All-Time Favorite Italian Recipes

Calling all spaghetti-lovers and pizza purists! You're going to fall for all of our delicious Italian recipes. These traditional dishes are our favorite Italian recipes -- ones you'll want to share, hand down, and save in your recipe box. Sure, we have classics like spaghetti bolognese and baked ziti, but be sure to start with bruschetta and end with tiramisu for the complete Italian experience!

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    Fresh Tomato Pizza with Oregano and Mozzarella

    Craving a classic? Stick with our traditional margherita pizza topped with tomatoes, oregano, garlic, mozzarella, and olive oil. Ready for a modern update? Garnish with zippy baby arugula leaves and salty sliced prosciutto.

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    Homemade Pasta

    Now is the time to officially retire boxed noodles from your dinner routine. It takes just three ingredients to make our DIY pasta base. Once you master the method, mix things up with herbs, spinach, roasted red peppers, and more.

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    Classic Chicken Cacciatore

    Yes, gluten-free Italian entrees are possible! This chicken-and-vegetable skillet is delicious proof. Just add a glass of red wine and dinner is done.

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    Roasted Tomato Garlic Sauce

    Roast fresh tomatoes and garlic, then combine with red wine, basil, and oregano for a homemade marinara that tastes incredible on top of pizza crust, stirred into soups, or mixed with pasta.

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    Baked Eggplant Parmesan

    Use a jar of that homemade sauce to top the panko-breaded eggplant slices that star in this sheet-pan supper. Serve the marinara- and cheese-topped eggplant Parmesan atop a mound of spaghetti for the ultimate in Italian comfort food.

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    Fettuccine alla Carbonara

    Fettuccine noodles are tossed with a creamy Alfredo sauce, prosciutto, and bacon in this Italian recipe. This pasta carbonara is better than any restaurant!

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    Steaks with Roasted Garlic

    Heat up the grill to roast the garlic and sear the steaks -- all while keeping your kitchen cool. This red-meat meal is ideal alongside a fresh caprese salad and warm loaf of focaccia bread.

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    Chicken with Marsala Risotto

    This risotto is made with Marsala wine, cremini mushrooms, and fresh spinach. It forms the perfect base for chicken breast seasoned with rosemary, thyme, and garlic.

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    Affogato Trifles

    Affogato -- ice cream or gelato topped with espresso -- is a classic and cool way to end any Italian meal. Our variation gets a crispy update with crushed biscotti.

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    Fettuccine Alfredo

    No need to go out. With this recipe you can make delicious fettuccine Alfredo at home. Serve it meatless or with chicken or shrimp -- we've got the recipe for every variation.

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    Chicken Parmigiana

    You don't have to go out for dinner to enjoy this Italian favorite -- make the breaded chicken, cheese, and tomato dish in less than an hour. Serve it over spaghetti for a delicious and easy pasta dinner.

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    Bresaola-Gorgonzola Panini

    The 60-second Red Onion Relish topping elevates this cheesy panini from "yum" to "what fancy restaurant did this come from?!"

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    Potato Gnocchi

    Round up the family for a fun kitchen adventure with the most delectable destination: buttery Parmesan gnocchi! Bake up any leftovers (if they exist) in a casserole pan with some Alfredo sauce, kale, and extra Parm.

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    Italian Minestrone Soup

    Serve this traditional minestrone soup of fresh vegetables and pasta as your main course. It's full of carrots, celery, and zucchini for a veggie-packed meal.

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    Chocolate Cannoli

    Chocolate-lovers, rejoice! In just one hour, you can whip up a batch of these creamy and crunchy chocolate cannolis. They're sure to satisfy any chocolate craving.

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    Panzanella

    Add a fresh dish to any Italian dinner with this easy panzanella. Use Italian bread cubes, red onion, and fresh tomatoes to make this salad bright and refreshing.

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    Mushroom Risotto with Peas

    Creamy risotto is one of our favorite Italian dishes, and this version with peas and fresh mushrooms trumps them all. Let your slow cooker do the work for you to create this classic Italian side.

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    Vanilla Panna Cotta

    This Vanilla Panna Cotta, similar to a thick and rich pudding, is the perfect blank dessert canvas for fresh berries, cinnamon-sugar apples, or grilled peaches. Garnish with whatever is in season.

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    Grilled Polenta with Mushrooms

    Grilled polenta is the perfect base for this yummy sauce of cremini mushrooms, roma tomatoes, and red wine. Serve it as an appetizer or a rich side dish.

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    Spaghetti with Best-Ever Bolognese Sauce

    We love a good bolognese sauce, and this version is our best ever. Ground beef, chopped carrots, and crushed tomatoes give this sauce its signature flair.

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    Bruschetta

    Learn new ways to dress up this favorite Italian recipe with fresh toppings: tomato and olives; shrimp, basil pesto, and olives; and dried figs and pesto.

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    Make-Ahead Baked Ziti with Three Cheeses

    No need to stress about dinner -- make this baked ziti casserole up to 48 hours ahead of time, then just pop it in the oven. Using Parmesan, Gorgonzola, and Fontina cheeses makes this casserole super gooey and cheesy.

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    Meatball Pie

    Traditional spaghetti and meatballs gets a makeover in this crowd-pleasing recipe. Serve this spaghetti pie for family, or impress your dinner guests with this classic-recipe upgrade.

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    Italian Wedding Soup with Escarole

    This traditional Italian soup recipe is always a hit -- and it's not hard to make at home. After just 15 minutes of prep, your slow cooker will do the rest for you.

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    Triple-Chocolate Tiramisu

    Who doesn't love tiramisu? With three times the chocolate, our recipe makes this traditional Italian dessert better than ever.

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    Basil Pesto

    Make this yummy basil pesto for pasta, or spread it on slices of crusty bread. You can even try it on pizza instead of classic tomato sauce.

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    Pesce Italiano

    Swordfish is cooked with penne, fresh mushrooms, capers, basil, and Creole seasoning in this Italian recipe favorite.

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    Almond Biscotti

    This classic Italian cookie is even better when dunked in a glass of tawny port or espresso. Switch up this recipe with hazelnuts, cashews, or pistachios instead of almonds.

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