Tuesday 25 October 2016

Like mama makes: classic Italian ingredients

Published 11/10/2015 | 02:30

Italian Products: Borlotti beans
Italian Products: Borlotti beans
Saffron egg pasta.
Semi dried tomatoes
Olive Oil
Balsamic vinegar

The most authentic ingredients for classic Italian cooking.

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Amaretti Biscuits

Delicious and light, pair these with sweet wines or espresso for a sophisticated after-dinner treat.

GET IT: €15.95, Fallon & Byrne fallonandbyrne.com

Chargrilled Artichokes

No antipasto platter is complete without the addition of some of these, which also lend a smoky flavour to salads.

GET IT: €4.49, Marks & Spencer

Borlotti Beans

Hearty Italian soups and stews love these dried borlotti beans, which are grown on an organic farm in Piedmont.

GET IT: €6.35, Fallon & Byrne, fallonandbyrne.com


Flavoured flatbreads make an event out of simple dips. They also work with cheeses, alongside soups or to add the crunch factor to antipasto.

GET IT: €3.29, Marks & Spencer


Once you've had this organic cheese, which is aged for 36 months, you'll never be able to eat an inferior Parmesan again.

GET IT: €36.99 per kg, Little Italy, littleitalyltd.com

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Not to be used for frying, this should be saved for dipping rustic breads into and drizzling over salads to savour its fresh and fruity taste.

GET IT: €10.99, SuperValu

Tomato Passata

The essential ingredient in many Italian dishes, choose an artisanal passata to add depth to Bolognese and stew.

GET IT: €2.20, Triveri Passata, Little Italy, littleitalyltd.com

Semi-Dried Tomatoes

These little flavour bursts are the fail-safe way to enliven salads, perk up homemade pizzas and to add piquancy to pasta dishes.

GET IT: €4.79, SuperValu

Saffron egg pasta

Serve this unique-tasting pasta with a seafood ragu, or it's equally delicious anointed in olive oil with peas mixed through.

GET IT: €8.45, Fallon & Byrne, fallonandbyrne.com

Balsamic Vinegar

A great balsamic, aged through five wooden casks. Think beyond savoury and drizzle it on strawberries and ice-cream.

GET IT: €26.95, Fallon & Byrne, fallonandbyrne.com

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