Radicchio recipe this is what the internet users are searching for right now. It is the most sought after ingredient recently made even more popular by an article appeared in The New York Times. Radicchio is a “mainstay of contemporary American cuisine” (The New York Times) and most probably will become the new “avocado” on tables around the 50 states.
The best radicchio recipes
Here there are three ways to cook radicchio and enjoy its bitter yet delicious taste.
Radicchio in a pan
First and foremost wash the radicchio and remove the not-looking-that-good leaves. Remove the leaves form the central core and cut it into strips.
Then pour three spoons of olive oil in the pan. When it is hot, add half of an onion that you have previously chopped in tiny dices.
Once the onion dices start to turn into gold (not actual gold, I mean the color “gold”) add the radicchio leaves and have them cook for like 5 to 7 minutes. Shake the pan like a pro so that the leaves do not stick to the bottom of the pan.
lat but not least add a apinch of salt and some black pepper. If you wish you can also add some leaves of sage. I like it that way.
Oven baked radicchio
Again…wash the radicchio but this time do not detach the leaves. Once you have dry it with a cloth, cut it into quarters lengthwise.
Put the quarters inside a baking tray lined with baking paper (without overlapping them) sprinkle with extra virgin olive oil, a pinch of salt and black pepper.
Bake it for around 15 minutes at 360 F (It would be 180 C).
The oven baked radicchio is ready! You want to serve it warm with meats.
Pasta with radicchio and nuts
Ok now that you have mastered the cooking of radicchio you are ready for the next step. Here is how to cook pasta with a radicchio and nuts sauce
Radicchio – One head
White onion – Half would be more than enough
Olive oil – Three to five spoons
Salt – A pinch
Cooking cream – 9 Oz ( It would be 250 gr)
Walnuts – 3 Oz (It would be 80 gr)
Cut the radicchio finely and rinse it carefully.
Fry the onion with a little olive oil, then add the radicchio, salt and stir.
Let it cook for a while, just long enough for the radicchio to dry.
Add the cooking cream and let it thicken and flavor for three or four minutes, stirring a few times.
Cook and drain the pasta, sauté it in the pan, add the chopped walnuts.
The radicchio, cream and walnut pasta is ready!
Why is radicchio good for your health?
Radicchio is a very light and digestible food, particularly recommended for those who need to lower blood cholesterol and detoxify the body. It is composed mostly of water and fibre, but is also rich in nutrients such as vitamins, especially C, K and group B, and potassium.
There are numerous benefits for those who have the habit of consuming it regularly. Thanks to the minerals it contains, it is an excellent anti-anaemia, prevents osteoporosis and thanks to vitamin K it facilitates blood clotting. It also helps digestion, the expulsion of intestinal gas and, like many bitter foods, it is a precious ally of the liver, helping to keep it healthy and active by stimulating the production of bile.
Finally, it is an excellent antioxidant, capable of counteracting premature cellular aging, lowering bad cholesterol and reducing blood sugar.
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