Did you know that Italian pasta varieties all originated in different villages in medieval Italy? Through the ages Italians have retained a sense of localism in their dishes that is all about food fresh out of the earth, off the tree, and from the farm.Sweet Corn Polenta with Ratatouille by Staffan Terje
1. Sweet Corn Polenta with Ratatouille
Need a summer stew that is fresh and simple? This French style ratatouille dish made with fresh corn polenta, squash, eggplants, tomatoes, capers, garlic, and raisins is just perfet! Chef Staffan Terje shares his take on a classic dish in this Grokker Premium video.
2. Heirloom Tomato Panzanella Salad
Panzanella is a popular Tuscan tomato and bread salad. In this Grokker Premium video chef Staffan Terje demonstrates his interpretation of this Italian summer-time favorite using heirloom tomatoes, cucumbers, fresh basil, chili peppers, bread toasted with olive oil and rubbed with garlic, and sun cured olives from Sicily. Give this elegant yet simple salad a try and let us know in the comments section what you think.
3. Italian John Dory with Orange and Red Peppercorns
This delicious and lightfish dish combines a balanced mix of herbs with the very unexpected taste of red peppercorns. Made beautiful on the plate by the blood orange, enjoy this classic Venetian favorite and join Joanne Cooke in this Grokker Premium video as you discover her brilliant ciccheti recipes.
4. Sea Bream al Aqua Pazzo
This delicious peche al aqua pazzo, or sea bream in crazy water, is full of flavor and wonderfully light, perfect for dinner on a warm spring evening. Watch Stefano Borella in this Grokker Premium video as he shares some of his favorite recipes from Italy's Amalfi Coast.
5. The Best Meat Lasagna
Homemade Italian Lasagna Bolognese is the perfect Italian comfort food for Sunday dinner. It feeds a crowd, can be made in advance and is really one of the most delicious combinations of a delicious homemade bolognese or marinara sauce and pasta. Lasagna (also spelled Lasagne), is literally a meal all by itself. But no Italian dinner would be complete without all of the trimmings of an antipasto, delicious salads, wine and family and friends. Enjoy it anyway you like, but please, make your own. You'll be so glad you did.
6. Olive Garden Lasagna Classico
Ultra-comforting, and packed with layers of meat sauce, cheese, and tender noodles, Olive Garden's Lasagna Classico is one of their bestselling menu items (and for good reason). Learn how to make this surprisingly easy dish at home, and bring a taste of Italian-American fare to your table. Gooey, gratifying, and fit to feed a crowd, it's a must-make for large dinner parties for extra ease make it ahead of time and reheat it or to keep on hand for leftovers throughout the week.
7. How To Make Homemade Tagliatelle Pasta
Semolina flour, eggs and a pinch of salt are all you need to make this fresh homemade pasta recipe. Food at 52's John Benbow teaches you how to prepare pasta dough from scratch and handcut it expertly into perfect tagliatelle. Join Culinary Instructor John Benbow in this Grokker Premium video.
8. Authentic Italian Pizza
Tired of Domino's Pizza and Pizza Hut? Italian Cuisine Expert Stefano Borella shows you how simple and easy it is to make your own Authentic Italian pizza that is healthy and delicious! This Grokker Premium video series is on Italian Cuisine.
9. How To Make Your Own Margherita Pizza
Pizza is one of Italy's most famous dishes. Originating in Naples, it has spread all over the world, but the original is still the best! Learn to make a delicious pizza margherita with Katie Caldesi, food writer and cookery school owner. Buon appetito!