Browsing: The Italian Kitchen

MAIN COURSES Penne with roast vegetables recipe

Make this when you have roast vegetables left over from the Sunday roast and you’ll have an impressive dish on the table with little or no work on a Monday.

DRINKS

Grappa is a clear distilled Italian alcoholic drink made from what is leftover after the wine-making process, that is the skins, pulp, seeds and sometimes, though not always, the stems. It is similar to the French Marc. It is a testimony to the resourcefulness of winemakers that they can turn what would otherwise be waste into something special.

BAKING

Cantuccini are a very special biscuit, twice-baked so they firm up just enough so that they can be dipped into Vin Santo without disintegrating and soft enough that they don’t necessitate a trip to the dentist.

APPETISERS Tortellini in Broth recipe

A chef who worked in a Michelin-starred kitchen in Tuscany showed us how to make this soup at a Tuscan cookery school. You’ll need to find tortellini but that’s easy enough now that supermarkets stock fresh pasta in the chilled section.

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