This white bean and tomato soup flavored with sage and thyme is an elegant alternative to minestrone.
A typical Mediterranean dip, made mostly of olives and olive oil. Traditional recipes include anchovies, but there is absolutely no need for them here.
This classic Italian soup is always vegan.
You probably know that oysters are an aphrodisiac, but as a vegetarian, that doesn't do you much good. Here are some vegetarian aphrodisiacs to consider for Valentine's day or some other occasion for a romantic meal.
A deliciously smooth, raw soup.
This elegant bean dip is known as fagioli in fiasco, or beans in a bottle. Traditionally made in Tuscany in a Chianti bottle cooked in embers in a brick oven, this modern version is creamy and delicious.
I eat bread with nearly every meal, especially soup, salad, and pasta (obviously I'm not a low-carb diet fan). Plain French or Italian bread is wonderful, but nice hot garlic bread can be a real treat.
Hummus, or houmous, is an Eastern Mediterranean dip, very common in Lebanon, Egypt, and a number of other countries. A heavenly blend of chick peas, garlic...
Roasting is one of the easiest ways to get tons of flavor out of just a few ingredients.
A classic Middle Eastern dip made of roasted eggplant. Delicious!