Italian Food Recipes
and Italian Pasta Recipes

Italian food recipes include sauces made from ripe tomatoes and also include other tasty traditional Italian foods. 

Surprisingly, Italian pasta recipes are much lighter and usually contain a variety of vegetables instead of a lot of meats.

Traditional Italian foods such as pizza are usually made with a thin crust and a homemade tomato sauce.  And the pizzas in Italy are generally not loaded down with tons of ingredients and meats like in America.

You will also find Italian food recipes such as Risotto which is an Italian rice dish.  In some regions of Italy - rice is actually preferred over pasta.

And the Italian diet would not be complete without a well known traditional Italian food called Tiramisu.

The Italian Diet

I think most people associate Italy with pizza and pasta dishes. And it's true that Italians love these foods!

However, Italian food is a bit more than just pizza and pasta. 

Italian food recipes are very diverse and differ from region to region.  Italians love cheese, bread, seafood, meats, eggs, legumes, olives, vegetables, and fruits.

Breakfast is usually the lightest meal with some sort of coffee drink such as espresso.

Lunch is typically the largest meal of the day and various courses can be eaten during what can sometimes be a 3 hour lunch.

Pasta or pizza, meats or seafood, sandwiches, veggies, and fruits or dessert can be eaten during lunch time.

Dinner will generally consist of a meal made from one or more of these choices - pasta, pizza, soup, bread, cheese, seafood, meats, or vegetables.

The Italian diet is full of many organic foods and most of their food is locally grown. This is one of the main reasons why Italians remain fairly healthy.

Italian Pasta Recipes

Puttanesca Sauce - a spicy and incredibly flavorful sauce usually made from ingredients such as anchovies, olive oil, chilli peppers, ripe olives, and tomatoes.

Pesto Sauce Recipe - this sauce is best made by crushing fresh ingredients together using a marble mortar and pestle.

Marinara Sauce Recipe - can be created by first learning to make a simple homemade tomato sauce recipe from ripe plum tomatoes.

Learn how to make your own sauce from scratch!

Italian Food Recipes

Cioppino Recipes - a delicious soup that resembles an Italian seafood stew because of the variety of fish and shellfish cooked in a tomato based broth.

Tiramisu Recipes - one of the most popular Italian desserts which consists of layers and lady fingers dipped in coffee.

Italian Pizza Recipes - is usually a thin crust topped with one or more toppings such as fresh tomatoes, cheese, and fresh herbs.

Nowadays, you can learn to make a gluten free pizza crust.

Easy Italian Recipes

Polenta Recipes - a porridge like dish made from ground cornmeal and boiled in liquid until a creamy pudding like texture is reached.

Risotto Recipes - a creamy dish which has been cooked with a broth and butter or oil along with fresh vegetables and grated Italian cheese.

Frittata Recipe - is an egg dish similar to a Western omelet in which many different ingredients can be added such as various meats, Italian cheese, and vegetables.

Carpaccio Recipe - is a well known raw meat dish made of thinly sliced beef tenderloin, Parmesan cheese, and arugula.  And this easy Italian recipe can also be made from a variety of raw fish.

Again, Italian food recipes vary so much from region to region.

Almost every city and town has it very own specialties and cooking styles.

Italian cuisine has been influenced by cultures such as Greek, Roman, Arabic, and Jewish cultures. 

And this could explain the vast array of recipes and cooking styles.

I have an Italian friend who´s really passionate about spreading local, traditional Italian recipes that are not easily found on non-Italian websites or recipe books.

Take a look at his recipes by visiting Italian Food Recipes


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