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When you think of Italian cuisine, pasta and pizza probably pop into your mind. But did you know we’re not sure if these dishes actually originated in Italy?

Although we know now that pasta did not start in China or Italy, many food historians think pasta came from Arabia. There is some evidence to support that pasta came to Italy in the 9th century AD during the Arab conquest of Sicily. Whatever way it got to Italy, pasta in its many varieties is now a definitive staple with delicious and often simple sauces featuring tomatoes, basil, and Italian cheese like parmesan.

Pizza also has a long history that may have dated to the ancient Greeks, but we’re not really sure. Traditional pizza was just flatbread with oil and herbs, with mozzarella and tomatoes were added later. Around the 18th century, pizza turned into the ultra-cheesy recipe that it is today. Modern Italian pizza generally has a thinner crust and fewer toppings than the thick, more American-style pizza. The most authentic Italian pizza you can order today is the Margherita pizza: topping of white cheese, tomato and basil.

Fewer toppings and simple ingredients are the Italian specialities. Italian food likes to focus on a few items and treat them with the utmost respect. Many of the most delicious Italian dishes only have 2 to 4 ingredients. Fish and pork dishes and vegetables like peppers, artichokes, and eggplants are often found in the Italian food we know and love. And only needing a few ingredients makes Italian dishes so simple to make while travelling. Without further ado, here are some easy, cheap, fast and fabulous Italian recipes to make.

 

Minestrone Soup

Minestrone Soup

Minestrone is a hearty Italian vegetable soup made in a tomato broth with pasta or rice to bulk it up. The luxury of this soup is you can use any leftover vegetables, so if you have vegetables you want to use up before you move on, then make this soup. As well as...

Sweet Potato, Blue Cheese & Spinach Frittata

Sweet Potato, Blue Cheese & Spinach Frittata

A frittata is an egg-based Italian dish similar to a crustless quiche. Simply add a variety of tasty ingredients such as vegetables, meats and cheeses and you have not only a tasty meal but a healthy one also. A great thing about frittata is they only need a few...

Mushroom Risotto

Mushroom Risotto

Risottos are one of my favourite meals. What I like about them so much is the versatility in the flavours I can create. Each ingredient can provide a different mouth watering flavour, from the sweetness of pumpkin, to the fishy taste of salmon and everything else in...

Macaroni and Cheese

Macaroni and Cheese

Macaroni and Cheese or Mac n' Cheese is a family favourite. Although nice on its own I like to add bacon and a handful of veggies to give it extra flavour. And you only need one pot to make it - too easy. Here is my easy, cheap, fast and fabulous Macaroni and Cheese...

Creamy Bacon Pasta

Creamy Bacon Pasta

Pasta can be prepared with a variety of sauces. Here is one of my favourite and quickest pasta recipes to make, creamy bacon pasta.  

Feta and Spinach Frittata

Feta and Spinach Frittata

Frittatas are a traditional Italian egg based dish so if you love eggs, then you will love Frittata. They are very similar to the French quiche but without the pastry base and sides. With frittatas you can include many flavoursome ingredients like bacon, chorizo, feta...

Tomato and Cheese Panini

Tomato and Cheese Panini

Panini is an Italian word meaning a sandwich made with Italian bread. What makes it different is that it is not sliced but cut horizontally in half and filled or topped with a variety of ingredients and then usually toasted. The best breads to use are focaccia,...

Curry Sausage Risotto

Curry Sausage Risotto

If you like curries and sausages then you will like my easy Curry Sausage Risotto. I'm not sure if it is a true Italian classic, but it is one of mine. This recipe stemmed from me not being able to boil the right amount of rice for meals, plus the rice always seemed...

Tuna Mornay Pasta

Tuna Mornay Pasta

On those nights when my mum, and now me, don’t really want to cook but have no alternative but to, I often throw together a quick tuna mornay pasta. This is because I usually have a can of tuna, some pasta, milk and grated cheese on hand. So if you are at a loss as to...

Spaghetti Bolognaise

Spaghetti Bolognaise

Spaghetti Bolgonaise is one of my favourite meals. It is one of the easiest and quickest meals to make when you are travelling (or not) and only needs a few utensils to get it made. So it is great whether you are staying in a hostel, while camping or if you have...

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