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Italian Cooking Tips with Drew&Cole

Vibrant, delicious and packed full of flavour, Italian cuisine is perfect for any occasion. Whether it’s a family meal in, a date night or maybe even a dinner party, here are a couple of easy things you can do to make your Italian feast even more authentic and tasty!

Use seasonal ingredients

This is the number one rule in Italian cooking. Fresh and beautifully ripe seasonal vegetables can elevate your dishes to the next level. And with the Pressure King Pro locking in all of these flavours, the taste sensation will set off (Italian) fireworks in your mouth!

Of course this is difficult to do with every recipe but risotto is a great place to start. You can easily substitute seasonal products around the same base ingredients: stock, onions and white wine. Adapt your risotto to fit each season. Perhaps pea and mint in the summer, or wild mushroom in the autumn… the possibilities are endless! Here’s a delicious recipe you can try with your Pressure King Pro:

Pressure King Pro 6L 20-in-1 Pressure Cooker

Wild Mushroom Risotto

Unlike with traditional risotto recipes, you won’t need to spend hours adding your stock a spoon at a time. The PKP gives you lovely creamy risotto…

Pasta is important

The staple of Italian cuisine shouldn’t be just something you cook without thought. One rule when cooking Italian – don’t neglect your pasta!

Both the CleverChef and the Pressure King Pro 5L have dedicated pasta settings that take the stress out of making your pasta dish. Just make sure to salt the water generously to harness the extra level of flavour and DON’T add oil to the water – this stops all the yummy sauce sticking to the pasta when you mix it all together!

Why not start simple with our Pesto Pasta recipe?

Pressure King Pro 5L 12-in-1 Pressure Cooker

Pesto Pasta

This recipe is perfect for batch cooked pack lunches, and is so easy to make.

You can experiment by stirring in in olives, sundried tomatoes, or…

Don’t underestimate soups 

Much authentic Italian food is in the style of “cucina povera” or “peasant food”. One of their best-loved traditional dishes is a soup dish called “Aquacotta” – cooked water! Most of this food relies on a perfected cooking process to fully bring out the flavours of all the ingredients so the Soup Chef is ideal for making the tastiest of dishes. 

There are many simple, delicious Italian soups to try, such as Minestrone. Add a dash of oil on top of the finished soup and you’ll soon be mistaken for Gino D’Acampo!

Soup Chef

Minestrone Soup

This is a classic Italian soup that is hearty and warming for the winter months.

Any combination of vegetables can be used. Serve sprinkled…

If you’re cooking a barbeque dish this week, we would love to see it! Remember to share your photos with us in our dedicated recipe groups for the Pressure King Pro, Soup Chef and CleverChef or over on our Facebook page.

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