Online Class: Italian Cooking 101

The goal of Italian Cooking 101 is to teach you how to prepare delicious, economical Italian meals at home, with confidence.

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Course Description

Savoring the Italian Culinary Art: A Journey from Novice to Maestro

Who hasn’t been whisked away by the rich aromas and intricate flavors of an Italian dish at a cozy ristorante? Italy, after all, isn't just known for its arts and history, but also for its distinguished cuisine. With its rich diversity of flavors, Italian cuisine has claimed a prominent place in global dining culture. Recent statistics show that Italian food ranks among the top three global cuisines. But how often have you wished to re-create that gastronomic magic in your own kitchen?

Enter "Cooking Italian 101" - a meticulously designed course intended to turn your culinary dreams into tangible, mouth-watering reality. Our mission is to equip you with the knowledge and skill set to replicate classic Italian recipes, from the tangy appetizers to creamy desserts.

Dishes you’ve relished outside, like mozzarella sticks, pasta fagioli, clams oreganata, chicken marsala, and desserts like panna cotta or ricotta cheesecake, might seem complex. Yet, with the right guidance, they can be recreated at home with flair and finesse. But that's not all. Ever wondered why there's a plethora of pasta shapes? Or why "al dente" pasta feels just right? Perhaps, why Grappa has such a distinct flavor? Through this course, we’ll unravel these culinary enigmas that often puzzle many.

Crafted especially for beginners, "Cooking Italian 101" encapsulates simplified, yet authentic, recipes. Each recipe is designed to foster confidence in the novice chef. But this course isn’t exclusively for the uninitiated. Even seasoned cooks can uncover layers of flavors and techniques. We believe in the proverb, "Practice makes perfect." The true essence of this course is not just reading or understanding but actual hands-on cooking. With time and practice, you'll find your dishes rivaling your favorite Italian restaurants, offering the dual satisfaction of flavor and economic efficiency.

The curriculum unfolds over eleven insightful lessons:

Lesson 1: Buongiorno!
Delve deep into the vast world of Italian cuisine, tracing its history and understanding its global influence.

Lesson 2: Essential Pantry Staples
A tour of quintessential ingredients that form the backbone of Italian cooking, from olive oils to cheeses.

Lesson 3: Equipments & Techniques
Introduction to basic kitchen tools, equipment, and elementary cooking techniques pivotal to Italian cooking.

Lesson 4: Italian Appetizers
Discover the art of preparing tantalizing starters that set the right mood for the feast to follow.

Lesson 5: Robust Italian Soups
Learn to cook heartwarming one-pot Italian soup meals, perfect for any weather.

Lesson 6: The Art of Pasta
Unlock the secrets behind selecting, preparing, and cooking pasta to perfection.

Lesson 7: Sauces & Toppings
Dive into the world of authentic Italian sauces, from tangy marinara to rich Alfredo.

Lesson 8: Meat & Seafood Italiano
Master the craft of preparing and seasoning meats, poultry, and seafood the Italian way.

Lesson 9: Italian Salads
Understand the composition and seasoning of refreshing salads that accompany the main dishes.

Lesson 10: Italy in a Glass
Uncover the culture of Italian beverages, from aromatic wines to robust coffees.

Lesson 11: Desserts – Italy's Sweet Secrets
Delight in the making of classic Italian desserts that offer the perfect finish to a meal.

Each lesson culminates with review questions, allowing you to gauge your understanding and growth. We emphasize learning at your own pace, ensuring thoroughness over haste. By the end of this course, you won't just be a cook; you'll be an Italian chef in spirit. So, tie up that apron, and as the Italians say, "Mangia!" — let's eat!

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  • 6 Months to Complete
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Course Lessons

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Lesson 1 : Buongiorno! Welcome to the World of Italian Food and Cooking

Italian is not just pizza and pasta! This lesson will give the student a brief history of Italian food and cooking. It will also include an explanation of why Italian cooking is unique when compared to other Mediterranean and European foods. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Reasons for Taking this Course
  • Complete Assignment: An Introduction
  • Assessment: Lesson 1 : Buongiorno! Welcome to the World of Italian Food and Cooking

Lesson 2 : Pantry Staples for Italian Cooking

This lesson will introduce the student to various pantry items, such as seasonings, oils, and foods that make Italian cooking easy any day of the week. 11 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Assignment: Supplies
  • Assessment: Lesson 2 : Pantry Staples for Italian Cooking

Lesson 3 : Basic Equipment, Simple Cooking Techniques, Meal Courses

This lesson will explain which kitchen equipment you should have on hand for creating great Italian meals. Some cooking gadgets that are nice to have, but not required for the course, will be described and listed. Additional lesson topics: Conversion chart; Must-Have Kitchen Tools; Italian Cooking Supply Store 9 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 3 : Basic Equipment, Simple Cooking Techniques, Meal Courses

Lesson 4 : Easy Italian Appetizers

Appetizers are a time-honored tradition when serving an authentic Italian meal. 12 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Assignment: Make Some Appetizers
  • Assessment: Lesson 4 : Easy Italian Appetizers

