Carabaccia {Tuscan Onion Soup} & a COOKBOOK GIVEAWAY !


I was so excited when my friend Judy (Mrs. Divina Cucina herself) sent me a complimentary copy of her cookbook, “Secrets from my Tuscan Kitchen by Judy Witts Francini” to review.

I met Judy on Twitter last year and she’s amazing. She began her culinary career as a pastry chef in California & continued her studies of Tuscan cooking at the source, learning from locals and at the markets. She has lived in Florence, Italy, with her Italian husband for over 25 years. It is in Florence where she previously ran a cooking school & now hosts culinary tours (of which one day I hope to tag along on). Her cook book is a collection of almost 100 of her favorite Tuscan recipes, which have all been lovingly approved by her Italian husband, Andrea, so you know they’re deliziosi!

The book is lovely! I especially like how Judy has incorporated a blank notebook style page opposite from every recipe so you have room for your own notes! Just brilliant! Every recipe is easy to follow with clear instructions. I even love the laid back style font the book is printed in (yes, I’m a details girl).


There are so many fantastic authentic Tuscan recipes throughout, I had a very hard time deciding which recipe I was going to try first… Ultimately I decided on a soup because well it’s freezing here so…. I picked Judy’s Carabaccia {Tuscan Onion Soup} to give a try & I’m ever so happy I did. It was so flavorful & tasty! Even the bambini devoured it.

I know you’ll want to try it for yourselves…

From: Secrets from my Tuscan Kitchen by Judy Witts Francini
What you’ll need:
2 lbs onions, red or yellow
4 slices bread – toasted
5 cups broth
Parmesan – grated
8 tbsp Olive Oil
Salt and pepper

What to do:
Slice the onions thinly (I used a mandolin & it worked beautifully) and saute in 8 tbsp of olive oil. Cook slowly in a covered pot over low heat for 30 minutes. If necessary, add a little water to avoid burning. Add broth and season to taste with salt and pepper.  Toast bread and place slices in soup bowls. Top with Carabaccia, sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

Buon Appetito!


So do you want a copy? I thought you might say that…

Well I won’t keep you in suspense, I’m going to let you know how you can get your  hands on a copy of this book right now!  You can order a copy of Judy’s cookbook and you can check out Judy’s website. It’s chock full of beautiful recipes and information about her tours.

OR YOU COULD WIN A COPY…(I see you smiling) Judy has graciously agreed to give a copy of her cookbook to ONE LUCKY READER! *the virtual crowd goes wild* Evviva!

I know you want to enter…It’s even autographed! Yep, Judy herself has signed the copy! As if that wasn’t enough the giveaway is OPEN TO EVERYONE (no matter where you live) I’m so grateful for this!! So come one, come all…

Here’s what you need to do to enter:

Simply leave a comment here with your favorite all time Italian dish. Yep, that’s it!

At 12pm est (you all know by now that’s because I live in this time zone & well I make the rules LOL) on FRIDAY JAN 8th. We’ll choose ONE random winner by random number generator. Only ONE comment per person please. Don’t be stingy, duplicate entries will be disqualified so play nice.

So what are you waiting for, put that comment in NOW ; ) In bocca al lupo (good luck)



  1. 1

    Homemade gelato—chocolate hazelnut is my vice of choice. If I knew that I only had a certain amount of time left to live, I think I’d go on a diet of chocolate hazelnut gelato, expensive dark chocolate, and sushi. That would be a great way to go. 🙂

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    Im a fan of onion soup and Im definetly going to try the carabaccia.
    My all time favorite italian recipe is Pasta all’ammatriciana. It’s simply delicious.

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    s.anne connor /

    favorite recipe:

    penne with roasted tomatoes and basil sauce topped with goat cheese

    my own concoction of a dish i had in venice this past summer.

  4. 4

    I just did a giveaway of Judy’s cookbook too – along with an interview. If any of your readers want to know a bit more about her, they can read it here

    But since I still don’t have her cookbook I’ll tell you that my fav Italian recipe would have to be Pasta Carbonara! I could eat my weight in it if nobody is watching 😉

  5. 5

    I love homemade pasta with olive oil and black pepper. Nothing is better. YUM!

