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.
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.
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.
Think of this vegetarian recipe as a caprese salad plus pasta!
A slow cooker is the perfect tool to tenderize kale and infuse each tomatoey bite with the flavor of Italian herbs.
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.
A light dusting of flour gives delicate scallops and nice crispy crust once you pan fry them.
Mushrooms act as the "meat" in this flavorful vegetarian lasagna recipe.
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.
Use whole wheat noodles to make a healthier version of this classic casserole recipe.
Just four pantry and refrigerator staples are required to make this quick and comforting Italian soup.
Mac 'n' cheese takes a decidedly Italian twist with bow tie pasta and mascarpone cheese. This quick and easy dinner can be on the table in 30 minutes.
The pasta water is infused with garlic and basil to impart lots of flavor to this pasta.