Easy Italian Recipes
for Authentic Italian Food. Quick and Delicious!
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Quick and easy Italian
recipes for you to try. Authentic Italian food is delicious! Just like
mama used to make! Find recipes for pasta, breads, meat, fish, salads,
desserts, poultry etc.
Italian food recipes are usually very
simple and straight forward. The key to their success is found in the
freshness of the ingredients. Food in Italy is simply out of this
world. The locals are passionate about their food and I have sat at a
restaurant where nothing was ordered until they knew where the
ingredients had been grown, how it was going to be cooked, and what was
going to be added before it was going to be brought to their plates.
When we were in Italy this summer our
new Italian friends were asking my 3 children what they were studying.
My eldest said that although he was working as a planner he hoped to
study project management. My daughter told them that she was soon off
to medical school. They smiled politely and nodded in approval. Franca
and Alessandro then turned to my youngest of 16. "I want to be a pastry
chef," he replied.
Suddenly great euphoria erupted and he was slapped
on the back and shouts of joy reverberated around the table to the
large group present. "A chef! Mama mia! Do you hear that everybody?
Devon is going to be a chef!" To us, that epitomized the level of how
Italians not only love their food, but to them, chefs have a higher
status in their culture than doctors or engineers. And why not?
I remember the first time I visited
Italy I couldn't believe how wonderful a tomato could taste. And the
rock melons just burst with flavor during the height of summer. In the
summer I live on melons and prosciutto for breakfast! Italian cooking
is full of simple, uncomplicated and easy Italian recipes like these.
So why does their food taste so wonderful?
I have come to the conclusion it is
because they are farming varieties of vegetables and fruit that have
existed for centuries. Very few Italians farm intensively and on a
large commercial scale. Therefore, they are not into genetically
modified food. To an Italian this would be considered sacrilegious.
They still buy their food almost daily, and frequent the local farmers'
markets. Most of the food sold is organic, or grown naturally as nature
intended. Many of the seeds that they use today are considered by
others to be heirloom varieties that are sold at high prices through
the Internet and seed suppliers.
If ever there was a country that was an
advert for what food tasted like in the days of our grandparents before
man decided to mess with nature, it's Italy! Enjoy these delicious and
easy Italian recipes and if you haven't made a trip to Italy yet, it is
one of those countries you have to visit before you die!
Finally, if you want to see another one
of my websites, that deals just with Italy. Visit us at The
Travel Italy Grapevine
. This is where you will find
more easy Italian recipes, as well as being able to submit
and learn some travel tips of places in Italy that you didn't know
If you are thinking about buying some
Italian cookbooks and finding some easy Italian recipes of your own,
but are not sure where to start, have a look at some
of the bestsellers, and those that we can personally recommend through
EASY ITALIAN RECIPES FOR STARTERS - Mushroom
4 large flat mushrooms
2 oven-dried tomatoes
8 small balls of boccocini
lettuce for garnish
1/2 cup aged Balsamic vinegar
1 cup brown sugar
2 shallots, chopped
2 tablespoons white vinegar
salt and pepper to taste
Lightly pan fry mushrooms in a little
olive oil until tender. Remove from pan and allow to cool. When cool
place one mushroom per plate. Top with one half of tomato and 2
boccocini. Place lettuce attractively on the side. Mix balsamic
dressing ingredients together. Drizzle with the finished balsamic
dressing and add additional olive oil to finish.
ITALIAN RECIPES FOR LAMB - Lamb Abruzzi Style (4)
1.5 kg leg of lamb
4 tbsp olive oil
1 clove of garlic, chopped
1 sprig rosemary, chopped
2 peppercorns, crushed
4 tbsp white wine
1 tsp grated Parmesan cheese
Cut the meat into cubes. Heat the olive
oil and the finely chopped garlic in a pan and add the meat. Season
with salt and brown meat. Add the chopped rosemary leaves, and crushed
peppercorns. Braise the meat for 10 minutes.
Pour in the white wine and boil for 10
minutes to reduce. Squeeze the lemon and pour the juice into a bowl.
Add the eggs and Parmesan cheese and season with salt. Beat the lemon
juice, eggs and cheese thoroughly with a fork.
Pour the mixture carefully over the
meat. Shake the pan and stir with a wooden spoon until the eggs are
Serve the meat garnished with rosemary
and cherry tomatoes.
EASY ITALIAN RECIPES FOR POULTRY - Chicken alla Cacciatora
(Pollo alla cacciatora)
Chop one large onion and
keep it for more than half an hour in
water, then dry it and brown it aside.
Cut up a chicken,
pieces with flour, salt and pepper and saute, in the fat which remains
in the frying pan.
When the chicken is brown
add one pint fresh or
canned tomatoes and half a dozen sweet green peppers and put back the
When the gravy is thick
enough add hot water to prevent the
burning of the vegetables.
Cover the pan tightly and
simmer until the
chicken is very tender. This is an excellent way to cook tough
Fowls which have been
boiled may be cooked in this way, but of
young and tender chickens will have the finer flavor.
EASY ITALIAN RECIPES FOR PASTA - Homemade Ravioli
Put on the bread board about
two pounds of flour in a heap; make a
hollow in the middle and put in it a piece of butter, three egg-yolks,
salt and three or four tablespoonfuls of lukewarm water. Make a paste
and knead it well, then let it stand for an hour, wrapped or covered
with a linen cloth. Then spread the paste to a thin sheet, as thin as a
Chop and grind pieces of roast or boiled beef: add to
equal part of marrow from the bones of beef, finely chopped basil,
finely chopped onion, three
yolks, some crumbs of bread soaked in milk or broth and some grated
cheese (Parmesan or Swiss). Rub through a sieve and make little balls
big as a hazel-nut, which are to be placed at equal distances (a little
more than an inch) in a line over the sheet of paste.
Beat a whole egg and pass it over the paste with a brush all
little balls. Cover these with another sheet of paste, press down the
intervals between each ball, and then separate each section from the
other with a knife. Moisten the edges of each section with the finger
dipped in cold water, to make them stick together, and press them down
with the fingers or the prongs of a fork. Then put to boil in water
seasoned with salt or, better still, in broth. The ravioli are then to
be served hot seasoned with cheese and butter or with brown stock or
homemade ravioli is not difficult with our easy Italian recipes, just a
little time consuming with this one, but worth it in the end.
ITALIAN RECIPES - Spaghetti del Capitano (4)
1 clove garlic
7 tbsp olive oil
80g anchovy fillets in oil
1/2 cup black olives
200g cherry tomatoes
1/3 cup capers
200 g spaghetti
Peel the garlic and chop
the olive oil and saute the garlic for 2 minutes. Do not burn. Add the
anchovies and infuse for 4-5 minutes. Pit the olives and chop coarsley.
Wash and dry the tomatoes and cut into quarters. Add the capers,
chopped olives, and tomatoes to the anchovies in the pan. Simmer for 5
Boil the spaghetti in
until "al dente" and remove from water, and drain. Add to the sauce.
Infuse for 5 minutes stirring the sauce constantly.
Season with a dash of
olive oil and
small pieces of chili. Serve immediately.
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