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Cooking is easy when you have a professional Italian cooking instructor who will show you how to do it, step by step. This video course is for Italian food lovers and is designed for those who want to learn how to correctly cook Italian dishes from the comfort of their own homes. The course aims to teach the basics of Italian cooking. It is intended for absolute beginners and those that have already built up their cooking skills. This course teaches you how to master cooking techniques so you can become confident in the kitchen.  Are you ready to start cooking together?

 PRE-RECORDED COOKING VIDEOS 

THE BASICS OF ITALIAN CUISINE

 A COMPREHENSIVE COURSE

37 videos      6h20 lessons      2 videos for free

$ 190 USD per year

First courses

Fish-based second courses

Meat-based second courses

 

scroll down to see the list of the video recipes

     • course is designed for every skill level

     • learn at your own pace

     • extensive course notes with pictures

     • stream anytime, anywhere

     • watch on desktop or mobile devices

     • unlimited access

    • iconic Italian recipes from a family’s traditional cuisine

     • learn valuable methods and techniques, not just recipes

     • transform simple ingredients into good food

      contact me with any questions, I will reply

Watch 2 free video lessons to see how the cooking course is organized

 HOMEMADE TOMATO SAUCE

In this video, I will teach you two different methods to make tomato sauce from scratch using fresh tomatoes. It’s easier than you think. All the variety of tomatoes you find at the market are suitable for your homemade sauce.

HOMEMADE RISOTTO

 “Risotto” is an Italian first-course dish typical of Northern Italy.  In this video, I will teach you the basics of cooking a perfect risotto. Once you have learned the cooking technique,  you can cook any type of risotto you may like, even fish or meat risotto.

LIST OF THE VIDEO RECIPES INCLUDED IN THE COURSE

Below is a list of all the current video recipes included in the cooking course. For each recipe, there is a short video introduction that describes the Italian dishes I will prepare so you have a better idea of what you can expect from the cooking course.
RICH TOMATO SAUCE WITH SOFFRITTO 
“Salsa di pomodoro con soffritto”

Learn how to enrich a plain tomato sauce using garlic, onion, carrot and celery. The “soffritto” is a basic preparation of Italian cuisine. It is used in many recipes, especially soups, beans, and meat-based dishes. Becoming familiar with “soffritto” is a good way to master Italian taste.

VEGETARIAN SAUCE

PESTO SAUCE
“Pasta al pesto”

Pesto is a speciality sauce of  Italy’s Liguria region and is the best way to celebrate fresh basil. Pesto can be used to enrich soups, sandwiches and fish as well as being a favourite pizza topping. The only ingredients you need are fresh basil, pine nuts, garlic, Pecorino and Parmigiano cheese. You will also learn how to preserve your fresh pesto sauce for wintertime.

VEGETARIAN SAUCE

ALLA NORMA PASTA SAUCE 
“Pasta alla Norma”

In this video, you will learn how to use eggplants to create a tasteful sauce. “Alla Norma” is a pasta sauce based on tomato sauce, pan-fried eggplants and salted hard ricotta cheese. This recipe is from Sicily, in particular from Catania city. Once you feel confident how to to deep-fry eggplants,  you can also make parmigiana.

VEGETARIAN FIRST COURSE

PASTA WITH BROCCOLI AND LEEK  
“Pasta broccoli e porri”

Learn how to create a sauce for pasta using fresh vegetables. Even if you use basic ingredients, you can cook a tasty and healthy pasta dish. There is no more perfect match than broccoli and leek. It also works in a soup. Prove me wrong. It’s an easy, fast and delicious dish. If you have never tried them together, it’s time to do it with me.

VEGETARIAN FIRST COURSE

PASTA CACIO E PEPE 
“Pasta cacio e pepe”

This recipe is a staple of the Italian cuisine. Cacio e pepe” means cheese and pepper sauce.   This is one of the most typical and well-known dishes from Rome. This tasty, fully satisfying dish is ready in 10 minutes and makes life easier.

