Feast On These Wonderful Italian Food Processor Meals

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Italian cuisine is world-renowned. In fact, their food is often regarded as one of the benchmarks of excellent cooking because of the way delicious Italian recipes are created as they are meticulously prepared each time.

But the thing is, preparing Italian meals doesn’t have to be time-consuming as you can still manage to create mouthwatering Italian meals with the help of your trusty food processor.

And how possible is that, if you might ask?

Well, here’s a cheat sheet on the wonderful Italian food processor meals that you can easily make and keep the sapore delizioso (delicious taste) quality of the food as if it was prepared by an Italian chef.

Pasta With Pesto Express

pesto pasta

What you need:

  • A pound of pasta
  • A clove of garlic
  • A cup of grated parmesan cheese
  • 5 cups of basil leaves
  • 1/3 cup of pine nuts
  • 1/2 cup of olive oil
  • Kosher salt

For the preparation: Cook pasta until al dente and set aside 2 tablespoons of pasta liquid (to be used later). Then, toast pine nuts on a skillet under medium heat for 2-3 minutes and set aside as well.

On a separate pot, boil water and blanch the basil leaves for 30 seconds and then transfer immediately on a bowl with ice water using a slotted spoon.

Then, toss in garlic (make sure to remove the peeling first) and toasted pine nuts (don’t forget to leave some for garnishing) into the food processor and blend until creamy. Add 1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt for seasoning.

Then, remove the basil leaves from the ice water and transfer it to the garlic and pine nuts mixture. Continue blending the ingredients until it turns into a puree. Sprinkle a generous amount of parmesan cheese (don’t forget to leave some for garnishing) and add it into the mixture.

Combine pesto with pasta on a separate bowl and mix well. Serve on a plate topped with the rest of the parmesan and toasted pine nuts and enjoy!

Red Pizza Sauce

pizza sauce

Pizza is a staple in delicious Italian recipes, but little did we know that an authentic Italian pizza is actually simpler with fewer toppings because they believe that “less is more”. And so we bring you this genuine pizza sauce that will surely go well with any toppings to your homemade pizza. Though it’s not a meal in itself, you’ll surely love the true Italian flavor it can bring to your pizza dishes.

What you need:

  • 2 cloves of garlic (peeled)
  • Fresh tomatoes (as fresh will always have better flavor)
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of sea salt

For the preparation: Add garlic, fresh tomatoes, and salt into the food processor bowl. Then, slowly blend the ingredients while drizzling the olive oil into the mixture. Continue until all the ingredients are completely mixed.

Delicious Italian recipes like this require chilling for 3 hours to let the flavors combine before using.

Once chilled, you can now use the sauce on any kind of pizza recipe that you make to bring out that genuine Italian taste.

Meatballs With Tasty Tomato Sauce

meatballs

This recipe from our wonderful Italian food processor meals list will sure make your kids rush at the dinner table.

What you need:

(Meatballs)

  • 1 whole wheat bread (torn up)
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 2 fresh parsley sprigs
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 lb. pork sausage
  • 1/2 whole milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon of dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon of dried oregano
  • Salt and pepper to taste

(Sauce)

  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 can of plum Roma tomatoes
  • 1 can of tomato sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon of dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon of dried oregano
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons of grated parmesan cheese

For the preparation: Create meatballs by preheating your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit first. Then, toss the whole bread in your food processor and mix to make breadcrumbs. Transfer breadcrumbs to another container and add garlic and onion in the food processor bowl. Blend until finely chopped. Then, add the remaining ingredients and mix well. Form 1 1/4 inch of meatballs (makes about 20 meatballs) and dip it in the breadcrumbs. Bake for 15 minutes until browned.

As for the sauce, heat the olive oil into a large pan over medium heat and add garlic and onion. Saute for 5 minutes then add tomatoes in can (with juice), tomato sauce, oregano, basil, salt, and pepper. Reduce the flame to low heat and let it simmer for 15 minutes.

Once the flavors are blended, add the browned meatballs and simmer for 10 minutes more without covering the pan. Lastly, add the parmesan cheese and serve.

Cooking these wonderful Italian dishes will be a lot more easier with the help of a good food processor. Check out our in-depth food processor buying guide for more info.

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