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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 45 BEST Italian Recipes

    1. Lasagna


    We are starting this list with 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.

    Get the Recipe @ spendwithpennies

    2. 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.

    Get the Recipe @ jessicagavin

    3. Chicken Cacciatore

    Chicken caccitore.

    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.

    Get the Recipe @ cafedelites

    4. 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.

    Get the Recipe @ damndelicious

    5. 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.

    Get the Recipe @ easyweeknightrecipes

    6. 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

    7. Spaghetti Bolognese

    Spaghetti bolognese.

    Spaghetti Bolognese… That classic Italian recipe. If you love Italian food, you gotta love this one. It’s all in that perfectly seasoned meat sauce. You can use only ground beef or beef + pork for added flavor. Either way, it’s a delicious family get together dinner.

    Get the Recipe @ jocooks

    8. 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

    9. Caponata – Sicilian Eggplant Relish


    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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    10. 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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    11. Pasta Primavera

    Pasta primavera.

    Pasta Primavera is perfect for meatless night. Al dente pasta full of whatever vegetables you can lay your hands on. Think carrots, bell peppers, peas, spring onions, cherry tomatoes, broccolini or any other your heart fancies. Finish the dish off with bright and citrusy lemon butter and a good sprinkle of parmesan cheese. You won’t miss any meat with this hearty and tasty dish.

    Get the Recipe @ thekitchn

    12. Tuscan Bean Soup

    Tuscan bean soup.

    This soup is loaded with bacon, smoked sausage and lots of beans. It’s truly comfort food at its finest. This is an easy to make, hearty and delicious soup. Made with a short list of inexpensive, easy to find ingredients, this foolproof Italian recipe will become a new addition to your dinner rotation.

    Get the Recipe @ jocooks

    13. Tortellini Soup

    Tortellini soup.

    This Tortellini Soup is made with rich cheese tortellini, browned ground beef, nutritious tomatoes and vegetables, and flavorful herbs. It’s one of the coziest, most filling soups you’ll make! 

    Get the Recipe @ cookingclassy

    14. 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

    15. 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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    16. Minestrone Soup

    Minestrone soup.

    Another Italian recipe for meatless nights. Minestrone is a hearty Italian vegetable soup made with tomatoey broth and pasta or rice along with any veggies and beans you can lay your hands on. This is healthy, easy to make, and tastes incredible. All win win.

    Get the Recipe @ cookieandkate

    17. Rigatoni con Polpette and Arrabbiata Sauce

    Rigatoni con Polpette and Arrabbiata Sauce.

    This dish will get all meatball lovers’ attention. Rigatoni con Polpette and Arrabbiata Sauce – no doubt one of the best pasta dinners you can have. Casual yet sophisticated, this pasta dish is sure to please the entire family.

    Get the Recipe @ jocooks

    18. 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

    19. 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.

    Get the Recipe @ bakerbynature

    20. 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.

    Get the Recipe @ kitchenswagger

    21. 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.

    Get the Recipe @ damndelicious

    22. 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.

    Get the Recipe @ easychickenrecipes

    23. 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!

    Get the Recipe @ littlespicejar

    24. 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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    25. 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.

    Get the Recipe @ spendwithpennies

    26. 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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    27. 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?

    Get the Recipe @ cookingclassy

    28. Caprese Salad

    Caprese salad.

    Caprese salad is a simple classic Italian appetizer with ripe juicy tomatoes layered between thick slices of fresh mozzarella and fragrant basil leaves. This Italian salad is drizzled with a sweet and tangy balsamic reduction, extra virgin olive oil, salt, and cracked pepper.

    Get the Recipe @ jessicagavin

    29. 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

    30. 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

    31. Amaretti Cookies

    Amaretti cookies.

    These almond infused Amaretti Cookies are a Christmas classic. Made with a handful of simple ingredients like almond flour and almond extract, these sweet, nutty cookies are soft and chewy. In no time they’ll become so addictive…

    Get the Recipe @ jocooks

    32. 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 .

    Get the Recipe @ lecremedelacrumb

    33. Pasta alla Norma

    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.

    Get the Recipe @ cookieandkate

    34. Italian Stuffed Peppers

    Italian stuffed peppers.

    Sweet bell peppers stuffed with a savory blend of ground chicken or turkey, Italian herbs and cheeses, and the whole grain of your choice. Each stuffed pepper is its own tidy and complete healthy dinner package. Make this delicious meal tonight.

    Get the Recipe @ wellplated

    35. Italian Cheese Log

    Italian cheese log.

    What is an Italian Cheese Log? It’s like an antipasto platter in dip form packed with minced salami, olives, peppers, green onions, a hefty dose of Italian seasonings and topped with sun dried tomato. Oh Mama Mia…. Save this one for the festivities.

    Get the Recipe @ recipetineats

    36. Italian Meatball Soup

    Italian meatball soup.

    This Italian Meatball Soup is easy and delicious. Tender homemade beef meatballs, plenty of vegetables and beans, and all the Italian flavorings. Serve it along side a crusty loaf of bread and plenty of extra parmesan cheese and you are all set…

    Get the Recipe @ jocooks

    37. Italian Orange Pistachio Biscotti

    Orange pistachio biscotti.

    Italian orange pistachio biscotti cookies are crunchy on the outside with a softer inside. Perfect companion for your morning cup of coffee. They are such an easy treat to make…

    Get the Recipe @ seasaltsavorings

    38. Classic Aperol Spritz

    Aperol spritz.

    Summer is coming and so are all the cocktails. Aperol spritzes are ultra refreshing, not-too-sweet bubbly cocktails. Learn how to make a classic Aperol spritz! 

    Get the Recipe @ cookieandkate

    39. 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.

    Get the Recipe @ natashaskitchen

    40. 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.

    Get the Recipe @ mrsfoodiemumma

    41. 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?

    Get the Recipe @ cookieandkate

    42. Key Lime Pie Gelato

    Key lime gelato.

    Creamy, bright, tangy and luscious, this Key Lime Pie Gelato has all the flavors we love in a great key lime pie, in a scoopable frozen treat! If you’re a fan of key lime pie, or anything made with limes, this is the one for you!

    Get the Recipe @ savingdessert

    43. Cacciucco (Tuscan fish stew)


    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..

    Get the Recipe @ olivemagazine

    44. 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.

    Get the Recipe @ recipetineats

    45. Italian Antipasto Charcuterie Board

    Charcuterie Board.

    We are wrapping up this amazing list with this beautiful board. Enjoy a simple and beautiful Italian antipasto platter this summer! With fresh garden fruit, cured meat, cheeses, and bread, this Charcuterie Board is so delicious, easy to put together, and fun to eat! Impress all your guest when you whip this up for your next get together.

    Get the Recipe @ bellyfull

    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.

    Italian recipes.

    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:


    • 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


      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!


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