Italian cuisine is known all over the world and for good reason. All over Italy, from bustling cities like Milan or Rome to Tuscany’s undulating hills, you will find the most incredible Italian food. Italian dinner is always wonderful, whether you’re whipping up something quick and easy for the family or you’re making a romantic dish to share with your partner. As well as pizza and pasta dishes, there is plenty more to explore, including gnocchi, meatballs, recipes with fresh herbs, dishes you’ve only tried in a restaurant, and more besides.
Roasted Cauliflower Carbonara
This delicious Italian recipe is ideal for any pasta lover, combining roasted cauliflower florets with a creamy sauce that includes bacon, pancetta, and parmesan cheese. It comes out of the oven perfectly golden brown and caramelized and is sure to impress.
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Italian Tuna White Bean Salad
Simple ingredients combine to make this Tuscan classic. Juicy fresh tuna pairs with beans for a Tuscan tuna white bean salad everyone will enjoy. It makes a tasty meal, whatever the season.
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Italian Frittata Recipe
Straightforward to make and a treat to eat, this Italian vegetable frittata recipe is definitely a winning recipe. It’s simple to prepare, and you can mix and match the fillings depending on what you have in the refrigerator. It’s the perfect way to use up any vegetables or cooked meats you need to use up.
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Elevate your pasta game with this delicious and flavorful mushroom ragu vegan pasta sauce made with garlic, wine, herbs, and various fresh vegetables. This homemade spaghetti sauce is perfect for vegans or anyone who loves a hearty and healthy meal and is sure to become your new favorite meatless ragu recipe.
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This slow cooker lasagna soup recipe is the best you’ll ever try, with a hearty and delicious flavor that will satisfy you. Although there are quite a few ingredients, it’s one of those easy crockpot Italian dinner recipes that are perfect for any night of the week.
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Italian Penne Rosa Pasta
If you’re looking for a quick and easy weeknight dinner, try making this one-pot Penne Rosa Pasta with a creamy tomato sauce. This comforting and filling Italian dish is both tasty and satisfying and perfect for those who love a little spice in their meal.
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Italian Stromboli Recipe
Experience the taste of true Italian flavors with this authentic stromboli recipe from South Philly, where Italian immigrants first created this Italian-American dish. With its combination of deli meats, cheese, and rich Italian flavors rolled into a delicious sandwich, this easy-to-make stromboli is a great way to spice up any pizza night.
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You won’t be able to resist making slow cooker Italian beef again and again once you try it. This hearty and filling dish is perfect on toasted rolls or hoagie buns, and the slow-cooked beef is incredibly tender and flavorful. This will become one of your favorite Italian dinner recipes.
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This Easy 5-ingredient Caprese Chicken is everything you want in a one-pan meal. It’s wholesome, healthy, delicious, hearty, total comfort food, and a family favorite. The best part is this easy dinner recipe has only 5 ingredients and is made in one pan.
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Pasta e Piselli
Pasta e piselli is a classic Italian pasta dish made with peas and Pecorino cheese. It is a simple and delicious dish that is perfect for a quick weeknight meal. Add this to your list of favorite Italian dinner recipes!
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Paccheri al Forno
Paccheri al Forno is a classic Italian pasta bake from Southern Italy. It’s a delicious and easy weeknight meal. Made with just a few simple ingredients, it’s hearty and ready in under an hour!
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Chicken Broccoli Ziti
This easy weeknight chicken broccoli ziti recipe with crunchy bread crumbs is delicious, made with nutritious ingredients, and ready in just 30 minutes! Italian dinner recipes like this will be family favorites.
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Easy Penne Pomodoro
This simple penne pomodoro recipe is made with just five basic ingredients and is an easy dinner that you won’t believe is ready in 30 minutes. This will become one of your top Italian dinner recipes.
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This is literally the best Gluten-Free Lasagna recipe and it requires no noodle pre-boiling! It’s layered with a hearty, flavorful sauce, all the good cheeses (ricotta, mozzarella, Parmigiano), and a gluten-free lasagna noodle that could fool even those who aren’t gluten-free.
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Casarecce Pasta in Peperonata Sauce
Looking for a quick and delicious meal? Try our casarecce pasta recipe! Originating from Sicily, these short pasta noodles are known for their twisted or rolled shape, perfect for holding rich and flavorful sauces. Boil the pasta, and in just 30 minutes, you’ll have a comforting Italian masterpiece.
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Instant Pot Bolognese
Save time in the kitchen with this Instant Pot bolognese! A rich and hearty pasta sauce, this instant pot recipe brings all the flavors of the classic dish simmered for hours into a quick meal with basic pantry ingredients.
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Quick Pasta Alla Gorgonzola
This delicious creamy quick pasta alla gorgonzola dish is so easy and quick to make that the sauce comes together in the time takes to cook the pasta. Serve by itself or with a simple arugula salad for a tasty impressive meal. Add this to your list of favorite Italian dinner recipes!
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Lobster Ravioli Sauce
It takes a special sauce to be able to hold up to, but not overpower the delicate sweetness of lobster ravioli. This is that sauce. Lightly flavored with garlic, shallot, white wine, tomato and lemon, it strikes the perfect balance for the ultimate luxury dish.
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Aglio e Olio
This pasta without sauce (or pasta with garlic and olive oil OR aglio e olio, it goes by many names), is basically the grown-up, gourmet version of buttered noodles. Technically, it does have a sauce. The oil, garlic, cheese and pasta water come together to create the barest of coatings for the pasta.
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Gnocchi alla Sorrentina
Gnocchi alla Sorrentina is a wonderfully easy and delicious classic Italian comfort food dish. It has five ingredients and is perfect for busy weeknights (if you use store-bought gnocchi).
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Slow Cooker Italian Meatballs
This slow cooker Italian meatballs recipe is a very simple recipe that is wonderful to make for when company comes over, or just for a family dinner. It’s minimal prep, and cooks while you run errands.
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Air Fryer Frozen Breadsticks
Frozen breadsticks are easy to make in the air fryer. This simple dish is made with one simple ingredient, your favorite brand of frozen breadsticks! It’s a quick and easy side that is ready for dinner in a flash. The perfect side to your favorite Italian dinner recipes.
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