Champions of Italy! I Campioni Dell’Italia Siamo Noi! The JuventiKnows TeamEATS Full-Service-Smackdown Kitchen is ablaze in Tricolor decorations as we close a triumphant season with a special trip to Sampdoria on Saturday for victory (and revenge).
2012-2013 was a long and tough season with it’s own moments of heartbreak; a first-ever home loss, an early Coppa Italia exit, an end to our Champions League dream… But just as in real life, only with both the good and bad can there be growth. And make no mistake, we have grown.
While winning the scudetto is a prestigious accomplishment, to win back-to-back titles is another challenge entirely. Despite all the challenges endured since last summer (both on AND off the field) Juventus have emerged victorious. And we can rejoice.
We live in glorious times. We are currently watching our beloved Lady grow-up once again, as she writes another chapter for her history book continuing a new tradition under a new stadium, management, players, and leaders. Embrace these moments and enjoy them, because this kind of magic does not happen often. And don’t worry about that elusive Champions League dream:
Champions League final.
The only variable is time.
Can you dig it? But let’s not get too ahead of ourselves. We still have a season to close out with a Saturday trip to Genoa’s Sampdoria.
This week we’re making a pasta dish in the Genovese style, which is to cook vegetables with the pasta water. I’ve never had pasta prepared this way, but I really like the method. It adds an extra heartiness to the pasta, which works really well with the all the vegetables ingredients. There’s also a color theme going with a special twist to the recipe, as we’re using green, white, and red ingredients in honor of our new latest Scudetto.
Pair this dish with champagne. #31.
This recipe is also a vegetarian dish, which should please the many of you who request more vegetarian dishes via twitter (@TeamGREASE btw) as well as my vegetarian guests at the home kitchen. If you absolutely must add meat, feel free to add some sauteed bacon chunks to the mix before you serve.
This week’s music is an awesome video tribute to this season’s Serie A Title win. The video was created by Colosimo99 and his work is some of the best Juve YouTube videos out there. Check it out.
Let’s get cooking.
Linguine Genovese Tricolore #31
Difficulty: Easy, Price: $12.00, Time: 40 minutes
1.Add 6 qts of water to a large pot and bring it to a boil. Remember that a watched pot doesn’t boil, so stop standing there like an interista and keep moving. We got work to do.
2. Wash all the beans and peppers, which means to rinse them under cold water. And use fresh ingredients. This ain’t no A.C. Milan.
3. Peel the potatoes and cut them into cubes, about 1/4 inch. Set aside, just like Napoli’s dreams.
4. Cut the ends off of each string bean, and then cut in halves. Set aside, just like Lazio’s dreams.
5. Remove the stems and inside seeds from the peppers and cut into strips. Set aside, just like Fiorentina’s dreams.
6. At this point hopefully the water is boiling. Add the potatoes to the boiling water and cook for 20 minutes or until tender, just like Roma’s hopes for next season.
7. Blend the parsley with the pine nuts and a little olive oil in a food processor to make the pesto paste. You can also skip this pesto business if you want to, it’s not critical, much like Palermo staying in Serie A.
8. Once the potatoes are cooked add the pasta. Check the cooking instructions on the box, and at about 4 minutes before the end of the specified cooking time, add the green beans. PS: Chievo sucks.
9. Drain the water from the pot, keeping 1 cup of the pasta water on the side. Add the raw peppers and pesto sauce and mix everything together. Slowly add a little bit of the starch-infused pasta water to get the creaminess you prefer. But if you’re a Granata fan, chances are you like it dry and crusty.
10. Top with your favorite cheese and Consume. Finish your meal in exactly 31 bites. No less.
Special thanks to everyone who enjoyed TeamEATS this season, especially all the many guest chefs! Can’t wait for next season.
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Mangiare è l’unica cosa che… Conte!
Back by popular demand, TeamEATS is a culinary guide to cooking and consuming the opposition. Each week, we pick a recipe from the home cuisine of Juve’s upcoming adversary, put on the kitchen apron and… cook it and eat it. Buon Appetito!