Italian food tends to be associated with pasta and pizza but anyone who has visited Italy knows it offers far much more.
Minestrone is a thick Italian soup made often made with pasta but it can also be made with rice. Like many Italian recipes, it is a dish that has evolved through the generations so there is no set recipe, our version uses Fibre Linguine. It is often adapted and made of vegetables that are in season but can also contain meat.
From the region famed for its art and architecture, Tuscan Bean & Pasta Soup can be made with Juvela Macaroni, this really is Tuscany in a bowl – a delicious thick soup with beans and pasta makes this a meal in itself.
If you’re a pasta lover, make the most of seasonal vegetables with Avocado Pesto Linguine, or Watercress Pesto. Penne, one of the most popular pasta shapes, can be teamed with Roasted Tomato & Chorizo, or combined with tasty vegetables, Tomato, Aubergine and Ricotta to create a, typically simple, tasty and wholesome dinner, just like Mama used to make!
Spaghetti Bolognaise is a perennial favorite however, there are a range of other inventive recipes using spaghetti; Brie & Courgette or Creamy Asparagus gives you a couple of tasty twists on this simple recipe. If you love seafood, you’ll enjoy Seafood Spaghetti made with succulent prawns and fiery fresh chillies. Smoked salmon makes a fabulous Linguine or can be baked in Cannelloni with tiger prawns and a creamy dill sauce. The ultimate comfort food, Lasagne is a dish you can take in any direction, fill with vegetables or the best beef mince for a filling dinner, teamed with salad and Garlic Bread made from Juvela Pizza Bases.
Secondo! More than pasta!
If you fancy a change from pasta, we have developed a new recipe for Gnocchi, traditional Italian potato dumplings, that are great as part of a baked dish, accompaniment to other food or on their own with a pesto or tomato sauce.
Calzone is an Italian oven-baked, folded pizza that originated in Naples, the home of pizza! The dough is baked in an oven and can be stuffed with salami or ham, mozzarella, ricotta and Parmesan cheese.
On the dessert trolley …
There’s nothing like Almond Biscotti to add an extra Italian flavour. It’s a perfect accompaniment to coffee or a glass of dessert wine. You can also eat it with a rich chocolate dipping sauce from the BBC food website.
For pudding lovers, Tiramisu is the most well-known Italian dessert. Its name means ‘pick me up’ and it will certainly give any Italian themed eventing a lift! Use the Juvela Trifle Sponge Recipe to create the sponge fingers needed to make this traditional and popular dish.