1. Always cooked to perfection, with the right textures to hold their sauces, dishes like Chicken Carbonara can be a daily delight. 2. The best pasta dishes match the shape of the pasta to the texture of the sauce. A smooth sauce is great with long, thin noodles and chunkier sauces, like the roasted garlic [...]
1. Always cooked to perfection, with the right textures to hold their sauces, dishes like Chicken Carbonara can be a daily delight.
2. The best pasta dishes match the shape of the pasta to the texture of the sauce. A smooth sauce is great with long, thin noodles and chunkier sauces, like the roasted garlic sauce in Penne Garlic Chicken, are perfect with a hollow noodle, like penne, rigatoni or ziti.
3. Transform your home into the Italian countryside for an evening. Set the mood with Italian music, such as Pavarotti, and serve wine in casual tumblers, along with your Tortellini Romano.
4. Italian food is a cuisine that preserves flavors at their peak, like vine-ripe summer tomatoes, so you can enjoy them throughout the year in delicious dishes, like Rigatoni Marinara Classico.
5. Great pasta is always prepared al dente, firm but not hard. Cook your pasta three quarters through, and then add it to your sauce to cook the rest of the way. This gives you the perfect al dente taste and texture every time.
6. Even I don’t always have time to wait for the pasta water to boil when making quick, weeknight meals. To save precious minutes, try steaming your pasta in the microwave and heating the sauce separately. Then, when you have extra time, make the sauce by hand and savor the experience!
7. Family-style antipasti on oversized rustic platters add to the flavor of the experience around your table. For classic and simple antipasti platters, start with a variety of easy-to-find cured meats, Italian cheeses, marinated vegetables & olives, and tomato steaks.
8. Serve your bread hot and crispy from the oven, topped with olive oil, sea salt, and a mixture of ground Parmesan cheese and dried herbs.
9. Surround your pasta dishes with foods from your region. Local produce served in fresh salads, antipasti, and fresh-fruit desserts are the backbone of Cucina Italiana.
10. Chill and serve white wine to 58-62 degrees F. Just take the bottle out of the refrigerator 20-30 minutes before serving and you’ll be set. A $10 bottle of wine served at the correct temperature tastes twice as good as a $50 bottle served too warm or even too cold.