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Written by Valerie Bertinelli   

This is it! My new cookbook, One Dish At A Time, is now in stores and online as an enhanced e-book with video commentary.

Truly it has been a labor of love for me. I have had a ... complicated ... relationship with food throughout my life. Growing up in an Italian-American home, we bonded over meals - and not just eating them, but cooking them together and sharing in the work. Food was an expression of love in our family, but as I grew older, I turned to it more and more to avoid difficult emotions and tough times in my life.

Thanks to Jenny Craig, I have been able to embrace my love of cooking again, but now in a more thoughtful and healthful way. I am so thrilled to share these family recipes with you - and I can't wait to hear back from you through our Fan Recipe Contest to win a personalized, autographed copy of the book!

Meanwhile, here's one of my favorite recipes - Ribollita - which Tom and I discovered on our trip to Italy and which we cooked together for a recent dinner!

 

 

 

PREP TIME: 25 MINUTES / TOTAL TIME: 1 HOUR 10 MINUTES  / SERVINGS: 6

Essentially a peasant soup, ribollita is the ultimate comfort food and terrific for a chilly autumn meal. It's very filling - but it also has plenty of fiber.

1 onion, chopped
1 carrot, chopped
1 rib celery, preferably with leaves, chopped
1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil + additional for drizzling
1 can (28 oz) whole tomatoes, cut up (reserve juices)
3 c reduced-sodium vegetable broth
1/4 tsp dried thyme or 1 sprig fresh 
1 bunch Tuscan kale, center stems removed and discarded, leaves coarsely chopped
1 can (10 oz) cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
2 lg slices peasant bread, cut into chunks
Freshly shaved Parmigiano-Reggiano

1. COOK onion, carrot, celery, and a pinch of kosher salt in oil in large Dutch oven or soup pot over low heat, covered, stirring occasionally, until soft, about 7 minutes. Add tomatoes (with juice), broth, and thyme and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook, partially covered, until vegetables begin to become tender, about 15 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

2. ADD kale and simmer, covered, until soft, about 15 minutes. Add beans and bread and simmer on low until bread starts to soften, about 5 minutes. Serve bowls of soup drizzled with oil and topped with cheese.

NUTRITION (per serving) 232 cal, 10 g pro, 25 g carb, 5 g fiber, 11 g fat, 2.5 g sat fat, 520 mg sodium

 

 

Comments  

 
#5 James Pavoldi 2014-09-13 13:03
Valerie;

Have you heard about the book: NO FAT KNIGHTS ?
It is about a beautiful Italian woman who owns a bakery in Brooklyn NY. She gained some weight since high school and suffers a terrible embarassment at her 15th re-union.

Mortified, depresses and discouraged, she decides to fly to England to attend a famous weight loss program run by an old knighted physician.

She encounters mobsters, psychopaths, witches, seers, knights, and a the love of her life. She also learns the knights secrets to losing weight.

If you would like a copy, just let me know where I can mail to you and I will get it out immediately with my compliments.

James Pavoldi
Author: NO FAT KNIGHTS
Amazon, Kindle, bookstores



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#4 Cheryl Stedman 2013-02-22 16:33
I absolutely love the style and color. I bought two pans red and blueish. The finish did not help from food sticking and wore off very soon. I have been cooking for years and this is the first set of skillets that really disappointed me from the start. They look good hanging up but not good to cook in.
 
 
#3 clarissa 2012-11-19 14:11
I just made the Thursday meatloaf on Sunday (LOL) Was GREAT everyone loved it and it actually tastes so much more flavorful than regular old "meatloaf" Thanks you soo much ! Cant wait to try more from your cook book!!!
 
 
+1 #2 Nicole 2012-10-21 00:22
Any plans for a Chicago book signing? Hope so!!
 
 
#1 Melissa Erhardt 2012-10-18 13:25
I saw a set of Valerie Bertinelli cookware that I absolutely fell in love with at TJMaxx. They were stainless with beautiful blue silicone handles. I have been looking for this type for a while and when I saw these they were perfect. I had also just redone my kitchen in the exact blue color! When I went back to get them, they were all gone! I went to 3 different stores and I couldn't find them anymore. Will you be making them available for purchase somewhere online? If not freebies are always great, hint hint smile (PO Box 246 Chateaugay, NY 12920)
My husband is the cooker in our house and he really loved these pots and pans also, so any info would be appreciated; I would love them for a gift for him. Thanks.
 
 

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