July 2008 -

Minestrone Soup

Posted by: Gina  :  Category: Italian Recipes, Italian Soup Recipes

4 tomatoes
1/4 cup olive oilMinestrone soup Mamma Style
1 clove garlic
3 cups green beans (fresh and washed)
1/2 cup potatoes
1/2 cup kidney beans (if using fresh beans soak them overnight first)
1 tbsp basil
celery leaves only
zucchini flower tops


  • Add 1/4 cup olive oil and garlic to cooking pot.
  • remove tomato core and blend in mixer, add blended tomatoes to cooking pot and Saute.
  • add vegetables (beans, celery leaves, zucchini flower tops, potatoes) to pot and mix.
  • Add 1 tbsp basil. Salt and pepper to taste.
  • Cover with lid and simmer. Do not touch for about 20 minutes.

Serves 6

Optional: add 1/2 cup spaghetti noodles (Mamma breaks them in half). 3 cups chicken broth.

Mangia … enjoy.

Green Beans

Posted by: Gina  :  Category: Italian Cooking, Italian Recipes, Salad Recipes


Makes 5 jars


20 pounds of green beans
3 cups of water
1 cup of white vinegar
5 tbsp table salt

Olive oil, oregano, garlic


  • Boil beans until semi soft, drain water and let sit until they are cool to the touch.
  • Pack cooked beans into jars.
  • Add 1 Tbsp. of table salt into each jar.
  • Pour boiling water and vinegar solution into jars.
  • Seal jars and steam for 4 minutes.

When ready to serve:

Remove green beans from jar, rinse with cold water and place into serving dish. Add 1/2 tsp oregano, 1 clove grated garlic and drizzle with oil. Mangiare!

Meatballs – Authentic Italian

Posted by: Gina  :  Category: Italian Cooking, Italian Recipes, Pasta Recipes

Meatballs and PastaIngredients

1 lb lean ground beef
1 lb ground pork
2 cups (500 ml) bread crumbs (soak in water for few minutes)
2 cloves garlic (crushed or grated)
1/4 cup parsley
3 eggs
3/4 cup romano or parmesan cheese
1 tbsp (15 ml) salt


  • In large mixing bowl add the meat, bread crumbs (after squeezing out the excess water) add eggs. Mix
  • Add grated or pressed garlic, parsley, cheese, salt
  • Mix well and shape into meatballs.

Preheat oven to 350 deg F and cook meatballs for 15-20 minutes or until brown… Mangiare and Let Mamma Feed You!

Homemade Italian Tomato Sauce

Posted by: Gina  :  Category: Italian Recipes, Pasta Recipes

Looking for a classic Italian recipe for homemade pasta sauce or tomato sauce from scratch?


home made tomato sauce from scratch10 lbs tomatoes
1/2 cup (125 ml) olive oil
1 clove garlic
1 tbsp basil
1 tbsp oregano
Salt to taste


Add 1/2 cup of olive oil and clove of garlic to cooking pot. Start simmer on low temperature. Add tomatoes.

To prepare tomatoes we will give you two options:

Option 1 – Drop tomatoes into boiling water for 1/2 minute or 30 seconds. Remove and peel skin. Place the peeled tomatoes into your cooking pot and crush.

Option 2 – If you have a blender or bullet mixer you do not need to peel or boil the tomatoes. Remove core, cut the tomatoes in half and blend. Add the mixture to your cooking pot.

Add basil, oregano and salt. Simmer for 3-4 hours. Mangia!!

For meat sauce add cooked lean ground beef.

Roasted Peppers

Posted by: Gina  :  Category: Italian Recipes, Special Italian Foods

roasted peppers Another specialty which is easy to make and worth the effort is roasted peppers Mamma style.


3 peppers (1 green, 1 red, 1 yellow or whatever you have)
4-5 cloves Garlic
1 tbsp oregano
2 tbsp salt
olive oil


  • roast peppers on baking sheet in oven at 350 deg F for approximately 25 minutes
  • after they have cooled peel and slice peppers and place in bowl
  • add garlic
  • add oregano, salt
  • add olive oil prior to serving

Stir and they are ready to eat or freeze.

Pastine (little ball soup) aka Pastina

Posted by: Gina  :  Category: Easy Recipes, Italian Soup Recipes, Pasta Recipes

little ball soupThis soup is quick and simple to make and is a favorite with all the children (and adults).


1 cup (250 ml) Pastine (Mamma uses la Molisana 64.Peperini)

6 cups (1500 ml) water


  • Cook half way or partially cook the little balls of pasta (10 minutes).
  • Strain water. Add 6 cups of fresh water to the pastine.
  • Bring to a boil again, add 1-1/2 cubes of chicken boullion or equivalent chicken broth.
  • Cook for a further 10-15 minutes until tender.
  • Serves 6

Olives Green

Posted by: Gina  :  Category: Italian Recipes, Salad Recipes, Special Italian Foods

vegetable, salad


12 cups of water
1 cup of coarse salt
Large Green Olives purchased by the box (seasonal)


  • Crush firm green olives, removing the pit.
  • Soak crushed olives in water for 4 days, remember to change water every day.
  • Place olives into canning jars.
  • Boil salt and water mixture, pour hot solution into the jars.
  • Seal jars and store.

