Paola Lovisetti Scamihorn

A native-born Italian - "D.O.C." – Paola has lived and worked abroad for nearly a decade. Cooking has always been her passion; she always likes to experiment with different tastes and textures, tingeing from the Italian culinary culture to create her own personal recipes, however trying to remain faithful to the authentic Italian traditions, flavors, and ingredients. She started her blog “Passion and Cooking” (www.passionandcooking.com) in October 2012 to showcase my recipes and give her readers a sampling of the true Italian lifestyle, through traditional cooking


These are moist, super healthy, sinfully delicious brownies that have no sugar, no eggs, no flour and no added fat. Is this possible? Yes it is! Try my tasty, easy and fast recipe, and you will find out. No fuss, no mess and in no time you have nutritious and tasty brownies that you can enjoy for a snack or dessert.  This recipe combines several nu...

Fresh pasta is doubly delicious when you can both make and eat it! Ravioli filled with pumpkin is one of the most classic pasta dishes of Lombardy, in particular of Mantua; with its sweet and spicy taste, it is pure poetry for the palate.  The secret ingredients that make this dish so special are amaretti cookies and mostarda. Mostarda di frutta is...

We all have a recipe in our hearts, the one that recalls a particular moment of our lives... whether it is sweet or savory. But there is a recipe that is loved by most people, especially by children - meatballs with tomato sauce, the masterpiece of the southern Italian cuisine. Nowadays there are different versions, including fish or vegetarian one...

Ravioli with beets and ricotta cheese is, without doubt, an elegant and colorful vegetarian dish that can be enjoyed as a first course or a main course.  The typical sauce is butter and sage, topped with some grated Parmesan and freshly ground pepper.  I love beets, they are one of my favorite winter vegetables.  The intense color, due to some pigm...

An appetizing and colorful recipe for an unforgettable Christmas! If you are looking for an irresistible second course for Christmas eve to enjoy both with your eyes and palate, roasted pork loin stuffed with ham, chestnuts, celery, apple, and cranberries is a an excellent choice.

Savory zucchini carrot bread is certainly a healthy choice for carbs, because it combines both whole grain flour and vegetables, rich in fiber, vitamins, and minerals. It is a mix a good nutrients that gives you the right energy.

Every year autumn and winter, with cold weather and abrupt temperature changes, bring in the flu, forcing us to spend four to five days in bed under the blankets waiting for the fever, cough and cold to go away. To fight these symptoms and recover fast, we can start with a healthy diet, bringing to the table tasty foods - comfort foods - rich in vi...

This delicious salad celebrates Italy with its aroma and flavor. It is a perfect vegetarian dish that you can easily take to work or on a picnic. Lentils have a marvelous nutritional profile: whilst 30% of its energy comes from protein, the remainder is primarily a high-quality resistant starch, a carbohydrate which passes the length of the gastroi...

Cherry tomatoes confit are deliciously caramelized cherry tomatoes, ideal to serve as an appetizer or side dish. They are also perfect as a topping for pasta or bruschetta. After having cut them in half, just season with salt, pepper, brown sugar, and oregano or thyme. Drizzle with some olive oil and bake for two hours. The secret is to evaporate...

Panna cotta is one of the most well known and widespread Italian desserts. It comes from Piedmont and its origin dates back to the beginning of the 20th century. Typically it is served with berries, caramel or chocolate sauce, and because of its great versatility it is possible to create a different topping every time. It is up to your creativity.

Lemon and rosemary sorbet is a perfect summer treat, refreshing and beautifully light. You can serve it either as a dessert, a snack or as a palate cleanser between courses. This recipe belongs to my new book – The Mamma Mia! Diet. Sweets should be a treat to enjoy once in a while and better homemade! In the book you will find a selection of tasty...

Spaghetti cacio and pepper (pecorino romano cheese and pepper), like carbonara and amatriciana, has now become one of the symbols of Italian cuisine. It is prepared using D.O.P (protected designation of origin) ingredients. Pecorino romano is called cacio to distinguish it from pecorino produced in other parts of Italy. Most pecorino is produced o...