Italian Basics

Dolce Vita USA®; Italian Pantry

Listed below are some basic ingredients you should have on hand at all times. These are the ingredients that you will find in many Italian dishes and recipes.

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Aborio Rice: Short grain rice used to make risotto.
Olive Oil: I prefer extra virgin it comes from the firs press. Store in a cool and dark place.
Vinegars: Used in salads and over cheese. Keep on hand balsamic, white and red wine.
Yeast: Yeast should be stored in refrigerator, you might want to make pizza!
Garlic: Fresh is best to use all the time. Keep in cool and dark place.
Capers: These are the unopened flower buds, they taste salty and a zesty flavor to any dish.
Anchovies: Buy the ones packed in oil.
Beans: For soups, salads and pasta keep on hand cannellini, fava and chickpea.
Pasta: Keep different kinds on hand such as spaghetti, penne and orzo.
Tomatoes: For making sauce use San Marzano tomatoes. For salads use Roma tomatoes.
Onions: Three kinds to keep on hand: yellow, red and cippoline.
Herbs: Fresh is best for cooking. Keep on hand: basil, thyme, rosemary, sage and oregano.
Tomato Paste: Use in sauces and soups.
Mushrooms: Three kinds to have: fresh, wild and dried porcini.

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