In her hit Food Network show Everyday Italian, Giada De Laurentiis shows you how to cook delicious, beautiful food in a flash. And here, in her long-awaited first book, she does the same—helps you put a fabulous dinner on the table tonight, for friends or just for the kids, with a minimum of fuss and a maximum of flavor. She makes it all look easy, because it is. This gift box stars a signed copy of the beloved cookbook, alongside some of our favorite ingredients to get your Everyday Italian pantry started: organic southern Italian oregano, Calabrian chili peppers to make your very own pepper flakes, Italian pasta and a sweet tomato sauce from Sicily. Buon appetito!
This Box Includes:
Signed Everyday Italian Book: This is it: Giada’s first book! Everyday Italian is a collection of recipes inspired by and from her first Food Network show of the same name. In the show, she shows you how to cook delicious, beautiful Italian food in a flash. And here she does the same—helps you put a fabulous dinner on the table tonight, for friends or just for the kids, with a minimum of fuss and a maximum of flavor.
Dried Organic Oregano: No Italian pantry is complete without a steady supply of oregano, and this dried oregano from Filippone is a beautiful way to stock up. This organic oregano is grown on a small family farm in Sicily and dried right on the branch, so there's no doubt about what you're getting.
Short Calabrian Chili Peppers: Get ready to turn up the heat with these dried diavoletti rossi chiles from the spice experts at Tutto Calabria. These small peppers, which translate to "red devils," are the spiciest variety grown in the chile capital of Italy. Even so, they retain the characteristic fruity sweetness that makes Calabrian chiles so beloved. They're lovely as a garnish and can be added (in moderation) to any dish to add a fair amount of heat along with a beautiful depth of flavor.
Organic Tomato Sauce With Basil: With a jar of this organic tomato and basil sauce from Bio Orto in your pantry, you’ll never be at a loss for what to make for dinner again. It starts with ripe tomatoes from Puglia, the “heel” of Italy’s boot, where the southern heat (the region gets, on average, 2,500 hours of sun a year!) is tempered by cool breezes from the surrounding Mediterranean Sea. The tomatoes’ natural sugars are concentrated by those long hours in the sun, giving them a well-balanced flavor profile that sings with ripe sweetness and umami goodness. They’re pureed fresh into a silky-smooth passata, then cooked quickly with sweet sauteed onion, olive oil, and fresh Genovese basil. The result is a classically uncomplicated, deeply flavorful sauce that tastes homemade without the fuss.
Spaghetti Chitarra: The squared edges on Setaro’s spaghetti chitarra are your first clue that this is not your usual spaghetti. This geometric shape is a specialty in the southern province of Abruzzo, where it is made with a wooden frame strung tightly with wires that is called a chitarra (literally "guitar"). After pressing the dough into the wires using a rolling pin, the pasta maker “twangs” the strings as if they were playing a guitar to shake the finished pasta loose. Invented in the late 1800s, it’s a deceptively simple way to create such a mathematically precise shape. While it remains a favorite in Abruzzo, spaghetti chitarra has found fans across Italy for its ever-so-slightly rough texture and hearty versatility.
Ziti Corti: Setaro’s ziti corti is the best version we’ve ever found of one of the oldest and most well-known pasta shapes. Ziti’s history can be traced back to the Middle Ages, when baked pastas were the fashionable dish of choice for royal banquets and feasts. Ziti was the shape of choice because its sturdy tubes, which captured sauce and wouldn’t get mushy in the oven—and at that time, there weren’t many other shapes to choose from!