To make traditional Italian food, one must know all the Italian ingredients and spices well. From roasts to risottos, pastas to sweets, soups to sauces, Italian food is popular all over the world, but it’s important to find the right balance of ingredients, to create delicious dishes.
Here are some traditional Italian ingredients that make Italian food tasty and delicious.
Olive Oil – Most Italian food is cooked with it. It gives a traditional Italian flavor to the food. It comes in four varieties.
• Extra virgin olive oil
• Pure Olive Oil
• Pure Olive Oil
• olive oil pomace
Also, there are gourmet olive oils available in the market which are infused with garlic, chili flakes, shallots, truffle essence, etc.
Bocconcini Cheese: This is the only type of mozzarella cheese that is soft and undercooked. It is used in Italian salads and real Italian pizza.
Mozzarella Cheese – This is a stretched curd cheese. It is used in many Italian dishes and is known for its melting qualities.
Parmigiano Regiano and Grana di Padano: They are aged cheeses with a sharp taste and tough texture. Both are excellent grated cheeses for pasta and risotti, and also excellent table cheeses. Fresh grated Parmesan is better than store-bought grated products, namely dairy products, but not real Parmesan.
Olives – Olives are a very healthy Italian ingredient. Very good for health, especially for the heart and cholesterol levels. Olives are used in Pasta, Anti-pasta, Panini, Pizza, Salad and Wraps etc.
Sun Dried Tomatoes – Sun dried tomatoes are used in many Italian dishes. They are marinated in garlic, the herbs and spices used to make pizza, pasta, salads, and sauces.
Prosciutto – Prosciutto is an aged Italian ham, salt-cured, drained, which is usually sliced very thinly and served in an antipasti or Panini.
Pesto Sauce – The pesto sauce is made from a mixture of fresh basil leaves, pine nuts, hard cheeses such as Parmigiano Regiano, garlic and lemon juice. It is an excellent sauce for cooking all types of Mediterranean food – pizza, pasta, salads, paninis, fish fillets, pesto-encrusted lamb and more.
Capicollo – Capicollo is a type of cured Italian ham. It can be mild or hot. The hot varieties are simply smeared with hot chili paste on the outside. Capicollo is excellent for Italian paninis and pizzas as well as for antipasta.
There are essential ingredients that every Italian kitchen should have like basil and garlic, the most important ingredient being creativity.