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


Let’s celebrate spring with delicious and nutritious salad. Peas are part of the legume family. They have an impressive nutritional profile being rich in antioxidants, good carbs, protein and fiber but relatively low in calories. They are a good source of energy. Asparagus, belonging to garlic and onion family, shares the same diuretic properties....

Lasagne, one of the most popular Italian dishes, has a long and interesting history and  traces its origin to the ancient Greeks. Lasagne with pistachios pesto is a delicious vegetarian dish, something to try!  Bronte Pistachios, from a small village in Sicily, are smaller then other pistachios but tastier and with a brilliant emerald color!  Pista...

Love, sweetness and spiciness together? Yes it is possible with this cake prepared with chocolate and hot chili pepper, covered with strawberry coulis. Chocolate is seductive and slightly mysterious; it has been called the “food of the devil”. Chocolate and love result in the same good feelings and sensations in the brain. Hot chili pepper increase...

This is a great autumn-winter dish when kale is in season. It is tasty and healthy side dish or main dish for a light meal. This is a perfect vegetarian/vegan recipe but omnivores love it too. Chickpeas are legumes with a remarkable nutritional profile: good source of vegetable protein, vitamins, minerals (iron, magnesium and potassium), and fiber...

Casoncelli, also known as casonsei in the local dialect, is a typical first course of Lombardy, in particular in the cities of Bergamo and Brescia. Casoncelli is a kind of stuffed fresh pasta, shaped like a wrapped candy. The filling varies depending on where you are: in Brescia, it’s traditionally made of leftover beef and fresh salami (pasta di s...

Gnudi is a typical Tuscan dish made with spinach or erbette, ricotta, Parmesan cheese and served with butter and sage or tomato sauce. The term gnudi comes from the Tuscan dialect which means "naked" and emphasizes the "nakedness" of these dumplings compared to ravioli, which are instead covered with a layer of pasta. It is an easy and simple recip...

Who can resist truffles? Not me! Risotto with truffle is a classic first course, easy and quick to prepare, a dish that will certainly impress your guest. The simplicity of the ingredients is enhanced by the flavor of truffle. This is something you can prepare for a special meal with friends and family. Like most authentic Italian recipes it’s dece...

Keep the flavor of summer with this delicious peach jam. Every summer I prepare several jams when fruit is mature, rich in flavor and nutrients. When I am on vacation in Tuscany I take advantage of the fresh fruit and vegetables from a local farmer’s garden. The taste is deliciously irresistible.   A few days ago I picked many peaches, and I instan...

This is an easy and creative recipe with seasonal fruit that could become your summer dish. Burrata is a fresh Italian cheese made from cow’s or buffalo’s milk. The outer shell is solid like mozzarella, while the inside contains stracciatella and cream, giving it an unusual, soft and delicious texture. Due to its center rich in cream, burrata is h...

With summer comes warmer weather and a rainbow array of nature’s candy. That’s right, I’m talking about berries – something to take advantage of! This yogurt and berries treat is a healthy, simple and quick spoon dessert to serve on a warm summer’s day. In just 10 minutes, in fact, you can get these delicious cups, ideal for a rich snack or light d...

These delicious plum cakes are a tasty idea for an aperitivo with a glass of prosecco or Martini spritz to enjoy with your family and friends. Delicious Italian smoked scamorza cheese and onions make these treats extra moist and add flavor. Scamorza is an Italian cheese, typical of Apulia and some parts of Campania and Molise (Southern Italy). It i...

Ahhh! Springtime aromas are in the air! Homemade pasta with peas and asparagus is tasty, healthy and easy dish to prepare. The delicate taste of fresh peas and asparagus goes perfectly well with egg pasta, making this dish highly appreciated and certainly a success at the table, both for a family lunch or a dinner with friends. Pasta with fresh veg...