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?
Roasted Chicken Legs with Olives
A budget-conscious Italian inspired chicken dish with roasted olives–yum!
Parmigiano Reggiano Risotto with Pepper
This recipe, adapted from Chef Massimo Bottura’s Risotto Cacio e Pepe recipe, uses a rich broth made from Parmigiano Reggiano cheese.
Gluten-Free Spaghetti Squash “Pasta” Puttanesca
This vegetable dish, disguised as a pasta, is a fresh and flavorful gluten-free take on an Italian classic.
Toasted Ciabatta with Shrimp, Tarragon, and Arugula
Tarragon goes so well with shrimp and really elevates the flavors overall.
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.