What do you think an Italian pantry should have? Which are the ingredients you should always keep in your cupboard? Well I will give you a clue..
This is what I keep in my pantry:
- Olive oil: I go through many bottles of olive oil and as this can be quite pricey for my budget I buy two types: a slightly cheaper one for cooking and a more expensive one to dress my salads where olive oil is not cooked and you can taste all its goodness.
- Tomato sauce (passata): as I live in England it is harder to grow your own tomatoes. You need sun kissed tomatoes to make the perfect tomato sauce and plenty of them! So I buy chopped tinned tomatoes for my sauces and jars of plain organic tomato sauce with nothing added to it. I use them as a base for my pasta sauces but also in meat casseroles and many other dishes.
- Apple (cider) and balsamic vinegar: Many Italians usually use wine vinegar to dress their salads but I have a strong preference for apple vinegar. It has a more gentle flavour, it is antiseptic and has many detoxifying properties.. basically it is very good for you. It even soothes a sore throat.
- Herbs: It is always a good idea to keep some pots of fresh herbs like parsley, rosemary, oregano and thyme. I use lots of parsley and in winter when it is harder to grow it I wash it and freeze it. When needed I use it just as it is, still frozen and it works out very well. I also keep some dried oregano too (which I use in my pizzas).
- Breadcrumbs: are needed in so many recipes. You can make your own. It is quite handy to use up your old bread this way!
- Parmesan cheese I always grate my own as whenever you buy ready grated from supermarkets it just seems to taste of anything but Parmesan. What do they really put in there??
- Onions and garlic: you almost always need them in your cooking.
- Pasta and rice: I keep white and brown wheat pasta but spelt pasta too. I love the texture of spelt and it is very healthy.
- Anchovies, dried beans and canned tuna:
I use anchovies to lift up my pasta sauces especially when I make tuna pasta and dried beans are really handy to have, they last a long time too.
- Coffee: I could not live without it!!
My husband thinks I am worried about “starving”.. as I have the habit of always buying lots of food; often my fridge looks like it is about to explode.. I am always worried about being short of ingredients. Sometimes my pantry looks like a warehouse but hey… that’s why I am a food blogger, I do love my food!
My mum stores her homemade tomato sauce (much nicer!), wine, jams and fruit in her little cellar, the “cantina”:
In a kitchen it is also nice to have lovely crockery and today Houseology is offering one lucky “My Little Italian Kitchen” reader the chance to win a handy Porcelain blend LSA Dine 12 piece set. I love their kitchen range!
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This set of four dinner plates, starter/dessert plates and cereal bowls looks fab and it is really handy to have.
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4x cereal bowls.
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WINNER: KIM N.