Popular Italian Cuisine Recipes

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.

Donatella's Italian Mac & Cheese

With a decadent blend of 4 Italian cheeses, a crunchy garlic-breadcrumb topping, and a drizzle of fragrant truffle oil, this recipe transforms the comfort food classic into an elegant show-stopper. Take care to only cook to al dente; the pasta will continue to cook in the oven, absorbing the flavors of the luxurious cheese sauce.

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Donatella's Italian Mac & Cheese

Donatellas Cavatelli with Spicy Shrimp

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.

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Donatellas Cavatelli with Spicy Shrimp

Cannoli Cupcakes

Just as yummy as cannoli purchased in an Italian bakery (but much easier to make), these sweet, tender cupcakes are topped with a frosting made with ricotta cheese. The choice between whole milk ricotta and skim milk ricotta is yours to make; the frosting is delicious when made with either product.

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Cannoli Cupcakes

Open-Face Italian Beef Sandwiches

Refrigerated cooked beef and broiler-browned peppers team up on a crusty ciabatta bun in this quick-fix sandwich. If you cannot find whole grain ciabatta buns, just cut a whole grain baguette into 4 portions.

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Open-Face Italian Beef Sandwiches

Eggplant Parmesan Heros

Eggplant slices breaded in crushed croutons turn this sandwich in to a thoroughly satisfying meat-free meal. When purchasing eggplants, select one that is firm and heavy for its size.

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Eggplant Parmesan Heros

Smoky Chicken Pizzas

Rich in vitamin C and potassium, bright and peppery arugula isn't just for salads, and this pizza proves it. Add a light drizzle of your favorite barbeque sauce before baking for an even more wonderfully smoky flavor.

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Smoky Chicken Pizzas

Lemon-Basil Pasta

Protein-packed cannellini beans, lemon zest, and heady fresh basil fill this made-in-minutes pasta dish with fresh summer flavors. To store extra basil, snip a quarter-inch from its stems, stand it in a glass filled with about an inch of water, cover loosely with a plastic bag, and refrigerate.

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Lemon-Basil Pasta

Lemon-Basil Pasta

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Lemon-Basil Pasta

Cheesy Millet and Black Pepper Breadsticks

Crisp, yeasty and thoroughly healthful, these breadsticks combine whole grains and cheese in a delightful way. Although millet is a common protein in much of the world, it's not so common here. Look for the neutral-tasting grain in the health food aisles of your supermarket.

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Cheesy Millet and Black Pepper Breadsticks

Simple Stromboli

A specialty of Philadelphia, stromboli is a calzone-like sandwich baked in its own bread. Although fillings may vary, the turkey, ham, mozzarella, and sweet peppers in this one are a good place to start. Another time, fill the Stromboli with just about anything you happen to have on hand.

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Simple Stromboli

Prosciutto-Stuffed Chicken Bake

Talk about time-saving. The chicken's wild rice and broccoli side dish bakes in the same pan, meaning that all you need to do is toss up a simple green salad in order to make it a complete meal. When purchasing prosciutto from a deli, insist that the clerk place sheets of paper between the wafer-thin slices. Without paper, prosciutto slices are nearly impossible to separate.

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Prosciutto-Stuffed Chicken Bake

Spaghetti Bake

Even children who are suspicious about "mixed" foods such as casseroles will dig into this baked beauty with relish. Chances are this will become a family favorite, so next time, try making it with ground turkey instead of ground beef!

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Spaghetti Bake

Chocolate Palmiers

Named "palmiers (the French word for palm trees) these ornate confections really do resemble palm leaves. Making them is a labor of love, but not that difficult. Just be sure to allow dough plenty of time to chill.

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Chocolate Palmiers

Tuscan Cheesecake Bites

Panko -- extra-crispy Japanese bread crumbs -- give the crusts of these savory small cheesecakes a pleasingly crunchy texture. Grind walnuts in a food processor or blender until they're as fine as cornmeal.

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Tuscan Cheesecake Bites

Rosemary Bruschetta Stacks

Small sandwiches are always a hit on the appetizer table, and these quick and easy tomato-cheese melters are no exception. Another time, make these stacks with large slices of bread (rather than bruschetta) and serve the sandwiches for lunch or dinner.

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Rosemary Bruschetta Stacks

Cilantro Pesto with Almonds

Bright and peppery cilantro and parsley are perfectly balanced by tangy white vinegar and rich, warm almonds in this creative twist on the traditional pesto. Almonds, like all nuts, are susceptible to rancidity due to their high fat content. For optimal shelf life, store almonds in a air-tight container in the freezer, for 3-6 months.

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Cilantro Pesto with Almonds

Italian Fried Steak with Roasted Pepper Pesto

Roasted red peppers lend a phenomenal smoky-sweet flavor to this succulent fried steak. Sharp Romano cheese and peppery fresh basil add brightness and life, recreating the classic Italian flavors everybody loves. Serve alongside a fresh salad or overtop crisp, steamed green beans, dressed in olive oil and garlic.

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Italian Fried Steak with Roasted Pepper Pesto

Garlic Bread with Chard

Rich in vitamins, minerals and protein, Swiss chard brings life to this savory ciabatta. Aromatic garlic and rich butter infuse the chard with incredible flavor, balancing the greens' natural bitterness. When buying Swiss chard, look for tender leaves and crisp stalks. Store in a plastic bag in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

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Garlic Bread with Chard

Stuffed Shells

At its best, Italian cuisine creates a symphony of flavor from only a few simple ingredients. With rich ground beef, bright San Marzano tomatoes and a classic blend of Italian cheeses, these amazing stuffed shells perfectly embody this timeless culinary sensibility.

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Stuffed Shells

Decadent Hazelnut Cheesecake

Rich, creamy, and oh-so-seductive, this luxurious cheesecake is sure to impress even the most discerning dinner guests. Hazelnuts, like most other nuts, have a high fat content, making them particularly susceptible to rancidity. Extend their shelf life by storing in an air-tight container in the freezer for up to 3 months.

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Decadent Hazelnut Cheesecake

White Chocolate, Cornmeal, and Almond Mini Biscotti

These mini biscotti cookies are delicious with morning coffee or evening cocoa. Glazed with white chocolate and sprinkled with jimmies, they're a sweet treat made for dipping.

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White Chocolate, Cornmeal, and Almond Mini Biscotti

Strawberry-Goat Cheese Bruschetta

Surprise your guests with this quick appetizer recipe that combines cheese and fresh strawberries on a lightly toasted baguette.

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Strawberry-Goat Cheese Bruschetta

Tuscan Cheese Potato Bake

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Tuscan Cheese Potato Bake

Penne with Arrabiatta Sauce

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Penne with Arrabiatta Sauce

Chicago-Style Deep-Dish Pizza

Illinois -- Bake this generous pizza in a pan at least 2 inches deep.

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Chicago-Style Deep-Dish Pizza

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