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    The 45 BEST Italian Recipes

    Everybody’s favorite pizzas and pastas and meatballs and much, much more… We are very excited to present some of the best Italian Recipes from GypsyPlate and all around the internet.

    Cheesy, gooey nights, be it just a slice of your favorite pizza, a bowl full of some heart warming soup with all the Italian flavorings, or all those cheesy casseroles of parmesan and meatball. This list has it all.

    This will even go deeper into Italian cuisine and introduce you to some authentic flavors like cacciucco, osso buco, caponata and cacciatore. All of these deep rustic flavors will win your heart and make your weekly menu rotations. Go through them all and make that Italian night happen soon… very soon. Buon appetito!!

    the best italian recipes

    The BEST Italian Recipes

    1. Steak Pizzaiola

    steak pizzaiola

    Steak Pizzaiola is an amazingly flavorful Neopolitan dish featuring tender steak in a perfectly seasoned tomato sauce. Try your steak the old school Italian way. It’s absolutely delicious, and every bite you will make a nod or two to heavenly skies.

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    2. Chicken Cacciatore

    chicken cacciatore

    Cacciatore is a very rich and rustic Italian dish where chicken is cooked to fall-off-the-bone tender in a very delicious tomato-wine based sauce. It’s loaded with veggies, herbs and olives. Get a nice crusty loaf of bread ready along with your favorite wine.

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    3. Cheesy Tortellini Bake

    tortellini bake

    This Tortellini Bake is an easy, one-skillet, dinner loaded with meat, sauce and melty cheese that the whole family will love!

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    4. Clam Linguine (Linguine alle Vongole)

    clam linguine

    Clam Linguine, or Linguine alle Vongole, is an elegant restaurant quality dish. But don’t be intimidated, it’s super easy to make.

    It’s a gorgeous, yet light, pasta in a lemony, garlicky wine sauce. This is one of those dishes that is easy enough for any weeknight, yet impressive enough for special occasions.

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    5. Pasta alla Norma

    Pasta alla Norma is a delicious Sicilian pasta dish with eggplant, marinara and basil. If you like eggplant, you are going to absolutely love this Italian recipe. Another great meal for meatless nights.

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    6. Ribollita (Tuscan White Bean Soup)

    ribollita

    Zuppa Ribollita is a soul warming bowl of comfort. This hearty, rustic soup is a classic Tuscan dish that has been cooked in peasants’ kitchens for centuries.

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    7. Caponata – Sicilian Eggplant Relish

    Caponata.

    This Caponata is a delicious Sicilian eggplant relish that perfectly combines sweet and tangy flavors. It’s great as an appetizer or as a garnish for meats or seafood. You can even mix it with bowl full of pasta for an easy meal. Think about this recipe next time you’re entertaining friends and treat them to caponata loaded crostini.

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    8. Salmon Pasta

    salmon pasta

    This Salmon Pasta is absolutely divine, loaded with amazing flavors that come from perfectly roasted salmon. It’s creamy salmon pasta, yet not totally drenched in fat and cream, but full of comforting flavors.

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    9. Sicilian Pasta

    sicilian pasta

    Sicilian Pasta – If you’ve been on the lookout for a tasty new pasta recipe, here it is! This Sicilian Pasta is bursting with flavor from mixed olives, capers, artichoke hearts, cherry tomatoes and some great flavor enhancers!

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    10. Lamb Ragu

    This Lamb Ragu is an incredibly flavorful and comforting Italian sauce. Tender ground lamb is simmered low and slow in a well seasoned tomato sauce.

    It’s made with simple ingredients, and is easy to make. It just requires a bit of patience, because these amazing flavors take time to develop.

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    11. Pasta Primavera with Shrimp

    Pasta Primavera is perfect for a weeknight meal. Al dente pasta full of whatever vegetables you can lay your hands on. Think carrots, bell peppers, peas, cherry tomatoes, asparagus or any other your heart fancies. Finish the dish off with plump shrimps and a good sprinkle of parmesan cheese.

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    12. Creamy Tuscan Soup

    tuscan soup

    This Creamy Tuscan Soup is the ultimate bowl of cozy. Hearty sausage, sun dried tomatoes and kale (or spinach) in an amazingly flavorful creamy broth… so, so good. And it’s super easy! You can have this bowl on the table in about 30 minutes.

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    13. Eggplant Parmesan

    Eggplant parmesan.

    This eggplant parm is little bit easier, a little bit quicker, and a lot tastier. Here the eggplant is not breaded, so you get to enjoy the eggplant more with this delicious, cheesy Italian recipe.

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    14. Creamy Tortellini Soup

    tortellini soup

    This super cozy and hearty Creamy Tortellini Soup get great flavors from sausage and sundried tomato pesto. You’ll keep coming back to this one!

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    15. Spaghetti with Meat Sauce

    spaghetti with meat sauce

    Spaghetti with Meat Sauce, everyone’s childhood favorite. It can be a quick weeknight meal, or the sauce can simmer for hours.

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    16. Tortellini al Forno

    tortellini al forno

    This Tortellini al Forno is a deliciously creamy and cheesy dish inspired by Olive Garden, with some added veggie power from spinach and mushrooms.

