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Mushroom Risotto

mushroom risotto

Mushroom Risotto Mushroom Risotto is one of the classic ways to make risotto, which can be traced back in Italian cookbooks and literature for hundreds of years. Using Arborio rice, gives it its signature creamy texture. Portobello mushrooms adds a full, savory flavor. Adding Porcini Mushroom Powder to the rice while cooking adds the nutty … Read more

Spicy Sausage and Kale Soup

spicy sausage and kale soup

Spicy Sausage and Kale Soup Spicy Sausage and Kale Soup a hearty soup, rich with kale and cannellini beans. We use hot Italian sausage for a robust flavor with a touch of red pepper flakes. They don’t make the soup overly spicy, but you can use regular Italian sausage and skip the red pepper if … Read more

Shrimp Scampi Rustica

Shrimp Scampi Rustica Shrimp Scampi is a standard on all Italian restaurant menus. Scampi is shrimp, broiled in garlic butter in its simplest form, and we’ve made it this way dozens of times over the years. Our Shrimp Scampi Rustica version has a few extras, like Worcestershire Sauce and a bit of Cayenne Pepper added … Read more

Chicken Piccata

chicken piccata

Chicken Piccata Chicken Piccata is a classic Italian dish. Piccata, refers to the thinly pounded chicken, pan-cooked to a golden brown, then served with a piquant, lemon-caper sauce. There is pretty much one way to make Chicken Piccata, as far as the ingredients, but you still find variations in the seasoning, and the lemon-caper sauce. … Read more

Slow Cooker Italian Beef Sandwiches

italian beef sandwich

Slow Cooker Italian Beef Sandwiches Italian Beef Sandwiches are a classic Italian sandwich, especially around Chicago. The roast is slow cooked for hours in beef broth allowing the flavors to develop. The roast gets fork tender and the broth is then used as an au jus for dipping. Depending on the cut of beef used, … Read more

Classic Minestrone Soup

classic minestrone soup

Classic Minestrone Soup A Classic Minestrone Soup is always a welcome meal in cooler weather. This Minestrone recipe is what you will find in an Italian restaurant. Our recipe uses Bouquet Garni for the herbs. Bouquet Garni has all the herbs you find in Italian cooking, giving you a very savory flavor in the soup. … Read more

Tuscan Bean and Chicken Soup

Tuscan Bean and Chicken Soup

Tuscan Bean and Chicken Soup Our Tuscan Bean and Chicken Soup is easy and fast.  Hearty and very  flavorful, it is one of our favorites as well as our friends. We’re sure you’ll enjoy it as well.  Reminiscent of the great soups found in the top Italian restaurants, try a pot full and watch how … Read more

Basil Pesto

Basil Pesto Basil Pesto is a traditional Italian sauce made from basil, pine nuts, garlic and Parmesan cheese. Our Dried Pesto Basil recipe comes in handy when fresh basil isn’t available.  Letting it rest for a couple hours allows the dried leaf to rehydrate and get ready for your use.  It’s more of a spread … Read more

Cherry Walnut Pesto Chicken Salad

Cherry Walnut Pesto Chicken Salad This Cherry Walnut Pesto Chicken Salad uses pesto in a very delicious way. Like most chicken salads, you can make sandwiches with it, serve on a leaf of lettuce, or just eat as is as a light side dish. Here is a link to our Pesto recipe, made with dried … Read more