Spring Starters Ideas

On Wednesday I went to Ventimiglia market with my friend Patty and bought several unusual Italian vegetables, an opportunity to prepare some unique Springs starters.

On the video, I show what we found at the market, and below you will find all the recipes:

Spring starter minestra

 

Spring Minestra

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When the first fave beans and fresh peas appear on the market stand, my heart fills with joy just thinking about Spring Minestra.

More than a recipe, this Spring starter is a ceremony to celebrate Spring.

The fresh vegetables are piled in layers and covered with lettuce leaves to preserve the green colour of the produces.

It can be eaten warm or at room temperature, a perfect Spring starter for the unpredictable weather during this time of the year.

Agretti

They look like chive but they are bitter and chunkier.

Remove the roots and boil them for 3 minutes in salted water.

Drain and season with extra virgin olive oil and salt.

Agretti with lemon and extra virgin olive oil

Puntarelle alla Romana

 

Puntarelle alla Romana

Puntarelle are chicory shoots, in Rome, they are cut very thin and seasoned with anchovies and garlic.

If they are long, they will curl once cut.

It is an uncommon vegetable and makes a perfect unusual Spring starter your guests will love.

If you cannot find Puntarelle you can use endives for a similar result.

 

 

Zucchini Trombetta di Albenga

Such unusual shape, those zucchinis are crunchy and have a nutty flavour.

As a Spring starter, I like to make Zucchini Pasta with Ricotta.

There are many Spring starters recipes I make with these zucchinis, but regular zucchinis will do as well.

When you buy regular zucchini always buy the thinnest ones.

They will be less watery and have fewer seeds.

Zucchini recipe pasta and ricotta

 Spring Starters Minestra

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5 from 5 votes

Spring Minestra
Prep Time
15 mins

Cook Time
40 mins

Total Time
35 mins

 

It can be eaten warm or at room temperature, a perfect Spring starter for the unpredictable weather during this time of the year.
Course:

Starters
Cuisine:

Italian
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 158 kcal

Ingredients
  • 1
    cup
    fresh peas
  • 1
    cup
    fava beans, broad beans
  • 5
    small artichokes
  • 1
    small lettuce head
  • 3
    slices of bacon
    optional
  • 1
    onion
  • olive oil

Instructions
  1. Prepare all the vegetables

    Spring vegetables peas, fave beans, artichokes and lettuce
  2. Put aside 4 lettuce leaves and cut the lettuce into slices

  3. Clean the peas

    Fresh peas
  4. Clean the fave beans

  5. Clean and cut the artichokes into slices

    Sliced artichoke
  6. In a casserole stir fry1 onion and the bacon

    stir fry onion and bacon
  7. Cover with a layer of lettuce and season

    cover with a layer of lettuce
  8. Add a layer of fave beans and season
    add a layer of fave beans
  9. Add a layer of peas and season

    add a layer of peas
  10. Add a layer of artichokes, season and add 2 cups of water

    Add a layer of artichokes
  11. Lay on top the 4 lettuce leaves, they will keep the colour of the vegetables green

    cover with the lettuce leaves
  12. Cover with a lid and simmer for 40 minutes
    Cover and simmer for 40 minutes
  13. When ready, remove the top lettuce leaves 

    Remove the top lettuce leaves
  14. Serve

    Spring starters minestra Fave beans, Peas Artichokes and Lettuce

Recipe Notes

Calories 158 calories per serving
Fat 9 gr per serving
Carbohydrates 13 gr per serving
Proteins 7 gr per serving
Sugar 6 gr per serving
Sodium 544 mg per serving

Nutritional information is provided for general purpose only. It is not intended to amount to advice on which you should rely.

PIN IT FOR LATER:

More than recipes, these Spring starters are a ceremony to celebrate Spring.The fresh vegetables are piled in layers and covered with lettuce leaves to preserve the green colour of the produces.

  10 comments for “Spring Starters Ideas

  1. 14th March 2018 at 9:42 am

    What a tasty appetizer! I love all the green!

    • Laura
      14th March 2018 at 9:45 am

      thank you

  2. 14th March 2018 at 11:18 am

    What tasty looking spring starters, I’d try them all!

    • Laura
      14th March 2018 at 5:29 pm

      Thank you Bintu. I am sure you will love them

  3. 14th March 2018 at 11:59 am

    This sounds so lovely. What a great way to use artichokes as well. I adore them.

    • Laura
      14th March 2018 at 5:25 pm

      Thank you. Yes artichokes are so good

  4. 14th March 2018 at 12:59 pm

    I’ve been making lots of interesting dishes with green peas lately, they’re so fresh and healthy. YUM!

    • Laura
      14th March 2018 at 5:23 pm

      lovely, i love green peas

  5. 14th March 2018 at 1:07 pm

    I’ve been trying to eat more seasonally so I really love these ideas. I Can’t wait for more spring produce to be in season!

    • Laura
      14th March 2018 at 5:22 pm

      Thanks, yes it is good to get a nice change

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