how to make CAPRESE SALAD
Caprese salad, the Italian flag on a plate and one of the top 10 Italian dishes globally – I’m not arguing with that! A caprese salad is made up of the freshest, sweetest tomatoes you can find, aromatic basil and of course, luscious slices of mozzarella cheese all drizzled with the finest extra virgin olive oil. It is sooo simple but there are a few important steps to follow which make ALL the difference when combining these three key ingredients.
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how to make CAPRESE SALAD
Spaghetti al Pomodoro translates to spaghetti with tomato sauce. It’s a classic Italian dish that I love creating when I’m short on time but I still want to be transported to Nonna’s house. This 15-minute recipe produces the most flavor-rich sauce and the key is using fresh, ripe tomatoes and aromatic basil.
If you can believe it, tomatoes weren’t mixed into pasta until the 1800s! Before that, pasta was eaten plain or only with cheese. I love eating it both ways but once you try this dish you might even prefer it over slow cooked sauce. Let me know what your favourite 15-minute pasta recipe\ is.
GARLIC BREAD RECIPE:
The origins of garlic bread aren’t very well-known, but what I do know is the popularity of this dish is remarkable across the world! When you look at the basics, it’s similar to a bruschetta so I invite you to try my authentic Italian variation of garlic bread which is all about a delicious creamy paste, smothered on crispy golden ciabatta bread. What would I call it? Bruschetta aglio e oilio and it is absolutely, positively DIVINE!
Chicken parmigiana can be likened to Italian crumbed chicken with toppings, typically including cheese and tomato sauce, but is it Italian? NO! This is a dish which has become famous the world over and many mistaken it for being authentic but most variations are pretty un-Italian! Except, maybe, my one. As an Italian I have recreated this pub-classic with delicious authentic ingredients and believe me there is no going past this recipe for a cheesy chicken stack that is smothered in rich tomato and basil sauce. I even have two options for cheese on top, would you prefer buffalo mozzarella or burrata? Either way you will never order this out again. It might not be authentic, but I’ve created a Chicken Parmigiana that even my family would enjoy.
Spaghetti meatballs is a much-loved dish all over the world but too often I see giant meatballs topped on plates of spaghetti and this is not the way it was meant to be enjoyed!
This Italian dish can be done in an authentic way and my Nonna makes it best! So tune in to this recipe to recreate the most delicious spaghetti and (mini) meatballs and be transported to Nonna’s house with every, single, bite.
DISCLAIMER: My meatballs may look tiny but you’ll soon realise they are mighty – especially when enjoyed in the same mouthful as your spaghetti!
Passata made with fresh tomatoes is best defined as the essential Italian ingredient for endless dishes and making it is such an important ritual. For many families the tradition is carried out in the home of Grandparents or the eldest sibling and the end result is a large number of bottles filled with this liquid gold for the whole family to enjoy!
Neapolitan Pizza Dough is so light and delicious and when made perfectly it has beautiful golden specs around the edges and just the right amount of crispness! Try this easy recipe at home and create an incredible homemade product that will be so addictive, you’ll never want to go out for pizza again! Impress your loved ones with this easy Neapolitan pizza dough and invest in a small pizza oven to make ALL the difference. Pizza every night anyone? YES PLEASE!
My Italian meatballs recipe is just like a giant hug from Nonna. A mixture of quality veal and pork mince combined with the perfect amount of fresh parsley and cheese (a tonne of both!) as well as moist artisan bread will create the most delicious Italian meatballs you have ever tasted, period. This recipe uses my Nonna’s soffrito (blended my way) which adds the sweetest aroma and flavour hit you can imagine. Try my recipe for your next Meatballs night and compare them to yours…I bet they will quickly become your families new favourite (don’t worry you can pass the recipe as your own – what’s important, is you pass it on to your family to share too!).
Tomato sauce for pizza couldn’t be simpler – but the few steps required to get it right are all a MUST! Combine quality Italian peeled tomatoes with fresh basil, a touch of salt and a final drizzle of olive oil and make sure you do not cook it! Join me along with Napolitano pizza chef Lucio to find out the secrets to making a flavoursome and bold tomato sauce for pizza. Have you been doing it right?
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