A collection of recipes of traditional Italian first courses, including Minestrone, Risottos, Fresh Egg Pasta, Gnocchi, Pesto Sauce, and more.

Asparagus and sausage sauce for pasta

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This is a simple, delicious sauce for when asparagus is in season.

Gnudi - "naked" ricotta and spinach dumplings

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These are called "naked" dumplings since they are like ricotta and spinach ravioli without their pasta "clothing". They are easy to make and delicious!
Buckwheat crepes

Buckwheat crepes with a spinach and ricotta filling

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Buckwheat flour makes delicious crepes and is gluten free. you can fill the crepes with all sorts of things. Our recipe used ricotta and spinach, seasoned with nutmeg.

Certaldo Onion Soup

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Our local town, Certaldo, had been famous for almost a thousand years for its delicious red onions. A group of local farmers has been growing them and popularising them again. They are used in many dishes. One of the most popular is this simple, warming soup.

Baked Pumpkin Gnocchi

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These are not like boiled gnocchi at all, but are creamy balls of pumpkin baked in a tomato sauce. Guests who come on our cooking courses in Italy say that they are one of their favorite fall dishes.

Pasta con le patate ~ Neapolitan pasta and potato soup

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This is a traditional Neapolitan recipe, from the times when many people needed to be fed with very little. And it still needed to be delicious. This soup is creamy and satisfying and pleases the crowds!

Acquacotta ~ Light Tuscan vegetable soup with tomato and egg

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This is the Tuscan "stone soup": a soup made out of practically nothing. This is a delicious light soup made out simple vegetables that are always on hand. The addition of bread and an egg give it consistency.

Minestrone alla Genovese ~ Silky vegetable soup with basil pesto

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This soup is almost too solid to be called a soup. Its flavours are very rich, with the mushrooms and basil really adding a great depth of flavour.

Minestrone ~ Tuscan Vegetable Soup

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The distinctive taste of this soup comes from the cavolo nero ("black cabbage"). This has recently been popularized by chefs such as Jamie Oliver and is now available in many farmers' markets.

Pasta with broccoli

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This is a quick, healthy and tasty dish originally from southern Italy which has many possible variations (some add anchovies, some boil the broccoli in the pasta water etc).