40 No-Fail Italian Favorites, Plus 10 Classic Sauces
Everyday Italian recipes are family staples - they're quick, hearty, and everyone loves 'em! For easy Italian recipes you will make again and again, we've compiled this collection of 40 No-Fail Italian Favorites, Plus 10 Classic Sauces you can make at home! From Italian meatball recipes to Italian pasta dish recipes, they're all here - so dig in and "mangia"!
Table of Contents
Soups, Salads & Appetizers
You're gonna want to grab the biggest ladle in the house when you make Mama Marie's Wedding Soup, 'cause this comforting soup is the perfect marriage of tastes and textures!
There are a million different versions of this famous Italian soup - all good. Here's a classic, easy recipe that'll give you a potful of "delicious" and "warm."
Nothing satisfies your hungry gang like a big antipasto. It's an Italian style green salad made hearty with meats and cheese, in this case, salami, turkey and provolone. Mix it up and mangia! (That means "Eat!" in Italian.)
One quick trip to your market is all it takes to turn out an antipasto worthy of an Italian restaurant. Our Deli Antipasto Toss is so easy to throw together as an appetizer or light lunch.
Garden-fresh ruby-red tomatoes teamed with chunks of mozzarella cheese and drizzled with a homemade balsamic dressing make for the freshest-tasting Italian-style starter.
Taste the comfort of homemade Italian bread topped with yummy cheese and seasonings. My Way Bruschetta will have everybody applauding and saying, "Molto Bene!" (Very good!)
The key to a great antipasto is have the right mix of tastes and textures and we have the secret. Just toss together this classic Italian Antipasto with readily available ingredients from your market, and enjoy!
This Italian-Antipasto Grilled Cheese sandwich has all the tastes of a favorite Italian restaurant-style salad, in a warmy melty sandwich. This one is guaranteed to be a hit!
Pizza & Sandwiches
No, Pizza Margherita is not named after the drink. It's actually a classic traditional Italian pizza recipe with fresh mozzarella that your whole gang will want to make part of their own tradition.
Our good friends shared a tip with us that we use over and over. Instead of dry bread crumbs in your homemade meatballs, use cut-up slices of white bread. Your meatballs will come out moister and tastier.
Load the meats and cheeses onto Baked Italian Heroes. Drizzle these submarine sandwiches with Italian dressing, and hope that you've got giant appetites waiting!
Turn deli meat and cheese favorites into a hot and melty Italian-style stromboli in no time. Our Marketplace Stromboli delivers great taste using ingredients right from the supermarket.
Whether it's game day or just a busy day, our Meatball Calzones are a great choice for both. They're quick to put together, quick to bake, and even quicker to gobble up. And since we like to overstuff our calzones, you can bet everyone will feel full and satisfied!
What a super way to use up leftover ham! These easy pizzeria-style Ham 'n' Cheese Strombolis always deliver tasty raves; and you might just find yourself buying ham on purpose to make these.
Get your finicky eaters to eagerly eat their veggies with our delicious Pizza Zucchini Boats. This recipe delivers an "everybody loves it" pizza taste sure to sail off their plates!
Tomato flatbread is popular on restaurant menus, and now you can make it at home...easily. We recommend topping it with fresh slivered basil, too.
Pasta & Vegetable Dishes
What makes this a Better Baked Ziti than your everyday baked ziti recipe? We think it has something to do with the three different cheeses that make it ooey-gooey good, but we'll let you decide!
The nice thing about this fettuccine recipe is that, for flavor and ease, on a scale of 1 to 10, it rates a 10! Why, it's good enough to be served in the finest Italian restaurant.
With no need to pre-cook noodles, this No Fuss Lasagna is our kind of easy family dinner!
No muscle is needed to get the family to the table when this dish of Linguini with Mussels is served!
Creamy Cavatelli is a great last-minute throw-together. The cavatelli is in the freezer, the soup is in the cupboard, the pepperoni is in the fridge, and the tomatoes are on the counter. In minutes, you've got a super meal.
Try our Broccoli and Cheese Manicotti tonight. It's a satisfying, homestyle baked Italian favorite that you'll find a cinch to make from scratch, especially when you use this fool-proof trick to filling the pasta shells!
Baked Macaroni and Eggplant Neapolitan is like eggplant parmigiana and baked ziti all rolled into one. Every mouthful is pure delight!
Not only is this Lemon Parmesan Risotto restaurant-worthy, but it's so easy to make, you'll wonder why you've waited so long to tackle risotto in your own kitchen.
