How do you revisit the flavors & memories of Italy, once you’re back from your Italian holiday? One of my favorite things is to make meals inspired by my travels. But it can be difficult to source the exact ingredients you need for an authentic taste of Italy at home.
This is one of the many reasons I love Nonna Box.
Nonna Box is a gourmet Italian subscription of carefully curated Italian products. Each month is themed on an Italian region, and comes with 5-7 full sized exclusive products.
Also included: a local nonna’s story, her recipes to make with the box ingredients and a food culture guide that shares information about the region highlighted as well as food and wine pairing ideas for your meal.
What’s not to love about that?!
Authentic Italian traditions delivered to your door
If you’re anything like me, getting a package in the mail is a highlight of the month!
I was thrilled when my Nonna Box arrived, carefully packaged and full of delicious goodies. This gorgeous box was full of ingredients from the Piedmont region of Italy and included:
- Carnaroli rice (aka the best rice for creamy risotto!)
- Dried porcini mushrooms
- Local honey
- Biscotti made with corn flour
- Moscato wine cream (perfect for dunking the biscotti into!)
- Elderflower soda
In this box, I learned about Nonna Maddelena and the special ingredients carefully curated to make her Porcini Risotto (scroll down to get the recipe) and set off to make a meal to remember.
The cards are lovely and the recipe easy to follow. I love that they share where each item is sourced from and you can not only taste the region but learn more about it as well.
I also love and appreciate that you can buy 1 box at a time, without having to purchase a large subscription. (Although if you do subscribe, it brings the cost per box down a bit.) It’s a great way to try out the box without making a long-term commitment!
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Risotto con Funghi Porcini (Risotto with Porcini Mushrooms)
- 2 C. Carnaroli rice
- 2 oz. Dried porcini mushrooms
- 8 C. Vegetable broth (heated)
- 1 C. Dry white wine (such as sauvignon blanc or pinot grigio)
- 4 T. Unsalted butter
- 4 T. Extra virgin olive oil
- 1 Small onion, finely chopped
- 1 Garlic clove, minced
- 2 T. flat leaf Italian parsley, chopped
- Parmigiano-Reggiano Cheese
- Salt + Pepper
- Heat the vegetable broth over medium-high heat, until it comes to a gentle boil. Lower heat to keep the broth simmering.
- Prepare the mushrooms. Soak them in warm water for about an hour, until soft Drain the mushrooms, reserving the liquid (add the mushroom liquid to the vegetable broth)
- Slice the mushrooms and set aside.
- In a saucepan, heat the extra virgin olive oil over medium-low heat. Add the garlic and cook for a few minutes.
- Add the porcini mushrooms to the garlic and sauté on medium high heat for 10 to 12 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste and vegetable broth if needed.
- When the mushrooms are cooked, take off heat and set aside.
- In a large shallow saute pan, melt 2 T. of the butter, and add the onions, cooking until golden brown.
- Add the rice and sauté with the onions & butter over medium heat for 2-3 minutes.
- Add the white wine, stirring up any brown bits and letting the wine cook down.
- Start adding broth to the rice, 1 cup at a time, stirring occasionally and over medium heat. Add more vegetable broth (1 cup at a time,) cooking over medium-low heat until rice is al-dente (about 15-18 minutes)
- When rice is al dente, add the cooked mushrooms (reserving a small amount for garnish), the rest of the butter, the parsley and the Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese. Loosen rice mixture with additional broth if needed.
- Stir and cover, letting risotto finish cooking for about 3 minutes. Taste and add salt/pepper if needed.
- Serve risotto in shallow bowls, topping with reserved mushrooms.
- Pass a wedge of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese at the table for anyone who wants extra.
** Grazie Mille to Guido and Nonna Box for sending me a box to try out! I am thrilled to share my review for Nonna Box and only recommend things that I truly love and would tell my best friend about!
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