Seven top online recipes to make Italian food at home
It has happened to us all: you love a dish you try at an Italian restaurant, but when you go home and try recreate the dish yourself it comes out like a culinary leaning tower of pisa – funny to look at but definitely not as you intended it to be. The only way to create great Italian food at home is to use top notch ingredients and follow a tested Italian recipe, and for the latter there is no better place to look than the internet. Since most recipes have reviews and comments, it’s easy to find a cooking guide that people trust in and that you can follow without making a mess.
Here are 7 great online Italian or Italian inspired recipes and cooking guides to help you make true Italian-style food that lives up to restaurant standards.
1. Bruschetta with Tomato and Basil from Delia Online
Bruschetta is the ultimate Italian starter, so this simple guide is golden if you’re making an Italian meal. The key to making this recipe work for you is the quality of the tomatoes: make sure the ones you use are as red and ripe as possible. Anything else will dampen the delicate flavourings that make bruschetta great.
2. Mozzarella in Carrozza from Nigella.com
Nigella’s new Italian cookbook, Nigellissima, is burn up the book charts simply because Nigella taps in well to the artistry behind Italian cooking. Fortunately, she does so at the same time as making incredibly easy to follow recipes, which is why her quick eat Mozzarella in Carrozza is so popular. This strange chicken-cheese sandwich is slightly odd to look at but quick to make. Great Italian inspiration. Also my first choice for cookery books.
3. Italian Stuffed Chicken from Good Food
Chicken is a great meat because it is quick to make, versatile and hard to hate. This stuffed chicken recipe by Jane Hornby can be made in just 25 minutes, but with a little attention to presentation detail it can look like you’ve been slaving away at the stove all day. I dare you not to love it.
4. True Spaghetti Bolognese from The Telegraph
The Telegraph ran a article a few years ago that featured beleaguered Italian chefs moaning about how abused Spaghetti Bolognese is – and they’re right. Despite being a dish that seems hard to get wrong, many people go about making Bolognese in completely the wrong way. The piece hosts a recipe that truly is an Italian Spaghetti Bolognese, and there is not a better version on the entirety of the internet or in any cookbook.
5. Easy Pizza Calzone from Food.com
Pizza Calzone is simply folded pizza, and it is has two great uses. Firstly, if you’re eating it in a sit-down meal it looks much more fancy than regular pizza but has the same great taste. Secondly, you can (as the recipe suggests) freeze them as use them as a heat-up sandwich for work. Either way, they are oozing with flavour and so quick and easy to make.
6. Anglo-Italian Trifle from Nigella.com
Italian food has inspired culinary pursuits all over the world, as Italian immigrants have spread what must be one of the most popular cuisines from country to country. This has led to many fusion recipes just like this fusion Trifle by Nigella Lawson. With a mix of Italian mascarpone and English trifle sponge, it is the perfect Italian fusion dessert.
7. Italian Christmas Pudding Cake from BBC Foods
This might be a christmas cake, but once you’ve tasted it you will be eating it and serving it to guests all year round. In another excellent Italian inspiration pudding by Nigella Lawson, this cake looks complicated due to the length of the ingredients list but as noted by Nigella it does not require culinary brilliance. This recipe is all about assembly and simply adding the right ingredients at the right rime.
This is a guest post by Lindsey Mcmahon, a part-time guest-blogger and a full-time private tour organizer. She currently works for Timeless Travel, a UK based online travel store specialized on the corporate community.