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.

Classic Ricotta Cheesecake

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Ricotta cheese, plump golden raisins, and tart candied citrus peel are hallmarks of this popular Italian dessert.

Mushroom Ravioli Filling

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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

Cannoli

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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.

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.

Cream-Filled Cannoli

Midwest Living

Chicken Scarpiella

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Sausage adds spice to this chicken and vegetable dinner recipe that's bursting with Italian flavors.

Pasta with Fresh Tomato Sauce

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Garden fresh tomatoes enhance the flavor of this delicious sauce served over penne pasta. Try this recipe on a weeknight when you need a simple main dish in less than 30 minutes.

Skillet Summer Squash Parmesan

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The squash, tomato, and Parmesan cheese layers of this meatless main-dish recipe are seasoned with plenty of Italian flavors.

Turkey Tetrazzini

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This delicious main dish calls for cooked turkey breast strips, but you can easily use leftover turkey from the holidays for this quick and easy recipe.

Slow-Cooker Chicken Cacciatore

Family Circle

The convenience of the slow cooker makes this Italian chicken and vegetable recipe the perfect weeknight meal.

Total: 55 mins

Basil-Tomato Salad

Midwest Living

The flavors of pesto mix and mingle into a salad. For a meal, serve with chicken or fish drizzled with the Lemon Vinaigrette.

Total: 30 mins

Pasta with Basil Cream Sauce

Diabetic Living

The distinctive flavor of basil adds character to the low-fat cream sauce that tops the pasta in this recipe. And a little prosciutto adds just a touch of saltiness.

Total: 25 mins

Italian-Style Corn Dogs

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A twist on the popular hot dog version, spicy Italian sausage links are deep fried in a cornmeal and Romano cheese batter. Serve with warm marinara sauce for dipping.

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