Zuppa Toscana, Tuscan soup

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When one thinks of Italian food pasta, pizza, and antipasto most readily come to mind. But Italian cuisine also includes an interesting array of soups. One such soup is the Zuppa Toscana.

As the name suggests, Zuppa Toscana is soup indigenous to the Italian region of Tuscany. To make this soup you will need 1 package smoked sausage, 2 potatoes, cut into small slices, 3/4 cup chopped onion, 6 slices bacon, 1 1/2 teaspoons minced garlic, 2 cups kale– shredded, 2 tablespoons chicken bouillon powder, 1 quart water, and 1/3 cup heavy whipping cream.

To prepare first preheat an oven to 300 degrees F, place the sausage on a baking sheet and bake for 25 minutes. Cut each in half, lengthwise.

Cook the onions and bacon in a large skillet over a medium flame until the onions are translucent. Crumble to bacon and add the garlic, to the onions and cook for another minute. Add the chicken base and water, potatoes, and simmer for around 15 minutes. Add the bacon, sausage, kale, and cream and cook for a further 4 minutes. Serve when hot.

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Rocket and Parma Ham Salad

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Parma ham or prosciutto is often a mainstay of Italian antipasto dishes. The dried, cured ham can also be used as part of a salad and other interesting dishes.

The thinly-sliced version of Parma ham can be wrapped around grissini and may also be eaten with watermelon. Whether served with vegetables such as asparagus and peas or part of a pasta sauce or stuffing, the Parma ham is a versatile way to spice up a meal.

The Rocket and Parma ham salad is perfect if you are looking to enjoy a simple yet beautifully-arranged salad. It can be eaten as a starter for lunch or dinner as a light lunch or midday snack itself.

To prepare, gather 1 (7 ounce) bag arugula, 7 ounces Parma ham, torn into thin strips, 1/4 cup olive oil, and 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar.

To prepare the salad, arrange the arugula on a large flat platter, top the arugula with the prosciutto, and drizzle olive oil and balsamic vinegar over the salad. The Parma ham salad can be “jazzed” up by adding cashew nuts as well as some parmesan cheese.

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Antipasto, open your appetite

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Antipasto is the quintessential Italian opener. This serves as an appetiser for dinner and can also be served when entertaining guests.

This recipe serves four and requires 2 cups chopped cauliflower, 4 cups pearl onions, 2 cups chopped red bell peppers, 2 cups chopped green bell peppers, 2 cups chopped celery, 2 cucumbers – peeled, seeded and chopped, 2 cups carrots, chopped, 2 cups vegetable oil, 1 cup black olives, 1 tablespoon pickling spice, 1 cup pitted green olives, 4 cups mushrooms, 2 cups distilled white vinegar, 1 can tomato paste, and 1 1/2 cans flaked tuna.

To prepare first soak cauliflower, carrots, pearl onions, red bell peppers, green bell peppers, celery and cucumbers in lightly salted water overnight. In another bowl boil vegetable oil, vinegar, carrots, tomato paste and pickling spice for 10 minutes.

Cook vegetables and cauliflower in water until cauliflower is tender and crisp. Add black olives, green olives, mushrooms and tuna to the mixture. When cooked remove from heat and refrigerate. When chilled, arrange on a platter and serve.

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