Italian Main Dish Recipes

Many of our favorite main dishes are Italian favorites like lasagna, eggplant parmesan, shrimp scampi, spaghetti, and risotto - browse more than 1,520 Italian main dishes, rated & reviewed by home cooks like you.

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Eggplant Parmesan

Rating: 4.5 stars 3673
An easy, cheesy eggplant Parmesan with baked eggplant slices, instead of fried.

Shrimp Scampi with Pasta

Rating: 4.5 stars 1263
Try this shrimp scampi recipe served with pasta for the ultimate seafood pasta dish.

Hearty Meatball Sandwich

Rating: 4.5 stars 203
A cross between meatloaf and meatballs, this sandwich promises to hold together without being messy.
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Pork Chops Italiano

Rating: 4.5 stars 421
Flavorful, tender pork chops with Italian pizzazz. Great served over noodles.

Kay's Spaghetti and Lasagna Sauce

Rating: 4.5 stars 766
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.

Tilapia Scaloppine

Rating: 4.5 stars 246
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

Rating: 4.5 stars 221
A taste of the Mediterranean in one delicious baked chicken dish. This is a classic Chicken Mirabella recipe.

Original Homemade Italian Beef

Rating: 4.5 stars 657
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

Rating: 5 stars 19677
It takes a little work, but it is worth it.

Pesto Pasta

Rating: 4.5 stars 200
For a simple, savory dish cook chopped onions in olive oil and ready-made pesto. Toss with hot pasta and grated Parmesan cheese, then serve up hot or cold. Either way it's deliciously easy!
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Rating: 4.5 stars 749
This has all the good stuff - ricotta, mozzarella, eggs and parmesan. Season with salt and pepper and stuff this yummy stuffing into pre-cooked manicotti. Pour on your favorite tomato sauce and bake.
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Mushroom Risotto

Rating: 4.5 stars 408
Delicious mushroom risotto made with vegetable broth, cream, and a variety of fresh vegetables. Serve as a side dish or filling main course.

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World's Best Lasagna
Rating: 5 stars 19363

Filling and satisfying, John Chandler's lasagna is our most popular recipe. With basil, sausage, ground beef and three types of cheese, it lives up to its name.