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5 Key Ingredients for Italian Cuisine

Italian cuisine

How many key Italian ingredients can you spot in this delicious dish?

If you love Italian cuisine, you’re in luck. Many of its essential components are not only delicious but great for you. These classic and sumptuous comfort dishes are made up of a number of key ingredients which deliver intense flavor, as well as a number of health benefits. To learn more about  what goes into your favorite Italian cuisine staples, read on.


Garlic is a delicious Italian cuisine staple that has both antibiotic and antifungal properties. It’s also heart healthy and lowers your risk for certain types of cancer due to all of the sulfides it contains. In order to get the full benefits, it must be chopped or crushed and let to sit for 15 minutes before cooked. It’s key to classic homemade marinara sauce.  

Olive Oil

This Italian cuisine staple is high in good fats, which help maintain healthy cholesterol levels. You can use olive oil and lemon to dress salads, and even use it in place of butter in baking.


Tomatoes are packed with vitamin C, lycopene, vitamin A, potassium, and folate. Adding fresh tomatoes to salads, pasta dishes, and soups is a great way to enjoy all of their nutritional benefits. They are also key to making homemade marinara.


Italian cuisine is a seafood-heavy cuisine. Fishes like tuna and salmon supply heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids. More lean seafood such as squid, shrimp, sea bass, and mussels provide high protein, selenium, and niacin.  

Dark Leafy Greens

Italians appreciate dark leafy vegetables, which is why they are a staple of Italian cuisine. Dark leafy greens are veritable superfoods which offer vitamins C,K, and A as well as antioxidants and fiber. They make for excellent salads and vegetable saute.

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