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


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...

You certainly you might have tried or heard about sweet pastiera but today I would like to introduce my recipe for savory pastiera to you. The Neapolitan pastiera was originally a typical pie for the Easter Sunday in Campania, but nowadays it is prepared all year long. My savory pastiera is a delicious pie prepared with pasta frolla (Italian pie do...

Chicken breast rolls are a perfect dish for a family dinner any day of the week. The preparation is simple: lay a slice of chicken breast flat and place sliced ham and sage leaves on it, then just roll them up and cut in half, making beautiful and tasty rolls. Sage is a common ingredient in the Italian culinary tradition, used for example, in roast...

Octopus and fennel salad is a typical Mediterranean dish, rich in flavor and nutrients. It can be either a delicious starter or a light lunch – in the latter case the portion should be larger. This salad is not only just beautiful and tasty, but it is also delightfully healthy. Octopus is a low-calorie and lean seafood, rich in protein, minerals (i...

This delicious casserole is a perfect dish when corn is in season. It could be a tasty idea for a vegetarian starter or a side dish. I usually prepare it for a dinner with my family and friends. Maize, also known as corn, is one of the most popular cereals in the world and is a staple food in many cuisines. It is a grain plant that was not cultivat...

Lasagna with artichokes is appetizing dish, a vegetarian alternative to the traditional lasagna with bolognese sauce, something I like to prepare for a Sunday family lunch or a festive event a on a meat-free day. Actually you can enjoy it the next day for lunch too ... if there is some left over, which I doubt! Lasagna is a pasta dish that it is go...

The life of a modern woman is constantly moving at lightning speed. Because of this, women are not only the sweet, motherly figure we all know and love, but they also show great strength and determination. These traits can be represented with a simple dish, yet full of character: Pumpkin soup with Gorgonzola cheese.

Salt-crusted sea bass is a mouth-watering and healthy dish. Sea bass is low in calories and an excellent source of protein, minerals, vitamins and omega-3 fatty acids. Salt-crust baking is one of the oldest and healthiest methods of cooking food. The salt insulates the food, cooking it gently and evenly. In this recipe sea bass cooks using its own...

Figs with prosciutto crudo is certainly a winning combination! This is a special dish to serve for a starter or aperitif, combining the sweetness of figs and the intense flavor of prosciutto. In no time you can impress your guests.

Keep the flavor of summer with this delicious plum jam. Every summer I prepare several jams when fruit is mature and rich in flavor. Plum jam is one of my favorite ones. I could eat a whole jar by itself, one spoon after the other!