  6. 6

    Pasta w/ broccoli rabe, olives and breadcrumbs. Will you sign it too if I win? 😀 It looks like a gorgeous cookbook!

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    Lisa /

    Wow that book looks beautiful!

    My favorite italian recipe is any type of delicious creamy risotto.

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    Patrice hickey /

    I love all Italian food, but my all time favorite…good ole spaghetti and meatballs. The kind that simmers all day. Yum!

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    My favorite alternates between spaghetti carbonara and a potato and leek soup – super rich dishes but both always please everyone who ventures a taste!
    The cookbook is obviously a must have for my collection!
    Bonnie (valentinoswife)

  10. 10

    Pesto and pasta! Anytime and anywhere, especially eating it in Cinque Terre!

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    Andy /

    This soup looks great – like French onion soup, but not. I’m going to have to try it.

    When it comes to Italian food, I’ll eat anything, My favorite recipe, though, has to be for carbonara:

    1 lb bacon or pancetta
    1 lg. onion
    garlic to taste (I use Quite A Lot)
    4 eggs
    1/2 c. parmesean cheese
    1 c. chicken broth
    1 c. white wine
    1 bunch spinach
    1 lb. pasta
    fresh basil
    1/2 stick unsalted butter
    lots of freshly ground black pepper

    Fry pork in a heavy skillet over med/med-low heat until browned. Remove bacon from pan, add onions. Fry onions until they are almost translucent, then toss in the garlic for a minute or two.

    While you’re doing all this, you’ll want to combine the spinach, basil, eggs, and cheese in a bowl. Beat those eggs like they’ve been naughty. Start the water for your pasta and then:

    Strain the grease from your vegetables and deglaze your pan with the wine. Put the veggies, bacon, and chicken stock in the pan and reduce. Sometime during this part your water will start boiling. Toss in your pasta.

    When the pasta is done, drain the water from it and toss it IMMEDIATELY into the eggs with everything else. The key here is to make sure your ingredients are still hot enough to cook the eggs. Stir the hell out of it and add black pepper to taste. Serve with fresh bread and wine.

    (I love this blog, by the way)

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    Eric /

    I’ll go with either Hazelnut Gelato or Chicken Marsala.

  13. 13

    Only one Italian favorite I think that is impossible, I’ll go with pizza margherita, but there are a million others that come to mind. I think Pizza Margherita represents how a few high quality ingredients can taste so fantastic.

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    Andy /

    (…you can add other vegetables to that carbonara, of course. Asparagus, mushrooms, and various squashes all work well).

  15. 15

    I made french onion soup last week. Ive never seen italian onion soup. it sounds so good!

    I think one of my all time favorite italian foods is chicken picatta or maybe its parmesan chicken….or maybe fetticini alfredo…oh heck I cant make up my mind.

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    Tasha /

    a good Arrabiata Sauce!

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    Kelly /

    Mmmm, my mouth is watering thinking about Rotola Primavera! (Prosciutto, spinach, ricotta rolled up inside 2 types of pasta covered in red AND cream sauce. Delicioso!)

  18. 18

    Only one favorite? I’ll just throw out my last meal, veal marsala, because I love it all!

  19. 19

    My favorite has to be rapini with cannellini beans, a little pancetta, a little broth, and some parmigiano-reggiano sprinkled on top. Delicious, quick, and economical.

  20. 20

    My favorite is chicken picatta! I don’t actually have a recipe of my own though…I’ve tried one but it didn’t measure up.

  21. 21

    Gelato OR gnocchi… I can’t decide!

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    Judy’s recipe is the perfect winter warmer and this winter much needed.

    One of my favourite recipes is Pasta made with melanzani:

    Cut 1 medium melanzani into small cubes and grill them in olive oil

    While doing this cut up an onlion, saute it and add a tin of tomatoes

    When the grilled cubes are done add 1/2 of them to the sauce, the remainig 1/2 can be sprinkled over the sauce when served, don’t forget the parmisan shaved or grated over the top It’s easy and delicious !


