Online Class: Italian Cooking 101

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Course Description

  How often have you eaten out at an Italian restaurant and wished you could re-create those same fantastic meals at home?  Most people have had this experience. This course will teach you just that--how to cook great Italian appetizers, entrées and desserts in your own kitchen.  With Cooking Italian 101 you will learn the basic techniques, but you will also learn how to prepare some of the most popular and delicious recipes you enjoy when eating out. Dishes like mozzarella sticks, pasta fagioli, clams oreganata, chicken marsala, shrimp scampi, panna cotta, and ricotta cheesecake are easy to make at home, once you know how. In addition to teaching you how to properly prepare some of your favorite Italian recipes, we will also unveil those Italian cooking "mysteries" that baffle most people, like what "al dente" means, why there are so many different pasta shapes, why Italians eat their salad with their meal and exactly what Grappa is. 


Since this is a 101 course, the recipes are intentionally uncomplicated. The simplest preparation method has been presented for the benefit of the novice home chef. As you become more adept, you can try more difficult approaches to these recipes.  Don't be fooled by the simplicity however, while it is a beginner's course, it has a lot to recommend it to a more accomplished cook as well. 

The goal of Italian Cooking 101 is to teach you how to prepare delicious, economical Italian meals at home, with confidence. To get the most out of the course you should cook along with the recipes as often as you can. It is much easier to learn by doing. Don't fret if the meal you've prepared along with the lesson isn't perfect the first time around. As you learn new techniques and experiment with ingredients, your cooking will get better and even more delicious with time. You will soon discover that your Italian food tastes just as good as your favorite restaurant's, minus the extra expense of eating out!

There are eleven comprehensive lessons written in an easy to follow manner. The end of each lesson will provide you with summary review questions so that you may effectively test your new found knowledge. We encourage you to use these self-test questions to determine whether you are ready to move on to the next lesson or if you should review portions of the preceding lesson before taking the next step. Don't rush yourself. Take the time to read all portions of the lessons and complete the exercises and self-tests. Making full use of this course, in its entirety, is the first step in becoming a top notch Italian chef. So, get your apron on and get ready to mangia! (That's Italian for "EAT!")

Course Requirements

No previous experience is required but you should know how to work around hot stove tops, and know how to use an oven. In addition, you'll need kitchen supplies--most you probably already own. We will present a shopping list in the first few lessons.

Course Topics


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

Lesson 2 : Pantry Staples for Italian Cooking

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

Lesson 4 : Easy Italian Appetizers

Lesson 5 : Hearty Italian One-Pot Soup Meals

Lesson 6 : Preparing Perfect Pasta

Lesson 7 : Pasta Sauces and Toppings

Lesson 8 : Meat, Chicken and Fish Italian Style

Lesson 9 : Healthy Italian Style Salads

Lesson 10 : Italy's Favorite Beverages

Lesson 11 : Creating Sumptuous Italian Desserts

Course Conclusion And Resources

Grading Policy

Each lesson will include a written and practice assignment that will directly apply what you have learned.
A brief 25 pt. quiz will follow each lesson. Students will successfully complete this course by mastering all learning outcomes with 70% or higher overall grade.


It is always dangerous working with hot ovens, stoves, knives, and kitchen equipment. You must know how to cook safely before attempting to do the lessons in this course.

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Describe pantry staples for italian cooking.
  • Know 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.
  • Know Italy's favorite beverages.
  • Create Italian desserts, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

Assessment Guide

Assessment Points
An Introduction1
Lesson 1 : Buongiorno! Welcome to the World of Italian Food and Cooking9
Lesson 2 Assignment: Supplies1
Lesson 2 : Pantry Staples for Italian Cooking10
Lesson 3 : Basic Equipment, Simple Cooking Techniques, Meal Courses9
Lesson 4 Assignment: Make Some Appetizers2
Lesson 4 : Easy Italian Appetizers10
Lesson 5 Assignment: Making Soup, Italian Style2
Lesson 5 : Hearty Italian One-Pot Soup Meals10
Lesson 6 : Preparing Perfect Pasta10
Lesson 7 Assignment: Cook a New Pasta Sauce2
Lesson 7 : Pasta Sauces and Toppings9
Lesson 8 Assignment: Making a Meat Dish2
Lesson 8 : Meat, Chicken and Fish Italian Style10
Lesson 9 Assignment: Making an Italian Salad2
Lesson 9 : Healthy Italian Style Salads10
Lesson 10 Assignment: A Favorite Beverage2
Lesson 10 : Italy’s Favorite Beverages10
Lesson 11 Assignment: Italian Dessert2
Lesson 11 : Creating Sumptuous Italian Desserts10
Final Assignment: Make an Italian Meal2
Total Points:125

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