If some of your favourite meals come from your local Italian restaurant, you will probably agree that Italian delicacies are some of the best in the world. But, you don’t necessarily have to visit you favourite Italian restaurant every time you want to indulge in some tasty, delicious Italian fare this summer.
Below we will highlight some of our favourite Italian recipes that you will want to make over and over again this summer.
Italians are known for their love for pasta, so it doesn’t come as a surprise that a pasta dish is on the top of our list. Pasta carbonara is a classic and well-loved dish. This sophisticated meal requires you to toss the pasta in a delicious cream sauce. Notably, the sauce is made with garlic, Parmesan, shallots, egg yolk, and pancetta or bacon.
Ricotta Stuffed Squash Blossoms
Ricotta stuffed squash blossom is another wonderful Italian delicacy you cannot afford to miss this summer. Get started by getting zucchini or squash blossoms from a local farmer’s market near you. If you don’t have a farmer’s mark nearby, you can check for them at your local Italian grocery store. Mix lemon zest, Parmesan, egg, and ricotta, and put the mixture inside the blossoms. Fry the combination until the inside melts and the blossoms become crispy.
To make chicken piccata, cover your chicken breast with flour and pan-sear and cook it inside a peppery sauce that contains lemon, chicken broth, capers, garlic, and butter. Once you are done with this, your chicken piccata is ready to be served.
Italian Egg Bake
Another common meal you can find in any Italian home, is a traditional egg bake. The first thing you need to do is to prepare the garlic tomato sauce that is filled with lots of melted cheese. Then, bake the eggs into the sauce and use savory herbs as toppings. This delicacy can be served any time of the day.
Stuffed Chicken Marsala
As the name suggests, you need to stuff chicken breasts with Parmesan cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, and mozzarella. Toss the stuffed chicken breasts in a creamy mushroom sauce and brown in a pan. Finally, transfer to the oven and bake for 20-25minutes.
20-Minute Ricotta Gnocchi
The most beautiful thing about this Italian meal is that it is quick to prepare. Unlike potato gnocchi, ricotta gnocchi is lighter, easier to make and for many even more flavourful. To make this 20-minute ricotta gnocchi, you will need Parmesan cheese, ricotta cheese, flour, egg yolks as well as salt and pepper.
Rosemary and Olive No-Knead Focaccia
Get started by mixing water, yeast, flour and salt for the dough. Let the mixture rise for around 40 minutes. Spread the dough over an oiled baking sheet and top with olive oil, fresh rosemary and pitted olives. Bake for about 20 minutes and enjoy.
The above are just some of our favourite, simple Italian dishes that anyone can make at home. If, however you want to take the night off or just don’t feel like cooking, you can always order from your favourite, local Italian restaurant.