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Lisa’s Winter Minestrone

Lisa’s Winter Minestrone is a very hearty and satisfying soup- a meal in a bowl! With healthy ingredients, including cannellini beans and Swiss Chard, this soup also freezes beautifully. It’s a great soup to make during the holidays when you have many people coming over and need easy but delicious dishes at a moment’s notice. Buon appetito e tutti a tavola as we look forward to Natale! You can watch Lisa make this recipe on the Lisa’s Italian Kitchen
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Lisa’s Boscaiola Sauce

Boscaiola sauce is very typical in the Chianti region of Tuscany. While typically an autumn dish, it’s also great to serve during the holiday season in the United States! Boscaiola sauce contains a variety of mushrooms, which, when paired with the tomato and cream sauce, create a thick, velvety texture. The flavors bend so well together that when Lisa first tasted the sauce she was unable to discern exactly each ingredient! Boscaiola Sauce pairs very well with a Pork
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Lisa’s Mom’s Rum Cake

Lisa’s father’s favorite dessert was her mother’s Rum Cake. He was forever asking her when she was making it again! Those of us who are Italian-American know that we have a strange love affair with rum. It mysteriously appears in a number of our desserts! (And there is, of course, the famous Baba Rum from Naples….) In this cake, the rum renders the dessert moist, irresistible and, once again, offers a memorable way to end Sunday Dinner. Watch Lisa make
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Lisa’s Espresso Pudding

This Espresso Pudding is typical of Northern Italy, where the winters begin early and the snow can be late to thaw. It’s also a perfectly decadent dessert for a winter afternoon with a coffee or tea. Treat yourself to this Espresso Pudding as we begin to celebrate the holiday season, and even all year round! Watch Lisa make this dessert on the Lisa’s Italian Kitchen YouTube channel here. Buon Appetito e Tutti a Tavola!
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Lisa’s Chicken Aglio e Olio

If you love spaghetti aglio e olio, you will love this dish, full of garlic and spiked with a generous sprinkling of hot pepper flakes. Lisa first made this recipe for her children as a way to use extra sauce left over from spaghetti aglio e olio. As every good Italian mother knows, necessity is the mother of happiness from the kitchen! You can watch Lisa make this, and more recipes, on the Lisa’s Italian Kitchen YouTube channel.
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Lisa’s Sunday Dinner Apple Cake

This rustic apple cake is enjoyed throughout Italy, with each region having its own twist. If you like, you can add chopped walnuts or sliced almonds to the batter. Moist and delicious, it is best enjoyed topped with a dollop of fresh whipped cream or gelato. Try this to add an Italian facet to your Thanksgiving dinner, and substitute it for your traditional American apple pie! Watch Lisa make this recipe on the Lisa’s Italian Kitchen YouTube channel.
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Lisa’s Butternut Squash Soup for Thanksgiving

Every year, as a precursor to the traditional Thanksgiving Dinner, Lisa makes her celebrated Butternut Squash Soup. It’s known among all of Lisa’s American and Italian friends, especially because all the Italian guests she has hosted at her Thanksgiving table over the years (from students and friends of her children, to treasured friends visiting from Naples and more) have raved about this soup. Garnish it with a dollop of sour cream and you’ll be ready to
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Lisa’s 20 minute Bolognese Sauce: A Quick Answer to What’s for Sunday Dinner?

We’ve all been there- it’s Sunday, you (and your family and friends!) are hungry. But because you’ve been racing around all day, you haven’t had time to make anything, let alone a meat sauce that everyone craves and would love. The answer? Lisa’s 20 minute Bolognese sauce! Simmer for 20 minutes, and it’s the Sunday dinner (or even weeknight treat) that everyone will love. Buon appetito e tutti a tavola! Watch Lisa make the full recipe on
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Lisa’s Amatriciana

Pasta all’Amatriciana is a delicious spicy tomato sauce with a twist: pancetta (smoky flavored bacon), crushed red pepper, and tomatoes. It is named for its place of origin, as are many pasta dishes in Italy. In this case it is the town of Amatrice, in the region of Lazio, which is also the region of Rome! When in Rome you’ll find guanciale (or pig’s cheek!) in the dish instead of pancetta. Guanciale is hard to find in the U.S. , so Lisa suggests using
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