CHEESE-BASED FIRST COURSE

FISH-BASED SAUCE FOR PASTA 
“Pasta al sugo di pesce in bianco”
In this video recipe, you will learn a basic cooking technique for a fish-based sauce for pasta. For this recipe, you can use any kind of fish. I will use a swordfish steak, some local prawns from the Adriatic and squid.

FISH-BASED FIRST COURSE

FISH-BASED SAUCE WITH PASSATA
“Pasta con sugo di pesce in rosso”

Do you love fish? Out of ideas for what to make for dinner? Following this cooking method, you can create an incredible variety of fish-based sauces for your pasta dishes. Everything you need to know is in which order to add all the ingredients. Learn the method and then try it with any variety of fish you want.

FISH-BASED FIRST COURSE

BOLOGNESE SAUCE 
“Pasta con ragù alla bolognese”

This recipe is a pillar of the Italian home cooking. It’s easy to make and it’s almost impossible to find a person who doesn’t like “tagliatelle alla  Bolognese”. In Italy, a pasta with Bolognese sauce is the epitome of a  Sunday meal.

MEAT-BASED FIRST COURSE
PASTA ALLA CARBONARA 
“Pasta alla carbonara”

Carbonara is an Italian pasta dish from Lazio region.  It’s incredibly tasty, nourishing, and easy to make. Learn all the secrets to end up with a creamy carbonara. This is a perfect recipe if you are in need of a simple, last-minute recipe.

MEAT AND EGGS-BASED FIRST COURSE

SAUSAGE AND EGGPLANT PASTA 
“Pasta con salsicce e melanzane”

 

In this video, I will teach you how to make a meat and vegetable sauce for pasta. We will use sausages and eggplants. Once you learn the method, you can use any kind of meat and choose different types of vegetables. This recipe has endless variations.

 

MEAT AND VEGETABLE-BASED FIRST COURSE

 

FRESH MUSHROOM RISOTTO
“Risotto di funghi freschi”

In this video, you will learn how to make mushroom risotto starting from fresh produce. I chose porcini and chiodini.  Don’t forget to sprinkle parmigiano cheese on the top. The method I will use is suitable for any kind of fresh mushrooms.

VEGETARIAN FIRST COURSE  
CHEESE RISOTTO 
“Risotto al formaggio”

In this video recipe, you will learn how to make a basic cheese risotto. Only 2 ingredients required. The final result is an easy-to-make dish with a strong cheese flavour and slightly crispy onion.

VEGETARIAN FIRST COURSE 

SWORDFISH RISOTTO WITH ZUCCHINI
“Risotto di pesce”

Every home cook should make it at least once. So, go to the fish market and choose your favorite fish. For this recipe, I used swordfish but you can use the one you like the most. Other good options are: clams, mussels, shrimp, prawns, cuttlefish, red tuna. You can also go for a selection of different fish altogether.

FISH-BASED FIRST COURSE

SAUSAGE AND CAULIFLOWER RISOTTO 
“Risotto cavolo e salsiccia” 
 
In this video recipe, you will learn how to make a meat-based risotto. The sausage and cauliflower risotto is just an example of how many recipes you can create with this cooking method. What about beef chunks and red radicchio? Ham cubes and green pea? Pork tenderloin and artichokes?

MEAT-BASED FIRST COURSE 
RAY WING IN BUTTER AND SAGE SAUCE
“Razza al burro”

This method is quick and easy way to pan-fry fish. The success of this dish depends on a butter sauce with sage which enhances the sweet flavor of the fish. In its simplicity, this recipe is extremely tasty. I prepare this recipe using skate wings, but it’s suitable for any kind of fish fillets or whole small fish.

FISH-BASED SECOND COURSE

SEA BREAM WITH WINE AND LEMON 
“Orata al vino bianco e limone”

This recipe is for those who love simplicity. The video describes a basic technique to cook fish fillets in a pan, a method typical of the Adriatic coast. I will cook sea bream fillets simply with olive oil, wine and lemon. You can use this technique for any kind of fish fillet. This simple cooking method enhances the natural sea flavor of the fish.