Lesson 5 : Hearty Italian One-Pot Soup Meals

A "one-pot" meal combines protein, vegetables, and carbohydrates all in one dish. Every culture has at least several of these wonderful no-hassle recipes on their list of easy dinner favorites, and Italians are no different. Additional lesson topics: Italian Soups and Stews 12 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Assignment: Making Soup, Italian Style
  • Assessment: Lesson 5 : Hearty Italian One-Pot Soup Meals

Lesson 6 : Preparing Perfect Pasta

No course on cooking Italian basics would be complete without a lesson on pasta. Also known as "macaroni" to most Italian-Americans, pasta is an important staple in the Italian kitchen. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 6 : Preparing Perfect Pasta

Lesson 7 : Pasta Sauces and Toppings

This lesson will teach you how to make sauces and mixtures to accompany the plethora of pastas discussed in Lesson Six. Additional lesson topics: Pasta Sauces from Scratch Recipes 11 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 7 Assignment: Cook a New Pasta Sauce
  • Assessment: Lesson 7 : Pasta Sauces and Toppings

Lesson 8 : Meat, Chicken, and Fish -- Italian Style

Italians have their own way of preparing meat, poultry, and fish. This lesson will introduce you to the basic and delicious methods of serving these protein portions of a main course. 12 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Assignment: Making a Meat Dish
  • Assessment: Lesson 8 : Meat, Chicken and Fish Italian Style

Lesson 9 : Healthy Italian-Style Salads

Salads are an Italian tradition. Whether a simple salad of dandelion leaves dressed in olive oil and vinegar, or a vibrant combination of seafood, red onions, and celery. Additional lesson topics: Healthy Italian Menus 12 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Assignment: Making an Italian Salad
  • Assessment: Lesson 9 : Healthy Italian Style Salads

Lesson 10 : Italy's Favorite Beverages

Espresso, cappuccino, lemon soda, full-bodied red wine; these are some of the beverages that are favored by Italians. Additional lesson topics: Italian Drinks 12 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 10 Assignment: A Favorite Beverage
  • Assessment: Lesson 10 : Italy’s Favorite Beverages

Lesson 11 : Creating Sumptuous Italian Desserts

Few can resist the delectable espresso and chocolate flavor that permeates the layers of homemade tiramisu or the bright, palette-cleansing taste of lemon Granita. 12 Total Points
  • Lesson 11 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 11 Assignment: Italian Dessert
  • Assessment: Lesson 11 : Creating Sumptuous Italian Desserts

Course Conclusion And Resources

You have completed the Italian Cooking 101 course in its entirety. You are now an official Italian cook. Additional lesson topics: Italian Cuisine; Best Italian Websites; Italian Food Forever 2 Total Points
  • Lesson 12 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Course Completion Poll: Your Thoughts; Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course); Course Comments
  • Complete: Final Assignment: Make an Italian Meal
Total Course Points

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Describe pantry staples for italian cooking.
  • Summarize basic equipment, simple cooking techniques, and basic meal courses.
  • Demonstrate making easy italian appetizers.
  • Demonstrate making hearty italian one-pot soup meals.
  • Demonstrate preparing perfect pasta, pasta sauces, and toppings.
  • Describe cooking meat, chicken and fish italian style.
  • Demonstrate making healthy italian style salads.
  • Summarize Italy's favorite beverages.
  • Create Italian desserts.
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

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Course Title: Italian Cooking 101
Course Number: 9770464
Lessons Rating: 4.7 / 5 Stars (1,758 votes)
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Availability: This course is online and available in all 50 states including: California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, and Washington.
Last Updated: December 2023
Course Type: Self-Paced, Online Class
CEU Value: 0.3 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Instructor: Cathleen Chouinard
Syllabus: View Syllabus
Course Fee: $120.00 U.S. dollars

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Student Testimonials

  • "This was an excellent course where I learned a great deal about Italian cooking. I tried several of the recipes and have also made plans to try even more of them. Thanks again!" -- Joseph v S.
  • "Italian Cooking 101 is one of the best courses I have attended. Thank you all for creating this program, making it fun, interesting, useful, and greatly educational...I am having a very enjoyable time learning new things, and enhancing my skills at Universal Class..." -- Beth T.
  • "What a great class. I have learned so much about cooking with healthy and fresh ingredients that it has elevated the quality of my meals. They are more enjoyable and even nice to look at. This was a beneficial course and I will recommend it to friends. Thank you!" -- Stacy H.
  • "This is a wonderfully presented course." -- Sylvia O.
  • "I liked that the course provided recipes and pictures." -- Joshua F.
  • "Very fast feedback once an assignment was completed." -- BJ P.
  • "I enjoyed the different recipe options." -- Sharon S.
  • "I loved learning how to make great Italian foods, and learning some of the history of some of the dishes" -- Vickie W.
  • "The instructor was fantastic. Very professional and very nice. I would highly recommend friends to take the class, so informative." -- MaryAnn C.
  • "Wonderful instructor. Loved it all." -- Ellie A.
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