Bruschetta a la Formato

1/2 bottle Formato Brothers Mild Pepper Spread, drained

1 generous Tbsp Formato Brothers Hot Pepper Spread, drained

1 medium tomato, diced

1/4 lb Buffalo Mozzarella cheese, diced

That’s it!  4 ingredients….you can make this quickly,,,try it!

Spread EVOO on cut up bread pieces (1 1/2″ square), then toast in the oven for about 10 minutes at 350 degrees.

Mix first 4 ingredients & spread on toasted bread pieces.  REturn to oven for about 10 minutes more until cheese has melted.

Buon Appetito!

Formato Brothers Hot Eggplant & Sausage Lasagna

Here’s an incredibly tasty, slightly spicy, delicious lasagna dish created by Chef Gary, using Formato Brothers Hot Eggplant Salad.


  • 9 pieces lasagna noodles, uncooked
  • 2 Tbsp Antica Italia Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 7 Italian sausages, cut the casing & remove
  • 6 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 jar marinara sauce (24 oz)
  • 1 bottle Formato Brothers Hot Eggplant Salad (16 oz)
  • 3 cups ricotta cheese
  • 4 cups mozarella cheese, shredded
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried basil


Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.  Cook pasta until al dente.  Drain, lightly oil & set aside.

In a medium saucepan, saute the sausage in olive oil, until no longer pink.  Remove cooked sausage from the sauce pan & spoon off excess oil, discard.

Hot Eggplant Sausage Lasagne 2Add Formato Brothers Hot Eggplant Salad & garlic to the sauce pan, sauteing for another 4 minutes until the mixture is cooked through.

Add marinara sauce to the mixture & set aside.

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In a medium bowl blend ricotta cheese & 1/4 cup of the grated parmesan cheese; set aside.

Coat a 9×14″ baking dish with olive oil & spread 1 cup of the sauce mixture on the bottom.

Top with 3 lasagna noodles.  Spread 1/3 of the ricotta cheese mixture on the noodles & layer on 1 cup of the sauce mixture.  Sprinkle 1/2 cup mozzarella chees over this along with one cut cut up cooked sausage.  Repeat this process two more times, starting with the noodles & finishing with the remaining 1/4 cup of grated Parmesan cheese.

Place a layer of the remaining four cooked up cut up sausages across the top of the lasagna & then sprinkle with oregano and basil, then cover with shredded mozzarella cheese.

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Let stand 10 minutes before cutting.


From Chef Gary Marino, one of our favorite inventive Italian friends.  Always thinking of new ways to use Formato Brothers products!!!  Grazie, Chef Gary!




Aglio Olio Spaghetti

Aglio Olio Spaghetti

1/2 lb Pasta Classica Spaghetti
1-2 Tblsp Formato Brothers Hot Pepper Spread (2 Tblsp will be very spicy)
2 cloves of fresh garlic, diced
4 Tblsp Antica Italia Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Salt to taste (a pinch should work)
Pepper to taste
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese

Boil 7 quarts of salted water.  Cook pasta for 9 – 10 minutes (al dente).
In a large skillet pour EVOO, diced garlic, Hot Pepper Spread.  Heat, then simmer (be careful not to burn the ingredients)
Add drained pasta into skillet and mix all together.
Sprinkle parmesan cheese atop the mixture.

Serve with crusty Italian bread and a fresh salad for lunch or dinner.

Buon Appetito!

Meat Stuffed Artichokes

10 artichokes
1 1/2 lbs ground beef (extra lean works well)
5 Tblsp pine nuts
1/4 Tsp cinnamon
4 Tblsp Antica Italia Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)

  • Trim artichoke tops & remove tough outer leaves.
  • Saute artichokes in 4 Tblsp EVOO.
  • In same oil saute gound beef, add choppd onion, pine nuts, cinnamon, a pinch of salt.
  • Fill each artichoke with a Tblsp of the meat mixture.
  • Place artichokes in an oiled baking pan & fill pan with enough water to cover the artichokes about half way.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. Buon Appetito!