Italian food has captured our imagination quite strongly these days. Earlier, Italian food meant only pizza and pasta, but thanks to internet and cookery shows, a lot of people have become aware of the existence of a richer range of Italian cuisine. But you may still believe, those cuisines are too time consuming and complicated. This is actually a false assumption. Quick cooking for the Italian food lover is quite possible.

A Few Quick Fix Italian Recipes

Here are a few recipes that are Italian but take very little time to make:

Smoked Sausage Gnocchi

smoked sausage gnocchiBoth smoked sausage and gnocchi is available at the supermarkets. All you need to do is prepare the gnocchi as directed in the package, drain the water and keep aside. Then cut the sausages into ½ inch pieces, put some oil in a large skillet, then put the sausages, julienned sun dried tomatoes, and a little minced garlic and heat them for about 5 minutes in medium heat. Next put some baby spinach and cook till they wilt. Next, put the gnocchi in, and stir well in increased heat. Take the dish out of the fire, sprinkle some parmesan cheese and serve.

Sauted Shrimp with Country Ham and Capers

Another less time consuming recipe, for which you will need some deveined large shrimps, country ham, some capers, vermouth or dry white wine, olive oil, lemon juice, salt free Cajun seasoning , butter and some fresh parsley. First melt butter in olive oil in a skillet, increase the heat and put the shrimps and ham together. Cook them for about 5 minutes, while stirring continuously. Make sure the shrimp turn pink. Reduce the flame, put the vermouth and add all the other ingredients listed, except parsley. Cook for some time till the sauce becomes thick, take it down and add some parsley leaves before you serve.

Italian Pancake

italian pancakeTake a large bowl and beat eggs in it till it becomes smooth. Add some ricotta cheese and flour and stir till the mix becomes consistent. Add some orange zest and lime zest, butter, vanilla and splenda and mix well. Next heat oil in a skillet, take the mixture by tablespoon and put in the oil. Fry till both sides have become golden brown. Take them out of the oil, put on a paper napkin so that the excess oil is absorbed.  Your Italian pancake is ready to be served with syrup of your choice.

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