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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

How to Cook the Best Italian Dishes


So, perhaps you have been to Italy and sampled truly authentic cuisine from Florence and Naples, or you have just become a connoisseur of it yourself. Whatever the reason, you are now ready to learn how to cook the best Italian dishes from the comfort of your own home. If this is true, then you will want to keep reading. There is an art to Italian cooking to be sure, but it is one that can be mastered with the right instruction. You and your family will be on your way to eating truly marvelous food in no time at all. Visitors to your home will think they have just stepped into a street side restaurant in Venice!

Get Your Ingredients Ready

There are some essential items that you will want to have in your kitchen to prepare for all this tasty Italian food you are about to make. This includes olive oil, a variety of cheeses, pasta, and seasonings. You will also want tomatoes and sauce, vegetables, and a variety of other ingredients that are considered to be staples in Italian cooking. This, naturally, means having a lot of garlic on hand! By having these ingredients available, you are ready to cook up some of the best Italian dishes on a moment's notice.

Caprese Salad and Pesto Sauce

This is a tremendously popular starter that is sure to impress any dinner guest. It starts with the juiciest tomatoes you can find, coupled with chunks of mozzarella cheese. You combine that with your favorite garden variety green salad and then add some pesto sauce that you have freshly made. Put it all on a big platter and you have just created a terrific antipasto in no time at all.

Panzanella

For a different type of salad in the summer, try this one that is based on a traditional Tuscan recipe involving bread. There is no set recipe for this one, allowing you to let your creative culinary spirit run wild. The only two main ingredients are tomatoes and bread. Beyond that, you can feel free to add onions, olives, green vegetables, and much more to taste, Add a light dressing of your choice, and consider serving it with a glass of wine. This can be so filling that a main course is no longer required.

Bruschetta

This is another traditional favorite that is easier to make than it looks. You will really impress your guests with this simple, yet elegant appetizer. It begins with a nice, thick slice of country bread. You will be topping this with different toppings, culminated with roasted tomato and basil. Consider adding in some mushrooms, garlic, and then sprinkle with cheese. Bake in the oven for just a bit and you will have it out and ready to eat in no time at all.

Pasta Carbonara

Now we get into some main courses that people can really sink their teeth into. This is a simple dish that can often be made with the ingredients you already have in the kitchen. This is a filling meal that used to be popular with coal miners thanks to its great taste and filling effect. You can use ham or bacon as the meat in this one. Don’t forget the garlic and olive oil.

Mushroom Risotto

Sometimes you want something a bit more elegant to present to your guests, but you 
Don’t want to spend all day in the kitchen either. Risotto is always a big hit and definitely fits the bill in that regard. The creamy rice texture, combined with mushrooms is filling and satisfying for even the heartiest of eaters. You can also add your creative spirit by including some zucchini, peas, carrots, kidney beans, and a variety of other vegetables to provide a more well-rounded effect.

Tiramisu

You really should not forget the desert, and this is certainly a staple in Italian cooking. This is a spongy cake that has a creamy texture to it. The word itself means ‘pick me up’ which is owed to it traditionally being soaked in coffee before being eaten. It will satisfy that sweet tooth and give some extra energy to power on through the rest of the day or evening after such a great Italian meal.

These are just some of the many ways that you can whip up great tasting Italian dishes right in the comfort of your own home. There are also many classes to learn preparing various Italian dishes.
Gluten Free Italian is one of many Italian cooking classes offered on the Cozymeal website, a cooking classes website with hundreds of classes, and you will find a handful of other Italian dishes by browsing through their website.  


There is a reason that Italian cuisine is so popular around the world. There are great starters, salads, soups, pasta dishes, desserts, and much more just waiting to be made and enjoyed. Remember to start with the basics, add the ingredients you want, and do not feel confined to a set recipe. Do that and you and your family will be enjoying great meals in no time at all.


3 comments:

  1. Oh yum! Italian is my favorite! This looks outstanding. Thanks for the ingredient list for some authentic food!

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  3. Thank you so much for the wonderful dish.I always love to eat Italian food.It looks so yummy.I definitely going to make the recipe.You give wonderful tips for making Italian food.I like Italian pasta very much.But I don't know exact way of making pasta.Anyway I admire your post.

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