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    17. Pesto Sauce

    Pesto sauce.

    Pesto! This classic sauce from Genoa is an Italian classic. Blending the freshness of basil, the pungency of garlic, the buttery nuttiness of pine nuts, and of course some nice olive oil, this wonderful sauce will make you fall in love with Italian food all over again!

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    18. Shrimp Fra Diavolo

    shrimp fra diavolo

    Shrimp Fra Diavolo – because spicy is Delicious! Spice up your life, embrace this bowl of succulent plump shrimp, tomatoes and a kick of heat… some pasta doused in that sauce or nice crusty bread.

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    19. Crockpot Tuscan Chicken

    Tuscan chicken.

    This crock pot Tuscan chicken is drenched in a creamy sauce loaded with great Mediterranean flavors like sundried tomatoes and herbs. It’s one easy and delicious make ahead weeknight dinner! Serve it over pasta or warm bread.

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    20. Homemade Marinara

    Homemade marinara.

    Everything tastes a tad bit better if made from scratch in your very own kitchen. This marinara sauce is the basis for so many Italian delights. Good news: it’s very easy, versatile and delicious. Make it in bulk and save some for later! Chicken parm, eggplant parm, meatball bakes and so many others are just step away when you have a bottle of marinara ready in your fridge.

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    21. Meatball Minestrone Soup

    minestrone soup

    This bowl of Meatball Minestrone Soup is a huge upgrade over the original Italian soup with the addition of plump chicken meatballs.

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    22. Zuppa Toscana (3 methods)

    zuppa toscana

    This hearty and comforting soup is based on the version made famous by Olive Garden. But I don’t want to call it a copycat… because this home made version is much better!

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    23. Lasagna

    Lasagna.

    Everybody’s favorite… Lasagna! This one is such a classic comfort food that you need to perfect it. Tender sheets of pasta, a cheese filling, and a rich meaty tomato sauce will take you there. Luckily, such great flavors are so easy to create to bring that joy to everyone in your family.

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    24. Garlic Butter Shrimp Scampi

    Shrimp scampi.

    Ain’t this the perfect looking shrimp scampi? Buttery… Garlicky… and Lemony. Make a restaurant quality scampi right in your very home. It’s extremely easy and extremely fast. Again you would need some warm crusty bread to sop up all that deliciousness.

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    25. Tiramisu

    Tiramisu.

    Making that delicious Italian dessert, Tiramisu, is not at all as difficult as you may think. Make this layered, coffee-flavored Italian dessert for your family and they will just love you a tiny bit more… 🙂

    Get the Recipe @ mybakingaddiction


    26. Italian Wedding Soup

    Italian wedding soup.

    This Italian Wedding Soup Recipe is simply the best! Made with acini de pepe, beef and pork meatballs, carrots, celery, greens, and Parmesan cheese. This soup is SO flavorful! Serve with crusty bread and a glass of wine.

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    27. Chicken Carbonara

    Chicken carbonara.

    This creamy chicken carbonara is inspired by a classic Italian pasta dish made with bacon, whisked egg, and hard cheese. It’s creamy, delicious, date-night worthy, and will rock your world.

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    28. Meatball Baked Ziti

    Meatball baked ziti.

    Make a giant batch of this Meatball Ziti bake and please the crowd. Quick to prepare and so so good. Comfort food at its best here! Once it comes out of the oven, serve it with crusty bread and your fav red wine.

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    29. Bruschetta

    Bruschetta.

    This gorgeous dish highlights two Italian summer favorites: fresh basil and vine ripe tomatoes! All that freshness atop some crusty bread and drizzled with balsamic vinaigrette. So simple yet so satisfying.

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    30. Chicken Florentine

    Chicken Florentine.

    This delicious chicken Florentine recipe is perfect for an easy weeknight dinner, but fancy enough to serve to guests. Ready in 40 minutes, the chicken is cooked in a creamy spinach sauce for a rich and hearty meal.

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    31. Creamy Tuscan Ravioli

    Tuscan ravioli.

    Want something easy yet fancy? Look no further. Store-bought ravioli tossed in a garlicky sun-dried tomato cream sauce topped with baby spinach, basil, and parmesan cheese. Ready in less than 30 minutes!

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    32. Crockpot Italian Beef Sandwiches

    Italian beef sandwiches.

    These Crock Pot Italian Beef Sandwiches are perfect to cook for get togethers or for your unlimited supply for lunches! With just a few simple ingredients tossed into the slow cooker, delicious slow cooked beef sandwiches are easy to make and quick to devour.

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    33. Lasagna Soup

    Lasagna soup.

    This Lasagna Soup will become your all time favorite in no time! You get all the flavors of a delicious hearty lasagna in a comforting soup form! It’s loaded with beef, tomatoes and Italian herbs and the melty cheese just takes it over the top. Who wants to try this tonight?

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    34. Baked Meatballs

    Baked meatballs.

    Juicy, soft and tender Italian baked meatballs in a rustic tomato sauce. You’ll love this easy recipe! Make this your Sunday fun-day night meat. Leftovers can be turned into meatball subs for quick lunches.

