Quick and Easy Italian Dishes

You don't need to cook all day. It can be quick and easy to bring fresh, delicious Italian dinners to the table. With these quick and easy Italian everyday dinner recipes, you'll be ready, pronto!

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Festive and Easy Easter Side Dishes

Easter dinner lets you mix things up, unlike at Thanksgiving, when there's the turkey and a list of must-have sides. Sure, many families love ham, but other main courses make appearances; everything from lamb to brisket can be found on American Easter tables. Side dishes are just as varied--some theme their dinners around the notion of springtime flavors like asparagus and minted peas, while others are just as happy to showcase heartier dishes like cheesy, creamy potatoes au gratin or a velvety sweet-potato puree.

Pasta with the Works

Prego Italian Sauce

This cheesy pasta skillet stirs together every good pizza flavor with pepperoni, green pepper, seasoned tomato sauce, olives and mozzarella cheese.

Total: 25 mins

Pasta with The Works

Prego Italian Sauce

What are the works? Pepperoni, peppers, olives and lots of cheese mixed with Italian sauce that tops hot pasta to make an absolutely delicious dish in less than 30 minutes.

Total: 25 mins

Quick and Easy Spaghetti Carbonara

I always like to try and re-create the meals I've enjoyed on my travels, and this Spaghetti Carbonara not only brought back some wonderful memories of Italy, it was so quick and easy to prepare that my husband and I could spend less time in the kitchen and more time reminiscing. It uses only 5 ingredients, and it's ready in just 20 minutes. When Under the Tuscan Sun came out in movie theaters in 2003, I watched Diane Lane fall hopelessly in love with the picturesque countryside of Tuscany -- and I, too, fell hard.

Quick & Easy Dips and Spreads

You want to lay out an assortment of dips that provide familiar flavors without any fuss.These recipes require few ingredients, a big mixing bowl, and a spoon to make and are served with chips.

Easy Turkey Cutlets Italiano

Prego Italian Sauce

Here's a simple, delicious idea for turkey breast cutlets. The turkey is sauteed, then cooked in Italian sauce that's been jazzed up with mushrooms, onions and balsamic vinegar. And it's ready in 35 minutes!

Total: 35 mins

Kickin' Baked Rigatoni

RO*TEL

Rigatoni pasta mixed with Italian sausage, onions, mushrooms and spicy Ro*Tel tomatoes and chilies.

Total: 50 mins

Swedish Meatballs: Quick and Easy Meals

We're big fans of the smorgasbord, the Swedish buffet-style meal where groaning plates of herring, cheeses, salads, sausages, and vegetables present a perfect Scandinavian feast. And no smorgasbord worth its salt would be without kottbullar (Swedish meatballs). They're hearty, meaty party food (small enough so that they're easy to eat while you're mingling), and, served with a side of buttery noodles (sprinkled with parsley) or mashed potatoes, they're a great entree for nights when you don't have time to fuss.

Quick and Easy Dinner Before Thanksgiving

A quick and easy dinner the night before Thanksgiving? You bet. Any marathon runner can tell you that you shouldn't run a long distance prior to the big race.

Quick and Easy Recipes Kids Will Love

Kids are creatures of habit. Until they're not. It can be hair-tearingly frustrating to serve up something they loved yesterday -- like pizza or burgers -- only to have them turn their noses up, literally, and pitch their flatware across the kitchen.

Quick and Easy Dinners for After Thanksgiving

No doubt two little words come to mind when you contemplate what to make for dinner on the day after Thanksgiving: quick and easy. What with all the baking, peeling, roasting, simmering, sauteing, and mashing that you've done in the past week, it's likely both you and your kitchen could use a break. But as sure as the sun will set, here comes dinnertime again.

How to Make Quick and Easy Donuts

For a special breakfast treat learn how to make these quick and easy donuts. The chocolate frosting tops off these delicious donuts.

Shrimp and Roasted Pepper Pizza

Better Homes and Gardens

Tomato pesto is the hidden ingredient that lends fabulous flavor to the Alfredo sauce in this easy main dish recipe.

Spicy Shrimp Fra Diavolo

Family Circle

Diavolo is the Italian word for devil and refers to sauces seasoned with hot chiles. In this 20-minute recipe, red pepper flakes provide plenty of heat for a shrimp and tomato sauce that's tossed with linguine.

10-Minute Tomato Sauce

Food & Wine

A tablespoon of butter makes this speedy sauce especially luxurious. Michael Schlow of Radius in Boston recommends leaving the butter out if you're planning to freeze the sauce, and adding it during reheating.

Total: 10 mins

Anytime Calzones

Better Homes and Gardens

Either of these two flavor variations make a quick and satisfying calzone meal.

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