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Fake pasta with pesto (without pasta, with green beans) – Italian Cuisine

Fake pasta with pesto (without pasta, with green beans)

Green beans and pesto, for a first course that helps the line and deceives the desire for carbohydrates

When preparing a pasta with vegetables, to be careful of the line, you try to increase the dose of vegetables so much that the pasta becomes almost a side dish: why not eliminate it entirely? Nothing against carbohydrates, but after the party banquets, in an attempt to stay fit, limiting oneself helps to compensate for the tears in the rule. One of the clever dishes that come in handy is this fake pasta with pesto, fake because there is no pasta!

Blanch, and season

It is prepared quickly thanks to an envelope of frozen green beans – which certainly are not fresh like those of spring, but they help. And then they have the shape of ziti or pens, and they let themselves be chewed, increasing the sense of satiety.
You bleach them in salted water for a few minutes, then drain them when they are still crunchy and season them with basil pesto, Pesto Walnuts, butter and cheese – a knob of butter has never hurt anyone and fats are useful, even when dieting.

The result is a dish that tastes like a traditional recipe, but is much lighter.
And to compensate for the extravagances, it helps.

Recipe Bacon scallops, hazelnut pesto and rocket – Italian Cuisine

Recipe Bacon scallops, hazelnut pesto and rocket

  • 120 g rocket
  • 30 g shelled hazelnuts
  • 12 scallops with the shell
  • 12 thin slices of bacon
  • hazelnut grain
  • spinach leaves
  • thyme
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • salt
  • pepper

For the recipe for bacon scallops, hazelnut pesto and rocket, clean the scallops by removing the coral (the orange part); wash the shells well. Wrap each mollusk in a slice of bacon; scald them in a pan with a drizzle of oil, flavored with a sprig of thyme, for 40-50 seconds; turn them over, cook them for another 30-40 seconds; then brown them for a few moments also along the bacon rim; drain them on kitchen paper.
For the pesto with hazelnuts and rocket: Clean the rocket and blend 100 g with 30 g of ice, the hazelnuts, 70 g of oil, salt and pepper. Spread a spoonful of pesto in each shell, lay the scallops on it, garnished with arugula and spinach leaves, a few sprigs of thyme, a little chopped hazelnuts and serve.

Bread mice with spinach pesto and sticks with cooked ham – Italian Cuisine

To cheer up the afternoon snack and offer the little ones a fun novelty, focus on an original combination and the sympathy of one of the most beloved characters, Mickey Mouse!

What a bore the usual snack, who knows how many times you've heard it from your children, tired of the same unimaginative proposals. It is not always easy to invent combinations able to amaze and bring new energy to children, which fatigued by the scholastic commitment often just to snack unleash the most insistent whims.

And then we must not forget the fundamental importance that the mid-afternoon snack has in feeding the little ones: one well calibrated snack it can in fact have positive effects on mental efficiency, on the ability to concentrate and on eating behavior at subsequent meals. It is clear how it is for children never skip this meal and indeed prefer tasty products but above all able to supply the correct caloric needs to the body and the right nutrients.

We offer children a tasty snack that is at the same time balanced, fun and original, such as new ones Citterio Junior Snacks, soon available in stores. From the collaboration with Cucina Disney a new line of snacks was born: sticks with cooked ham and turkey breast sticks low in fat, gluten and milk derivatives. It is also a snack that is very comfortable to carry, ideal to be consumed at school or on an outing, given its 4-hour storage time outside the refrigerator.

We suggest a merry and delicious combination, a spinach pesto in which to dip the sticks with cooked ham, together with a Mickey Mouse toasted bread. Because if it is true that at the table "even the eye wants its part" it is even more true that for the little ones it is also important the joy that comes from such an original dish. And now let's see if anyone will even say "what a bore your usual snack!"

For 4 people
Preparation time: 20 minutes
Difficulty level: easy


6 slices of cereal bread,
200 g of salad spinach,
120 g of sticks with Citterio ham,
80 g of cherry tomatoes,
40 g of pine nuts,
30 g of Parmigiano Reggiano,
2 sprigs of parsley,
half a lemon,
extra virgin olive oil,


Wash and dry the spinach and then transfer them to the mixer together with the previously lightly roasted pine nuts, the chopped Parmigiano Reggiano, 3 tablespoons of oil, a pinch of salt and the juice of half a lemon. Blend everything until you get a thick and homogeneous sauce and transfer it to 4 small bowls.

Clean the tomatoes, wash them, dry them and cut them into 4 slices.
Lightly toast the slices of bread in boxes and make from each one 2 croutons in the shape of a Mickey Mouse head (use a cookie cutter) and serve them with the Citterio ham sticks, the spinach sauce, the cherry tomatoes and decorate as you wish with leaflets of parsley.

Enjoy your meal, both young and old!

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