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.

Slow-cooked green beans in a tomato sauce

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This is a signature dish of the late great Mario, the multitalented father of Tina who used to be one of our amazing instructors at our cooking classes in Italy. You may say that you like your green beans to be firm and crunchy, but after tasting this dish you may also appreciate their sweet, melt-in-the-mouth quality when slow cooked.

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.

Bean and Escarole Soup (or Crostini)

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You can serve small quantities of this Tuscan bean dish on crostini, as an appetizer, or larger quantities as a hearty soup.

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).