10 Star Ingredients of Italian Cuisine

May 16, 2016 ,

I’ve put together a list of 10 star products in Italian cuisine that should absolutely be in your pantry or fridge in order to cook authentic Italian dishes. To be sure, every Italian mother or grandmother has plenty of other great ingredients in their cupboard, but this partial list is perfect for any aspiring “cuoco” (i.e. chef) to get started.


Farfalle (Bow Tie) with Sausage

Farfalle (Bow Tie) with Sausage

Pasta is eaten everywhere in the world, so much so that you can almost forget that it’s actually Italian. Hungry and in a hurry? It’s ready in just 10 minutes. And you can vary according to your tastes: spaghetti, penne, cannelloni, shells, etc. There are so many ways to make your tastebuds happy.

Parmigiano (Parmesan Cheese)

Macaroni and Cheese

Macaroni and Cheese

Among the many excellent Italian cheeses, Parmigiano (Parmesan) is the indisputable king. With its spicy and fruity flavour, it’s indispensable as an accompaniment for pasta as it works so well with so many sauces.

You can also serve it as an appetiser.

Olive Oil

Garlic-Infused Oil

Garlic-Infused Oil

It’s the foundation of Mediterranean cuisine. Italians consume about 12 kg of olive oil per person every year. In North America, we consume barely 1 kg per person, but this number is rising rapidly, particularly because of the health benefits associated with olive oil.

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Cinzia Cuneo
Cinzia Cuneo, founder of SOSCuisine.com, never wanted to neglect the quality of her food. She shares her special expertise to make good food quickly and without complications!

One comment to “10 Star Ingredients of Italian Cuisine”

May 22, 2019 cuisine said:

Très bon article. j’apprécie bien souvent votre blog

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