Authentic Italian Recipes

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Mid-Summer Italian Bread Salad

Rating: 4.5 stars 210
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: 4 stars 10
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.


Rating: 4.5 stars 297
This recipe bakes two golden loaves of marvelous rustic Italian bread.

Traditional Osso Buco

Rating: 4.5 stars 241
Osso buco is a classic, comforting, rich Italian stew featuring braised veal shanks.


Rating: 4.5 stars 206
This is a delicious, very easy, quick but moderately expensive recipe. Everyone I've ever fixed it for absolutely loves it!

Mostaccioli Mosta

Rating: 4.5 stars 50
The black olives make this dish a little different from other red pasta dishes.

Lasagne Verdi al Forno

Rating: 4.5 stars 52
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: 4.5 stars 171
Old Italian recipe.

Pan-Fried Asparagus

Rating: 4.5 stars 1765
This garlic asparagus dish is a Northern Italian side dish. My family loves it! Even the kids!

Spaghetti Aglio e Olio

Rating: 4.5 stars 465
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: 4.5 stars 85
Deliciously silky ricotta pie with a scattering of chocolate chips.

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

Rating: 4.5 stars 18
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!

Inspiration and Ideas

Italian Leafy Green Salad
Rating: Unrated 110
"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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Balsamic Bruschetta
Rating: 5 stars 1165

An easy recipe for homemade bruschetta, the classic Italian appetizer.