Black Summer Truffles: The Great Taste You Expect at a Price You Won’t!

12 June 2017 || Cooking tips, Pasta, Uncategorised, Vegan, Vegetarian

Experiment with Black Summer Truffles – All The Flavour at a More Accessible Price! Who doesn’t love the delicious, earthy flavour of fresh truffles? That wintery aroma that fills your nostrils and tingles your taste buds, leaving your mouth watering with craving! Truth is, these special little treats can be expensive just as much as […]

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Paccheri Pasta with Roasted Pumpkin and Gorgonzola

3 March 2017 || Pasta, Recipes, Vegan, Vegetarian

This paccheri pasta recipe looks so inviting – perfect for a chilly evening! If you can’t find pumpkin, butternut squash would work just as well. Ingredients for 4 people 320g Paccheri Pasta 400g pumpkin 100g gorgonzola dolce 200g button mushrooms 1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese Dried rosemary and thyme Olive oil, salt and pepper to taste […]

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Panettone French Toast with Berries

5 January 2017 || Christmas recipes, Desserts, Recipes, Vegetarian

Recipe for Panettone French Toast with Mixed Berries Here’s a great recipe for a delicious dessert or a luxurious breakfast using left over Panettone slices. If yours disappeared well before Christmas it’s a great time to find bargain Panettone in the shops, most will have a best before date well into 2017. We have one […]

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Nonna Giulia’s Gnocchi Recipe

18 March 2016 || Cooking tips, Recipes, Vegetarian

A classic Italian gnocchi recipe We were always a little scared about making our own potato gnocchi (pronounced ‘nyockee’) so we asked Nonna Giulia for her trusted gnocchi recipe and to show us the process step by step – and it’s actually easier than we thought! Gnocchi make a great alternative to pasta or risotto, […]

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Prosecco Risotto – perfect for Valentine’s Day!

18 January 2016 || Recipes, Risotto, Vegetarian

Open a couple of bottles of your favourite Prosecco (one to sip whilst taking turns stirring and one to cook with) and have fun in the kitchen on Valentine’s Day with this delicious, warming Italian risotto recipe. Good quality Italian ingredients are the key for this recipe – we recommend Carnaroli or Arborio Italian risotto […]

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Vesuvius Fusilli

24 October 2015 || Eat your way around Italy, Pasta, Vegetarian

This is a traditional Neapolitan pasta dish, simple to make and suitable for a quick lunch but without sacrificing taste! It’s packed full of tasty Southern Italian flavours and typical local ingredients such as mozzarella and tomatoes. This Fusilli pasta recipe can be followed exactly as it is or used as a base – feel […]

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Paccheri alla Parmigiana: A Traditional Recipe from the South of Italy

14 September 2015 || Calabrian recipes, Main courses, Pasta, Recipes, Vegetarian

Paccheri alla Parmigiana Parmigiana is a traditional dish made from aubergines. It originally comes from Sicily, but is found in slightly different variations all over the South of Italy. There are many different methods and recipes for making Parmigiana. We have chosen an old Calabrian one (adapted by regional Chef Valentina Olivieri). Valentina’s recipe makes a very soft and delicate […]

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Caprese Pasta Salad: The Sunshine In Your Plate

22 April 2015 || Pasta, Recipes, Vegetarian

Caprese Pasta Salad Recipe This is one of our family’s favourite quick summer meals. It’s really easy to make and the flavours go really well together. You need just three main quality ingredients: some fresh Mozzarella, the tastiest tomatoes you can find (a little more challenging in England than in Italy unfortunately) and some pasta that […]

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Vegan and Vegetarian Wines: A Brief Guide

14 March 2015 || Vegan, Vegetarian, Wine and Prosecco

Red, white or cruelty free? If you are vegan or vegetarian, chances are you will know that most wines are not animal friendly. Those not so familiar with a meat and fish free diet may wonder why non-carnivores worry about drinking fermented grape juice!  The problem lies with the fining agents used to filter and clarify the wine. What are fining agents? The fining process is […]

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Dried Porcini Mushrooms with Potatoes

16 February 2015 || Recipes, Side dishes, Vegan, Vegetarian

Dried Porcini mushrooms and potatoes go perfectly together in this dish! This typically Calabrian combination can be served alongside a burger (meat or veggie) or a frittata as a hearty side dish. Ingredients for 2 people 50g dried porcini mushrooms 400g potatoes 1 clove of garlic 4 tbsps extra virgin olive oil Salt Pepper Sprig of […]

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Spaghetti with Asparagus Pesto