Basil, garlic, tomatoes, zucchini...what an all-star line-up! And when you put them together in this Italian favorite, you'll be tempted to sing Italian love songs.
Baked Penne Primavera is a favorite baked vegetable and pasta dish, thanks to its fresh-from-the-garden taste & creamy, fill-ya-up satisfaction.
Risotto is really popular in many restaurants these days, and now we can easily make it ourselves. The keys to making this Cheesy Easy Risotto are using arborio rice, adding the chicken broth a little at a time, and stirring it constantly.
The age-old struggle to find ways to get everyone to eat their vegetables just got easier . Our incredibly delicious Vegetable Pasta Toss is so colorful and tasty, they may even ask for second helpings.
These Old World Italian-style meatballs are the secret family recipe of guest chef Daniel Mancini, who shared his grandmother's special recipe with us!
This creamy, cheesy, fancy-sounding Italian chicken dish gets whipped up in a jiffy because it calls for one of our favorite shortcuts: cooked rotisserie chicken.
Forget washing a bunch of pots and pans tonight. Our Chicken Cacciatore One Pot requires only, you guessed it, one pot! Cleanup is a cinch and whether you choose to serve it over pasta or rice, you'll have a new dinner favorite on your hands for sure!
This budget-friendly steak recipe is so fancy-looking and tasting, no one will ever believe how easy and reasonable it was. Check out our Italian Beef Roll-ups for making a weeknight special or impressing company!
Hearty and comforting Italian Beef Stew is a great winter recipe, but don't let that stop you from enjoying it year-round! It's a definite crowd-pleaser!
If you want to look like a seasoned cook, serve up these beefy pinwheels. Steak lovers will praise you, since the filling is so flavorful. Please let us know what your gang thinks. We love your feedback.
Who would have guessed that those little packages of ramen noodles could be so versatile? Our delicious Stovetop Chicken Noodle Parmigiana cooks up all in one skillet, so it's quicker and clean up's a breeze!
This is a heartier version of traditional manicotti. With the addition of chicken, broccoli and pimientos, I'm betting that my Creamy Chicken Manicotti will become your family's new favorite Italian dish!
When you want to get all the flavors of Mama's old-fashioned Italian-style cooking, without having to spend hours at the stove, then you've got try this recipe! Our Italian Chicken and Rice is a tasty dinner that'll satisfy the whole family.
Very Ritzy Italian Chicken is fancy enough for company, but easy enough to add excitement to any weeknight meal. Our creamy-cheesy topping for chicken breasts taste luxurious.
Sauteing is the quick cooking method used to make our Chicken Scaloppine. No matter whatchya call it, this quick chicken dish is as flavorful and delicate as any chicken dish you'll ever taste.
This recipe for Italian Chicken Tortellini Soup was sent to us by Jaye, in Florida. Full of flavor and love, this is one soup recipe that's sure to warm the hearts and bellies of your loved ones.
Classic Italian Sauces
Why buy store-bought Italian-style pesto sauce when it’s so easy to turn out our own freshly made basil pesto sauce in a blender or food processor? This recipe for Fresh Pesto Sauce is so versatile, you will make it again and again...
Who would have thought a classic could be this easy? Butter, heavy cream, black pepper and Parmesan cheese. Yup - four ingredients, one pan, a few minutes, and we're ready for some really good eatin'!!!
Bolognese Sauce is a classic meat sauce that comes from the same place that gave us that other classic: bologna sausage. (And that's no baloney!)
Nothing shouts fresh better than a homemade marinara sauce. Why buy bottled when homemade is so easy and we can skip all those preservatives?
Creamy Vodka Sauce is one of the best pasta sauces I've ever tasted. It's very rich, so serve it with a light salad for balance.
Light and flavorful, our recipe for white clam sauce will beat canned by a mile!
Add a little kick to your pasta dish with our Spicy Red Sauce. It's a hearty and low fat, tomato-based pasta sauce that's ready for covering all your noodles in, in just 15 minutes!
Our Old World Marinara Sauce is so good, your pasta will be begging to be covered in it! And your pizza. And your veggies. Maybe you should make this easy pasta recipe in big batches!
With just a few simple ingredients you probably already have at home, you can make your own Pasta Sauce in a Jiffy. This sauce fits anyone on a diabetic diet, and it's so easy, why wouldn't you give this flavorful option a try?
A good meat sauce is always welcome over our Italian pasta dishes, but if you have diabetes, that sort of recipe might be off limits. Well, not anymore, 'cause our Ground Turkey Pasta Sauce is made with healthier ingredients, yet packs all the comforting taste you'd expect!