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    Renee G /

    I make a Italian Mixed Veggie dish that is my favorite. It has carrots, onions, green beans, a tomato, olive oil and basil. It is fantastic.

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    I have too many favorites, but I do love fettucini alfredo. I really like the idea of a blank page across from a recipe~so clever!

  25. 25

    My favourite Italian recipe, may well not have been a recipe at all. I am of the firm opinion that it may well have been a heaven sent miracle as I have never tasted anything so good.
    I am not even sorry for mentioning this to you twice in 12 hours as quite simply I cannot describe the divine decadence that was my first mouthful of this incredible dish. I think there is nothing more wonderful, more heart poundingly gorgeous (other than Him kissing me) more devastating to the taste buds in the best possible way, sure to make you an addict for life than ….. TIRAMISU…. In fact I may have to go in search of some now, yes I know it is 8am, can you have it for breakfast? x

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    Deb /

    My favorite Italian recipe would have to be roasted red peppers with a special bread stuffing made by my Mother -in- law Adelina, delizioso!

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    Ashley Grace /

    Homemade gelato! Its hard to beat, even in the winter time 🙂

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    That’s what I chose first to make from Judy’s book too! Just haven’t gotten around to posting it yet…anyway, don’t enter me in the contest, but I will say that my favorite Italian recipe has got to be for my grandmother’s ragu and meatballs…YUM 🙂

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    as for now I enjoy very much Focaccia with olives, rosemary and garlic… simple, yet so delicious…

  30. 30

    Love home made sauce, meatballs, braciole sausage over Gnocchi….
    Could not eat onions Allergic but your picture looks great!

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    Lourdes Montes /

    My favorite is tiramisu.

  32. 32

    That soup sounds delicious! I love linguine in white wine clam sauce.

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    Jackie /

    Chicken & Eggplant Parmesan… Hands Down! 😉

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    Anne-Marie Battaglia /

    My six year old daughter’s favorite meal is my chicken picatta! One of my favorites is tiramisu.

  35. 35

    My favorite treat has to be Granita di Cafe con Panna…MMMMMMMMMMM….

  36. 36

    pollo limone! LOVE IT!

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    oh and a spring vegetable risotto

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    Jeannie /

    I love my selfmade canelloni filled with spinach and cream cheese with an excellent tomato-sauce… :-)…

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    La mia ricetta preferita: gnocchi al pesto… I really love them since I was a child and my grandma cooked them for me… grazie nonna 🙂

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    Gigi /

    It’s so hard to choose. Hmmm…I’ll go with something my mom made all the time when I was a kid–pasta piselli.

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    My favorite is a Chicken Cacciatore recipe from Mosca’s Restaurant that is really tasty and rustic.

    Love the Tuscan Onion Soup here!


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    Ann Walker /

    Pizza Margherita!!! I LOVE it!

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    Adele /

    Growing up with all four Italian Grandparents living within a 1/4 mile, I have so many different memorable and favorite dishes, and have difficulty stating a favorite. Sot I will just pick one, potato gnocci, or would it be ravioli, futtinato or tiramisu. Oh I can not just pick one!

  44. 44

    I am actually making French Onion Soup for my in-laws and babies after a day of sledding! :))))
    Great recipe…

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    I, like many others here, have a super hard time picking my hands down favorite Italian dish. However, rules are rules so if I may impart a little story I promise to name my dish immediately after. Growing up Italian American my oldest brother was a bit alternative from us especially when he elected to be a vegetarian. Our mom was health conscience so one day over veggie lasagna she asked me and our other brother if the whole family should be vegetarian. Looking at my mother’s big beautiful brown eyes, I answered as honestly as possible. “Ma,” I said, “I just don’t think I could ever give up sausage.” Therefore, my favorite Italian dish is sausage with red peppers and onions tossed with rigatoni and generously covered in Locatelli cheese. Sorry Grandma, your pastina is a close second!

