Italian Pasta Dishes
From hundreds of shapes to its homey feel, Italian pasta is one of life's greatest (and least expensive) pleasures. Italians bring us not only the pasta, but also sauces and preparations from every region. Try them all.
Italian sausage comes in countless varieties, including familiar types like pepperoni and salami; the kind of sausage most people refer to when they speak of how to cook Italian sausage is "sweet Italian," "spicy Italian" or "hot Italian" (the latter two are typically the same), and it's found in the pork section of the supermarket. Typically made with pork, peppers and Italian seasonings, Italian sausage is most commonly used in pasta dishes or as a topping for pizza, but it can be the centerpiece of many other dishes as well.
Just make a simple cream sauce to pour over the pasta for this cheesy casserole recipe.
A combination of turkey bacon and beef give this pasta sauce real staying power while a splash of red wine deepens the flavor.
The debate over where pasta originated is far from resolved, but one thing's for certain: Both China and Italy can boast their fair share of traditional noodle and pasta dishes. It's generally accepted that layered pasta dishes like lasagna originated in Italy. But both China and Italy have stuffed pastas (ravioli in Italy, wontons in China) as well as long noodle dishes. The common belief that Marco Polo brought these concepts to Europe from China is debunked by historical Italian pasta references predating his journey. But no matter where the idea originated, learning how to make ravioli is a skill that can bring the whole famiglia together.
Just about every Italian joint in the U.S. knows how to make ziti, but why not put it together at home next time you're craving a hearty, red-sauce meal? Ziti--also referred to as baked ziti, depending on the preparation--is as honored among Italian-Americans as spaghetti with meatballs.
It's hard to believe this delicious sausage, sweet pepper, and pasta main dish recipe only takes 30 minutes to prepare.
When prosciutto, Italian for air-dried rather than smoked ham, isn't available, cook two extra slices of bacon instead. This rich and creamy pasta dish is as good or better than the popular restaurant version.
A slow cooker is the perfect tool to tenderize kale and infuse each tomatoey bite with the flavor of Italian herbs.
Think of this vegetarian recipe as a caprese salad plus pasta!
Juicy Italian sausage, creamy ricotta cheese, and bright, peppery fresh basil lend incredible flavor to this vibrant pasta dish. Rich pine nuts and nutritious asparagus add texture and dimension. When buying asparagus, look for firm, bright green stalks with tight tips. If stems are tough, simply remove the outer layer with a vegetable peeler.
If only we could all have an Italian grandmother who would teach us to prepare fresh pasta. This is the next best thing. Peppery arugula and shrimp are tossed in a red pepper oil, before joining the cavatelli in a symphony of flavor. Add some breadsticks and dinner is served.
Mushrooms act as the "meat" in this flavorful vegetarian lasagna recipe.
A light dusting of flour gives delicate scallops and nice crispy crust once you pan fry them.
Use whole wheat noodles to make a healthier version of this classic casserole recipe.