The Easy Italian Cookbook: 100 Quick and Authentic Recipes

The Easy Italian Cookbook: 100 Quick and Authentic Recipes

by Paulette Licitra


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The art of Italian cuisine made easy—100 simple, authentic recipes

Fragrant basil, melty mozzarella, sun-ripened tomatoes, savory garlic—Italian cooking is all about selecting simple, high-quality ingredients that combine to create punches of complex flavor. The Easy Italian Cookbook is everything Italian cookbooks should be, with 100 mouthwatering, easy-to-make recipes that use fresh, everyday ingredients you can find at most grocery stores.

From appetizers to pastas, pizzas, meats, and sweets, this standout among Italian cookbooks has a quick, simple Italian recipe for everyone. You’ll find a number of weeknight-friendly recipes, as well as one-pot meals, vegetarian and vegan dishes, and gluten-free recipes the whole family can enjoy. Mangiamo!

All Italian cookbooks should include:

  • Pairing suggestions—This book goes beyond other Italian cookbooks to offer pairing suggestions for recipes with flavors that complement each other deliciously, like drinking an Aperol Spritz while munching on Clams Oreganata.
  • Italian essentials—Learn about Italian kitchen staples to have on hand, including anchovies, espresso, extra-virgin olive oil, and more.
  • Time-saving tips—Unlike other Italian cookbooks, this one gives you helpful pointers for saving time on many of the recipes, like making certain things in advance or using a stand mixer to knead dough.

If you’ve been looking for Italian cookbooks that offer tasty recipes that are fast and easy, look no further—The Easy Italian Cookbook is your new favorite kitchen companion.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781646115082
Publisher: Callisto Media
Publication date: 04/28/2020
Pages: 164
Sales rank: 155,389
Product dimensions: 7.50(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Paulette Licitra is the author of Italian Cooking Party and has been teaching Italian cooking since 2009. She completed her professional culinary studies with the Institute of Culinary Education and has studied with home cooks and chefs all over Italy. Visit her online at

Table of Contents

Introduction x

1 Italian Essentials 1

2 Aperitivi and Appetizers 11

Campari and Soda 12

Aperol Spritz 13

Negroni 14

Peach Bellini 15

Americano 16

Venetian Scroppino 17

The Antipasto Platter 18

Crispy Artichoke Hearts with Aioli Dip 19

Clams Oreganata 20

White Bean and Sage Crostini 21

Bruschetta with Honey Ricotta and Prosciutto 22

Stuffed Mushrooms with Shallots and Bread Crumbs 23

3 Soups and Salads 25

Tuscan Ribollita (Hearty Vegetable and Bread Soup) 26

Tortellini in Brodo with Spinach 27

Pasta Fagioli with Cannellini Beans 28

Italian Wedding Soup with Mini Meatballs 29

Pappa al Pomodoro (Tomato and Bread Soup) 30

Stracciatella (Italian Egg Drop Soup) 31

Italian Mixed Green Salad with Parmigiano Vinaigrette 32

Sicilian Orange and Fennel Salad 33

Panzanella Salad with Cucumbers 34

Chopped Caprese Salad with Balsamic Vinegar 35

Arugula-Radicchio Salad with Pears and Gorgonzola 36

Caesar Salad with Garlic-Anchovy Dressing 37

4 Polenta, Risottos, and Frittatas 39

Soft and Cheesy Polenta with Roasted Mushrooms 40

Sautéed Polenta Squares with Shaved Parmigiano 41

Red and Green Pepper Frittata 42

Spaghetti Cupcake Frittatas 43

Sheet-Pan Frittata with Sun-Dried Tomatoes 44

Risi e Bisi (Venetian Rice and Peas) 45

Lemony Risotto with Asparagus 46

Risotto Milanese with Saffron 48

Baked Rice with Peas and Celery 49

Rice Salad with Chopped Vegetables and Roasted Peppers 50

5 Pastas and Sauces 53

Fresh Egg Pasta Dough 54

Fresh Eggless Pasta Dough 56

Fusilli with Red Wine and Pancetta 57

Pasta with 15-Minute Tomato Sauce 58

Pasta with 30-Minute Meat Sauce 59

Spaghetti with Spicy Aglio e Olio 60

Spaghetti alia Carbonara 61

Spaghetti Cacio e Pepe 62

True Fettuccine Alfredo 63

Amalfi Lemony Tuna Capellini 64

Orecchiette with Cauliflower and Crispy Bread 65

Farfalle with Grated Zucchini and Cream 66

Penne with Roasted Cherry Tomato Sauce 67

Linguine with Fra Diavolo Shrimp Sauce 68

Baked Spaghetti with Ricotta and Sausage 69

Baked Stuffed Pasta Shells 70

6 Pizza, Breads, and Focaccia 73

Dad's Homemade Pizza Dough 74

Grilled Pizza with Burrata and Fresh Tomatoes 76

Cast Iron Pan Pizza Margherita 78

Sweet Pear Pizza with Brown Sugar and Sage 79

Puff Pastry Pizza 80

Parmigiano Crackers 81

Parmigiano Popovers 82

Riviera Focaccia with Rosemary and Olives 83

Sesame-Cheese Bread Sticks 84

Quick Bread Loaf with Ricotta and Ham 85

7 Vegetables and Legumes 87

Roman Sautéed Peas with Pancetta and Onion 88

Roasted Asparagus with Shallot and Parmigiano 89

Asparagus Wrapped in Prosciutto with Crispy Bread Crumbs 90

Broccoli Rabe with Garlic and Hot Pepper 91

Eggplant Parmigiana 92

Roasted Sweet Baby Peppers with Oregano 93

Sautéed Swiss Chard with Radicchio and Lee 94

Butter-Braised Spinach with Slivered Almonds 95

Garlicky Lentils with Fried Croutons 96

Chickpeas with Sage and Crunchy Fennel 97

8 Poultry and Meats 99

Chicken Piccata with Lemon and Capers 100

Chicken Saltimbocca with Sage and Prosciutto 102

Pan-Roasted Chicken with Onion Pilaf 103

One-Pan Sausage and Peppers 104

Rustic Sausage Meatballs 105

Spice-Rubbed Pork Tenderloin 106

Easy Beef Braciole with Garlic and Parmigiano 107

Veal Osso Buco Braised in Red Wine 108

Roman Lamb Abbacchio with Roasted Potatoes 110

Broiled Lamb Chops with Salsa Verde 111

9 Fish and Seafood 113

Roasted Cod with Crispy Parmigiano Crumbs 114

Cod Acqua Pazza 115

Roasted Salmon with Olives, Capers, and Herbs 116

Tilapia Poached in Tomato-Tarragon Sauce 117

Baked Parchment Packets with Tilapia, Thyme, and Lemon 118

Shrimp Scampi 119

Fisherman's Seafood Stew with Shrimp, Clams, and Couscous 120

Lightly Fried Calamari 121

Steamed Mussels with Cannellini Beans and Bacon 122

Easy Crab Cakes 123

10 Pastries and Desserts 125

Chocolate Tiramisu 126

Mixed Berry Polenta Cobbler with Whipped Cream 128

Puff Pastry Cannoli with Sweet Ricotta Cream 130

Sicilian Almond-Orange Cookies 131

Puff Pastry Cornetto with Marmalade 132

Rustic Peach Galette with Almond-Nutmeg Topping 133

Amaretto Chocolate Brownies with Walnuts 134

Raspberry-Mascarpone Mini Hand Pies 135

Espresso-Poached Pears with Chocolate Sauce 136

Quick Tiramisu with Biscotti and Mascarpone 137

Measurement Conversions 139

Index 140

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