Italian Recipes

Make your next dinner an Italian feast with these classic recipes. Search through favorites like risotto, pasta, chicken and beef recipes, stews, soups, salads, and other easy yet traditional Italian and Italian-American staples.

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15 Classic Italian Pasta Recipes Everyone Should Know How to Make

Go beyond Bolognese. Here, we have recipes for all the heavy hitters—the big names of pasta, plus the sauces to pair with each. (Don't worry, we've included our favorite Bolognese, too.)
By Victoria Spencer

Baked-Eggplant Parmesan

Rating: 3.36 stars
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Choose firm, smooth eggplants. We bake rather than fry ours for less mess and less fat.

Homemade Pasta Dough

A blend of two different types of flours and the absence of eggs in this homemade pasta dough give whatever pasta you make from it that signature al dente chew. It's great for using with pasta shapes that need to be sturdy enough to twirl around a fork, give this dough a try when making Pici with Short-Rib Ragu.
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Quick Basic Pizza Dough

Rating: 3.37 stars
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This homemade pizza crust comes together quickly—give the dough time to rise and a couple of kneads, and it's done! Use it as a base for your favorite pie and have an at-home pizza night.

Crusts and Toppings Galore: Our Best Pizza Recipes

Put together a family feast that's so much better than takeout. From meaty deep-dish styles to thin-crust vegetarian pizzas, there's something here for everyone.
By Kelly Vaughan

One-Pan Pasta

Rating: 3.35 stars
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It's one of our most popular recipes and for good reason. This is our original one-pot pasta recipe, inspired by a dish one of our food editors ate in Puglia, Italy. All the ingredients cook together in a straight-sided skillet, you don’t even need to boil water first—and it's on the table in just 20 minutes.

No-Knead Tomato Focaccia

Garlic and thyme are perfect partners for the juicy cherry tomatoes that top this easy focaccia. Minimal dough handling means the bread requires just 15 minutes of prep.

Pasta Alfredo with Lemon and Asparagus

This simple one-pot pasta features fresh asparagus and is as lovely to look at as it is delicious to eat. Serve smaller portions of this creamy pasta as a first course, or make it a luxurious main dish.
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Chicken Scarpariello

Many Italian-American families have their own riff on this homey chicken-and-sausage dish: Some add sweet peppers, others white wine. Flour dusted on the chicken thighs helps them brown; it forms a nice crust and also thickens the sauce at the end. Braised in a broth that is infused with rosemary, shallots, and pickled peppers (plus a splash of pickling brine for zip), the meats get super-tender—and the aroma is sublime.
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Simple Crostini

Rating: 3.18 stars
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Crostini are perfect spooned high with your pick of toppings.

Italian Ricotta Cheesecake

Rating: 3.04 stars
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This quick-and-easy dessert is lighter than traditional cheesecake, since it calls for ricotta instead of cream cheese.

Creamy Tomato Sauce

This easy five-ingredient sauce has just a touch of cream to temper the acidity of the tomatoes; and it has the perfect consistency for spooning over all types of pastas. Try it with homemade potato gnocchi.
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Spaghetti and Eggplant "Meatballs"

Spaghetti and meatballs has multigenerational appeal, even when it goes vegetarian. A blend of eggplant and white beans provides the protein. Cheese, garlic, and oregano are the familiar-flavor agents; breadcrumbs and egg bind them together. A quick trip under the broiler browns the tops and sides, then plunk!—into the gravy they go.