    Get the Recipe @ cafedelites


    35. Margherita Pizza

    Margherita pizza.

    Your search for the best homemade Margherita pizza is over here. This classic pizza is topped with a simple fresh pizza sauce made from canned tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, and fresh basil. You’ll want to make this homemade pizza recipe over and over again.

    Get the Recipe @ abeautifulplate


    36. Stuffed Chicken Marsala

    Chicken marsala.

    This stuffed chicken marsala is a delicious dish featuring mozzarella, parmesan and sun dried tomatoes, smothered in savory marsala mushroom sauce – ready in just 45 minutes! Try making marsala chicken by stuffing it with cheese and sundried tomatoes and the rest is similar to marsala chicken .

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    37. Classic Chicken Parmesan

    Chicken parmesan.

    Now this list of Italian recipes is incomplete without good old Chicken Parmesan. This Italian classic is as good as it gets! It has a parmesan crust that seals in the juiciest chicken breast, topped with homemade marinara and a generous amount of melted cheese. Perfection.

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    38. Chicken Alfredo

    Chicken alfredo.

    Chicken alfredo combines a creamy pasta sauce with tender slices of perfectly seasoned and cooked chicken. Here, Fettucine noodles are all smothered in the delicious smooth and velvety sauce.

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    39. Chicken and Mushroom Risotto

    Chicken and mushroom risotto.

    Soft and creamy chicken and mushroom risotto is a classic Italian favorite, full of flavor. Indulge in a cozy bowl of creamy risotto, sprinkled with parsley, drizzled with olive oil and topped with a generous helping of parmesan… yummm.

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    40. Panzanella

    Panzanella.

    Panzanella salad is an Italian classic. It features ripe tomatoes, crisp homemade croutons, fresh cucumber and basil, and mozzarella under a simple, zippy vinaigrette. This one is loaded with textures and refreshing Italian flavors. Are you making this for that Italian night?

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    41. Antipasto Salad

    Antipasto salad.

    Wow your friends and family with this Antipasto Salad. EASY crowd favorite! Chopped romaine topped with Italian classics like salami, olives and prosciutto along with cherry tomatoes and artichoke hearts in a quick balsamic dressing. All this gets a good sprinkling of feta cheese. This could be your appetizer of even meal with some crusty bread and plenty of wine.

    Get the Recipe @ wellplated


    42. Pasta e Fagioli Soup

    Pasta e fagioli.

    This Italian style soup is loaded with hearty ground beef, fresh vegetables, creamy beans, tender pasta and delicious herbs all in a rich and savory broth. This Pasta e Fagioli is a MUST one pot meal for cozy comfort nights.

    Get the Recipe @ cookingclassy


    43. Salmon Piccata

    Salmon piccata.

    If you like Chicken Piccata, wait till you replace that chicken with perfectly cooked buttery, flaky salmon in that delicious velvety and thick piccata sauce. This one is for that special occasion.

    Get the Recipe @ cravingtasty


    44. Cacciucco (Tuscan fish stew)

    Cacciucco.

    Cacciucco is a fish stew from Livorno, a port on the coast of Tuscany, and it should contain five types of seafood. This pot is loaded with Italian flavors. Chow down time..

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    45. Osso Buco

    Osso buco.

    Fall apart tender veal shanks bathed in a tomato white wine sauce, Osso Buco is a traditional Italian dish that’s both hearty and luxurious, owing to the delicate flavor and texture of veal.

    It’s traditionally served on yellow saffron Risotto Milanese and topped with a fresh mixture of parsley, lemon and garlic known as Gremolata. Try these new flavors on some special night and wow your loved ones.

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    So what do you think about this collection of Italian recipes? There are so many others we could keep on adding, as good old Italian food is never ending deliciousness. May be in the future we will make part 2. 🙂

    Pin or bookmark this page and look no further for that Italian night. Keep on coming back and cook through all of your Italian favorites. Enjoy.

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    The 45 BEST Italian Foods

    Yield: 2 qts
    Prep Time: 10 minutes
    Cook Time: 45 minutes
    Total Time: 55 minutes

    This great collection of Italian Recipes includes plenty of easy weeknight dinner ideas, special occasion meals and so much more! For a great start, try this homemade marinara:

    Ingredients

    • 2 28 oz cans of whole tomatoes
    • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
    • 3/4 finely chopped onions
    • 4 finely chopped garlic cloves
    • 1/4 tsp black pepper
    • fresh basil
    • fresh oregano
    • Pinch of red pepper flakes
    • Salt, to taste
    • Sugar, to taste

    Instructions

      1. In large, heavy bottomed pan, add olive oil, onion, garlic and half of the herbs. Slowly bring up heat and cook until softened.
      2. While other ingredients are heating up, pour tomatoes into a large bowl and crush them by hand into large chunks.
      3. Add tomatoes, black pepper and red pepper to pan, simmer for 45 minutes, partially covered.
      4. Remove from heat, taste. Does it need a little salt or sugar? Add to your liking. Mix in fresh herbs. Done!

    Notes

    1. Let me know which recipes you try, I love hearing from you!

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