Best Three Recipes of Antonio Carluccio – the Godfather of Italian Food

Best Three Recipes of Antonio Carluccio

Italian food and Italian cuisine have become so popular in the last few decades that people all over the globe cannot imagine their lives and diet without it. Modern young culture and lives cannot be imagined without some type of Italian food. The same situation was in Britain that is now overwhelmed with Italian restaurants and fast food places. However, there are some cooks and chefs that want to keep the standards of Italian food and not to reduce it on fast food pizzas. Antonio Carluccio is one of them.

Personal Life

Antonio Carluccio was born in the North of Italy where he made his first content with ingredients and types of food usually consumed in this part of Italy and Italy in general. This chef moved to the UK in the 1970s and has been trying to make perfect and delicious Italian food since then. Here are some dishes that he is famous for and that are more than delicious and tasty.


Wild mushroom soup – zuppa di funghi misti

Serves 4

300g wild and cultivated mushrooms, cleaned weight

10g dried ceps (funghi porcini), soaked in hot water for 20-30 minutes (save the water)

4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

1 onion, peeled and finely sliced

½ tbsp. cornflour (cornstarch)

1.5 litres chicken or vegetable stock

2 tbsp finely chopped fresh flat-leafed parsley

50g Parmesan, freshly grate

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

It needs to be pointed out that is one of the best starters since it is very light and tasteful. It can be made either of wild or cultivated mushrooms. If you would like it creamier, just blend it.


Pennoni giardiniera – giant quills with courgette sauce and spinach balls

Serves 4

300g dried giant penne pasta, known as pennoni

salt and pepper, to taste

40g Parmesan cheese, freshly grated

Spinach balls

600g young spinach leaves

2 medium eggs, beaten

1 garlic clove, peeled and crushed

tip of a knife of freshly grated nutmeg

50g fresh breadcrumbs

20g Parmesan, freshly grated

olive oil for shallow-frying


4 tbsp olive oil

1 garlic clove, peeled and finely chopped

1 little fresh red chilli, not too hot, finely chopped

300g grated courgette

Alternative – paccheri or rigatoni can be used instead of the pennoni

This dish is well-known among the vegetarians and has been prepared for that purpose only.


Risotto con funghi  – risotto with mushrooms

This is one of the most famous dishes of Italian origin that is prepared seasonally, i.e. when ingredients are cultivated and picked.

Serves 4

2 litres chicken or vegetable stock

4 tbsp olive oil or 50g unsalted butter

1 onion, peeled and very finely chopped

300g firm button mushrooms, finely sliced

50g dried porcini (ceps), rehydrated (see left) and chopped

350g carnaroli or arborio risotto rice

60g Parmesan, freshly grated

80g unsalted butter

salt and pepper


These are just some of the famous dishes Antonio Carluccio is famous for. He is the master of Italian cuisine, ergo the nickname: Godfather of Italian Food.