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    Elizabeth Marie /

    I love the idea of using the mandolin for the onions! Nice thinking there. Anywho my favorite dish is definitely gnocchi with Gorgonzola. Yum!

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    maureen /

    I love stuffed shells with spinach and ricotta with marinara sauce.

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    Jenn in Tenn /

    That soup looks amazing. I will definitely be trying that tonight!
    I guess my all time fave italian is my homemade basil pesto with chicken, pasta and LOTS of parm! yum! ( I still have pesto left in the freezer from this summer’s garden….jealous? ;-p )

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    I don’t know if I could ever narrow it down to just one, but I love almost anything with chunks of fresh mozzarella in it. My favorite snack is caprese salad. YUM!

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    Karyl /

    The best Italian food we ever had was a pizza in Naples with arugula and ham. So simple and so ridiculously good!

  51. 51

    Love home made ravioli and fresh tomato (gravy) 🙂

  52. 52

    I would love to win this cookbook. Tiramisu is an italian dish? If yes, it’s one of my favorite. I made the one from Giada of Food Network and it’s yummy. I love onion soup. And this one look so simple. I’ll try it soon. Thanks for posting the recipe and for the giveaway 🙂

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    This is a tall order to pick a favorite recipe, however I am going to go with a one from Judy’s blog in November. Given my current penchant for anchovies and my love of interesting takes on salads, her Puntarelle salad with anchovies and a simple olive oil and lemon vinegrette, is fantastic!

    Though the twice grilled chard with raisins and pinenuts would be a close second


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    Susan Diskic /

    How does one answer that? Whats my favorite Italian recipe??? Ahhhh torture!!

    I would have to stay risotto. Followed by tiramisu. Ok, maybe tiramisu is my first favorite.

  55. 55

    Ravioli stuffed with just about anything! 🙂

  56. 56

    Onion soup could be a favorite, as could your bolognese (sp) but my new favorite would be braised short ribs from, talk about winter comfort food.

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    kari /

    a huge plate of alfredo (any pasta, i’ll eat it. i’m not choosy ;]) is definitely something i could never pass up. i just don’t have the willpower, it’s too delicious!

  58. 58

    My absolute favorite Italian dish is Spaghetti Con Salsa Di Pollo…simply put, Spaghetti with Chicken Sauce. Here’s a link to the recipe for anyone who can’t wait to try it…

  59. 59

    My all time favorite is spiedini. I think of it and think of home!
    Such simplicity equals such savor.
    I must make some soon…. After Christmas, I am quite full of fish and seafood : )

  60. 60

    That onion soup looks delicious, my mouth is watering! I live in Indiana where the “local norm” for Italian food is Olive Garden or even worse yet, Fazolis. I don’t know if I can choose my favorite foods… so I am going to pick my favorite Italian moment with food!

    2 years ago, my best friend from collage sent me an invite to her wedding in the south of France, St John. My mom and I went and it was just incredible, we ate all night and danced till 4:30 am and walked back to the hotel barefoot. The next morning with our feet to swollen to put into shoes, we climbed in the car in search for an adventure… 20 minutes later we hit Monaco…65 minutes later we arrived in Italy. If course we stopped and walked around this town. We had a lunch and went window shopping and bought special Italian honey candy. Less than 2 hours after we had stumbled into this beautiful golden town, the streets just became alive with people, a parade or festival was starting.

    This parade if you can call it that had floats covered with people dressed in costume and men and women walking with the floats were handing out candy, flowers and treats. The most extraordinary thing was that these floats were covered top to bottom in flower petals. The floats were designed out of flowers, not like the rose bowl, but delicate and soft flowers became alive sharks and horses and even people. A man handing out treats gave me this cannoli type dessert with a chocolate and pistachio filling, covered with flower petals (I hope they were edible) It had a lightly crunchy outside and the inside was like eating clouds… even the flowers were delicious. To this day I don’t know what town we were in or what the parade or festival was. I don’t even know the name of what I ate, but it is my favorite moment from the trip and the only real Italian moment I have had to date.

