Authentic Italian Recipes

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Mid-Summer Italian Bread Salad

Rating: 4.56 stars
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Everything in this salad is fresh, except the bread! Prepare this salad by using a loaf of artisan bread or rosemary bread that is a touch stale. If your bread is too fresh, toast it until it is about half as dried and crunchy as a crouton.

Fresh Sardines Naples Style

Rating: 3.8 stars
6
Fresh sardines are fried to a crispy golden brown, and drizzled with a garlic and white wine vinaigrette then topped off with a sprinkling of fresh mint leaves. Serve this appetizer with a good white wine.

Ciabatta

Rating: 4.55 stars
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Take five minutes today to make the starter, also called sponge, and tomorrow you can bake two loaves of this marvelous, slightly sour, rustic Italian bread that has a hearty crust.

Traditional Osso Buco

Rating: 4.61 stars
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This recipe is a traditional but simple way of cooking Osso Buco (veal shanks). The white wine is a must in this dish.

Calamari

Rating: 4.49 stars
153
This is a delicious, very easy, quick but moderately expensive recipe. Everyone I've ever fixed it for absolutely loves it!

Mostaccioli Mosta

Rating: 4.28 stars
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The black olives make this dish a little different from other red pasta dishes.

Lasagne Verdi al Forno

Rating: 4.63 stars
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A recipe from my home in Emilia-Romagna, Italy; this lasagna made with spinach pasta cannot be beat. It's excellent if you want to impress some guests, or even yourself. It may be a bit time consuming, but it's well worth the TLC you put into it.

Italian Anisette Cookies

Rating: 4.46 stars
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Old Italian recipe.

Pan-Fried Asparagus

Rating: 4.61 stars
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This garlic asparagus dish is a Northern Italian side dish. My family loves it! Even the kids!

Spaghetti Aglio e Olio

Rating: 4.69 stars
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No two spaghetti aglio e olio recipes are alike, but this one is pretty true to the classic method. The key is slowly toasting the garlic slices to a perfect golden-brown in the olive oil. If it's too light, you don't get the full flavor and if it's too dark it gets bitter. My advice? Do it perfectly.

Ricotta Pie (Old Italian Recipe)

Rating: 4.44 stars
69
This is an old Italian recipe for a pie with a sweet crust--just like from the old country. My in-laws are Italian and they say that this is the best pie. It is always requested for Christmas. Mini chocolate bits and lemon rind can be mixed into the batter.

Bucatini Cacio e Pepe (Roman Sheep Herder's Pasta)

Rating: 4.65 stars
14
This peasant food comes from Roman sheep herders who had little time and money to spend on eating. They used their sheep's cheese and a bit of the water that cooked the pasta to create a cream, then added black pepper to give it some extra flavor. Cheap, easy, and fast: this was perfect for them and for us even today!
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Italian Leafy Green Salad

Rating: Unrated
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"This has become one of our favorites. I really enjoy the blend of lettuces and I often serve this salad with Italian meals." – JeanieMomof3

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Pasta Fazool (Pasta e Fagioli)

Rating: 4.77 stars
155

This classic Italian-American comfort food works with any kind of sausage, but I like the fennel and anise flavors of sweet Italian sausage with the beans--it's a hearty soup that's fast and easy to put together.