Italian Food

The Best Italian Foods to Stock Your Pantry With Right Now

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Italian food is one of the most popular cuisines around. From al-dente pasta and airy, leopard-spotted pizza to hearty Osso Buco and savory Florentine steak, it’s kind of hard not to love it.

And I don’t know about you lot, but I’m always on the hunt for new Italian foods to stock my pantry with.

I love trying out different types of pasta shapes, preserved vegetables in oil, and regional condiments. But it’s also good to have a few essentials in your kitchen that are easy to cook up a quick meal whenever you get the cravings.

Does Frozen Pizza Dough Need to Rise?

Pizza dough

When you’re craving homemade pizza but don’t want to make dough from scratch, you can save yourself the mess of mixing and kneading by buying frozen pizza dough from the store.

Should you let it rise before baking?

The labels on most frozen doughs are surprisingly vague about this. I guess most brands haven’t thought about what happens after you’ve taken their products off the freezer shelves.

Do You Cook Pasta on High Heat?


Do you need to cook pasta on high heat?

It’s a question a friend of mine, who recently got into cooking, asked. And, truth be told, I hadn’t given it that much thought.

Since she’s probably not the only one asking, I thought to do my usual research into the science of cooking pasta—and write this post.

So, for all of you out there who may be wondering whether or not to set the heat on your stove to high when cooking pasta, here’s everything you need to know (and nothing you don’t).

How Long Does Pizza Dough Last in the Fridge?

Dough ball

One of the things I love about home cooking is that, in your own kitchen, you get to set the rules. As long as you know what you’re doing, you can take the occasional shortcut here and there—and your meals will still come out tasting great.

When it comes to pizza, that occasional shortcut for me is store-bought pizza dough. Yes, I mean the same kind you typically bring back home from the grocery store’s frozen dough section.

Talking to my friends and exchanging emails or comments with my readers on the topic, I’ve seen that one question frequently comes up.