10 Fall Parmesan Pairings with Parmigiano Reggiano

Fall Parmesan Pairings with D'Italia

I was never a fan of Parmesan cheese until I had authentic Parma in Italy for the first time in 2011. Sadly, it’s been 2 years since I enjoyed the “real deal” so I must extend a huge thanks to Parmesan for sending me this sumptuous treat to experience once again! I’ve so enjoyed incorporating Parmigiano Reggiano into my favorite recipes lately so I wanted to share with you the top 10 ways I pair Parma with my favorite Fall food!

First though, here is a little history on Parma so you understand the significance of this particular cheese, vs. the “Parmesan” you may find at the local grocer: Parmigiano Reggiano cheese is known as the king of cheese throughout Italy and recognized as one of the world’s finest eating cheeses. The Parma I use for my recipes is 24 months aged and strikes the perfect balance of sharp, nutty and savory flavor, with the characteristic gritty texture. Because of the long aging process, Parmigiano Reggiano is naturally lactose-free. It also is easily digestible and the perfect source of both protein and calcium. Read more about its health benefits HERE.

Fall Parmesan Pairings with D'Italia

In 2008, European courts decreed that Parmigiano Reggiano is the only hard cheese that can legally be called Parmesan. In so doing, they acknowledged the historical fact that the word can be traced to Parma and that consumers associate the cheese with its origin in the Parma-Reggio region of Italy, Emilia-Romagna. These court rulings mean that a cheese cannot be called Parmesan unless it conforms to the Protected Designation of Origin standards for Parmigiano Reggiano. Emilia-Romagna, on the Northern edge of the Apennines, is home to some of Italy’s most treasured culinary traditions, including Parmesan cheese, prosciutto, and traditional aged balsamic vinegar, and is accentuated by the vibrant capital city of Bologna.

Just three ingredients—milk, salt and rennet—and 900 years of cheese making experience go into every wheel of Parmigiano Reggiano. From the local grasses and forage fed to the cows, to the milk they produce and then the cheese that is crafted by nearly 400 cheese makers, Parmigiano Reggiano is a true reflection of its place of origin and the art of many generations of cheese artisans.

Fall Parmesan Pairings with D'Italia

10 Favorite Foods to Top With Parmigiano-Reggiano:

  1. Caramel Roasted Pears
  2. Eggs, bacon, Italian seasoned omelet
  3. Lemon Shrimp Risotto
  4. Turkey + basil pesto grilled sandwich
  5. Arugula + strawberry salad
  6. Endive + artichoke + almond salad
  7. Raspberries + Maschino Prosecco
  8. Pumpkin bisque + steamed broccoli 
  9. Figs drizzled in honey + walnuts + Cabernet Sauvignon 
  10. PASTA — all the pasta!

Fall Parmesan Pairings with D'Italia

As is evident from my list above, Parmigiano Reggiano is an extraordinarily versatile cheese! It’s recognized as being one of the easiest cheeses to pair wines with, and compliments many textures and flavors of food from savory to sweet, giving it a well-earned place on the shelves of pantries everywhere and an instant way to add a taste of Southern hospitality to your table!

Fall Parmesan Pairings with D'Italia

Fall Parmesan Pairings with D'Italia

Fall Parmesan Pairings with D'Italia

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What ways do you like to enjoy Parmesan cheese? Leave me some suggestions and ideas in the comments!



  1. prerandalal
    November 4, 2017 / 02:37

    Never thought about a Parmesan pairing before.. fun!

    Prerana | Broadcloth

  2. November 4, 2017 / 02:55

    Okay, I’m basically drooling thanks to your pictures and pairing ideas 😍

  3. thediystyle
    November 4, 2017 / 05:55

    I like how you the photos are rustic and laidback instead of being perfectly and hence unrealistically set up. Great creativity.

    • Rachel November 4, 2017 / 06:04

      Food photography has always been a challenge for me! I want it to look like a real, inviting table! Thank you 🙂

  4. November 6, 2017 / 00:55

    Loooove this! I’m semi obsessed with wine and cheese pairings – this is perfect!

  5. November 6, 2017 / 21:36

    You are speaking my language with this post! I was just in Parma, Italy last month and wish it tasted the same here.

  6. ginaalyse
    November 8, 2017 / 02:22

    I wish I ate cheese still! Parmesan was one of my favorites – but yes, I will have all the pasta, all day everyday!

    • Rachel November 8, 2017 / 02:45

      Wait I have to hear more about this! Was it a lifestyle/diet decisions or something else!? Who stops eating cheese!? But seriously, I’m curious?

  7. November 8, 2017 / 04:44

    Oooh this post is killing me. I LOVE Parm and I used to eat little bits of it for a snack but I can’t eat hair anymore and I miss it so much.

  8. Southern & Style
    November 8, 2017 / 06:21

    I love all cheeses, but the saltyness of parmesan has my heart!

    xoxo, SS

    Southern and Style

  9. lovelysilvia
    November 8, 2017 / 07:14

    Yum! I love cheese and parmesan is one my favorites!

  10. November 9, 2017 / 16:27

    Okay, this is perfect. Here’s to me doing this for Friday night!

  11. November 14, 2017 / 01:27

    I LOVE parmigiano reggiano! it is great to cook with and really lifts up so many recipes. Yum!

  12. The Southern Thing
    November 20, 2017 / 23:07

    Lemon shrimp risotto sounds amazing!