Spice It Up!
Posted on November 08, 2018
Bring the flavors of Southern Italy to your favorite Italian pantry food with Tutto Calabria chili peppers, an easy way to give your dishes a little kick! The magic of using chili peppers in cooking is how it balances other flavors—briny, rich, sweet, or tangy—with just the right amount of heat. Similar to salt, the spice of chili peppers helps to activate the flavors of a dish and enhances the overall taste.
Like many made in Italy products, these fresh, locally grown peppers reflect the distinct characteristics of the region where they have been cultivated for hundreds of years. In fact, hot peppers are a popular ingredient in warm climates like Southern Italy because the heat helps to naturally cool the body. It also adds intensity and depth to a long list of dishes.
Favorite Chili Pepper Recipes
When it comes to excellent cuisine, it all starts with high quality ingredients imported from Italy. Grown and harvested in the Calabria region, Tutto Calabria uses time-honored recipes with wholesome, high quality ingredients such as extra virgin olive oil and naturally organic chili peppers.
Ziti with Soppressata and Fontina
An essential for your pantry, chili peppers help bring hearty pastas to life, especially when paired with tomato-based sauces. Make ziti with Soppressata and fontinayour favorite weeknight meal when you lightly sauté the peppers in oil and garlic. Once the flavors become aromatic, add the tomatoes and Soppressata for a rich flavor that smoothens the acidity. Then, melt in the cheese for a creamy and satisfying sauce with a hint (or more!) of spice.
Bucatini with Lemony Carbonara
Chili peppers can also soften the intensity of tangy and savory flavors. A classic Italian dish, bucatini with lemony carbonara gets a bright citrus lift with lemon juice and zest. It all comes together with rich pancetta and the spicy, pungent heat of chili peppers, which help temper the acidic flavors. Garnish with Parmesan and bon appetito!
Add Heat to Your Favorite Sandwich Variations
Along with your favorite pasta dishes, chili peppers also add a gourmet touch to classic Italian sandwiches. Hot long chili peppers from Tutto Calabria are the perfect size and shape for hiding between two pieces of crusty bread. The heat of the peppers helps to mellow the rich brininess of cured meats like prosciutto, salami, and the like. Just add a few slices of Italian cheese and a pickle for an easy to make sandwich that packs a punch of flavors in every bite.
Spice up Your Pizza
A quintessential Italian comfort food, pizza gets a colorful and spicy twist with hot round cherry chili peppers as a topping. Pair it with other flavorful toppings like pepperoni and chunky garlic, which come together with melted cheese, tomato sauce, and baked dough for a satisfying bite.
An excellent flavor enhancer, Italian chili peppers are also an essential ingredient in spaghetti with garlic and oil, a traditional Italian dish from the region of Abruzzo. What gives this simple pasta recipe a boost of flavor is the addition of crushed hot chili peppers, which helps enhance the other herbs and seasonings.
…and Other Traditional Favories
Another way to bring warmth and complexity to your cooking is with Tutto Calabria’s Hot Extra Virgin Olive Oil, which is infused with dried chili peppers. Keep a bottle in your kitchen and add some spice to pasta, meat, seafood, salads, and much more.
Variety is the spice of life, especially when you cook with Italian chili peppers! Add them to your pantry and get ready to transform your favorite food into satisfying and flavorful dishes that everybody will love.