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    TallieAnn /

    It depends on the day because I love so many Italian dishes. Today since I’ve got a sweet tooth going on my favorite is tiramisu.

  62. 62

    My favorite italian food is Italian Garlic Chicken Pizza! Pretty much one of the only kind of pizza I’d eat. 🙂

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    Wendy /

    Spaghetti Carbonara is my new favorite!

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    This is a great looking book. I’ve been meaning to buy a copy for the last year, but I would also be happy to win one!
    My favorite Italian dish has to be Bucatini all’Amatriciana. I make it all the time and can’t get enough of it!

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    Paula /

    Favorite Italian dish??? As in ‘one’?? You must be kidding!! But if I HAVE to pick one, I’ll say lasagna. No….maybe spaghetti carbonara. But, oh!, that Tuscan Onion Soup… still, my heart!! (See what I mean?)

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    My favorite all time Italian dish is Spaghetti and meatballs with a side of Italian sausage.

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    ambrosia /

    Pasta Carbonara – yum!

  68. 68

    This is an awesome giveaway!! My favorite Italian dish is carbonara. Thanks!

  69. 69

    I have onions, I have bread, I have fresh chicken stock, I have parmigiano-reggiano, therefore I am doing this for lunch. Nice recipe and giveaway!

  70. 70

    I have onions, I have bread, I have fresh chicken stock, I have parmigiano-reggiano, therefore I am doing this for lunch. Nice recipe and giveaway! Favorite Italian recipe? Risotto. Any risotto.

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    Dom /

    My favourite Italian dish would have to be eggplant parmesan, hands down. 🙂

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    Missy /

    Carbonara. So simple, but so tasty. Yum.

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    My favorite Italian dish is “Fegato alla Veneziana”… Possibly with polenta, but it can be just by itself… 🙂

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    Annabell /

    So simple, yet so delicious, Caprese Salad! I used to HATE tomatoes, and now I can’t get enough of them thanks to this delicious salad.

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    Amber /

    It would be a toss up between carbonara or alfredo.

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    Bev /

    It was difficult trying to come up with just one. My all time favorite is linguini and clams. Found it in an old Italian cookibook that someone gave me.

  77. 77

    Gnocchi – hands down. Swimming in creamy gorgonzola-spinach sauce. And now I’m drooling 🙂

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    Veal Scallopine

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    Lee /

    I love gnocchi. I’ve only made the kind with potato but recently found a recipe for ricotta gnocchi I will try soon. This fall I learned how to make my own ricotta.

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    debtraveling /

    pizza 😀

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    marcia /


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    Ravioli con funghi…love it, no matter what.

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    Heather Egolf /

    ooooohhhhhhh Italian is my favorite and I like it all, but I tend to always crave a good bucatini amatriciana

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    There is a little hole-in-the-wall Italian restaurant in El Paso, Texas that has the best fettuccine alfredo that I have ever tasted!

  85. 85

    My favorite Italian dish has to be fresh pasta with good ol’ marinara. The kind that’s been simmering all day and makes your house smell AMAZING!

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    My favorite italian dish is shrimp scampi with fettuccine

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    Christy B /

    Anything you cook… can I use that?
    Seriously I think ANY Italian — true Italian – food would make the list (except organs — blech!) but if forced to choose I’d go with tortellini with cream sauce or spaghetti carbonara.

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    Great looking soup!

    So many dishes to choose from. However, one thing I remember most from my backpacking trip through Florence was the pillowy-soft gnocchi that our host’s mother taught me to cook (no English from her, no Italian from me – all hand gestures).

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    Sue /

    Probably pizza. Possibly panzanella. Pasta. Pappa al pomodoro. OK, too hard to choose one favorite, but if I did, it would probably begin with a P!

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    Haley Moyers /

    My fave is Spaghetti alla Fiamma that you made that one time we came to visit last year

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    Ali /

    My favorite dish ever was handmade tortellini quattro formaggi I had in a small mom and pop restaurant outside Verona Italy.