FISH-BASED SECOND COURSE

FISH IN TOMATO SAUCE 
“Pesce al sugo di pomodoro”

One of the most typical Mediterranean recipes is fish and tomato sauce. This can be your dreamiest recipe when you don’t have much time: easy, fast and very flavor balanced. Choose your favourite fish at the market and use the same technique.

FISH-BASED SECOND COURSE

FISH IN “CRAZY WATER” 
“Pesce all’acqua pazza”

Here you will learn how to cook fish in “crazy water”, a typical recipe from Southern Italy. According to this cooking method, the fish is cooked in a broth made with ripe tomatoes, fresh herbs, olive oil, white wine and onions. The fish is then served with bread which is soaked in the broth.

FISH-BASED SECOND COURSE

FISH IN SWEET AND SOUR SAUCE
“Pesce in agrodolce”

This video will teach you how to cook fish in sweet and sour sauce, a homemade sauce made of sweet oranges and limes. The result is a fish served in a very colourful sauce with fruity aromas. If you are in a mood for an unusual recipe, go for this one.

FISH-BASED SECOND COURSE

SALMON IN SWEET SAUCE
“Pesce glassato”

Cook the fish by enriching it with a sweet sauce made from fruits and honey. Easy recipe, few ingredients and a lot of flavour. The perfect recipe for summer and for those who are curious eaters and like new combinations of ingredients.

FISH-BASED SECOND COURSE

OCTOPUS SALAD 
“Polipo bollito con sedano e patate”

Boil fish and use it for a seafood salad, Italian style. I chose octopus which is the best choice for this cooking method. Fresh cod is another option. Best way to appreciate an octopus salad? Try it with potatoes and celery. This recipe is easy, fast and it’s the summertime dinner saver.

FISH-BASED SECOND COURSE

RED TUNA AND BELL PEPPERS STEW 
“Tonno stufato con peperoni”

“Stufato” is a very versatile Italian cooking method for fish. In this video lesson, we will cook “tonno stufato”, which means that we will cook the tuna in tomato sauce. I chose fresh red tuna and to make the dish even more delicious, I will add some bell peppers. This recipe is a fish lover’s dream.

FISH-BASED SECOND COURSE

BAKED SWORDFISH STEAK WITH POTATOES
“Pesce spada al forno con patate”

It’s time to learn how to bake fish. Starting with a swordfish steak, we will prepare a marinade and a breadcrumb coating. This easy method requires no special skill and can be used for almost any kind of fish. The swordfish steaks bake to perfection with potatoes. The perfect recipe for seafood lovers who don’t have much time to spend in the kitchen.

FISH-BASED SECOND COURSE

 ZUCCHINI AND SHRIMP CAKES 
“Frittelle con gamberetti e zucchine”

Coat fish in a batter done with eggs, flour and mixed with zucchini and fried until golden brown. The final result is a crispy fish cake Italian style which can be considered a yummy appetizer or a full-flavoured second fish course. This is a special treat but without all of the effort.

FISH-BASED SECOND COURSE

BAKED STUFFED SEA BREAM ROLLS WITH DEEP-FRIED EGGPLANT
“Involtini di melanzane e branzino al forno”  

This is a cooking method you will love. In this video, I will teach you how to stuff fish fillets. We will prepare baked sea bass fish rolls with eggplant. It requires a bit of time and planning, but it is worth every bit of effort.

FISH-BASED SECOND COURSE

 SALT-BAKED FISH
“Pesce in crosta di sale” 

This old-school, easy and fast cooking method always guarantees a first-class result. It’s almost impossible to fail. You only need some salt and any kind of fresh or dry herbs. The result is an incredibly moist and well-seasoned fish with a gorgeous presentation.

