10 Italian Foods to Try in Your Kitchen. Mamma Mia!
Raise your hand if you like to prepare Italian dishes at home.
All cooks know that Italian food is more than just pizza and pasta. There are a ton of incredible artisan products that can elevate any dish, and the best ones are inspired by the Italian cuisine!
To help you get started, we’ve compiled a list of 10 Italian products you should have in your cupboard if you want to call yourself a real expert in the kitchen.
#1. Pistachio Liqueur (or else, Pistacchino!)
Let's start with this Pistacchino Pistachio liqueur, with its beautiful colour and delicious taste, it is a wonderful beverage that you can enjoy in a variety of ways. Add it to your coffee for a delicious and energising kick, or pour it over ice cream for a grown-up version of this classic pistachio dessert. It's also fabulous with Prosecco or Champagne to add a special twist on the classic Italian aperitivo.
If you like your food spicy, then 'nduja is the perfect addition to your cupboard. This Calabrian salami is hand made with meat from black pigs ethically reared in the wild in Calabria, southern Italy. Seasoned from 40 to 90 days depending on its size, this unique salami is a vibrant orange-red colour (from the chilli) and has a strong, distinctive taste. It's perfect for spreading on crusty bread or adding to pasta dishes for an extra bit of flavour.
If you're looking to impress with a pasta dish, try this filled cappellacci from Delicario. Handmade from 100% Italian wheat, it’s a classic recipe similar to ravioli and provides a rich texture encasing delicious Veneto locally grown spinach and fresh Ricotta cheese. Perfect as a gourmet starter or a date night dish.
Made with real lemons from Italy, it’s perfect for a refreshing and zesty treat in the summer. Stir it into some frozen vanilla ice cream for a quick and easy lemony twist or make some creamy Italian lemon gelato in 5 easy steps using this mix.
#5. Bolognese (ready to cook)
This Bolognese sauce by Sou-Chef is made with high-quality beef mince, cooked sous vide in a rich tomato sauce for tenderness, so it's ready to eat in just minutes. It's the perfect shortcut for busy weeknights when you want a delicious, home-cooked meal but don’t have the time to make it from scratch.
This Mandarin infused extra virgin olive oil is perfect for seasoning salads or to use as a dipping oil in dishes. It's made by pressing sweet, organic Calabrian mandarins together with organic, single estate Ottobratica olives from Southern Italy following a traditional, natural process. The perfect balance of sweet and sour, it's also great for drizzling over desserts like pudding or cake. A must-have!
If you love breakfast time (or jam in general!) then you'll adore this set of three Italian marmalades from Vorrei. Made in sunny Calabria where the cedro has been grown since forever, this marmalade is bittersweet and gives a subtle kick in the middle. It’s the perfect addition to your morning toast or even your porridge. The set includes bergamot, bitter orange and cedro flavours, all of which are natural with no additives or preservatives.
#8. Olive Leaf Tea
A healthy and delicious alternative to regular tea, this organic olive leaf tea is an ideal replacement for normal black tea and it is said that it contains more antioxidants and vitamin C than green tea. It has a light, delicate flavour with hints of citrus and mint. This leaf tea is hand-picked from olive groves in Abruzzo, the green heart of Italy. Simply brew it using hot water for a refreshing cup of tea, or add it to cold water and let it infuse overnight.
If you're looking for a luxurious gift, or simply want to enjoy some high-quality Italian nibbles with your favourite glass of Prosecco, then this hamper box from Italy2eat is a perfect choice. It includes a bottle of Prosecco to enjoy with an array of authentic savoury Italian nibbles, including Cianchette snacks, crunchy breadsticks, and Rosemary Grissini. Great evening with friends? Sorted.
#10. Italian Pate
This set includes three different flavours: Nduja (spreadable salami) Bomba Calabrese (Spicy Vegetable Spread) and Spicy Cherry Peppers in olive oil. They are all made using traditional methods and recipes from Calabria, Italy. These pates make the perfect starter or can be enjoyed as part of an antipasti platter. They are also ideal for spreading on bread or crackers or can be used as a pasta sauce.
So there you have it, 10 Italian products you should have in your cupboard. From delicious sauces and pastes to artisan olive oil and tasty snacks, discover more artisan italian foods. Time to stock up that cupboard…
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