NDTV Cooks, Modified: November 19, 2014 11:47 IST
"The trouble with eating Italian food is that two or three days later you're hungry again." - George Miller.PanzenellaRecipe by chef Ritu Dalmia
A four course meal served with a variety of 400 types of cheese, every bite of Italian food speaks of its origins from the 4th century BC. It's a favorite with everyone, from the first bread till the last tiramisu!
Italians are known to take their food very seriously. The lunch hour is the most important meal of the day. It starts with antipasti (before the meal) bites like cheese, olives, salad etc. The main course mostly comprises of pasta or risotto. Did you know that there are more than 600 shapes of pasta produced across the world? Finally, comes the dessert and espresso coffee.
Here are our 10 best Italian recipes which we think are a must try. Buon appetito!
Caprese Salad with Pesto Sauce
Recipe by Joey Matthew
A great antipasto bite to start your meal with. Juicy tomatoes and mozzarella cheese salad topped with freshly made pesto sauce.
Panzenella is a Tuscan bread salad, ideal for summer. It does not follow a particular recipe. but the two ingredients that do not change are tomatoes and bread. This salad is great with a chilled glass of Prosecco and lots of sunshine!
BruschettaRecipe by Joey Matthew
Country bread sliced and topped with different toppings - the evergreen tomato-basil and an inventive mushroom-garlic. The classic Italian starter!
Focaccia BreadRecipe by chef Vicky Ratnani
Fresh dough is topped with caramelized onions, olives, tomato slices, basil leaves, grated parmesan cheese and baked delicious!
Pasta CarbonaraRecipe by chef Ritu Dalmia
This simple Roman pasta dish derives its name from 'carbone' meaning coal. It was a pasta popular with the coal miners. The original recipe calls for guanciale, which is pig's cheek, but since its not easily available, the chef has used bacon instead.Margherita PizzaRecipe by Joey Matthew
Fancy a pipping hot pizza, fresh out of the oven? Create one at home! One of the most loved Italian dishes, here's the recipe of 'Pizza Margherita'! Need we say more?Mushroom RisottoRecipe by Divya BurmanA plateful of buttery risotto with the goodness of mushrooms. Great to feed a hungry horde!
Pasta Con Pomodoro E BasilicoRecipe by chef Ritu Dalmia
This is the most basic and simplest cooked pasta sauce, hence it is the benchmark of a good Italian home cook.Tiramisu - The 'pick-me-up' cakeRecipe by chef Ritu Dalmia
The delightful tiramisu recipe with sponge fingers soaked in coffee, layered around and smeared with a creamy mascarpone mixture. The word 'tiramisu' in Italian means 'pick-me-up'. Owing to its caffeine kick it sure does!Panna Cotta With Raspberry CoulisRecipe by Joey Matthew
End your meals, the Italian way! A dessert is made with gelatine, cream and milk. Chilled and served with whole raspberries and raspberry coulis.
Panna Cotta, in Italian, means 'cooked cream.'
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