Italian Recipes

Italian Recipes

Perfect Italian Meatballs

Perfect Italian Meatballs

There’s really nothing more delicious and homey than a plate full of spaghetti topped with homemade meatballs and sauce. We’ve been making meatballs this way for years, inspired by the secret recipe of a family of Italian chefs we met in San Diego. Of course, we’ve made our own modifications over time. The real secret for moist, […]
on February 19, 2017
Eggplant Parmesan Parmigiana

Easy Stove Top Eggplant Parmesan

While traveling through Italy, eggplant Parmesan became one of my favorite dishes. Whether in Northern or Southern Italy, a version of this dish is on most menus. Interestingly though, eggplant Parmesan (or melanzane parmigiana) is typically served as an appetizer dish. It is most often baked in the oven like a lasagna, but I’ve adapted […]
on September 4, 2016
Simple Tomato Sauce Recipe

Simple Tomato Sauce

Everyone needs a good basic tomato sauce recipe. We’ve experimented with our version over the years and perfected it during a recent trip through Italy. We took a lot of cooking classes during our time there including this one in Rome – Cooking with Nonna (Grandmother). In each region that we visited, Nonnas were cooking […]
Eggplant Stuffed with Sausage and Provolone

Stuffed Eggplant with Sausage and Provolone Cheese

Stuffed eggplant (or aubergine) is a very popular dish in Italy. We made them together with Chef Gianna Greco in her cooking school in Lecce, the Pulgia region of Italy in the heel of the boot. I’ll have to admit, however, that Chef Gianna would not approve of my version. There are a lot of […]
Fresh Potato Focaccia Bread

Italian Potato Focaccia Bread

Focaccia bread is a standard in the homes of Italian’s living in the Pulgia area of Italy. Here in the heel of the boot of Italy, Focaccia bread is made fresh every few days and used as a snack, with meal or sliced and stuffed to make delicious sandwiches. This version uses lots of olive […]
cheese ravioli walnut cream sauce

Cheese Ravioli with Creamy Walnut Parmesan Sauce

We first sampled pasta with walnut sauce during a trip through Italy, where walnuts are a prized ingredient. There are many versions walnut sauce (salsa di noci) – including very simple preparations where pulverized walnuts are added to milk and breadcrumbs and then tossed with pasta. I prefer to use granule sized walnut chunks to […]
Green Lasagna with Bolognese Sauce

Green Lasagna with Ragu Bolognese

Green Lasagna is a classic Italian dish that we first discovered on a trip to Bologna, Italy. Bologna is in the Emilia Romagna region of Italy where Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese is produced. It is also the place where Bolognese sauce (or Ragu) originated. These two ingredients are paired up in this recipe with a white béchamel sauce […]
Tagliatelle Bolognese

Tagliatelle Bolognese – Classic Italian Meat Sauce

The Emilia Romagna region of Italy is known for food. It’s home to Parma where the famous ham originates and Modena, which is famous for its balsamic vinegar. And of course, Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese is made in this area. Bologna, the capital of Emilia Romagna, is also famous for bolognese sauce or ragù  bolognese. Traditional bolognese sauce […]
Pasta with chicken, mushroom, tomato and white truffles

Pasta with Chicken, Tomato, Mushroom and White Truffles

While traveling through the Umbria region of Italy, I came across more and more dishes using one of the prized ingredients of this area – white truffles. People seem to have either a strong dislike or an intense love for this pungent ingredient. I fall into the strongly enamored group. Which is one reason I was […]
Acquacotte - Italian Vegetable Soup

Tuscan Vegetable Soup – Acquacotta

Acquacotte – translated from Italian to mean cooked water. This vegetable soup recipe is the Italian version of stone soup. Making something of nothing. Start with a nice colorful stone and water, and then add what you have. A bit of stale bread, some vegetables from the neighbor’s garden, maybe a bit of left over […]