Authentic Italian Recipes

The recipes on this page were shared by readers of Tasty Italian Cooking, and they are wonderful when you're in the mood to try something new!

Pumpkin Pizza with Feta Cheese

by Tracey
(Australia)

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Here's one of my favourite Friday night pizza recipes - Pumpkin pizza with feta cheese! It's pretty healthy and really easy, too!

Ingredients

  • Pizza base, pita bread or lebanese bread
  • Tomato paste
  • Small handful of baby spinach leaves
  • Red/Spanish onion
  • teaspoon of minced garlic
  • Pumpkin
  • Fetta cheese
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Small amount of oil


  • 1) Peel and dice approximately two handfuls of pumpkin
    2) Pan fry or roast in a small amount of oil the diced pumpkin and garlic, until the pumpkin becomes soft (when a fork sticks through easily)
    3) Place base on pizza tray & spread on tomato paste
    4) Top base with spinach, sliced/diced onion, cherry tomatoes, pumpkin & fetta
    5) Cook in a moderate oven for appox 12 minutes or until pizza is golden brown
    6) Enjoy!

    Yum Yum by: Anonymous

    This sounds very yummy to make and eat. You have great Idea and a wonderful way with food.

    Stracciatella Soup

    soup with garnish

    soup with garnish

    Warm and delicious on a cold winter day, sample this perfect Stracciatella soup! It's the Italian version of egg drop soup and it is simply tasty!

    Delicious Stracciatella Soup Recipe

    Ingredients:


  • 7 or 8 cups meat/chicken broth
  • 3 Tbsp. finely ground semolina
  • 3 Tbsp. grated Italian Parmesan
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • pinch of nutmeg (optional)


  • Instructions:


    1. Put all the broth in a pan and bring to a boil except for 1 cup which you should set aside.
    2. In a bowl mix the egg, semolina, parmesan and salt (add the nutmeg now if you decide to use it).
    3. Add the cup of cold broth to the mixture and beat in with a fork.
    4. When the broth starts to boil pour in the egg mixtures and mix with a fork in the broth to break it into little pieces.
    5. Boil for 5 mixing constantly with a fork to keep the pieces from sticking together.
    6. Serve immediately.

    One of my favorites!
    by: Maria

    This soup reminds me of parties at my Zia Barbara's house. She always seemed to make a giant pot of it for everyone to serve themselves from. I would always go back to fill up my bowl multiple times!

    Pesto for the Chef's Knife or Mezzaluna

    by Elaine Woo
    (Huntington Beach, CA, USA)

    Pesto Recipe Ingredients

    Pesto Recipe Ingredients

    This is how I used to execute a simple pesto recipe in the days I was a poor college-student.

    Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup pine-nuts whole and shelled. If you substitute another nut,like walnut, then please coarsely chop. (optional)
  • 2 cups fresh basil leaves loosely-packed
  • 1/3 cup fresh parsley loosely-packed. Substitute Italian parsley if available
  • 3 or 4 cloves fresh garlic peeled. Scale back the garlic if you are surrounded by alliophobes.
  • ½ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese or Parmesan and Romano combined
  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • sea salt

    Preparation:

    Place the basil, parsley, garlic and a pinch of salt on a cutting board. With a sharp chef's knife or mezzaluna, chop them as finely as possible. Scrape into a bowl. Add cheese(s), olive oil and nuts (optional). Mix them together into a paste.
    Yields about 2 servings. Or one serving for one hungry college student.

    Mangia bene!
    Elaine Woo

    Perfect pesto!
    by: Maria

    Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe. It reminds me of my time in Le Cinque Terre...I had the most fantastic pesto there! I can't wait to try this recipe out and see how it compares.

    Homemade Meatballs and Spaghetti

    by Sandy Archibald
    (Geneva, Illinois)

    Spaghetti, yum

    Spaghetti, yum

    This is a very easy and tasty spaghetti and meatball dish that my kids and husband love! The homemade meatballs consist of ground beef, Italian bread crumbs, eggs and shredded cheeses.

