Italian Main Dish Recipes

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Shrimp Scampi with Pasta

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Well-rounded seafood and pasta dish. Good with any pasta; angel hair is less filling.

Hearty Meatball Sandwich

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A cross between meatloaf and meatballs, this sandwich promises to hold together without being messy.
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Pork Chops Italiano

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Flavorful, tender pork chops with Italian pizzazz. Great served over noodles.

Kay's Spaghetti and Lasagna Sauce

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This sauce came from a good friend's Italian mother-in-law. It is easy, and by far the best homemade sauce I know of. Great for both spaghetti and lasagna. Pssst...the secret is the sugar! Also, as I am now vegetarian, it tastes great with out the meat! Just substitute two tablespoons olive oil for the beef.

Tagliatelle with Coriander Pesto

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Fresh tagliatelli, coated in a delicious and nutty homemade coriander (cilantro) pesto! Perfect and scrumptious side dish or vegetarian main dish!

Tilapia Scaloppine

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I often eat at Macaroni Grill and order their Pollo Scaloppine. I thought I might try and adapt it at home using a mild fish. My husband was amazed at what I came up with. It's good with salad, brown rice and crusty bread.
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Prune and Olive Chicken

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A taste of the Mediterranean in one delicious baked chicken dish. This is a classic Chicken Mirabella recipe.

Original Homemade Italian Beef

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Best homemade Italian beef I have ever had. My mom always made it and passed it down to me, I think it's just so good...I wanted everyone to enjoy please do!

World's Best Lasagna

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It takes a little work, but it is worth it.

Chicken Parmesan

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My version of chicken parmesan is a little different than what they do in the restaurants, with less sauce and a crispier crust.

Gourmet Mushroom Risotto

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Authentic Italian-style risotto cooked the slow and painful way, but oh so worth it. Complements grilled meats and chicken dishes very well. Check the rice by biting into it. It should be slightly al dente (or resist slightly to the tooth but not be hard in the center).

Chef John's Italian Meatballs

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Homemade meatballs are a very easy to make, and since we skip the very messy step of pan-frying these before they hit the sauce, it becomes downright simple. Here I use a standard half-beef/half-pork mixture. You can substitute water or beef broth for the milk, if preferred.

Inspiration and Ideas

Chicken Scallopini

"An excellent, solid 5-star recipe. I just cook the chicken few minutes on each side, just until the chicken turns opaque. Moist and tender!" – naples34102

Simple Spinach Lasagna

"Very good and easy to throw together. I used fresh spinach." – DIZ?

Sausage, Peppers, Onions, and Potato Bake

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This is an Italian comfort food classic! The smell of this cooking in my kitchen transports me back to playing on the street in front of my Papa and Gigi's house in Brooklyn. I make 2 trays of this for every family get-together, and it's gone in a flash!