12 February 2015 || Pasta, Recipes, Vegetarian

Recipe for Spaghetti with Asparagus Pesto This spaghetti with pesto recipe is an alternative to the classic basil one.  It’s full of flavour, easy to make and healthy and has a main ingredient (asparagus) which is said to be an effective aphrodisiac! You can combine this pesto sauce with spaghetti or any kind of pasta shape that you prefer. […]

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Lagane Pasta with Ricotta

20 January 2015 || Pasta, Recipes, Vegetarian

Lagane ccu Ricotta (Lagane Pasta with Ricotta Cheese) This is a super easy (and healthy) Calabrian recipe for Lagane with Ricotta cheese, made with just two ingredients! Lagane is the name for a type of pasta very popular in Southern Italy made just with durum wheat and water. You can now find authentic artisan Lagane pasta in the […]

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Tasty Pasta Omelette

10 September 2016 || Main courses, Pasta, Recipes, Vegetarian

This is the classic Italian family recipe for using up pasta – it works really well with spaghetti and tastes amazing – it’s a real hit with our kids who turned their noses up until they tried it and loved it! The spaghetti should ideally be plain (i.e. without any sauce). Of course you can […]

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Aubergine Parmigiana Recipe

19 April 2016 || Eat your way around Italy, Main courses, Vegetarian

Aubergine Parmigiana is an Italian must-try! This classic baked, veggie dish combines the rich, earthy taste of aubergines with the juicy, sunny tang of tomato and basil sauce. Mozzarella and Parmesan cheese complete this dish and give it that extra, rounded flavour, typical of Italian cuisine. A name that could mislead you The name itself […]

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Spicy Chocolate Aphrodisiac Fondue

27 January 2016 || Chocolate, Desserts, Recipes, Vegetarian

At Vorrei we are big fans of super hot Italian chilli pepper and we love this Valentine’s recipe for a spicy chocolate fondue with a kick! Surprise your loved one with a fun Valentines Day gift to share! This is a really easy dessert which can be made very quickly just before you are ready […]

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Liquorice Crème Brûlée

24 October 2015 || Desserts, Vegetarian

If you are a liquorice lover you’ll love this fabulously decadent dessert! Making Crème Brûlée is easier than you think and the addition of our organic Calabrian liquorice powder gives these gorgeous little pots a wonderful subtle flavour. Ingredients for 10 people 1 litre Double cream 45g Organic liquorice powder 1 Liquorice root 240g Egg yolks […]

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Liquorice, Saffron & Pistachio Risotto

23 October 2015 || Recipes, Risotto, Vegetarian

We love this unusual risotto recipe packed with interesting flavours, it’s pretty quick and easy to make and it’s tasty and healthy too. We have used organic liquorice powder from Calabria, the home of some of the best liquorice in the world.  Just a spoonful of this spice ground from the liquorice root gives a wonderful […]

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Fettuccine with Porcini Mushrooms

17 April 2015 || Pasta, Recipes, Vegan, Vegetarian

A simple but really tasty and satisfying meal with just a few ingredients. Dried Porcini mushrooms can be kept in the cupboard and are just as good as the fresh ones!   Ingredients for 2 people: 20g dried Vorrei dried Porcini mushrooms 1 shallot or small onion 1 tablespoon Cenzino organic extra virgin olive oil 100ml dry […]

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Tomato Sauce with Dried Porcini Mushrooms

16 February 2015 || Pasta, Recipes, Vegan, Vegetarian

A handful of dried Porcini mushrooms transform this tomato sauce into something hearty and full of flavour. Ingredients for 4 people 25g dried porcini mushrooms 2 small tins of San Marzano tomatoes or a jar of tomato passata Clove of garlic Extra virgin olive oil Chilli pepper – fresh, in oil or powdered Salt Pinch […]

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Risotto with Dried Porcini Mushrooms

12 February 2015 || Recipes, Vegetarian

Recipe for Risotto with Dried Porcini Mushrooms The risotto with porcini mushrooms is a classic Italian Autumnal main course with a tasty and aromatic flavour coming from the King of mushrooms: the Porcino. In this recipe we use dried porcini mushrooms which are easy to find all year round but you can of course also […]

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San Marzano Tomatoes – Simply the best!

20 January 2015 || Cooking tips, Pasta, Recipes, Vegan, Vegetarian

 What makes San Marzano Tomatoes so great? At the moment it seems that every celebrity chef is talking about them and every Italian recipe requires them. But what do we know about San Marzano Tomatoes and why are they so special? Here’s our top 6  San Marzano facts and our favourite simple sauce recipe using this much revered fruit. […]

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