Vegetables & Salads

Sauteed Mushrooms

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Funghi Saltati For this easy Italian vegetable recipe try to select button mushrooms with smooth, unblemished skins. The caps should be closed, so that no gills show around stems. Preparation: 1 – Wipe mushrooms with a damp cloth and trim bottoms of stems. Slice mushrooms about 1/4 inch thick. 2 – In a 12-inch skillet, […]

Sauteed Eggplant

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Melanzana Saltata Select glossy, firm eggplant for this very simple but tasty Italian dish. Preparation: 1 – In a 12-inch skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onion and pepper; saute, stirring constantly, until soft but not brown, for about 3 minutes. Add eggplant and saute until barely tender, for about 2 to 3 […]

Zucchini with Roasted Peppers

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Zucchini con Peperoni Zucchini should be cooked tender-crisp so that its texture contrasts with the roasted peppers. If red peppers are unavailable, you can substitute with pimientos. Enjoy this tasty Italian vegetable recipe! Preparation: 1 – In a 12-inch skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onion, turn heat to low and cook, stirring […]

Fried Artichoke Hearts

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Carciofi Fritti Not only is this easy Italian recipe a savory accompaniment to any chicken, meat or fish dishes, but an excellent appetizer as well! Preparation: 1 – Rinse frozen artichoke hearts in a strainer under warm running water to defrost. In a medium skillet, bring 2 cups of water to a boil and add […]

Baked Zucchini

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Zucchini al Forno For this Italian recipe, try baking the zucchini slices on the top rack of the oven. They come out crispy and taste as if they were pan-fried. Enjoy! Preparation: 1 – Adjust rack to upper portion of oven and preheat to 375F. Brush a large jelly roll pan with 2 tbsp olive […]

Pasta Primavera

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Pasta Primavera There are many different vegetable combinations for Pasta Primavera. Since Primavera means spring, my version of this classic Italian recipe includes zucchini and tender asparagus. Enjoy! Preparation: 1 – Wash the asparagus several times in lukewarm water. Refresh in cold water, drain well and blot dry with paper towel. Slice off tough ends. […]

Paglia e Fieno

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Paglia e Fieno Ingredients: 4 tbsp butter 1 pound fresh peas, shelled 1 pound mixed fresh green and white spaghetti or tagliatelle 7/8 cup heavy cream 1 tbsp olive oil 2/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese pinch of freshly grated nutmeg salt and pepper Preparation: 1 – Melt the butter in a large saucepan. Add […]

Fettuccine with Roasted Garlic Cream Sauce

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Fettuccine with roasted garlic cream sauce Ingredients: 2 large heads garlic 2 1/2 cups heavy cream 3 thin strips lemon peel salt and pepper 3 cups dried fettuccine or tagliatelle 1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan 2 tbsp chopped fresh flatleaf parsley, to serve Preparation: Separate the garlic cloves, removing as much of the papery skin […]