Intro to Italian Cuisine, from Cocktails to Pasta and Beyond
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Intro to Italian Cuisine, from Cocktails to Pasta and Beyond

Learn how to make a complete (and delicious) 6-course Italian menu from Panna's award-winning master chefs.
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Created by Panna Cooking
Last updated 11/2016
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Includes:
  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Mix a classic Italian aperitivo
  • Make a tomato sauce
  • "Marry" pasta with its sauce
  • Roast tomatoes for intense flavor (even out of season!)
  • Sear chicken breasts
  • Grind fresh pesto
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Requirements
  • A sharp knife, a variety of pots and pans, and cocktail gear are very useful for this course, but it does not require any specialized or exotic equipment.
Description

In this course, you'll learn everything you need to know to make some of the classics of Italian cooking—not just the recipes but the techniques behind them, including:

  • The principles underlying the classic Negroni cocktail—and when to break with them
  • How to amplify the taste of ripe tomatoes—and wring flavor from out-of-season ones
  • How to sear meat properly—and make use of the delicious brown bits left on the pan
  • The idea of "marrying" pasta with its sauce, an essential skill for making glossy, tasty noodle dishes

All of these dishes are easy enough for beginners, but each has enough insight and wisdom to be valuable to more experienced home cooks as well. None requires exotic ingredients—your local supermarket should have everything. Nor will you need to invest in any fancy, expensive equipment—the knives, pots, and pans you already own should suffice.

Your instructors, meanwhile, are among the best in the business—award winners and pioneers who bring decades of restaurant experience to the aid of you, the home cook. They are:

  • Anita Lo, the longtime chef at Annisa, in NYC, and a familiar face on Top Chef Masters, Iron Chef America, and Chopped
  • Julie Reiner, the NYC cocktail maven behind Brooklyn's Clover Club
  • Nancy Silverton, a Los Angeles legend who founded Campanile and La Brea Bakery, and who now runs Osteria Mozza and Pizzeria Mozza
  • Melissa Hamilton and Christopher Hirsheimer, the chefs at the Canal House, in Lambertville, N.J.
  • Tony Mantuano, a Chicago stalwart and the chef at Spiaggia



Who is the target audience?
  • This course is for beginning cooks who want an introduction to classic Italian cuisine.
  • It's also for more advanced cooks who want to master the most important Italian dishes.
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Curriculum For This Course
7 Lectures
01:07:19
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Introduction to the Course
1 Lecture 01:04
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First, a Cocktail: The Negroni
1 Lecture 04:41

A proper Italian meal always begins with an aperitivo, and the Negroni is one of the all-time best—particularly when made by New York cocktail maven Julie Reiner.

Preview 04:41
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Antipasti (i.e., Appetizers)
2 Lectures 29:09

Tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil are the classic Caprese Salad combination—and happen to represent the colors of the Italian flag. Here L.A. chef Nancy Silverton gives that classic a stylish, all-season upgrade, with roasted tomatoes, fresh pesto, and creamy burrata.

Preview 11:56

What could be more fun than meatballs? How about 100 meatballs, cooked up by Melissa Hamilton and Christopher Hersheimer of the Canal House?

Meatball Madness
17:13
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It's Pasta Time!
1 Lecture 08:58

Cacio e pepe is perhaps the ultimate expression of Roman flavor, frugality, and technique. With just a few ingredients—noodles, cheese, olive oil, and black pepper—you can create a dish that's so much more than the sum of its parts, and here's chef Tony Mantuano to show you how.

Spaghetti Cacio e Pepe
08:58
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The Main Event: Chicken Cacciatore
1 Lecture 12:00

As in Italian fashion, Italian cooking is all about sprezzatura—the art of making greatness look effortless. Chicken Cacciatore is that kind of dish, loaded with flavor but, thanks to chef Anita Lo's recipe, easy enough to make any old weeknight.

Weeknight Chicken Cacciatore
12:00
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Dessert
1 Lecture 11:27

It's a crunchy, chocolate-y spread that works equally well as a dessert or, if you put it in a jar, as a nice gift. Basically, it's homemade Nutella, so we'll understand if you just eat the whole thing in one go.

Gianduia
11:27
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Panna is the home cook's go-to video resource for learning to cook, think, and invent like a chef. We know that sometimes a written recipe just isn't enough to learn a technique or master a dish—that’s why we capture it all on video in a step-by-step format, so you can get it right every time.

Our chefs are the world's best: Michelin-starred and James Beard Award–winning professionals like Rick Bayless, Hugh AchesonDorie Greenspan, and Anita Lo. And our 350+ recipes range from "Anyone can do it!" to "I'm going to spend the weekend on this."

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