Italian Cuisine

Hearty, flavorful Italian cuisine is one of Europe's oldest, with roots back to 4th century BC. Exploration of the New World brought foods to Italy that are now recipe hallmarks, including pasta, tomatoes, and potatoes.

Lasagna

Diabetic Living

Using lean and light ingredients gives this satisfying one-dish meal all the great taste you expect from lasagna with only a fraction of the fat and calories.

Pesto Scallops with Toasted Walnuts

Family Circle

Basil pesto adds zip to this pasta main-dish recipe topped with scallops. It takes just over 30 minutes to prepare.

Cannoli

Better Homes and Gardens

Cannoli are the quintessential Sicilian treat. With sweetened cheese, bittersweet chocolate, zippy orange peel, and rich pistachio nuts, this version brings together many beloved flavors in every bite.

Marinated Mozzarella with Basil

Better Homes and Gardens

Instead of using fresh mozzarella for this appetizer, try another fresh soft cheese, such as queso fresco or feta.

Pasta with Arugula and Sausage

Diabetic Living

Not a meek or mild green, arugula is somewhat bitter with a peppery mustard flavor. If you prefer, substitute with spinach.

Total: 25 mins

Chicken Italiano Pizza

Diabetic Living

Fans of white pizza will love this version featuring chicken, veggies, fresh basil, and Alfredo sauce.

Smoky Calzones

Midwest Living

Earl Grey Bocca di Nonna

Better Homes and Gardens

These rich sandwich cookies, filled with dark, satiny ganache, are adapted from an Italian celebration cookie called Bocca di Dama--or Lady's Kisses. At Christmastime, we think they should be called Bocca di Nonna--or Grandmother's Kisses.

Chicago-Style Deep-Dish Pizza

Midwest Living

Illinois -- Bake this generous pizza in a pan at least 2 inches deep.

Arugula Pesto

Midwest Living

Peppery arugula pinch-hits for basil in this memorable pesto from chef Kevin Shinn of Bread and Cup in Lincoln, Nebraska. Try it as a spread on baguette slices or as a pasta sauce. (One cup coats 12 ounces cooked pasta.)

Marzipan Tart with Fruit Tumble

Better Homes and Gardens

An almond paste mixture makes a yummy filling for this Italian dessert. Crown this showpiece with the best-looking fruit at the market.

My Own Pasta Bake

Better Homes and Gardens

Lean beef and reduced fat cheese keeps this Italian-style pasta casserole low in fat.

Slow-Cooker Marinara Sauce

Parents

Place all the ingredients for this chunky pasta sauce in your slow cooker and forget it while it cooks.

Italian-Style Breaded Fish

Better Homes and Gardens

Create a quick meal recipe by dressing up frozen breaded fish fillets with traditional Italian ingredients.

Total: 35 mins

Sausage & Pepper Calzones

Family Circle

These Italian-inspired sandwiches start with pizza dough to encase a combination of sausage, red pepper, onion, and cheese in a tomato-based sauce and then baked until golden brown.

Triple Chocolate Tiramisu

Better Homes and Gardens

This classic Italian dessert has triple the chocolate for an intense flavor sensation. Purchased ladyfingers are the key to this quick recipe.

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