All-Time Favorite Italian Recipes

Pure and simple, these Better Homes and Gardens favorites are recipes you'll want to share, hand down, make again and again, and save in your recipe box.


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Fettuccine Alfredo

    No need to go out. With this recipe, you can make this delicious pasta classic at home. Serve it meatless, or with chicken or shrimp. We'll show you how to do it all three ways.

Makes: 4 servings
Start to Finish   35 mins 
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Penne with Meat Sauce

    This simple pasta toss is ready in 25 minutes. You save time by cooking the zesty tomato sauce with the beef. Toss it together with your favorite pasta noodle, and top with fresh basil.

Makes: 6 servings
Start to Finish   25 mins 
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Spaghetti Sauce

    The ultimate spaghetti sauce requires just 20 minutes of prep time. We show you how to make it plain, with ground beef, or meatballs.

Makes: 4 servings
Prep   20 mins 
Cook   40 mins 
4/22
One-Pot Spaghetti

    A meaty sauce featuring beef and pork makes this hassle-free pasta recipe a family favorite.

Makes: 4 servings
Start to Finish   40 mins 
5/22
Spaghetti Pie

    A meaty spaghetti sauce and pasta bakes inside a buttery crust -- creating a hearty dinner they'll love.

Makes: 6 servings
Prep   30 mins 
Bake   20 mins  350°F 
6/22
Pizza Dough

    Forget delivery. You can make a perfectly delicious and wholesome pizza at home.

Serving size: 1 (16x12-inch) pizza, 2 12-inch) pizzas, or 8 (7-inch) pizzas
Prep   20 mins 
Rise   50 mins 
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Pizza Margherita

    Topped with zesty tomato sauce, pungent basil, and fresh mozzarella cheese, this crispy-crust pizza recipe originates from Naples, Italy.

Makes: 8 servings
Prep   30 mins 
Bake   25 mins  375°F 
8/22
Bruschetta

    With this recipe, we show you fresh ways to dress up this favorite Italian appetizer: tomato and olives; shrimp, basil-pesto, and olives; and dried figs and pesto topping.

Makes: 8 servings
Prep   25 mins 
Bake   7 mins  425°F 
9/22
Stuffed Caprese

    For a light starter fill hollowed-out tomatoes with fresh mozzarella cheese, red onion, and basil dressed in our simple-to-make vinaigrette.

Makes: 4 servings
Prep   25 mins 
Chill  2 hrs 
10/22
Classic Minestrone

    Serve this traditional soup of fresh veggies and pasta as your main course.

Makes: 6 servings
Start to Finish   25 mins 
11/22
Italian Wedding Soup

    This traditional soup is always a hit -- and it's not hard to make it at home.

Makes: 4 servings
Prep   5 mins 
Cook   25 mins 
12/22
Classic Risotto with Peas

    Risotto, made with Arborio (a special Italian rice) is tossed with peas, shredded carrot, spinach, and thyme.

Makes: 6 servings
Start to Finish   40 mins 
13/22
Fettuccine alla Carbonara

    Noodles are tossed with a creamy Alfredo sauce and prosciutto (Italian ham) or bacon.

Makes: 4 servings
Start to Finish   25 mins 
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Classic Genovese Pesto

    Fresh basil, olive oil, Parmesan cheese, and pine nuts are blended together to make an irresistible spread for crusty Italian bread.

Serving size: 3/4 cups pesto
Start to Finish   20 mins 
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Pesce Italiano

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

Makes: 2 servings
Prep   20 mins 
Cook   8 mins 
16/22
Cheese and Basil Polenta

    Slices of creamy polenta are topped with mozzarella cheese and tomato-basil sauce. Serve it as a vegetarian main course or a starter.

Makes: 6 servings
Serving size: 6 main-dish servings
Prep   40 mins 
Chill  3 hrs  to 24 hrs 
Cool  1 hr 
17/22
Sicilian Artichokes

    Artichokes are baked with bread crumbs, anchovies, mozzarella cheese, sweet pepper, and oregano.

Makes: 4 servings
Prep   45 mins 
Cook   8 mins (at pressure)
18/22
Almond Biscotti

    This classic Italian cookie is even better when dunked in a glass of tawny Port or espresso.

Makes: 84 servings
Serving size: 84 cookies
Prep   25 mins 
Cool   15 mins 
Bake   45 mins  325°F 
19/22
Triple Chocolate Tiramisu

    With three times the chocolate, our recipe makes this traditional Italian dessert better than ever.

Makes: 12 servings
Serving size: 12 squares
Prep   30 mins 
Chill  6 hrs 
20/22
Fudge Crostata

    This chocolaty Italian sweet is topped with fresh berries and cream.

Makes: 12 servings
Prep   25 mins 
Cool  2 hrs 
Bake   40 mins 425/350 degree F
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Strawberry Italian Ice

    Finish a heavy meal on a sweet note with this irresistible Italian ice.

Makes: 8 servings
Prep   25 mins 
Freeze  6 hrs or overnight
Stand   20 mins 
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