Course Syllabus


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!

  • Completely Online
  • Self-Paced
  • Printable Lessons
  • Full HD Video  
  • 6 Months to Complete
  • 24/7 Availability
  • Start Anytime
  • PC & Mac Compatible
  • Android & iOS Friendly
  • Accredited CEUs
Universal Class is an IACET Accredited Provider

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.

Assessment Guide

Assessment Points
An Introduction 1 points
Lesson 1 : Buongiorno! Welcome to the World of Italian Food and Cooking 9 points
Lesson 2 Assignment: Supplies 1 points
Lesson 2 : Pantry Staples for Italian Cooking 10 points
Lesson 3 : Basic Equipment, Simple Cooking Techniques, Meal Courses 9 points
Lesson 4 Assignment: Make Some Appetizers 2 points
Lesson 4 : Easy Italian Appetizers 10 points
Lesson 5 Assignment: Making Soup, Italian Style 2 points
Lesson 5 : Hearty Italian One-Pot Soup Meals 10 points
Lesson 6 : Preparing Perfect Pasta 10 points
Lesson 7 Assignment: Cook a New Pasta Sauce 2 points
Lesson 7 : Pasta Sauces and Toppings 9 points
Lesson 8 Assignment: Making a Meat Dish 2 points
Lesson 8 : Meat, Chicken and Fish Italian Style 10 points
Lesson 9 Assignment: Making an Italian Salad 2 points
Lesson 9 : Healthy Italian Style Salads 10 points
Lesson 10 Assignment: A Favorite Beverage 2 points
Lesson 10 : Italy’s Favorite Beverages 10 points
Lesson 11 Assignment: Italian Dessert 2 points
Lesson 11 : Creating Sumptuous Italian Desserts 10 points
Final Assignment: Make an Italian Meal 2 points
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