Tuscany Cooking Vacation: Two Recipes from Tuscany

December 18, 2020  |  By Peg Kern
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Detail of the kitchen on a Tuscany cooking vacationTuscan cuisine is known for its simplicity, particularly since it relies so heavily on fresh and flavorful ingredients. This is especially true in the kitchens of our Tuscany cooking vacations. Our passionate chefs are adamant about the importance of a few simple, fresh ingredients properly prepared to the the best Tuscan dishes.

Tuscan bread salad, called panzanella, as made during our Tuscany cooking vacations.No one ever goes home hungry after on one of our Tuscany cooking vacations (and probably the most common complaint is that there is too much food!).

While nothing compares to the experience of preparing – and then eating – a Tuscan meal during our Tuscany cooking vacations, you can recreate the experience with some of our favorite Tuscan recipes, including these two from Chef Claudio.

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Penne with Spicy “Carrattiera” Sauce

Cherry tomatoes ready for a cooking class with The International Kitchen.Pasta is a must in any Italian menu, no matter what the region. This penne alla carrattiera dish is perfect for August when tomatoes are ripe and in season.

Serves: 4
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
Cook method: Sauté, Boil

Delicious penne pasta with a spicy tomato sauce made during a cooking vacation in Tuscany with The International Kitchen.Ingredients:

  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 4 small whole dried red peppers
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • Bunch of parsley
  • 8 tbsp peeled crushed tomato
  • Salt
  • 400 grams penne pasta

Learning new skills and having fun during a cooking vacation with The International Kitchen.


1. Mince together the garlic, parsley, and dried red peppers, and then sauté in oil.
2. Add the crushed tomato, and salt to taste. Cook about 3 minutes.
3. Add the pasta (which has been cooked in salted water). Toss together.

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Onion Frittata

Another recipe that highlights the simplicity of Tuscan cuisine is Claudio’s frittata di cipolle (onion fritatta). This dish can serve 4 people and either be a part of breakfast or a starter to lunch or dinner.

Eggs during a cooking classIngredients:

  • 4 eggs
  • 1 red onion
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt


1. Slice the onion thinly, and sautée until the onion is transparent.
2. Beat the eggs together with the salt.
3. Add the eggs to the onions and cook at low heat.

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A beautiful scene in Italy during a cooking vacation with The International Kitchen.Looking for more Tuscany cooking vacation recipes? Search for recipes our blog! But again, while these recipes will give you the directions and ingredients to make classic Italian dishes, they’re all missing a special something without making them in Tuscany!

By Peg Kern

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