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    I just found your blog and what do you know, you have an awesome giveaway! Very cool! You soup looks so simple and delicious. The book sounds great, I’m going to look for it at the book store!

    Oh and my favorite recipe…so hard to chose but I really, really love carbonara!

  93. 93

    I can’t wait to try this recipe. I love Italian Food. I would have to say Spaghetti noodles with homemade meat sauce is a favorite.

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    Nora /

    the recipe looks great. i’m italian, and my favorite family recipe is sausage and peppers–mmm.

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    scrapper al /

    I’d say anything with Italian sausage. Though my friend’s DH from Italy says the Italian sausage in America is terrible because it has fennel in it. And that’s what I like, so maybe the Italian sausage I’ve been eating is really Italian American sausage?

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    Sabrina Newell /

    I can’t wait to make this recipe. My favorite recipe is any type of stuffed pasta-I love artichoke ravioli. By the way, love your website!!

  97. 97

    I love French Onion Soup! Can’t wait to try out this one!!

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    Michele /

    Since only one favorite is allowed, I will have to say my late mother-in-law’s calamari pasta sauce. My late mother-in-law was an incredible cook, every meal that she made was a masterpiece. She is an inspiration for so many reasons.

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    Carrie /

    My grandmother’s lasagna. Or maybe the Pasta Carbonara or Bolognese at Cafe Viva in San Francisco. I would next day air that stuff if I could.

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    Colette C Madison /

    Eggplant Parm – soooo yum!

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    Naomi /

    Homemade ravioli with any type of filling. I think I like the variety this yields 🙂

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    My favourite would have to be a Caprese Salad .. simple ingredients but oh so tasty! Mouth is watering just thinking about it.

  103. 103

    My all time favorite is Fettucine Alfredo but I also love pesto and Penne with Vodka Cream sauce.

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    Liz /

    I’ve always been afraid of making french onion soup, but this looks similar, easy and delicious! My favorite italian food would have to be…hmm…fresh made pasta with homemade ragu!

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    Mikell /

    My favorite is spagetti and meatballs. Of course it’s a family recipe from my Italian great grandmother. Fabulous!

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    Barbie Jones /

    My favorite? Carbonara. Especially when made by my favorite sister-in-law! (wink, wink)

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    I think it’s almost impossible to pick my one favorite Italian dish, but I’m going to go with homemade tomato sauce. It’s very simple, not very time consuming and the basis for so many more great Italian dishes. Of course, then there are the Italian dishes that don’t use tomato sauce!

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    brenda Athanus /

    Wonderful blog!
    Favorite dish for me would be Osso Bucco with a heady saffron rissotto…
    happy food that makes me smile while cooking it and then eating it!

  109. 109

    Love your site…found it by way of Tasty Kitchen.
    My fave Italian recipe is – Spaghetti Carbonara! I love all things Pasta.
    Thanks for the entry. This cookbook looks awesome!
    Share His Love,

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    Robb Geweniger /

    There are just so many choices, but if I was stranded on a little Island in the Mediterranean and could fiix only one thing every day it would probably Pasta al Pesto, maybe toss in a little bit of chicken and some sun dried tomatoes for a little variety every now and then if I could.

  111. 111

    Hello! Hmmm, this is a tough one! 🙂 I would have to say gelato, especially Nocciola (hazelnut) gelato, is my favorite Italian food. I also love meatballs of any sort in pasta. Thanks for the recipe and the opportunity!

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    Angela R /

    I love so many! My favorite, if I must choose…….Chicken Marsala!

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    Denise Lamb /

    My favorite homemade Italian recipe
    is Spaghetti and meatballs.

    A girl that I worked with came to my apartment and taught
    me her family recipe for sauce and then I learned how to make the
    meatballs from Rao’s restaurant.


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    Melanzane alla Parmigiana, or Eggplant Parm– I still crave the one I had in a basement restaurant in Rome, but until I make it back, I’ll have to be satisfied with the home made stuff, Mollie Katzen’s recipe is fantastic!

