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10 Christmas first courses

What do you eat for Christmas lunch in Italy?

Christmas is a holiday that celebrates joy, love and sharing. In this festive season, first courses become the protagonists of the laid tables, bringing with them enveloping flavors and culinary traditions that unite families.

Let's explore together ten recipes for Christmas first courses that combine meat and vegetables in a symphony of flavors designed to delight the palate and create unforgettable memories.

Yes, you too, like us, have already written in the Google search: What to eat at Christmas Benedetta Rossi? This is why we have decided to prepare the article that is right for you, also adding our recipes that we have already written for a real menu just a click away.

What to eat as a first course at Christmas?

1 - Black truffle risotto with beef fillet

Christmas is the perfect time to delight your palate with refined and tasty dishes.

We start with a black truffle risotto with beef fillet, a first course that combines the creaminess of the risotto with the delicacy of the meat.

The fragrance of the black truffle elevates the dish, making it an unforgettable culinary experience.

2 - Porcini mushroom lasagne with bechamel

Lasagna is a timeless classic on Christmas tables. Try the porcini mushroom lasagna with bechamel, a combination of fresh pasta, aromatic mushrooms and a soft bechamel.

This dish boasts intense flavors, perfect for conquering the taste buds of family and friends during the holidays.

3 - Potato gnocchi with Strachitunt DOP cheese fondue

For a touch of Christmas tradition, opt for potato gnocchi with a delicious cheese fondue.

The soft texture of the gnocchi combines harmoniously with the richness of Strachitunt - the delicious Bergamo cheese from Val Taleggio -, creating a robust and tasty dish that warms the heart on a cold Christmas evening.

Here is our quick recipe for gnocchi with Strachitunt PDO fondue .

4 - Pappardelle with meat sauce

A sumptuous and refined alternative is pappardelle with meat sauce - even better if you use our ready-made one to make the most of your day of celebration. If you want to make it yourself, make sure you buy quality minced meat.

The large pasta welcomes the strong flavor of the sauce, creating a dish that celebrates hunting and nature's generosity.

5 - Agnolotti or cappelletti in beef broth

Christmas in Italy often sees agnolotti or cappelletti in beef broth as the protagonists of the tables.

This traditional dish exudes comfort and tradition, the stuffed pasta blends harmoniously with the rich broth of tender beef.

Here are our two recipes:

6 - Pumpkin ravioli with butter and sage

Pumpkin ravioli with butter and sage are a first course that enchants with their sweetness and creaminess. The pumpkin blends with the butter and the fragrance of the sage, giving an explosion of Christmas flavors in every bite.

7 - Pumpkin risotto with Taleggio DOP and sausage

Whether it is a dinner based only on appetizers or whether it is a more complex menu, accompanied by first and second courses, products that recall warmth and family must be the common thread of the meal: this is what pumpkin and sausage do for your loved one.

Here's how to prepare the recipe for pumpkin risotto with taleggio DOP and sausage .

8 - Tagliatelle with mushroom and bacon sauce

Tagliatelle with mushroom and bacon sauce is an option that combines the earthy flavor of bacon. An irresistible choice that will enchant your guests during the Christmas dinner.

9 - Minced meat and saffron risotto

Minced meat and saffron blend into a delicious risotto.

This first course brings to the table the delicate flavors of minced meat and the richness of saffron, creating a symphony of flavors perfect for the Christmas period.

If we then add the Wagyu cross minced meat, the saffron risotto with minced meat recipe will be a success.

10 - Pappardelle with wild boar ragù

Among the Christmas first courses that combine meat and pasta, Pappardelle with wild boar ragù stands out for its richness of flavours. The ragù, prepared with wild boar meat, lends itself perfectly to a special occasion such as Christmas.

The wild boar meat, tasty and tender, is cooked slowly in a mixture of tomato, red wine, herbs and spices. The result is a robust and enveloping condiment, perfect for coating the wide strips of pappardelle.

Ideas for Christmas first courses

The first courses offered are not just recipes, but real culinary experiences that bring tradition and creativity to the table.

During the Christmas holidays, these dishes become the center of joyful gatherings and convivial moments, creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere.

Whether you are a meat lover or a vegetable enthusiast, there is a dish for all tastes.

In concluding this roundup of recipes, we hope that your Christmas is pervaded by the enveloping aromas and delicious flavors of these first courses, which will help make your holidays even more special. Merry Christmas and bon appetit!