Cooking with extra virgin olive oil

Extra virgin olive oil is an essential element in our mediterranean diet and therefore fundamental in the preparation of Italian food. When used as a dressing it confers all the flavours and aromas of fresh olives to the dish, making it something special. When used in cooking, even at high temperatures, none of the qualities of its monosaturate fatty acids and antioxidants are lost. Here are some simple recipes to try at home, using a top quality extra virgin olive oil like our own.

‘Pinzimonio’ Fresh Vegetable Dip:

Ingredients: – carrots – celery – red, yellow, green peppers – spring onions – Belgian endive – cherry tomatoes – artichokes – radishes – extra virgin olive oil from an oil mill Preparation : – wash all the vegetables and cut all except the radishes lengthwise. – prepare a dressing by whisking the extra virgin […]

Bean, Onion and Tuna Salad:

Ingredients: – beans of the ‘Lucca red’ variety – fresh spring onion – tuna in brine – extra virgin olive oil from an oil mill Preparation : – wash the beans and leave to soak overnight – boil them in the water they were left to soak in together with some garlic and sage for […]

Boiled baccalà (dried salted cod) and chick peas:

Ingredients: – baccala’ (dried salted cod) – extra virgin olive oil – chick peas Preparation : – take a nice, thick piece of dried salted cod and soak it for a few days, remembering to change the water often. – bring a pan of water to the boil and then add the fish and cook […]

Lucchese Soup:

Ingredients: – black cabbage – dried beans (preferably of the Lucchese variety) – extra virgin olive oil from an oil mill – slighty stale white bread – mixed vegetables (onion, carrot, celery, cabbage, chard) – wild herbs (such as ‘ingrassaporcio, dandelion, nettles) – a bunch of mixed herbs (parsley, chives, marjoram, thyme, pennyroyal) Preparation: – […]

Garlic, Oil and Chilli Spaghetti:

Ingredients: –  spaghetti – extra virgin olive oil from an oil mill – salt – chilli, finely chopped – 1 clove of garlic, finely chopped Preparation : – cook the pasta in plenty of salted water. – in the meantime heat the extra virgin olive oil in a frying pan. – when it is hot […]

Tuscan Bruschetta or “fettunta” (oily slice of bread)

Ingredients: – bread – extra virgin olive oil from an oil mill Preparation : – cut some fairly stale Tuscan bread into fairly thick slices – toast in the oven or on a griddle pan for several minutes – when the bread is warm and crispy rub some garlic on the surface, pour the extra […]