If you were looking for a homemade meal to spoil mom this year, you've come to the right place.
Mom deserves the very best, and this bright and springy meal delivers.
This culinary extravaganza features a delicious crostini topped with creamy ricotta and sweet and spicy roasted tomatoes, Giada's famous sundried tomato pesto pasta, a savory spinach artichoke frittata, and a delectable lavender cake for dessert... and an Aperol punch to wash it all down! Whether you're celebrating your own mom, a stepmom, an aunt, or any other mother figure, this meal is sure to make her feel like she's dining in a gourmet restaurant in Italy. Why not treat her to a day of indulgence?
Creamy ricotta, roasted cherry tomatoes, and a zingy Calabrian chili honey to top it all off - this is one of Giada's go-to appetizers for a reason. Pro-tip: make everything in advance, and assemble when you're ready to eat!
In Italy, frittata goes way beyond breakfast - it's common to see them eaten at lunch, or even cut up and served as appetizers. This light and fluffy frittata stars one of our favorite flavor combinations - spinach and artichoke - for a spring spin on the dish.
One of the easiest-ever pastas to whip up - and for how simple it is to make, you'll be amazed at how much flavor it packs. Our favorite thing about this pasta is that it can be enjoyed warm, room temperature, or cold for a fantastic pasta salad.
The honey's light citrus notes followed by a slight floral element work really well with the lavender and lemon. The semolina adds a nice texture that makes this cake a little more substantial than usual. Plus, it only has one layer, so it's totally doable if you're not an expert baker!
Celebrate the Italian way with a spritz - and this way, you can make a big enough batch for everyone to enjoy... and for mom to have a second glass!