    Ingredients:
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/4 cup Italian-style fine bread crumbs
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 3/4 cup shredded parmesan-asiago-romano-provolone cheese blend
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 jar (26 oz) Bertolli 5 –cheese sauce
  • 1 jar (26 oz) Bertolli marinara sauce
  • 1 can (14.5 oz) Italian style tomatoes, diced
  • Spaghetti
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella or parmesan cheese


  • Directions:

    Mix ground beef, eggs, breadcrumbs, milk, salt, pepper and cheese blend together. Shape meatballs, brown in skillet with some of the olive oil; turn to brown all sides. Remove from skillet. In a large pan brown onions and garlic in a small amount of olive oil. Add jars of pasta sauce and tomatoes. Add meatballs to sauce and simmer on low 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Cook spaghetti. Serve spaghetti and meatballs with sauce and top with shredded mozzarella or parmesan cheese.

    Sometimes if I have a busy day I just make the meatballs and stick everything in a crock pot for the day. No need to brown the meatballs.
    Enjoy!

    Yummy
    by: Maria

    I just love spaghetti and meatballs, this sounds fantastic! Thank you for sharing with us!

    Savoring the Taste of Italian Cuisine

    by Alesha Wilson
    (Wilmington, NC)

    lasagna

    lasagna

    Italian cooking offers wide-ranging types of appetizing food, making it among the world’s richest cuisine. This is attributed to the domination of the Italian peninsula by many tribes and empires, each contributing to its cuisine throughout history. Italian cooking has been influenced by the Greek, Roman, Norman and Arab civilizations.

    The dishes are intensely flavorful so that the preparation appears to be very intricate. It is so confusing to select from variants, however, each dish seems to be perfect for every occasion. Digging among Italian recipes is worth the find, be it a snack of a full meal.

    The influence of other cultures in Italian cooking resulted to the inclusion of various cooking methods used by other countries while other techniques originate from Italy and are specific to their cuisine. Here are some basic terms in Italian cooking that starters need to know:

    • Al dente – an Italian expression for rightly cooked pasta felt by the tooth.

    • Aromatics – herbs and spices

    • Bain-marie – a pan of water that is used to protect delicate foods from the direct heat of the oven during baking.

    • Battuto – a combination of chopped raw vegetables for sautéing

    • Besamella (Béchamel) – a classic white sauce made with milk

    • Beurre Blanc – a rich butter and wine sauce

    • Cioppino – a fish stew usually made with white wine and tomatoes
    • Deglaze – to add liquid to a pan to dissolve stuck food or juices

    • Frittata – an Italian baked omelet.

    • Gnocchi – a starchy dumpling usually made from potatoes.

    • Gratin – a casserole baked in a shallow dish

    • Mandoline – a slicer with diverse cutting blades

    • Mirepoix – a mixture of diced vegetables

    • Roux – a mixture of flour and butter used to thicken sauces, soups, and gravies

    • Vinaigrette – classic French salad dressing made of one part vinegar and three parts oil.

    • Zest – thin, brightly colored rind of citrus fruits containing aromatic oils.

    Given basic directions and little practice coupled with knowledge of these basic cooking terms, Italian dishes come really quite easy to prepare though seemingly complicated.

    Wonderful and Beautiful Italian Food!

    by Holly
    (North Carolina)

    Italian Mixed Vegetables

    Italian Mixed Vegetables

    "We had some amazing Italian food when we traveled to Italy during the summer of 2008 for our honeymoon! One of our best meals was grilled fish (which was very fresh!) and vegetables. I took a picture of the vegetables, because they were so pretty! Certainly they were not the same old soggy vegetables one gets in the U.S. when ordering a mixture of vegetables!"


    Note from Maria: Thanks Holly for your submission and photo. It's true, side dishes in Italy can easily become the best part of the meal! Grilled vegetables are very popular, as are steamed and baked. My favorite thing to order I see in the photo above - grilled eggplant! I also love potatoes tossed in olive oil and baked. YUM. There is nothing tastier than that!

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