If you’ve ever been fortunate enough to go to Italy, or have ever even been to Little Italy in New York, you know nothing is quite like Italian cuisine. Now, here’s everything you need to know to cook like you’re in Italy. This list isn’t exhaustive, and most Italians probably don’t do everything on this list either, but it’ll give you an idea of how serious Italian food is.
If you make a pot of sauce just right, you can taste how the olive oil exists in every spot of tomato, you can smell the oregano and see the large basil leaves stewing in the pot. You can see whole tomatoes crumble and fall apart due to intense heat, and you can see the sauce stick to every piece of sausage and ground beef better than ever before. When you’re cooking sauce, arguably them oust basic and foundational of all Italian foods, you can’t just throw in a jar of Ragu and call it a day. No, no, no. Italian food is like a painting that takes time to get just right.
If you’ve got time after making a good Italian sauce, you should try making your own pasta as well. No store bought pasta can ever taste as good as pasta you make on your own, except for the first couple of times when you might not get the recipe 100% right (though you really should). These two dishes alone require an expert-level knowledge of cooking, and we’re just getting started.