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

Creamy Artichoke Soup

Creamy artichoke soup

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This is an adapted version of a traditional Jewish-Italian Purim dish.

Buckwheat crepes with squash and chestnuts

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This warming fall recipe combines the sweetness of chestnuts, leek and squash with the nutty taste of buckwheat.
Buckwheat crepes

Buckwheat crepes with ricotta and spinach

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These delicious crepes are a great alternative to pasta. You can make them hours in advance and assemble them just before warming and serving.

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!

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 Squash Gnocchi

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These are not like boiled gnocchi at all, but are creamy balls of squash 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.