A rich, garlic-heavy sauce that goes especially well with pasta, eggplant, and strong cheese.
Pistou is the French version of pesto - the only differences are that there are no pine nuts and the Parmesan cheese is commonly replaced with coarse salt, making it safe for vegans.
The perfect recipe to enjoy fresh summer vegetables and herbs; it can be served half a dozen different ways.
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.