When I think of some of my favorite recipes and things to eat, Italian food is at the top of the list, who can resist things like pizza, pasta, lasagna and gnocchi. So when I saw this recipe for traditional "Ricotta Gnocchi," I couldn't help but want to try it.
Cooking With Nonna is an excellent website that I will look at again, when I think of Italian cooking, I think of the traditional recipes, ones cooked by grandmothers and grandfathers and passed on from generation to generation. This website is exactly that, Nonna being Rosella's (the websites author) grandmother, she shares her Nonna's traditional Italian recipes. Some of the original, authentic Italian food on this website include things like, pasta, desserts, cookies, fish, meat and all holiday recipes, the site also include videos. What better recipes to learn then ones cooked and prepared with fresh whole ingredients, just like grandma or Nonna made.
Some of the recipes you will find on the site include butternut squash ravioli with porcini sauce recipe, roasted butternut squash with homemade ricotta cheese ravioli recipe, butternut squash risotto recipe, calamari pasta with swordfish and eggplant recipe, cannelloni recipe, gnocchi with peas and pancetta recipe, grilled balsamic chicken with mushrooms over bow ties recipe, homemade four cheese ravioli recipe, fusilli with cauliflower and tomato sauce recipe and more.
Italian cooking has developed and changed through hundreds of years. Italian cuisine is known for its regional diversity. It is known for its simplicity, with several dishes cooked with only four to eight ingredients. Italian chefs rely on these main ingredients, with the ingredients in dishes varying by region. Cheese and wine play a major role in Italian cuisine, along with coffee (especially espresso) also being popular to Italian cuisine. Italian cuisine has a large variety of ingredients which are used that again vary by region. Some popular ingredients used are fish, potatos, rice, corn, sausages, pork and cheeses, basil, nuts, olive oil, prosciutto, salami, truffles, parmigano region and tomatoes, garlic, artichokes, oranges, ricotta cheese, eggplants, anchovies, sardines, tuna and capers.
Italian cuisine is known for its use of pasta, that comes in a variety of lengths, widths and shapes. Some popular names of pasta can include penne, spaghetti, linguine, fusilli, capellini, spaghettini, cannelloni, manicotti, rotini, farfelle, rootlet, rotini and lasagna. Some popular Italian recipes can include pesto, minestrone, ciabatta, pizza, carbonara, fettuccine alfredo, ziti, ravioli, linguini with clam sauce, tortellini with ricotta and spinach, risotto and cacciatore. These are just a sliver of Italian recipes, there are just to many to list, if you look at each region individually you will see the main ingredients used and how that reflects in their cuisine. Italian cooking is really amazing.
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