Italian Style Steamed Vegetables

Saturday, July 9, 2016
Everything tastes better with garlic don't you agree when it comes to steamed vegetables, that's the most loved added ingredient in our Italian kitchen!

In Southern Italian cooking, they use a simple rustic blend of seasonings, and home cooking and the results are perfect.

Steaming is easy and healthy using vegetables, salt, olive oil, garlic, and black pepper, and the skies are the limit when it comes to what you can add.

This simple Italian Style Vegetable recipe can be used to prepare and serve a variety of vegetables including leafy green vegetables like kale, spinach, and broccoli rabe.

If you're watching your weight or carbs try and stay away from the sugary sweet vegetables like too many carrots or corn, so moderation is key to a healthy diet.







Best Vegetables to Steam


  1. broccoli
  2. cauliflower,
  3. carrots
  4. asparagus,
  5. artichokes
  6. zucchini
  7. green beans
  8. spaghetti squash
  9. Brussels sprouts
  10. green peas
  11. sweet potato
  12. spinach
  13. broccoli rabe
  14. Italian pole beans
  15. plum tomatoes
  16. mini baby corn




Cooking and Steamed Vegetable Chart


  1. Asparagus, and green beans: 3 to 7 minutes. 
  2. Collard greens, kale, Swiss chard, and other hearty, leafy greens: 5 to 7 minutes
  3. Cauliflower, broccoli(broccoli rabe takes longer): 8 to 10 minutes
  4. Beets, carrots, potatoes, turnips, and other root vegetables: 10 to 15 minutes.




Tips for the Best Steamed Italian Vegetables


  1. Cut the vegetables into small-sized pieces
  2. Bring around 1 inch of water to a  slow simmer in a large stock pot over medium-high heat, then reduce the heat to low
  3. Place a steamer basket over the simmering water.
  4. Steam the vegetables to desired softness






Delicious Side Dish or Light Lunch



This is a delicious side dish with any meal, healthy alternatives, weight watcher friendly and easy to make.

We have steamed vegetables for many years, some take longer and we do them in another part like potatoes so the rest do not get overcooked just another tip.

Enjoy them cooked however you like this is just a basic guideline.


Italian Style Steamed Vegetables Recipe

Italian Style Steamed Vegetables Recipe
Yield: 6
Author: Claudia Lamascolo
Prep time: 10 MinCook time: 7 MinTotal time: 17 Min
Steamed healthy vegetables are a great alternative when trying to watch calories and can be the perfect light lunch or side dish.

Ingredients

  • Prepare the vegetables you're using and cut or slice them up enough for your family and what will fit in a steaming basket or electric steamer if you're using one.
  • Based on 3 cups of assorted vegetables fresh preferred (or use can use frozen):
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter (or use all olive oil)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 3 torn basil leaves (fresh)
  • 1 tablespoon freshly minced garlic or 1 teaspoon granulate garlic powder
  • (see notes for other options and herbs to substitute)
  • Optional: 1 tablespoon of aged balsamic vinegar

Instructions

  1. In a small saucepan, add olive oil and garlic over low heat and sauteed until golden around 2 minutes.
  2. Remove from heat and add herbs with olive oil or butter( let the butter melt) set aside.
  3. Place a steamer basket inside a 4-quart saucepan and add around 1 1/2 cups of water and bring to a boil.
  4. Steam the vegetables to your desired doneness (if frozen refer to package instructions).
  5. We like them soft, for al denti it takes around 5 to 7 minutes or longer for softer (if you have potatoes it's easier to make those separately and add them to the serving dish after they are cooked since they take so much longer and the starch will ruin the dish).
  6. To serve, place vegetables in the serving bowl.
  7. Add olive oil, butter, and herbs of choice from the list and sprinkle evenly to taste over the mixture, and toss gently to coat the vegetables.
  8. Chefs Notes:
  9. Times for Steaming Vegetables (to our taste):
  10. Asparagus, and green beans: 3 to 7 minutes.
  11. Collard greens, kale, Swiss chard, and other hearty, leafy greens: 5 to 7 minutes.
  12. Cauliflower, broccoli ( broccoli rabe takes longer and I steam separately): 8 to 10 minutes.
  13. Beets, carrots, potatoes, turnips, and other root vegetables: 10 to 15 minutes.

Notes

Best Seasonings for Steamed Vegetables

  • oregano
  • basil
  • parsley
  • thyme
  • chervil
  • tarragon
  • cilantro
  • cumin
  • dill
  • ginger
  • lemongrass
  • curry


Best Vegetables to Steam

  1. broccoli
  2. cauliflower,
  3. carrots
  4. asparagus,
  5. artichokes
  6. zucchini
  7. green beans
  8. spaghetti squash
  9. Brussels sprouts
  10. green peas
  11. sweet potato
  12. spinach
  13. broccoli rabe
  14. Italian pole beans
  15. plum tomatoes
  16. mini baby corn


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1 comment

  1. Yep, the more garlic, the better and this looks delicious!

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