FISH-BASED SECOND COURSE

STEAK “ALLA PIZZAIOLA”
“Bistecche alla pizzaiola”

This delicious recipe requires just three ingredients: tomato sauce, mozzarella and fresh or dried oregano. “Alla pizzaiola” means “pizza style”.You can make it even tastier by adding garlic, olives and capers. A delicious treat that can be created effortlessly.

MEAT-BASED SECOND COURSE

SCALOPPINE WITH MUSHROOMS 
“Scaloppine ai funghi”

A perfectly juicy steak cooked in a skillet with fresh mushrooms that will please the entire family. Dinner is ready in no time at all and it tastes as good as coming out of the kitchen of a favourite Italian restaurant. One of the most reliable meat recipes.

MEAT-BASED SECOND COURSE

STIR-FRIED SWEET AND SOUR PORK
“Maiale in agrodolce”

Modern Italian recipe. Same ingredients as the Chinese version but with a  different cooking method. Perfect recipe for those who are adventurous eaters and love to try something different. Here I will explain all the secrets to reach the next level.

MEAT-BASED SECOND COURSE

MIXED BOILED MEAT WITH GREEN SAUCE
“Carne bollita con salsa verde”

In this recipe, I share with you one of the ways I season and boil my meat using everyday ingredients. You can also use this technique to boil chicken or ground beef. The meat is perfectly seasoned, it is packed full of flavour, and the meat is tender and delicious.

MEAT-BASED SECOND COURSE

VEAL STEW WITH POTATOES
“Spezzatino di vitello con patate”

Learn how to cook meat with potatoes and make a perfect tender and juicy stew. This cooking technique is very suitable for slightly fatty meats that withstand slow cooking times well. The easiest recipe you will ever make.

MEAT-BASED SECOND COURSE

MEATBALLS IN RED SAUCE 
“Polpette al sugo”

One of the most classic Italian recipes and my grandma’s favourite Sunday dish.  Universally loved, a real delight for your palate. The kind of food you find in a good Italian restaurant – but better! –

MEAT-BASED SECOND COURSE

  BAKED PORK TENDERLOIN WITH APPLES AND PLUMES
“Filetto di maiale al forno con mele e prugne”

You won’t be able to resist to this recipe. I will show you how to bake tenderloin. But, instead of the usual potatoes, we will garnish it with apples, prunes and some pistachio granola. Thank me late.

MEAT-BASED SECOND COURSE

  MEAT BAKED ” EN PAPILLOTE”
“Carne al cartoccio”

“En papillote”, French for “enveloped in paper” which is a fancy way of saying “baking in a bag”. It’s a fast and easy cooking technique, surprisingly practical for home cooks. You can always achieve good results and it’s almost impossible to fail. It’s perfect for beginners and for those who love to bake meat in the oven.

MEAT-BASED SECOND COURSE

  DEEP-FRIED MEAT BALLS
“Polpette fritte di carne”

This is typical Italian comfort food made with leftovers. There are really no rules to follow, just choose your ingredients and the quantity. Simply use what you already have in your fridge. You will be asked for the recipe by anyone who tries them.

MEAT-BASED SECOND COURSE

  SAUTEED STUFFED CABBAGE ROLLS WITH HAM AND CHEESE
“Involtini di verze con prosciutto”

This recipe is classic Italian comfort food. It is an easy, quick recipe and requires few ingredients. This stuffed rolls recipe is cabbage leaves filled with ham and cheese. Slices of your favourite ham can be used to create a second course full of flavour. The addition of cheese, which melts during cooking, transforms this dish into a succulent recipe.

MEAT-BASED SECOND COURSE

  SALT-BAKED MEAT
“Carne in crosta di sale”

Turn your average meat into something truly special with this traditional Italian cooking method. Salt-baking is achieved by surrounding a cut of meat with a thick layer of salt mixture. In the oven, the salt forms a tight seal around the meat which helps cook the food in an even and gentle manner. All of the flavor and juices get trapped in the salt shell.

MEAT-BASED SECOND COURSE

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