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.
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.
Basil pesto adds zip to this pasta main-dish recipe topped with scallops. It takes just over 30 minutes to prepare.
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.
Instead of using fresh mozzarella for this appetizer, try another fresh soft cheese, such as queso fresco or feta.
Not a meek or mild green, arugula is somewhat bitter with a peppery mustard flavor. If you prefer, substitute with spinach.
Fans of white pizza will love this version featuring chicken, veggies, fresh basil, and Alfredo sauce.
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.
Illinois -- Bake this generous pizza in a pan at least 2 inches deep.
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.)
An almond paste mixture makes a yummy filling for this Italian dessert. Crown this showpiece with the best-looking fruit at the market.
Lean beef and reduced fat cheese keeps this Italian-style pasta casserole low in fat.
Place all the ingredients for this chunky pasta sauce in your slow cooker and forget it while it cooks.
Create a quick meal recipe by dressing up frozen breaded fish fillets with traditional Italian ingredients.
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.
This classic Italian dessert has triple the chocolate for an intense flavor sensation. Purchased ladyfingers are the key to this quick recipe.