Lily Takes on Pasta! Nui Xao Bo


Nui Xao Bo may be the first and only dish I present that intersects with Generoso’s Italian cooking!

When I was a kid and teenager, I loved Nui Xao Bo, a Vietnamese interpretation of pasta. Generally made with tomato paste, I wanted to make a version that was similar to the version I had as a child but without the acidity and harshness of tomato paste. Consequently, I opted to make a tomato sauce inspired by Generoso’s techniques as the primary sauce for the pasta. In addition, I used Italian pasta instead of Vietnamese pasta, which is a personal preference. The outcome is a rich and delicious meal that I lighten with a bed of lettuce and fresh cilantro and scallions.

This is a pretty quick dish that can be prepared the night before and assembled right before eating! It’s also quite good cold as a pasta salad!


Music via César Franck Piano Concerto from 1878

Generoso Finally Makes Spaghetti and Meatballs!


As I stated very early in this video, I think that the hidden desire within everyone who knows an Italian who cooks is; When will that man or woman make me spaghetti and meatballs!”  This has been told to me over the years by several people whom I presented a plate of the aforementioned family favorite dish.  The length of time that this takes you in entirely dependent on who sweet you would like your tomatoes to be.  The longer the cooking time, the more mellow the tomato will be.  For this dish you will need two pounds of a ground beef and pork mix that cannot be less than 80% lean, two cans of puree tomatoes, two eggs, ten gloves of garlic, fresh parsley, oregano, salt, pepper parmesan cheese and of course, spaghetti.  Please let us know how yours turned out!  Music: Giuseppe Torelli’s Trumpet Concerto in D ‘Estienne Roger 188.  Enjoy!!!




Generoso Makes Spaghetti Bolognese Much To Lily’s Delight!


This dish is a must in the Fierro household as Lily has admitted on many an occasion that she “could and will eat this several days a week without a complaint.”  This class Italian dish of course comes from Bologna and its first appearance is said to be around 1891.  Spaghetti Bolognese first made its appearance here in Somerville for Lily in 2011, and it has been a blast to make ever since.  It is a fast dish (taking less than 2 hours to make from prep to plate) and you will only need the following ingredients to make more than enough for six people: Two boxes of spaghetti, one pound of fatty ground pork, one pound of fatty ground beef, four large carrots, a can of tomato puree, a bulb of garlic, salt, pepper, oregano and olive oil.    No need to write this down, I will show you how to make this step by step below.  Let’s me know how yours has come out!  Music from Giulio Regondi’s “Etude no. 6” and then Tommaso Giordani’s “Guitar Sonata in Cm.”