Italian starter recipes

Crostini, breadsticks and arancini are just a few of the Italian starters that we love so much…

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Baked figs with blue cheese and balsamic

Fig recipes

Baked figs with blue cheese and balsamic

A simple starter consisting of sweet figs wrapped in salty parma ham, topped with blue...

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Baked ‘nduja and burrata dip with olive breadsticks

Italian starter recipes

Baked ‘nduja and burrata dip with olive breadsticks

Our ‘nduja and burrata dip is easy to make so, if you don’t have time...

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Gnudi with fried sage, hazelnuts and jerusalem artichoke crisps

Vegetarian starter recipes

Gnudi with fried sage, hazelnuts and jerusalem artichoke...

You’ve heard of gnocchi but have you ever tried gnudi? They are little dumplings made...

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Pancetta-wrapped halloumi with smoky chilli tomato relish

Italian starter recipes

Pancetta-wrapped halloumi with smoky chilli tomato relish

Possibly the ultimate crowd-pleasing nibble, these pancetta-wrapped halloumi fries are served with a smoky tomato...

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Pancetta, watercress and mozzarella arancini

Italian starter recipes

Pancetta, watercress and mozzarella arancini

Crispy arancini risotto balls with a soft and gooey mozzarella, pancetta and watercress centre. The...

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Bagna cauda (anchovy and garlic sauce)

Italian starter recipes

Bagna cauda (anchovy and garlic sauce)

Italian food blogger Carolina Stupino shares her recipe for this creamy dipping sauce that is...

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Tomato and burrata salad with basil oil

Vegetarian starter recipes

Tomato and burrata salad with basil oil

The beauty of Italian cooking lies in its simplicity and use of quality ingredients; this...

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Russell’s asparagus, gorgonzola, walnut and mint bruschetta

Asparagus recipes

Russell’s asparagus, gorgonzola, walnut and mint bruschetta

Food writer Russell Norman finds his inspiration in Italy’s beautiful cities and this bruschetta recipe,...

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Arancini cakes

Arancini cakes

It only takes 15 minutes to turn cold, leftover risotto into these easy Italian-style arancini...

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Stracciatella soup

Italian starter recipes

Stracciatella soup

Fresh parsley and lemon add extra zing to flavoursome chicken stock to produce a simple...

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Grilled asparagus and parma ham on toast

Asparagus recipes

Grilled asparagus and parma ham on toast

For a quick, easy starter or a light summer lunch, top toasted ciabatta with crispy...

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Lemon, parsley and spinach clams on toast

Clam recipes

Lemon, parsley and spinach clams on toast

The juices from the clams cooked in white wine and soured cream are soaked up...

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Bagna cauda

Classic sauce recipes

Bagna cauda

A creamy dip made from garlic and anchovies that’s perfect scooped up with crudités or...

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Lemon ricotta bruschetta with Tenderstem and heirloom tomatoes

Lemon ricotta bruschetta with Tenderstem and heirloom tomatoes

Griddled sourdough bread topped with ricotta, tomatoes, capers, fresh mint and Tenderstem broccoli makes a...

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Spring onion, herby ricotta and ‘nduja toasts

Italian starter recipes

Spring onion, herby ricotta and ‘nduja toasts

Charred spring onions, creamy ricotta mixed with lemon, herbs and olives and spicy ‘nduja –...

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Vitello tonnato

Vitello tonnato

A classic Italian starter recipe made with veal and served chilled with a creamy tuna...

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Mushroom and mozzarella arancini

Italian starter recipes

Mushroom and mozzarella arancini

You can prepare these rice balls ahead of your party, then all they need is...

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Mozzarella bruschetta with rocket drizzle

Italian starter recipes

Mozzarella bruschetta with rocket drizzle

Quick, easy and delicious. This makes a speedy starter but could equally do for a...

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Insalata di Napoli

Insalata di Napoli

A quick and easy salad recipe – a version of panzanella made with mozzarella and...

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Simple antipasti

Italian starter recipes

Simple antipasti

The Italians are masters of simple food done well and this antipasti platter proves it....

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Italian vegetable salad

Italian vegetable salad

Think of this cooked vegetable salad as a sweet-and-sour take on ratatouille, and you’re on...

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Ham and bresaola rolls with rocket and Grana Padano

Ham and bresaola rolls with rocket and Grana...

This Italian recipe for cured beef and ham rolls will be a delight – and...

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Parma ham, fig and mozzarella salad with warm pitta

Italian starter recipes

Parma ham, fig and mozzarella salad with warm...

Eat like an Italian with this easy recipe for Parma ham, fig and mozzarella salad.

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Aioli

Aioli

This tasty garlic mayonnaise from Provence should be made with a good olive oil for...

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