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Food is becoming more and more precious, which is why we need ideas to never waste it. Pappa al pomodoro is an extraordinary example of recovery in the kitchen to which I wanted to add an idea to prepare Parmigiano Reggiano rinds in a super tasty way: this is my Pappa al pomodoro with crispy rinds.

When you have some pieces of bread left at the table, do not throw them away, but keep them in a paper bag. When you have 300-400g of it, you will finally have enough to cook Pappa al pomodoro for the family as a single dish, although I must confess that sometimes I also use a portion of fresh bread in order to be able to enjoy this dish of Tuscan peasant cuisine!

During the summer months you can substitute tomato sauce (I used tomato sauce made from Buttiglieddru cherry tomatoes a Slow Food Presidium, known at the Terra Madre event in Turin) made from juicy ripe tomatoes, taking care to blanch them for a few minutes in boiling water to remove the peel easily.

Do you know another great characteristic of this recipe? It is delicious whether eaten hot in the winter months or cold during the summer.

And the Parmigiano Reggiano rinds? It’s amazing that 2 minutes in the microwave oven at maximum power can turn a hard, firm rind into a crispy cloud, very similar to the puffed snacks you find on supermarket shelves, but much healthier from a nutritional point of view! In short, an irresistible savoury snack that makes you feel less guilty!

Furthermore, without the addition of the crunchy rinds, Pappa al pomodoro is also suitable for those who follow a vegan diet.

Have I intrigued you? Then discover the recipe below.

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Pappa al pomodoro with crispy rinds

15.62g carbohydrates per 100g

Ingredients for 4 servings (as a single-course meal)

  • 400g stale bread** (I used this Mixed leavening bread)
  • 800g tomato sauce or 1.1 kg ripe tomatoes (to be blanched and peeled)
  • 800g ca. vegetable stock*
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • basil
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • salt, pepper and chilli pepper (to taste)

Ingredients for the crispy rinds

  • Parmigiano Reggiano rinds about 0.5-1cm thick

**Ingredients specific for celiacs

*Ingredients whose labels must read “gluten-free” (or, in Italy, present on  Prontuario AIC)

Preparation

  1. Cut the bread into cubes and toast it in the oven.
  2. Put the bread in a large pan and cover it with the tomato sauce or peeled chopped tomatoes and the vegetable stock, garlic clove and a drizzle of oil. Put a lid on.
  3. When the bread starts to become creamy, add a few basil leaves, possibly more stock and stir occasionally. Season with salt, pepper and chilli pepper to taste.
  4. Cut the Parmigiano Reggiano rinds into 2cm squares and spread them out on a microwaveable plate, leaving them well apart. Set the microwave to 2 minutes at maximum power, then let the rinds cool down. They should be light and as crispy as clouds when eaten, so if they are still hard, microwave again for a very short time.
  5. Place the individual servings of Pappa al pomodoro on a plate, top with a drizzle of oil, a grinding of pepper and the crispy rinds, then serve immediately.

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Version with gluten of Pappa al pomodoro with crispy rinds

Replace the gluten-free bread with conventional bread, all other ingredients are naturally gluten-free, so no adaptations are necessary.

Are you looking for more ideas for your out-of-home lunch? Eating out is indispensable not only for those who work, but also for those who study, so the time has come to share some recipes for your lunch box or for what Japanese people call “bento“… Well, many ideas for lunch boxes that are complete, balanced and tasty to take with you on every occasion.

So, for our young ones going to university and having to eat gluten free and to count carbohydrates easily, the lunch box is a faithful travel mate that contributes to turning the lunch break into a joyful moment.

We found the perfect lunch box for our needs at our friend’s store “I love my house” whom I always ask for help when I am looking for equipment and kitchen solutions: here is where you can find our LUNCH BOX.

This is the beginning of a project that is very dear to me because lunch is a key meal, especially for out kids and we cannot allow ourselves to run short of ideas!

Stay tuned for many more fantastic recipes! Meanwhile, have a look at my Coronation pasta salad.

Pasta with chickpea cream and broccoli

85.91g carbohydrates for the whole lunch box

Ingredients for 1 lunch box

  • 110g broccoli florets
  • 100g boiled chickpeas
  • 70g Massimo Zero Organic Pipe**
  • 15g dried apricots
  • 1 tbsp of lemon juice
  • paprika
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • parsley
  • salt

**Ingredients specific for celiacs

*Ingredients whose labels must read “gluten-free” (in Italy they may be listed on  Prontuario AIC)

Preparation

  1. Boil pasta al dente in salted boiling water, drain and dress it with a dribble of extra virgin olive oil leaving the pasta to cool down.
  2. Blend 70g chickpeas with about 50g water, lemon juice, salt and pepper and a dribble of oil to obtain a cream.
  3. Dress the remaining chickpeas with paprika, pepper and oil to taste, together with blanched broccoli florets.
  4. Season the pasta with the chickpea and broccoli mixture, then add the dried apricots cut in pieces and pour everything in the lunch box.
  5. Put the chickpea cream in the second container or on the pasta completing with a dusting of chopped parsley and a dribble of oil.  Mix well before eating.

Version with gluten of Pasta with chickpea cream and broccoli 

The recipe contains only naturally gluten free ingredients, so no adaptation is necessary for its version with gluten; however, if you want, you can replace Massimo Zero corn and rice pasta with a durum wheat alternative.

We could write pages and pages of recipes with tomatoes, so let’s start with this one: my No-cook stuffed tomatoes, a vegetarian, tasty, fibre-rich preparation that does not require the oven.

The main trick to make good stuffed tomatoes is to drain them and let them lose their water by sprinkling them with a pinch of salt and laying them ‘upside down’ on a surface covered with kitchen paper. Furthermore, it is important to choose perfectly ripe and firm tomatoes to get the best out of this preparation.

And if you like fresh fillings for summer, try my Travel Caprese.

No-cook stuffed tomatoes

6.64g carbohydrates per 100g

Ingredients for 4 servings

  • 720g approx. tomatoes (4 ripe, firm salad tomatoes)
  • 170g yellow and red pepper
  • 50g peas
  • 40g onions
  • 30g breadcrumbs**
  • 30g pitted black olives*
  • 8g capers
  • extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper to taste

**Ingredients specific for celiacs

*Ingredients whose labels must read “gluten-free” (or, in Italy, present on  Prontuario AIC)

Preparation

  1. Cut the tops off the tomatoes, empty them, add a pinch of salt, then place them on a tray covered with kitchen paper to drain the water they produce. Use the inside of tomatoes to add to a soup or sauce.
  2. Meanwhile prepare the filling. In a frying pan, sauté the sliced onion, then add the peas and diced pepper, and cook. Remove from the heat and add the breadcrumbs, capers, chopped olives and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Stuff the tomatoes with the vegetable mixture and serve.

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Version with gluten of No-cook stuffed tomatoes

Replace gluten free breadcrumbs with standard breadcrumbs; no other adaptation is needed.