Posts tagged italian food
Cotechino con Lenticchie

Mamma D joins us in the Cucina as we kick off 2019 with this classic Italian New Year's dish! Watch how to make cotechino con lenticchie! Lentils are a tradition in Italy for the New Year because their shape looks like coins, representing wealth and abundance for the new year! Happy New Year! Salute!

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Cacio e Pepe

My friend Mike Favetta joins me in the Cucina this week showing us his version of pasta cacio e pepe! This classic Roman dish only has 3 ingredients but is often difficult to make! Mike shows us what he learned from the "Nonna" downstairs from his apartment in Milan!

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Tiramisu

This is NOT what Americans know as tiramisu. It's not cake, and it's not purely whipped cream - hell it's not even cooked eggs! (you'll be fine) This is an amazing recipe that turns out delicious and is fun and easy to make! Just make sure you get the right cookies! (The Italians were really insistent on the Pavesini) Snag those at the link in the recipe.

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Spinach Ravioli

I can't think of anything more impressive than hand made pasta. It's literally the way to anyone's heart! These ravioli are fun to make with and for family and friends - plus they have the easiest sauce EVER! Thanks again to the staff at Certosa di Pontignano AND Florencetown for showing us this one!

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Cantucci

These mildly sweet Italian biscuits pair perfectly with the classic Tuscan digestif, Vinsanto! Not only is the liquor IN the cookies, you dunk them in it as well! If vinsanto's not for you, you can always nosh on these mildly sweet little cookies for breakfast and dunk them in your coffee instead. Thanks again to Certosa di Pontignano for the recipe (and cooking class!)

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Fresh Pizza Dough

Fresh pizza in the house! This was always my Dad’s job as a kid, but this Father’s Day, I’m taking over and showing you how to make homemade pizza dough - courtesy of my new friends in Italy!

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Cherry Tomato Sauce

This cherry tomato sauce recipe is SO easy! You can literally get dinner on the table in under 30 minutes! Four simple ingredients marry together to make the perfect dressing for pasta.

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Asparagus Risotto

I LOVE this dish! It’s beautiful green color, the fact that it creates NO waste, and it’s loaded with healthy asparagus! You’ve got to try it out!

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Pizza Grana (Wheat Pie)

Learn how to make this Italian tradition from Naples with Master Baker GianCarlo Pallazzone! He shares his family recipe (WITH secret ingredient!) and the history of the dish! It's all in this episode of Cara's Cucina!

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Sausage & Peppers

Learn how to make this easy, classic recipe! It's a dish that every and anyone should know how to make! Watch the step by step video and then give it a shot at home! 

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Pastina Soup

If you grew up in an Italian home and so much as sniffled, you were immediately served a warm bowl of pasting soup! Know as "Italian Penicillin" this simple soup is so comforting if you have a cold (or the flu!). Easy to digest, packed with nutrients and a touch of protein from the egg; it's just what the doctor - and Nonnas all over - ordered! Stay well my friends! 

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Potato Gnocchi

I'm sharing my great-grandmother's recipe for hand-made potato gnocchi! Born in northern Italy, she taught me how to make these perfect pasta pillows from scratch, and now I'm sharing them with you! This is a cherished recipe for me and I hope it becomes one for you as well!

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Lentil Soup

Happy New Year! A traditional Italian dish for the start of the new year is lentils. Lentils represents coins, or wealth, and are, of course, healthy for you! So this is the perfect dish to help you start the new year off right! Loaded with veggies and fresh flavor, you'll learn how to make this delicious soup right in your own home.

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Lasagna Bolognese

I'm getting you ready for Christmas with another great holiday dinner dish! Lasagna Bolognese is a classic for Christmas Day in Italy and here in the States! Make this easy recipe ahead of time and stash it in the freezer for a simple first course OR any time winter meal! 

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Pasta Alla Griccia

Learn how to make this classic Roman dish! With only three ingredients it's the perfect weeknight meal. Al dente pasta, bathed in pork drippings and cheese - really what more could you want!? A crack of fresh black pepper and dinner is ready!

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Mushroom Ravioli in Browned Butter Sage Sauce

I really can't think of more quintessential Fall dish than this one. Earthy mushrooms mixed with fresh ricotta and parmesan cheeses, filling fresh pasta. Topped off in what is quite possibly the easiest sauce you will ever make! 

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Calzone

Not quite pizza, but a pizzeria favorite from my childhood. Stuffed with ham and ricotta cheese, calzones were a Friday night treat in my house growing up! My Dad would always get one, mostly for himself, but he would always share! 

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Pasta Fagioli

The epitome of poor man's food. Pasta & beans. Pasta e fagioli. Or, as it has come to be known here in the North East, pasta fazool (I cringe to write that). Whatever you call it, however you make it - it's an easy, quick and delicious dinner. Perfect for a chilly weeknight! Buon Appetito! 

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Turkey Meatballs with Elite Lifestyle Cuisine

Celebrity Chef Carlo Filippone joins me in the Cucina this week to share his healthy turkey meatball recipe! Plus we learn about his meal prep company, Elite Lifestyle Cuisine! It's what's being served this week in Cara's Cucina!

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