Mamma Mia! Italian food is one of the most popular ethnic cuisines in America. With stellar ingredients like fresh pasta, Italian Parmigiano Reggiano cheese and Prosciutto di Parma (ham), along with ripe tomatoes, olives and olive oil, how could Italian food be anything but fantastic?
Crispy Breakfast Pita
This is a twist on a piadina, an Italian flatbread. For weeknight ease, I use store-bought pitas as the base. They get topped with a creamy mascarpone spread, a salty bite of prosciutto, a lightly dressed arugula salad, and a fried egg.
No-Fuss Eggplant Parm
This quick-and-easy eggplant parmesan recipe is super-low in carbs and fat, and you won’t even miss the breading.
Tomato Basil Pizza
An easy-to-toss-together pizza that is simplicity itself in ingredients, but complex as can be in flavor.
Spinach Lasagne with Sun-Dried Tomato Sauce
This hearty main dish can be prepared ahead, refrigerated, and baked later.
Legume and Whole Grain Soup
This dish offers a tasty harmony of grains (mostly those that are considered inferior – barley, farro, millet), which have always been the basis of daily nourishment for the masses.
Italian Pork Panini
A garlicky, pork panini with olive tapenade gives “pigskin” a new meaning at your Super Bowl party.
Rosa di Parma (Filled Beef Tenderloin)
Having company? Try this indulgent stuffed beef tenderloin for special occasions.
Classic Spaghetti and Meatballs (Checkered Tablecloth Spaghetti and Meatballs)
A classic tomato sauce, Italian meatballs and spaghetti are a hit whenever they’re served.
Pizza Bianca with Chicken and Fontina
Savory roast chicken and tender caramelized onions top this crispy-crusted pizza.
Triple Coffee Tiramisu
The silken tofu purees beautifully with the mascarpone cheese for a creamy, rich filling.
Baked Italian Oysters
Oysters baked in a dynamic Italian breadcrumb mixture offer a rich distinctive taste.
Chicken Salad with Mozzarella and Olives
Italian-style vegetables are marinated in vinaigrette and tossed with chicken, mozzarella and homemade croutons in this recipe from Crisco Cooking Oils.
Fettuccine with Asparagus and Mushrooms
The pasta, pine nuts and cheese make this recipe a good choice for vegetarians with cancer.