Minestrone alla Genovese ~ Silky vegetable soup with basil pesto

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This soup is almost too solid to be called a soup. Its flavours are very rich, with the mushrooms and basil really adding a great depth of flavour.

Minestrone ~ Tuscan Vegetable Soup

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The distinctive taste of this soup comes from the cavolo nero ("black cabbage"). This has recently been popularized by chefs such as Jamie Oliver and is now available in many farmers' markets.

Pasta with broccoli

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This is a quick, healthy and tasty dish originally from southern Italy which has many possible variations (some add anchovies, some boil the broccoli in the pasta water etc).

Small Onions in a Balsamic Vinegar Reduction

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Your guests will be fighting over these tangy onions! Remember to provide plenty of bread to mop up the delicious caramelized sauce coating them. At our cooking school in Tuscany, this side dish is one of the biggest hits!

Tuscan vegetable and bread soup

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This soup, like many others, actually improves if left for a day or so. We make a large batch and have it in varied ways - without the bread soaked into it but served on top of hot toast rubbed with raw garlic or with the bread and served at room temperature.

Fried Zucchini Blossoms

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This is a dish to be made and savoured immediately. You can even make it as a pre-dinner nibble while you finish cooking something time-consuming with friends.

Stuffed Round Zucchini/Courgettes

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This recipe looks particularly good made with the cute round zucchini, but is equally tasty made with the long variety. Remember to be careful to reduce cooking times if your zucchini are small.

Porcini Sauce for Pasta

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Fresh porcini are wonderfully aromatic and just melt in your mouth.
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Springtime Minestrone

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A slow-cooked minestrone made with fresh seasonal ingredients and served with good bread is a healthy and delicious dinner or lunch.
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Cauliflower with Tomato, Rosemary & Fennel Seeds

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Even self-professed cauliflower haters will love this dish, if you can convince them to try it.