One easy recipe from LidiasItaly.com is country onion soup, which calls for onions and cured meat to be simmered in a white wine broth. The show's mint string beans recipe serves as an easy-to-make appetizer.Continue Reading
To make country onion soup, heat 1/4 cup of olive oil in a large soup pot. Add 2 pounds of thinly sliced yellow onions and 1 teaspoon of kosher salt. Cook the onions for 10 minutes, or until they soften. Cut 4 ounces of a cured meat such as speck, prosciutto, smoked bacon or ham into matchsticks, and add it to the pot. Push the meat and the onions to the sides, and add 2 tablespoons of flour. Allow the flour to toast for 1 or 2 minutes, then mix it with the onions. Raise the heat to high, and pour in 2 cups of dry white wine. Allow the wine to come to a boil, then add 2 quarts of water. Cover the pot, and cook at a rapid simmer for approximately 40 minutes until it has thickened.
For mint string beans, add 1 pound of trimmed string beans to a pot of boiling water. Cook the beans for about 10 minutes, or until they become tender. Remove them to a bowl of cold water. Melt 3 tablespoons of butter in a saucepan before adding 1/4 teaspoon of salt and 1 cup of loosely packed mint leaves. Add the string beans, and cook for one minute.Learn more about Cooking