When you think of Italian cuisine, what comes to mind? Pasta right? You’ll be right because Italian cuisine has the ultimate pasta recipes. Though many times we forget that Italian cuisine is more than just pasta, I mean it’s a cuisine which has existed since antiquity, you know...like as far back as the roman empire? So I think it deserves much more than just pasta. A main aspect of Italian cuisine is it’s simplicity, the use of only a few ingredients, few but good quality and richness which makes the cuisine so amazing. It doesn’t rely on the complexities of preparation which is great if you're someone who gets overwhelmed by a long recipe list. This blog will go through just some of the Italian recipes we have at Plate Up. Why not give them a go yourself?
Italian Meatballs and Spaghetti
Ah yes, this is the classic amirite? This recipe will give you step by step instructions on how to make the perfect meatball. The ingredients list may be long unlike a lot of other italian dishes but worry not because it is remarkably simple to make. Well, that looks unhealthy. Wait what’s that? The original recipe is high in calories so this is a healthier adaptation specifically for Plate Up. You won’t have to worry about feeling guilty after having this, so have some fun cooking and eating it.
Italian Veggie Farinata - Veganuary
Farinata is a thin pancake made from chickpea flour which originated in Genoa, Italy. This recipe from Veganuary is great served with a side salad for a light lunch/dinner. I mean, who doesn’t love pancakes right? Here in the west we are so used to having our pancakes sweet, but over there in other parts of the world savoury pancakes exist and they’re just as delicious! The pancakes consist of bell peppers, tomato and leeks so you’ll get 3 of your 5 a day just by this one pancake alone.
Quick Tortellini Caprese - Balance with Jess
All I've been craving today is pasta, pasta, pasta. I suppose I'm writing this blog! You know sometimes you just want something light, traditional pasta feels quite heavy on the stomach after you finish so this recipe is perfect if you want something light. Caprese is an italian salad made of mozzarella, tomato and basil. To have it as a meal though this one has been bumped up with cheese tortellini. It has all the classic italian flavours, this dish is sweet, savoury, herby, and comes together in minutes - It’s the perfect meal!
Pumpkin and Mushroom Risotto - Balance with Jess
Risotto is a northern Italian rice dish and is known for its creamy consistency due to being cooked with broth. It’s one of the most common rice dishes in Italy. This Pumpkin and Mushroom Risotto takes an Italian classic to new heights by infusing it with pumpkin purée and caramelized mushrooms. Try this recipe if you want to turn it up a notch because the pumpkin and mushrooms make this recipe so creamy, you wouldn’t want to drop your fork.
Fresh Capunti al Sugo Finto
This meatless ragu, which is cooked for a long time, has a really rich, hearty flavour even though it doesn’t have meat in it. Make sure to dice the veg finely - that's what makes it all come together like a ragu. If you are in a rush you can use store bought pasta but if you have the time try making your own pasta at home, trust me it’s so worth it! This recipe tells you just how to do it and it’s a lot easier than it sounds.
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