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    Oh, I love Gnocchi Sorrentina. Had the best of my life in Positano – gorgeous views, gorgeous food, gorgeous husband. Would LOVE a copy of this book!

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    Jessica /

    FETTUCCINE ALLA CARBONARA! It’s one of the first meals I had at an authentic, fancy italian restaurant in my hometown. This recipe looks great, I’m sure it’s a wonderful book.

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    Homemade gnocchi with pesto is my favorite. Gelato is also pretty tasty:)

  118. 118

    My all time favourite must be a creamy tortellini al forno that I prepare for me and my husband with fresh ham and ricotta filled tortellini, tomatoe juice, cream, smoked ham and mozzarella.

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    Risa /

    I love love love zeppole. Sweet and simple…and addicting!!

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    Robyn /

    Carbonara, baby!

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    Barb /

    My favorite is chicken parmesan. I like that you have a blank page next to each recipe. I am always making notes in my recipe books.

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    aJenniferOriginal /

    Cannelloni. Yumm-O!!!

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    Robert McAndrew /

    Spaghetti Bolognese

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    My favorite is chicken ragu with fettuccine, just creamy and comforting! Thanks for all of the work you do on your site for ALL of US out here!!! Hugs and Happy New Year!

  125. 125

    Are you kidding me?…….Lasagna!!!!!!

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    JD White /

    My very favorite is lasagna but it HAS to be made with ricotta cheese!

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    I love Alfredo sauce- on pasta, on chicken, on rice… just yum. I had the real thing in Rome and it was pasta perfetta.

  128. 128

    My favorite Italian dish? How do I whittle it down? It is a toss up between good authentic lasagna and pasta e fagoli soup. Both make my taste buds tingle.

  129. 129

    Homemade gelato! The book looks beautiful!

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    Ellen /

    Goodness – I don’t think I could ever choose just one. However, the cold weather is making me crave Ribollita from Firenze. I would have to choose that delicious soup. 🙂

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    There are so many wonderful Italian dishes, but I would have to say the most memorable meal was Steak Florentine in Florence several years ago! That was quite a piece of beef!

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    Corinne /

    Risotto! I love risotto, plain, with sauce, with meat/fish, I just love it!

  133. 133

    oh man…. this is hard and Im not even Italian! It would have to be Chicken Fricasse or Fricasse of Chicken with Chocolate.

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    Patty /

    My favorite has to be Pasta Bolognese.

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    Terri Miller /

    Favorite Italian dish, I do not know the name of it, hence I will attempt a description. It was a chicken cutlet (thin) breaded and fried. It had a wonderful lemon butter sauce! From my research, it might be Chicken Milanese.

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    Amber Acton /

    My favorite Italian dish is pasta bolognese. My fiance makes it in huge batches and we eat it for days.

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    Panna cotta!

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    I have to say that ONE of my favorites is pappardelle al cinghiale.

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    Margie /

    Your soup looks so yummy especially today since it’s so cold here. Eggplant Parmesan is my favorite.

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    Definitely fettucine with alfredo – YUM!

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    Arancini. Of any kind. They are addictive.

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    Fettucine with Baby Clams & Panna Cotta for dessert!

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    Awesome! I love Italian food.
    My fave? Anything that involves homemade egg noodles and garlic!

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    I have actually been doing a lot of Italian cooking lately. My New Year’s Eve Dinner Party had an Authentic Italian theme. My favorite recipe to come out of all the recipe trials was Little Parcels of Sweet Squash Lynne Rossetto Kasper’s book The Italian Country Table. So yummy! And I do love listening to The Splended Table on NPR. Want to see how my Itlian Dinner turned out? Here’s my blog post:

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    Paula /

    It’s so common, but I just LOVE fettuccine Alfredo! Mm, just thinking about it makes my mouth water. And there’s nothing like soaking up the delicious creamy sauce with a piece of crusty garlic bread. Oh, my…

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    carol /

    Angel hair with pesto … so so so delicious. What a fabulous giveaway. OMG my fingers are crossed.

