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Italian-Inspired Dishes, Delightful Dining that Honors Heritage



I taly is one of the world’s great food nations, and many dishes have Italian roots. In honor of Italian heritage, light up the dinner table and impress your friends and family with sophisticated, traditional Italian recipes.

Creating a true taste of Italy means including an abundance of smooth, high-quality extra-virgin olive oil, like Carapelli Olive Oil. Tracing its roots to the heart of Tuscany in 1893, the line of olive oils is designed to lift cooks out of the everyday cooking experience with highquality olives nurtured by nature, selected at the optimal harvest time and handled delicately.

The ease and simplicity of shared dishes like Marinated Roasted Portobello Mushrooms with Olive Oil Agrodolce – a traditional Italian sweet and sour sauce – focuses on quality ingredients inspiring quality memories. The artistry behind the olive oil shines in Creamy Potato Leek Soup with Olive Oil Pistou and Sicilian Lamb Meatballs with Whipped Feta-Olive Oil Spread, each recipe celebrating the embodiment of Italian cuisine.



Celebrate the best of Italy in your own kitchen by incorporating Italian artisan-inspired dishes ideal for memorable moments with loved ones. Find more Italian flavors and recipes at carapelliusa.com.


Sicilian Lamb Meatballs with Whipped Feta-Olive Oil Sauce

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4
Sicilian Lamb Meatballs:
1 pound ground lamb
1 tablespoon Carapelli
Unfiltered Extra
Virgin Olive Oil
1/3 cup panko
3 tablespoons pine nuts
2 tablespoons golden
1 large egg, lightly
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black



Feta-Olive Oil Sauce:
1/2 pound feta cheese,
2 tablespoons Carapelli
Unfiltered Extra
Virgin Olive Oil
2 tablespoons plain
Greek yogurt
To make Lamb Meatballs:
Heat oven to 375 F. Line large
rimmed baking sheet with
parchment paper.
In large bowl, mix lamb,
olive oil, panko bread crumbs,
pine nuts, raisins, egg, salt and
pepper. Use hands to mix all
ingredients together.
Roll mixture into approximately 36 meatballs about 1
inch in diameter and place on
baking sheet.
Bake 15 minutes until
sizzling and golden brown.
To make Feta-Olive Oil
Spread: In food processor, blend
feta cheese, olive oil and yogurt
30-45 seconds until creamy.
Serve Lamb Meatballs
with Feta-Olive Oil Sauce for
dipping or scooping.



Marinated Roasted Portobello Mushrooms with Olive Oil Agrodolce

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4
Roasted Mushrooms:
2 pounds Portobello mushrooms
1/2 cup Carapelli Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 teaspoons fresh sage, minced
2 teaspoons fresh rosemary, minced
kosher salt, to taste
freshly ground black pepper, to taste

1/2 cup red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons honey
Carapelli Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
To make Roasted Mushrooms: Clean and destem mushrooms, cutting large
mushroom caps in half.
In large bowl, toss mushrooms with olive oil, fresh sage and fresh rosemary. Let
mushrooms marinate 1 hour, tossing occasionally to absorb oil.
Heat oven to 400 F. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper.
Spread marinated mushrooms on baking sheets, making sure mushrooms are in
single layer and not crowded. Sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper.
Roast 30 minutes until mushrooms are crisped and golden brown at edges.
To make Agrodulce: In small saucepan over medium-low heat, bring vinegar
and honey to simmer, stirring occasionally until honey dissolves.
Continue simmering 15-20 minutes until vinegar is reduced by half and is thick
and syrupy.
To serve, place roasted mushrooms on platter and drizzle generously with
Agrodolce and olive oil. Serve with choice of side.

Rustic Tuscan Potato Leek Soup with Olive Oil Pesto

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 50 minutes
Servings: 6
Potato Leek Soup:
3 medium-large leeks
2 tablespoons Carapelli Unfiltered
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 large garlic clove, coarsely chopped
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, plus additional,
to taste (optional)
2 pounds Yukon gold potatoes, peeled
and diced into 2-inch cubes
6 cups chicken or vegetable broth

1 packed cup fresh basil
1 packed cup flat-leaf parsley
1 medium-large garlic clove,
roughly chopped
3 tablespoons pine nuts or
1/4 cup walnuts
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1/4 cup Carapelli Unfiltered Extra
Virgin Olive Oil
To make Potato Leek Soup: Trim bulb ends
and tough, dark green stems off leeks. Slice
tender white and light green stems in half
lengthwise then soak in cold water 10-15
minutes to remove dirt. Drain leeks, rinse
well and slice into thick half-moons.
In large Dutch oven or stockpot over
medium-low heat, heat olive oil. Add leeks,
garlic and salt. Cook, stirring occasionally,
until leeks are soft, about 10 minutes.
Add potatoes and broth. Cover and
increase heat to medium. Bring soup to
simmer then uncover and continue cooking
30 minutes.
Using immersion blender, puree soup
until smooth, or carefully ladle into standing
blender to puree in batches. Taste and add
more salt, if desired.
To make Pesto: In food processor, pulse
basil, parsley, garlic, pine nuts, salt and olive
oil to make chunky herb sauce.
To serve, ladle soup into bowls and spoon
Pesto on top of each serving.

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