Preparation: Pour contents of sealed jar into a bowl and soak the olives in fresh water for at least one day (over night is better, squeezing olives occasionally and refreshing the water). Squeeze as much excess water out of olives  as you can and place into serving bowl, let air dry, add fresh garlic, oregano, salt, anise seed and olive oil to taste.

Stir frequently and after they have been dressed allow them to sit for a few hours before serving. If you are a true olive lover this Italian recipe will become a keeper.

Zucchini Cakes

Posted by: Gina  :  Category: Italian Recipes, Special Italian Foods

Not everyone appreciates Zucchini. If you are looking for a way to get your family to eat more vegetables try the following recipes.


4 cups  (1000 ml)
1 cup (250 ml)
1 tbsp
1 tsp
1/4 cup
1 cup
1 cup
grated zucchini
zucchini flowers
garlic clove
Parmesan cheese
vegetable oil

Great Zucchini Vegetable dish


Add 4 cups of grated zucchini into a large bowl, Mix in 1 cup of picked zucchini flowers, add 4 eggs, 1 tablespoon of parsley, squished or crushed garlic clove, ¼ cup of parmesan cheese, 1 teaspoon of salt, little less than 1 cup of bread flour.

Heat up frying pan with 1 cup of oil in pan and using a serving spoon, flip lots until brown on both sides.

Let cool…mangiare, salute, appetito buono!

Other top rated Zucchini recipes: Grilled Zucchini

Zucchini Stuffed with Sausage (Zucchini Boat)

Crunchy Italian Biscotti

Posted by: Gina  :  Category: Dessert Recipes, Italian Baking

This recipe makes approximately 24 cookies.


1 3/4 cup  (425 ml)
2 tsp  (10 ml)
3/4 cup (175 ml)
3/4 cup (175 ml)
1/3 cup (75 ml)
2 tsp (10 ml)
1/2 tsp (2 ml)
1 1/2 tsp (7 ml)
baking powder
whole unblanched almond
melted butter
almond extract
grated orange rind
egg white lightly beaten

Crunchy Biscotti Directions:

  1. In large bowl combine flour and baking powder.
  2. Stir in Almonds.
  3. Whisk eggs, sugar, butter, vanilla, almond extract and orange rind.
  4. Stir into flour mixture until soft, sticky dough forms.
  5. Transfer dough to lightly floured surface, form into smooth ball, divide in half, roll each into 12 inch long log. Place on ungreased baking sheet.
  6. brush tops with egg whites.
  7. bake in 350 F oven for 20 minutes. Remove and cool for 5 minutes on rack. Cut diagonally into 3/4 inch thick slices, stand cookies upright on baking sheet.
  8. bake sliced cookies for an additional 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.
  9. cool on rack … mangia!!

Biscotti in Italian means cookie and also means twice baked.

Authentic Italian Cooking – What is it and how to?

Posted by: Gina  :  Category: Italian General

One cannot help but think that much of what we eat or recipes we see online are commercialized or have been tweaked to appeal to the masses or to the taste buds of the locals. To us, at Mamma Mia Recipes, true authentic Italian cooking or real Italian recipes are those that have been passed on from generation to generation. They use quality ingredients and the finished product typically cannot be purchased in grocery stores or even found in high end restaurants.

Authentic means believed, trustworthy and reliable or true to its type. The only place most of us know where we can get true authentic recipes or cooking is at home and from Mamma. Generally, the taste might be region specific or may be slightly different depending on what part of Italy your family was raised in but the food is very similar and made with quality ingredients coming right from the garden. Mamma makes a minestrone soup certain times of the year with ingredients picked right from the garden earlier or usually the same day. That is what I am talking about!

To capture that true authentic taste requires the same ingredients Grandma used to perfect the recipe so substitution of ingredients is usually not an option. Some Italian recipes require imported ingredients which may mean shopping at a specialty store that brings ingredients in right from the homeland. If you want authentic, we encourage you to find or use the same ingredients your Mom used when she made those tasty Italian treats.

The challenge today’s generation has is not just getting your hands on quality ingredients but documenting these authentic Italian recipes that are locked up in the heads of Grandma and Grandpa. A pinch of this, a handful of that and many of the recipes are not measured in a fashion that we are accustomed to. The other challenge is today’s generation is interested in convenience and we do not make the time to perfect the art of cooking these wholesome family recipes. Mamma Mia Recipes hopes to change that by encouraging this generation to develop the skill of authentic Italian cooking to ensure it survives the ages and that it is passed on to the next generation. Mangiare, eat and Let Mamma Feed You…