Italian food is a staple in the culinary world, and chefs like Javier Burillo have dedicated their lives to the art form. There is something for everyone to love, from its simple and classic flavors to its more complex dishes.
Here are three Italian dishes that every chef should know how to make:
This classic dish is made with bacon, egg, and cheese and is a favorite among chefs and diners alike.
- 1 pound spaghetti
- 4 eggs
- 1 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
- 6 slices bacon, diced
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Cook the spaghetti according to package directions.
- Whisk together the eggs, Parmesan cheese, bacon, salt, and pepper in a separate bowl.
- Drain the spaghetti and return it to the pot. Add the egg mixture and toss to combine. Serve immediately.
This simple pizza is made with tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, and basil leaves. It’s a classic for a reason!
1 batch pizza dough (see below)
1/2 cup tomato sauce
1 ball fresh mozzarella, thinly sliced
Fresh basil leaves
Olive oil for drizzling
Salt and pepper to taste
Preheat your oven to 450 degrees. Roll out the pizza dough on a lightly floured surface until it is about 1/2-inch thick. Transfer the pizza dough onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Spread the tomato sauce evenly over the surface of the dough. Top with slices of mozzarella cheese and a few basil leaves—Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes or until golden brown and bubbly. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper before serving.
Pizza Dough Recipe: 3 cups flour, plus more for dusting
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 envelope (2 1/4 teaspoons) active dry yeast
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup warm water
- Extra-virgin olive oil for brushing
In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, yeast, and salt. Add the warm water and stir until well combined. Turn out onto a floured surface and knead for 10 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, cover with a damp towel, and let rise in a warm place for 30 minutes. Punch down dough and shape it into desired pizza size. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and brush with olive oil. Preheat oven to 450 degrees and bake for 15-20 minutes or until crust is golden brown and bubbly.
This dish is made with chicken breasts, mushrooms, and Marsala wine. It’s a flavorful and elegant meal that is perfect for special occasions.
- 4 chicken breasts, pounded thin
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 8 ounces mushrooms, sliced
- 1/2 cup Marsala wine
- 1/2 cup chicken broth
Season the chicken breasts with salt and pepper. Dredge in the flour until well coated. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chicken breasts and cook for 2-3 minutes per side or golden brown. Remove the chicken to a plate and cover with foil to keep warm.
Using the same skillet, lower heat to medium-low and add the mushrooms. Cook for 5 minutes or until tender, then pour in the Marsala wine and cook for two more minutes. Add in the broth and bring to a boil, occasionally stirring until the sauce has thickened up some. Return the chicken breasts into the pan with the sauce and cook another 3-4 minutes or until warmed through.
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