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17 Italian Dishes to Make During Winter (Sorry, Fresh Tomatoes)

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When you think Italian food, maybe you think caprese salad with firetruck-red tomatoes, multilayered Eggplant Parmigiana, or a pepper stew made fragrant with fresh basil.

But when it's not summer—that is, when eggplants, tomatoes, and peppers are only figments of our imaginations—Italians eat well, too. Our contributor Emiko Davies knows this well; she's been living in Tuscany for over eight years and has earned a deep appreciation of Italian food across regions and seasons. (And on March 1st she will be releasing her first cookbook, Florentine: The True Cuisine of Florence.)

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Here's a look at some of our favorite regional Italian winter recipes (because while Italians have mastered the tomato, they know their way around cold weather food, too).

Crostini di Cavolo Nero
Crostini di Cavolo Nero
Tuscan Farro and Bean Soup (Zuppa di Farro)
Tuscan Farro and Bean Soup (Zuppa di Farro)
Butternut Squash and Saffron Risotto
Butternut Squash and Saffron Risotto
Creamy Potato and Saffron Soup (Vellutata di Patate e Zafferano)
Creamy Potato and Saffron Soup (Vellutata di Patate e Zafferano)
Tuscan Roast Pork (Arista di Maiale)
Tuscan Roast Pork (Arista di Maiale)
Gnocchi alla Romana (Baked Semolina Gnocchi)
Gnocchi alla Romana (Baked Semolina Gnocchi)
Pancotto (Tuscan Bread Soup)
Pancotto (Tuscan Bread Soup)
Chestnut and Chickpea Soup
Chestnut and Chickpea Soup
Cannellini Bean Croquettes
Cannellini Bean Croquettes
Braised Whole Belgian Endives (Indivie Intere a Crudo)
Braised Whole Belgian Endives (Indivie Intere a Crudo)
Passatelli in Brodo
Passatelli in Brodo
Pasta e Ceci (Pasta with Chickpeas)
Pasta e Ceci (Pasta with Chickpeas)
Buckwheat Pasta with Potatoes and Swiss Chard
Buckwheat Pasta with Potatoes and Swiss Chard
Risotto al Radicchio
Risotto al Radicchio
Tuscan Chicken Liver Crostini (Crostini di Fegatini)
Tuscan Chicken Liver Crostini (Crostini di Fegatini)
Versatile Lentil Stew
Versatile Lentil Stew
Canederli with Speck
Canederli with Speck

What recipes of Emiko's have you adapted into your collection? Let us know in the comments!

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