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Travel to Italy in lockdown. Through their gastronomy.

Would you like to travel Italy in lockdown this week? Swap Family invites you to get the kids in the kitchen making these easy and typical recipes and discovering other cultures. Another ideal plan for those days…

Let’s discover some Italian dishes…come with us, it can be fun!

We share with you 3 recipes that we found easy and that we would like to try cooking with our children. Let’s see if you can cheer up too!

Would you like to start preparing pasta carbonara?

What do we need? (for 4 people)

  • 320 g. Spaguetti (80 g. per person)
  • 60 g. Pecorino cheese.
  • 6 eggs.

How to prepare?

  • Cut the cured pork cheek into pieces and grate the Pecorino cheese. Reserve these ingredients.
  • Separate the yolks from the whites of the eggs.
  • Cook the spaghetti. Heat the water and ones boiling add a pinch of salt. Cook the pasta for one minute less than the time indicated on the package.
  • Sauté the bacon in a large skillet until the fat is transparent and lightly toasted. You will not need to add oil because the same bacon loose fat.
  • Mix the yolks of the eggs with the Pecorino cheese (save a little to sprinkle on top when serving). Season with black pepper and a pinch of salt. Add a couple tablespoons of the water to cook the spaghetti.
  • Drain the pasta and add it to the pan and sauté over high heat for one minute.
  • Remove from the pan and add the yolk and pecorino mixture. Stir well taking care that the egg does not curdle. Add a few more tablespoons of the cooking water to make the sauce juicier.
  • Try the salt and pepper. Sprinkle the rest of the pecorino over the spaghetti and serve freshly made.
  • And to enjoy the authentic Italian carbonara traveling Italy in lockdown.

Continue with a Pizza? This is the pizza recipe that we have discovered in those lockdown…and we love it!

What do we need? (for 2 pizzas of 270 g.)

  • 320 g. strength flour.
  • 210 ml. water.
  • 5 g. dry baker’s yeast (a packet).
  • 10 g. salt.

How to prepare?

  • We will mix all the ingredients and knead for at least 15 min.
  • We shape it into a ball, cover it and let it rest for 1 hour.
  • After the hour we divide the ball into two balls, cover them and let stand 1 hour more.
  • It is important to stretch it by hand and not with a roller. There are many videos on the internet that teach you how to do it. This is one of them
  • We already have the dough, now we will only have to put the ingredients that we like the most, bake and enjoy it!

And what do you think if we dare with a dessert like tiramisu?

What do we need?

  • 3 large egg yolks, cold.
  • 120 g. powdered sugar, sifted. 
  • 500 g. mascarpone, cold.
  • 27-36 ladyfingers (hard ones).
  • 120 ml. espresso or strong coffee, cold.
  • 21 g. unsweetened cocoa powder.

How to prepare?

  • Beat egg yolks and sugar using a handheld or stand mixer. Until white and creamy and sugar is completely dissolved, for about 2-3 minutes. 
  • Add mascarpone and mix until smooth and creamy, for about 2-3 minutes.
  • Dip ladyfingers on both sides quickly into coffee and arrange about 9-12 ladyfingers on the bottom of the casserole. 
  • Spread about 1/3 of the mascarpone cream on top. Repeat two more times, ending up with a layer of mascarpone cream on top. 
  • Wrap casserole with plastic wrap tightly that no air or smell from the fridge can go inside the Tiramisu. Refrigerate at least 4 hours or preferably overnight.
  • Dust with cocoa on top just before serving.
  • Enjoy!!

If you dare to travel to Italy in lockdown cooking any of those recipes or if you know more typical and simple Italian recipes share your experiences with us, please! Through Instagram or Facebook with hashtag #swapfamilycooksitalywithkids or sending us an email to and we will share it in our stories on Facebook and Instagram.

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