Recipes from our Tuscan cooking class in Chianti

 

Our lovely cooking instructor gifted us with a booklet of recipes for the dishes we made.

Below are some of my favorites. 

Notes:
- Tuscan cooking uses olive oil very liberally
- Ingredients like onions and garlic should be put in the pan while it's still cool to get the most flavor into the oil

 

PANZENELLA

This dish was the funny salad we made after soaking stale bread in a bowl of water. 

florence italy tuscany chianti cooking recipes
florence italy tuscany chianti cooking recipes
florence italy tuscany chianti cooking recipes
 

Instructions:

  1. Cut tomatoes into cubes
  2. Cut cucumber and red onion into thin slices
  3. Tear basil by hand
  4. Put all vegetables into a bowl
  5. Soak stale Tuscan bread of 2, 3 days in cold water, then squeeze the bread well
  6. Crumble squeezed bread into the bowl
  7. Season with extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper, and red wine vinegar
  8. Toss and serve

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tomatoes
  • 1 Cucumber
  • 1/2 Red onion
  • Basil
  • Stale tuscan bread
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • Red wine vinegar

 
 

FAGIOLI CANNELLINI E TIMO SAUCE

This might have only been the second time I'd seen beans in a pasta dish. It thickens up the dish and makes for a hearty meal. 

florence italy chianti tuscany cooking recipes
florence italy chianti tuscany cooking recipes
florence italy chianti tuscany cooking recipes
florence italy chianti tuscany cooking recipes
florence italy chianti cooking tuscany recipes
 

Instructions:

  1. Cut onion into thin slices, put into pan
  2. Put thyme into pan
  3. Cover the bottom of the pan with olive oil, and cook
  4. When garlic is golden, add cannellini beans with their water and cook for a few mins
  5. Add salt, pepper, and chili flakes
  6. Cook pasta in salt water, drain, and mix in the sauce
  7. Slowly add parimigiano cheese

Ingredients:

  • 100 g Cannellini beans
  • Thyme
  • 1/2 Onion
  • Parmigiano cheese
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • Chili flakes

 
 

Some of the ingredients we used, and the beautiful backyard of the villa:

florence italy chianti cooking tuscany recipes
florence italy chianti cooking tuscany recipes
 
travel, foodJulie Kwak