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!

How to Cook Italian Sausage

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.

Alfredo Pizza

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Scallops Fra Diavolo

Family Circle

Fra diavolo, Italian for "brother devil," is a spicy pasta sauce that pairs perfectly with seafood and pasta.

Anytime Calzones

Better Homes and Gardens

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

Blue Cheese and Balsamic Chicken Pizza

Midwest Living

Looking for an adult pizza dinner? Top your crust with a balsamic-spiked tomato sauce, mushrooms, sun-dried tomatoes and blue cheese, then serve with a side salad.

How to Make Baked Ziti

Sure, your friend's Italian-American grandmother knows how to make baked ziti, but why not gather a few tricks yourself? Ziti, a dish that's as beloved as spaghetti with meatballs, is poised to be your next Sunday supper.

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.

Muffin Pan Pizza


Pizza crust-lovers will adore these savory "cupcakes" all of the tasty toppings are mixed in with whole-wheat dough before baking in a muffin pan.

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.

Garlic Bread

Better Homes and Gardens

You need just six ingredients to whip up this 12-minute Garlic Bread recipe.

Antipasto Pizza


Start your day the sunny way with a pizza topped with fresh vegetables and eggs. Feeling hungry? Add some bacon or crumbled sausage.

Total: 30 mins

How to Cook Spaghetti

Sometimes the most comforting, satisfying meals happen to be the simplest to put together. Spaghetti and meatballs is a classic favorite for both children and grownups, and you don't even need a traditional Italian mamma to show you how to cook spaghetti. Certain variations of spaghetti and meatballs can be tricky, but if you stick to the basics--including prepared sauce and store-bought meatballs, this dish becomes practically foolproof.

Crispy Eggplant with Spicy Tomato-Feta Cheese Sauce

Better Homes and Gardens

For a mild cheese flavor, sprinkle feta cheese over the spaghetti sauce. For a more robust flavor, use blue cheese.

Bow Ties with Sausage and Sweet Peppers

Better Homes and Gardens

It's hard to believe this delicious sausage, sweet pepper, and pasta main dish recipe only takes 30 minutes to prepare.

Total: 25 mins

Classic Fettuccine alla Carbonara

Better Homes and Gardens

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.

Total: 25 mins

Fusilli Primavera

Better Homes and Gardens

Fresh vegetables tossed with fun shaped pasta make this low-calorie vegetarian meal nice for entertaining.

Total: 40 mins
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