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    Not being very skilled at Italian cooking,(my hubby is French) I leave to the pros. So when we visit our favorite little Italian Cafe I always love to order a dish called Linguini alla Lucca.
    It’s grilled chicken breast sautéed with baby spinach, pine nuts
    & mushrooms with a yummy lemon butter sauce and served with linguini.
    Absolute Bliss!

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    Joy /

    My fave is baked ziti. The soup is on my list of things to make this week. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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    Sue A. /

    Eggplant Parmigiana!!!

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    My fav. italian dish is simple Marinara and Meatballs…mmmmhh.

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    Steven /

    Veal Marsala! Yesssssss!

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    Bracioli is a dish I would love to try…it just sounds good!

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    Elaine /

    I would say any dish w/ orecchiette in it–for some reason, I can’t get enough of that pasta shape.

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    Tish Lara /

    pompelmo gelato from La Caraia in Florence

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    sausage and peppers?
    chicken parm?
    stuffed shells?

    I just can’t…..

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    Definitely lasagna … the pasta, the meat, the cheese, oh my!

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    My favorite Italian recipe of the moment is for Ribolita (maybe spelled wrong here) which is a fantastic soup with panchetta, beans, tomatoes and… yummy-ness. Love love love soups in the winter.

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    I think I’ve gotta go with some sort of stuffed shells. Or really, any baked-type pasta dish. It’s so cold outside, sounds like comfort food to me!

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    Eggplant parmesan or chicken cacciatore…both favorites.

    And wouldn’t I just love to have another cookbook!

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    This book looks fabulous! My favorite Italian dish is a polenta pie with sausage. This one, in fact:

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    First…I tried to taste this amazingly delicious soup and my spoon didn’t go through the computer. So not happy…. 🙂

    Being Italian, I always get this question about my favorite and I have the hardest time deciding! The first thing that pops in my head is Biscotti Regina….but that is a cookie. So…I think there may be a tie with meals…Braciole or Rice balls (in my mother’s sauce). 😉

    Buonanotte! (Think I said that correct?)

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    So many Italian recipes to choose from. I love them all. Probably would say gnocchi. I always order it if it’s on a menu.

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    My favorite Italian Dish is Giada De Laurentiis.

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    Anna /

    All time favorite is lasagna. Thick and heart style!

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    Elana /

    mmmmh too hard to decide….favorite italian recipe…..probably Gnochi….gorgonzola in particular.

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    Very diffcult to choose just one favorite, but if I had to it would have to be ravioli con burro e salvia (ravioli – cheese filled/not meat filled with sage and butter). YUM!! So simple yet so good.

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    Chrissy /

    My favorite recipe is my grandfather’s pasta e fagioli! Thank you for a chance to win.

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    Porcini risotto!! Yum!

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    Yuri /

    My favorite italian dish is lasagna 🙂

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    how to pick a favorite Italian dish-ugh, there are so many. I absolutely love a simple pasta dish of good olive oil, chiles, garlic and a smattering of pasta. Muy Bono..

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    whoops, I see my funny mistake, above. a smattering of parsley will do just fine as an addition.

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    Um I love Italian food too much to have a fave. Although I could seriously eat spaghetti every day of my life. But I also love a good manicotti.

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    Rebecca /

    Wow. I can’t think of a favorite. I’ll just say Beef and Sausage stuffed shells with Marinara sauce. I love to try new dishes, though. This cookbook would be perfect for that. Thanks for the contest!

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    One of my very favorite Italian sandwiches is Caponata. It’s delicious in the summer when you have an abundance of vegetables and mouth watering mozzarella on top. yum!

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    That onion soup looks really good!

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    I do love Italian food. I can’t think of one favorite, but since my last trip to Italy I have been consumed with all things lemon. We spent a week along the Amalfi Coast and the lemons there are divine, and the uses are superb! I love lemon pasta, limoncello and of course lemon gelato!
    When I was in Trapani I tried Pesto Trapanese which is to die for!

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