Italian Cooking tips & recipes

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Italian Cooking tips & recipes


Hello fellas,


These holidays are giving me some inspiration Smiley Happy


Yesterday, while making lasagne, I thought about starting a new thread to talk about the most popular Italian recipes and cooking tips for my community members and Lounge habitué. Something that really comes from my experience and most importantly from my heart, as...


“There's nothing more romantic than Italian food." - Elisha Cuthbert  Smiley Very Happy


Have you seen a mysterious Italian meal on TV and you'd like to know its name? Or how to cook it? 


Are you just recalling some sweet and tasty memories from a past/recent trip to the "big boot"? Would you like to reproduce that dream meal at home and treat your friends and family? 


Are you unsure on where to find that particular Italian ingredient?


Give me a shout by replying to this thread!


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This is an easy recipe to make lasagna X2, without spending too much time cooking.


What do you Need?


  • Mixed pork and beef mince
  • 1 Bottle of tomato passata
  • Cooking oil
  • 1 Onion
  • 1 OXO vegetable  stock cube
  • Boiling water
  • Fresh basil
  • 1 full glass of red wine
  • Fresh Egg lasagna sheets (6 sheets for 2 people)
  • Parmesan or Grana Padano cheese
  • Grated mozzarella cheese
  • Salt and pepper
  • Frylight Olive Oil Spray




Making the "sugo" (Bolognese sauce)


  1. In a large non-stick saucepan, put some cooking oil.
  2. Chop the onion finely and add it to the oil.
  3. Let the onion fry - add some water when it starts to fry or it will be burned - until it becomes soft.
  4. Add the mince and let it cook until it starts to fry as well
  5. At the first sign of frying, add the glass of red wine
  6. Wait for the wine to evaporate a little
  7. Then add the tomato passata, a couple of glasses of boiling water and the OXO
  8. Add fresh basil, pepper and salt.
  9. Let the sugo cook slowly, until it gets a creamy consistency


**It’s time to preheat your oven. Usually 180 C. is fine.**


Assembling the lasagna


  1. Spray a large roasting tin with Frylight Olive Oil 
  2. Put a layer of sugo on the base of the tin.
  3. Sprinkle some Parmesan and grated mozzarella on top of sugo.
  4. Now add three sheets (depending on the size and shape of your tin) of fresh pasta.
  5. Repeat steps 1 and 2 until you’ve used all the fresh sheets.
  6. On the last layer of your lasagna, scatter some additional grated mozzarella in order to get a crunchy top.


Bake until your lasagna looks like the one in the pic above Smiley Very Happy (usually 30-40 minutes)




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Re: Lasagna

Mouth watering 

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Re: Lasagna

For me? You're too kind to me.

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Risotto Asparagi

This is one for both veg. and non-veg. members. Smiley Very Happy


Risotto is another typical meal that you can make with anything you have left in the kitchen, even only some plain saffron!


This is how it should look like at the end. 


Risotto Asparagi.JPG

What do you Need?


  • 300/350gr Arborio rice (X2)
  • 125gr (or more) Asparagus tips (asparagi)
  • Cooking oil or butter 
  • 1 glass white wine
  • 1 Vegetable stock cube
  • Boiling water
  • 1 White onion (Finely chopped)
  • Salt or Garlic Salt
  • Black Pepper
  • Parsley
  • Butter
  • Parmesan or Grana cheese




  1. In a frying pan or non-stick sauce pan, pour some cooking oil or butter
  2. Add the onion to the oil in the frying pan, and let if fry very gently until the onion becomes soft (takes around 10/15mins)
  3. Meanwhile make some broth with the boiling water and vegetable stock. Put salt or garlic salt in it
  4. Add the raw rice to the softened onion and stir it until it takes on a golden colour (you're basically toasting it)
  5. Once the rise is toasted, pour in the white wine and let it fully evaporate
  6. Now add a table spoon of butter and the asparagi tips
  7. Stir the rice/veggie mix frequently and add some broth from time to time to cook the rice - How do I know when the rice is ready? The only way to find it out is trying it. Smiley Happy You'll see it's ready when it takes on a creamy consistency.
  8. When the rice is ready, add another table spoon of butter, black pepper and parsley
  9. Sprinkle some grated Parmesan or Grana cheese on top and serve.


Note: You must stir risotto continuously or it'll become sticky.









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Re: Italian Cooking tips & recipes

You really need to do a home delivery service 👍👍👍

Stuart R