bread in a box soaked in milk and squeezed
flour 00 qb
extra virgin olive oil as needed
Salt to taste


In a bowl mix the mince and the sausage, grate the nutmeg, add the egg and the 3 slices of bread in a wet box in the milk and squeeze well or release too much liquid.

Once amalgamated everything starts to form small balls and flour them.

Separately fry the garlic clove and thinly chopped onion in extra virgin olive oil. Add the sauce and cook for a quarter of an hour. Set to salt. Then add the meatballs gently so that they do not break and continue cooking for another hour, over low heat.

Put the water to heat up the pasta, add salt, dip the spaghetti and then toss with the sauce and meatballs. Serve the pasta with 4 meatballs on top of each. For those who love parmesan, sprinkle the dish well.

Alternative meatballs

Meatballs can be prepared in many different ways, because they are more or less tasty, with the addition of sausages, fried or baked, for example, vegetarian, even vegan. Discover them all so as to alternate with the classic: 20 recipes of sunny meatballs!

5 very easy Carnival recipes for children – Italian Cuisine

Carnival is a party especially for children. Here are 5 colorful and fun recipes for them

There is no party in the world more fun than the Carnival for a child.

What do I dress up with mom?
Confetti or streamers?
DIY mask or real disguise?

What matters, however, in a party with many children is also and above all the snack.

Here's how to amaze them with some ricolorful and fun cetta and very easy to make, for mothers who do not have much time or are not very skilled in the kitchen.
And if you combine some mess it does not matter. Anything goes at carnival time!

Funfetti cake

This is a classic breakfast cake enriched with colored sugars inside. Beautiful to serve in a snack under 10. We prepare it with the recipe of the classic cake 7 jars. Mix 3 eggs with 2 sugar jars with a hand whisk and then add a jar of seed oil and three jars of sifted flour with a sachet of baking powder. Add at the end three spoons of colored codette in the mixture and mix. Fill a cake tin lined with baking paper and bake at 180 degrees for 35 minutes. If you want, decorate with an icing of butter and powdered sugar.

Cocoa Puffs

This balls usually disappear within a few seconds. Just mix the ricotta, with the sugar and the mascarpone with the coconut flour until you reach a consistency that you can work with your hands. The ingredients are 250 gr of ricotta, 250 gr of mascarpone, 100 gr of sugar and around 200 gr of coconut flour. Then roll the balls into the colored tails.

Smarties cookies

These cookies are decorated with an ingredient much loved by children: the chocolate colored dragees. Prepare a classic short pastry with 3 eggs, 500 grams of 00 flour, 200 grams of sugar, 1 sachet of baking powder and a small glass of seed oil. Form the cookies and then decorate them with 4-5 confetti each. Cook at 180 degrees for about 10-15 minutes.

Sparklers of tagliatelle

Do not you believe it? You have read just fine. We prepare crispy streamers simply by frying some fresh noodles in boiling seed oil. Then, once they are ready and well drained, we decorate them with plenty of powdered sugar. And if you have time to do it by hand you can also try the chocolate version!

Rainbow cake

This is a very famous cake in the States. It is called this because it is made with the colors of the rainbow. You have to prepare a basic dough like that of the first recipe (cake seven jars) duplicating the doses and then divide it into more bowls. In one add the red color, one in green, one in yellow and one in blue. You can also choose other colors, the important thing is to use natural food colors (you can also prepare them by using ingredients like beetroot, pistachios, blueberries, pumpkin etc). Then cook the different colored compounds separately in small round molds. Once ready, overlap them by placing between each of the whipped cream or cream prepared by adding 100g of soft butter with 150g of margarine,
350 g of powdered sugar and 3 tablespoons of milk. Cut it into slices and you will discover the magic!

Children at the table: 8 good habits to start the year to the fullest – Italian Cuisine

The year has begun and each of us has certainly focused on his good intentions for the months to come. The real difficulty? Keep them!

Yes, because, especially when it comes to children, habits change so quickly that it makes it really difficult for a mother or father to adapt to the situation. If then they concern the welfare and behavior of children at the table even more. We have collected 8 tips for you to try and establish one positive routine for the whole family.

Create a weekly menu

The real problem of the routine of work and family is to find time to dedicate itself to the table and so often we find ourselves at the last to put on fire the usual pot of water for a quick pasta. Creating a weekly menu and consequently stocking fruit and vegetables, and buying only what we really need for meals, already organized, of the week, saves money and avoids waste and jitters.

Let's meet

If you know that the menu for the next meal does not exactly contain your child's favorite dishes, do not be discouraged or forget about it. Come to terms with children, especially if they are older and therefore able to understand your proposal. For example? Offer in the same lunch a dish that they love very much, like Mickey Mouse Croccomagie of Pizzoli, combining them with ingredients that they appreciate less.

Do the shopping together with mom or dad

Do you think you have a baby in the supermarket that looks like a nightmare? Not even if this moment of sharing becomes an important habit to make the child understand the value of food and in general of the purchase. Involving children in spending is useful to choose together, of course with the guide of the adult, which products will be consumed during the week and encourage children to eat in a more varied and balanced.

A full of vitamins

Speaking of spending, do you know what the seasonal ingredients are? Always ask to buy fresh products, rich in vitamins, colorful and tasty (and even cheaper). For example, in the first months of the year, give priority to citrus fruit, for great sweet desserts, ideal for breakfast. And for a snack? Try the funny juices Santàl with Mickey and his friends, 100% of natural origin, with apricot, pear and peach flavors.

Go ahead to the imagination!

A simple greenish vegetable soup turns into a dinosaur soup, carrots and zucchini become nose and eyes of a hamburger, and so on. There are many ways to make children happy in the kitchen and ensure that they accept to eat even what they do not usually appreciate. Choosing products suitable for them then is essential, like the ravioli Squirrel-fresh pasta studied by the Marco Bianchi Foodmentor to taste Zucca & Carote or Pomodoro & Mozzarella in the version with Disney Frozen or with Spider-Man. To bring the magic to the table you can also try the fun pasta From the Costa, which incorporates Mickey Mouse, the Disney and Cars Princesses.

Cook together

To each his role: the little ones can set and clear the table, the biggest ones cut vegetables or other ingredients, mum and dad are the chefs. Turning the kitchen into a game it also makes meals easier and lightens the loads of effort of the whole family.

Short but intense lunches

It is useless to pretend that children stay at table for a long time and, often, parents' requests turn into whims and moments of crisis. Better to have short, well-organized lunches and dinners, both on weekdays in the family and on weekends with friends and relatives. Let the children behave as such: it is right that the time of lunch is respected and shared, without however requiring an effort that goes against their nature.

Television at the table goes out

It should be a fixed rule, but it is not always possible to respect, for the weariness of all the members of the family and for the whims of the little ones: television at the table does not look. Focusing on a cartoon will not allow the child to share the meal time with parents and siblings, or even to understand and savor what's on his plate. Rather, treat yourself to a sham rule every now and then. For example? A pizza in front of a film on Sunday evening to regenerate all together before the start of the week.