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Recipes for an Authentic Italian Meal!

written by Sean Finelli April 14, 2020

As part of our roll-out of brand new virtual material, we’ve created several cooking classes for you and your family to participate in. Just because you’re staying at home doesn’t mean you should miss out on a great, restaurant quality meal. So we’ve put together a few recipes to have you cooking like an Italian in no time!

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What’s on the Menu?

Antipasto – Bruschetta with Tomatoes and Cilantro

A classic Italian appetizer, some version of Bruschetta has been made in Italy since Ancient Roman times. It’s simple and delicious! It doesn’t take a master to put one of these together, but the correct balance of ingredients is key.

Primo Piatto – Spaghetti al Cacio e Pepe

Meaning with cheese and pepper, this is a perfect dish to serve as the center of your meal. It’s a favorite from the Roman countryside to your kitchen at home.

Dolce – Crostata All’albicocca

This sweet pastry is a delicious finish to an authentic Italian meal. Whether you’re eating alone, or making for a few hungry mouths, you’re sure to find a receptive audience to this delicious desert.


Antipasto –  Bruschetta with tomatoes and cilantro

Ingredients: Serves 3 to 4 people

  • 2-3 big tomatoes or many cherry tomatoes
  • Cilantro / Coriander- a bunch
  • Garlic- 1 clove
  • Olive oil
  • Salt
  • Chili pepper (optional)
  • Bread
  1. Chop the tomatoes into small pieces. 
  2. Then cut the garlic into as small pieces as possible.
  3. Add them both to a medium size bowl and add a good amount of olive oil to the mixture until it’s just a bit soupy. 
  4. Now put in the Refrigerator to cool and let the flavors mingle for 15 minutes
  5. Toast 3 or 4 pieces of bread
  6. Take mixture from the fridge. Chop up the cilantro and add inside and mix together
  7. Add the mixture liberally onto the toast and enjoy!

Primo Piatto Spaghetti al cacio e pepe

Ingredients: serves 3 to 4 people

  • Spaghetti- 300-400 grams
  • Pecorino cheese- 8 ounces
  • Black pepper- freshly ground if possible
  1. Start by boiling water in a big pot that will fit the spaghetti inside. Salt the water with a few shakes. 
  2. In a pan, add medium heat and apply the black pepper to warm up. When the pepper is warmed up and you have a nice smell, add a few ladles of pasta water into the pan. 
  3. Add the pasta when water is boiling and when the pasta is cooked half way through, add the pasta into the pan with the black pepper and water with another ladle or two of pasta water and constantly move the pasta around. In this way, you are cooking the pasta through and also allowing the starch from the pasta to go in the water which will help in creating the creamier sauce.
  4. Once the pasta is cooked and you have some water still in the pan, turn off the heat of the pan and toss the pasta a bit in the pan, which will cool down the water and avoid clumping of the cheese. 
  5. Add the cheese to the mixture. Once you add the cheese, vigorously stir it all together to make sure that the pasta, cheese and black pepper all mix together perfectly.
  6. Toss the pasta some more in the pan until a cream appears
  7. Serve on a dish with some pecorino around it and enjoy!

Dolce – Crostata all’albicocca

Ingredients: Serves 3 to 4 people

  • Eggs- 1 whole, 2 egg yolks
  • Butter- 2 sticks
  • Sugar- ¾ cup
  • Flour- 3.5 cups
  • Vanilla extract-  5 drops (optional)
  • Apricot Jam- 13 oz (or use whichever jam you prefer)
  • Baking powder- ¼ teaspoon
  • Apple cider vinegar- several drops

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F
  2. Mix 150g of sugar with eggs by hand or mixer for 3 minutes
  3. While mixing the above, Melt 150gm butter in the pan and let it cool down
  4. When cooled, mix the butter with eggs and sugar for 1 minute
  5. Add flour little by little to the mixture
  6. Add Vanilla extract
  7. Add baking powder with several drops of vinegar
  8. Continue to mix by hand until the consistency is like playdoh
  9. Take a tablespoon of butter and spread it on the pie pan
  10. Put the mixture in the pie pan and shape it to take the form of the pie pan and leaving one piece that fits in your hand on the table
  11. Put Jam inside the pie pan and spread around evenly
  12. From extra piece of dough, make strips of dough and place it on top of the pie in a criss cross pattern
  13. Put in the oven for 20-25 min.

We hope you enjoy this authentic Italian meal! For more authentic flavors from local kitchens to yours, check out our Online Live Cooking Experiences.

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