Vanilla Ice Cream with Strawberries and Balsamic Vinegar

  • Active Time 5m
  • Total Time 15m

Serves 4

Many small pizzerias lack the facilities for making elaborate desserts. They instead rely on dolci al cucchiaio, or "spoon desserts," that can be prepared quickly with easily available ingredients. In this popular, rich summertime spoon dessert, piquant balsamic vinegar flavors fresh strawberries and ice cream.


  • 1 pint vanilla ice cream
  • 2 1/2 cups strawberries, stems removed, halved lengthwise
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar, or to taste
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • Coarsely ground pepper


Remove the ice cream from the freezer and let stand at room temperature until it is soft enough to stir into the strawberries, 10-15 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a bowl large enough to accommodate the ice cream later, stir together the strawberries, 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar, sugar and pepper to taste. The vinegar and sugar will mix with the berries' natural juices to create a saucelike consistency. Taste and add more vinegar if needed.

When the ice cream is soft enough, add it to the berry mixture. Immediately stir together until the berries and ice cream are evenly distributed. Spoon into tall wine glasses and serve at once.

Recipe reprinted by permission of Weldon Owen. All rights reserved.

RecID 2083

nutrition information per serving

192 calories; 8g total fat; 35mg cholesterol; 46mg sodium; 25g carbohydrates; 4g protein

These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.

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