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.

Marinated Mozzarella with Basil

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

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.

Lasagna

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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

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

Pasta with Arugula and Sausage

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

Total: 25 mins

Sausage Ravioli Filling

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Total: 20 mins

"Say, Cheese" Calzone

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Using refrigerated pizza dough means this simple calzone is ready to eat in 15 minutes.

Pizzelles

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The pizzelle (peets-TSEH-leh), a crisp waffle cookie, is one of the oldest cookie recipes known. These large crisp Italian cookies are made with a pizzelle iron.

Country-Style Semolina Bread

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Try this yeast bread the next time you serve an Italian dinner. Allowing the yeast mixture to stand before beating in the flour will ensure loaves with thick, hearty crusts and soft, toothsome crumbs.

Smoky Calzones

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The smoky flavor of this Italian main dish recipe comes from the smoked Gouda cheese. Don't forget to pass the beef Bolognese sauce for dipping.

Cheese-Topped Meat Loaf

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Serve this Italian-inspired turkey meat loaf with pasta. The oregano-seasoned meat loaf is topped with marinara sauce and shredded Italian cheese.

Chicken Scaloppine Marsala

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This classic chicken recipe receives it's flavor boost from marsala, a sweet Italian wine. Complete the dinner by serving mashed Yukon gold potatoes.

Torino Turkey Sausage & Penne

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Hot Italian turkey sausage adds the right amount of spice to this hearty vegetable, bean, and pasta main dish. This recipe is ready to serve in less than 30 minutes.

Speedy Pasta Sauce

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When dinner poses a challenge, turn to this easy sauce recipe. Just add tomato, bacon, and peas to your favorite cooked pasta to make a meal in less than 30 minutes.

Deli-Style Pasta Salad

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Tote this tasty Italian salad of with pasta, provolone cheese, and veggies to a potluck.

Pizza Dough

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This 100-year-old recipe uses an egg to add richness. Several risings take place, yielding a lighter, tastier crust. A damp towel covers the dough during risings, keeping it extra moist.

Pizza Quattro Stagioni

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The name quattro stagioni means "four seasons." In this version, artichokes, peppers, mushrooms, and olives each represent a different season. Divide the quadrants with dough strips rolled into thin ropes.

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