The Essential Guide To Classic Italian Recipes

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The Technique

The Essential Guide To Classic Italian Recipes

Getting family meals on the table that taste great & appeal to a wide variety of palates is no easy feat. However, with a bit of planning & forethought, you can create recipes & meals that may be prepared whether entertaining beckons or quality dinners are in order. Hand crafted specialties ranging from classic bolognese & a tempting pan of lasagna to satisfying soups that include pasta, beans & rich tomato bases, traditional Italian dishes tend to please a wide variety of tastes. Add in a few simple to bake cookies & iconic breads & you’ll be well armed for a month of hard working recipe solutions. Stock your pantry now with the proper ingredients, tools & equipment to make dinner execution efficient, rewarding & fun. Read through the recipes before beginning. Follow my pointers & get ready to make the best meals to date that your family will rave over.

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How To Cook Classic Italian Recipes

A recipe collection of Italian favorites should include a wide variety of pasta, sauce styles & meat options that not only fall in line with tradition but highlight preparation solutions for the busy, modern cook. They should also focus on produce available now from your local market. Once you know a few key basic fundamentals, you’ll be preparing these items often. I’ll also offer ways they can be used throughout the year for entertaining & beyond the typical family meal solution.

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A new year offers a fresh start & an opportunity to make family meal time a valuable focus for what lies ahead. Be certain you’re on task with these helpful pointers.

No. 1

The Ingredient Staples

Before any cooking can begin stock your pantry & refrigerator with the proper ingredients. Purchase a variety of pasta styles ranging from traditional spaghetti to petite shapes such as ditalini that are ideal to use when preparing hearty, satisfying soups. Jars of quality marinara sauce can serve as the base for rich tomato based sauces & I’ll show you how to take these common staples to the next level with just a few additions. A collection of canned tomato products will prove to be mealtime superstars. From whole plum tomatoes to concentrated pastes, when used properly, they not only offer delicious flavor but smart solutions for busy cooks.

Pick up a bottle of good olive oil that may be used to sauté vegetables or to accompany homemade bread for dipping. However, avoid using it when cooking pasta as sauces will not cling to noodles as they should. Use fresh herbs when available & your market should be well stocked with them– a bit of fresh basil, oregano & parsley will boost recipes just so with very minimal effort.

No. 2

The Tools & Equipment

Invest in a quality sauté pan, Dutch oven & large saucepan. They will make cooking pasta & preparing sauces a breeze. Good tongs, ladles & a colander will also come in handy. Make certain the colander is elevated several inches on the bottom to make draining noodles fast, food safe & efficient in sinks.

Microplane graters are wonderful for capturing citrus zest & hard cheeses ranging from Parmesan to Romano while a sharp vegetable peeler will produce larger shards. Check local kitchen stores for these essentials & ask associates to guide you in choosing the best tool to complete the task you have in mind. 

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The Meal Preparations

Some recipes may be prepared quickly while others will need a block of time set aside in order to complete. However, many of these will yield several family meal solutions. Focus on the task at hand to complete them quickly. Have ingredients & equipment out on the counter & ready to use at a moments notice.

No. 4

The Freezing & Thawing Logistics

Several of the recipes I’ll be featuring will yield two meals. One may be consumed right away & the other may be frozen & used when your schedule is packed with commitments. Although traditional bakeware may be used to prep them in, having a variety of disposable pans can step in when necessary to free up these hard working vessels for other everyday tasks. Have them on the ready at a moments notice. Once items have been cooked & layered, it will be important to wrap them well before freezing. Plastic, foil & containers with snug fitting lids will aide in keeping flavors fresh. When planning to serve a meal from the freezer, allow for ample cold thawing time. Place them in the refrigerator 24 hours in advance before baking.

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The Desserts

A wide variety of lovely sweets with Italian origins may be prepared & served after supper or used to create a beautiful collection to offer guests when entertaining. Biscotti has always been a favorite but look for additional cookie recipes & layered specialties that will have family & friends asking for seconds.

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