People who love to cook do it very often, effortlessly, and without any strain, but for many the idea of ​​cooking 3 different meals each day can become one more stress that adds to their daily worries.

During our online cooking sessions, many people have told me that they are a bit intimidated by trying recipes from different cultures, especially if they are very famous culinary cultures. My advice is: don’t limit yourself! The fact that Italian cuisine, like many others, is well-known and sometimes very elaborate, does not mean that it cannot be within your reach. The best dishes are usually the simplest, and if the ingredients are of good quality, success is assured.

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I want to propose you 5 simple and tasty traditional Italian recipes so that you can get closer to traditional Italian cuisine in the comfort of your home, and enjoy what many Italian families eat daily around their tables.

1. PASTA AGLIO, OLIO E PEPERONCINO – PASTA WITH GARLIC, OIL AND CHILLI

Probably the fastest pasta that exists in its most traditional version.

Ingredients for 1 person:

  • 70-100g spaghetti (the amount depends on how much you are used to eating)
  • 2 tablespoons EVOO oil
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 chili
  • Parmesan (or another cheese you like that can be grated)
  • Salt
  • Optional: prejíl

Procedure:

Put water in a pot and when it boils, salt and add the spaghetti. While the pasta is cooking, in a frying pan, fry the garlic (leave the peel on and crush it) and chili in extra virgin olive oil over low heat. When the pasta is al dente, drain it, saving a little pasta water, and add it to the pan, paying attention to the oil as it can splash when coming into contact with the water. Remove the garlic (or leave it if you like), and sauté the pasta well. Add plenty of grated Parmesan and a tablespoon of the pasta water that you had saved, so that mixing the sauce becomes a little creamy. Serve like this or add a little fresh parsley when serving.

2. TORTA SALATA – SAVORY CAKE

This recipe is the queen of picnics and fast food in Italian families. Very versatile, since you can use almost any ingredient you have on hand. The basics are 3: the dough (which you can buy), eggs, and fresh cheese. All the other ingredients you can change each time depending on what you have at home.

Ingredients for 1 cake (serves 6, or 4 very large):

  • 1 sheet of shortcrust pastry or puff pastry
  • 500g spinach
  • 350g fresh ricotta style cheese
  • 1 egg
  • Salt
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Optional: Parmesan and garlic

Procedure:

In a saucepan, cook the spinach and whole garlic in two tablespoons of oil over low sweet heat for 10 minutes. Then remove the garlic and add salt. Remove as much water as possible from the spinach, and chop it with a knife. In a bowl mix the fresh cheese with the egg, the Parmesan, and the salt. Add the spinach, and mix well. Place the dough in a baking dish and pour in the filling. Cook in a hot oven at 180 ° C for 30 minutes.

3. FRITTATA DI ZUCCHINE – ZUCCHINI OMELET

The Italian frittata is something intermediate between the Spanish omelet and the French omelet: a beaten egg-base cooked over low heat in a pan, to which you can add the complements that you like the most. In the Mediterranean, there is an abundance of zucchini, so this light and quick recipe is one of the most common in Italy.

Ingredients for 2 people:

  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 small zucchini
  • 1 onion
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Procedure:

Chop the onion finely and fry it in a pan, add the zucchini cut into subtle slices. Cook over low heat and season. In a bowl, break the eggs and beat them well with a spoon until there are no lumps and the liquid is homogeneous. Season in moderation because the onion and zucchini are already seasoned. Add the beaten eggs to the skillet to coat onions and zucchini. Let cook over low heat covering the pan so the frittata cooks on both sides. If you want to try, when the bottom is starting to brown and the top has already started to set, you can turn the omelet with the help of a plate, or a large spatula. This way it will cook evenly on both sides, but if you can’t leave the heat low and the pan covered and the result will be delicious too!

4. FILETTO DI MERLUZZO CON POMODORINI E OLIVE – HAKE FILLET WITH CHERRY TOMATOES AND OLIVES

This dish is one of my favorites! Very fresh, it reminds me of summers at the beach, simple but very tasty ingredients. You can substitute hake with whatever fish you have available.

Ingredients for 1 person:

  • 1 hake fillet (fresh or frozen)
  • 10 cherry tomatoes
  • 15 pitted black olives
  • 1 clove garlic
  • ¼ bottle dry white wine
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Optional: 1 chili, fresh parsley

Procedure:

In a frying pan, cook the tomatoes cut in half with the unpeeled garlic and a little oil over medium heat for about 3 minutes. Add the olives cut in half. When the tomatoes are soft turn off the heat and season. Put everything on a plate and put the pan back on the heat, add a little oil, and cook the fillets over medium heat for a couple of minutes on each side. If you are using frozen steaks, simmer them until they are soft on the inside. If they have released a lot of water, remove the water and add tomatoes and olives, raise the heat and pour in the white wine. Let the alcohol evaporate. Serve with fresh parsley.

5. SCALOPPINE DI TACCHINO AL LATTE – TURKEY MILK ESCALOPES

This recipe makes me travel back in time when I was a child at my parents’ house. Turkey, chicken, or meat schnitzels were my favorites! My sister was the best at making them, and she cooked them with Marsala wine, a delight!

This version is with milk, but know that you can substitute the milk with white wine or lemon juice, as you like.

Ingredients for 1 person:

  • 1 turkey fillet
  • 1 tablespoon of flour
  • 1 piece of butter
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup of milk
  • Salt
  • Optional: Black pepper

Preparation:

Pass the fillet in the flour on both sides and heat a frying pan with the butter, a tablespoon of oil, and a little black pepper. When it begins to fry, add the fillet, cook it over medium heat for a couple of minutes per side. Then lower the heat and add the milk, cover the pan, and cook for another 5 minutes. Salt and serve with a salad, for example, or mashed potatoes.

5 Traditional Italian Recipes for New Cooks

5 Easy Italian Recipes for New Cooks

These 5 dishes are a perfect start to get into traditional Italian cuisine: they are quick to execute, they don’t need many ingredients or many tools, and the taste is phenomenal!

The 5 recipes are:

  1. Pasta aglio, olio e peperoncino – Pasta with garlic, oil and chilli
  2. Torta Salata – Savory cake
  3. Fritatta di Zucchine – Zucchini Omelet
  4. Filetto di merluzzo con pomodorini e olive – Hake Fillet with cherry tomatoes and olives
  5. Scaloppine di tacchino al latte – Turkey milk escalopes

Contact us to tell us which recipe you liked the most and which you would like to know more about.

Buon appetito!