Authentic Italian Recipes

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Mid-Summer Italian Bread Salad

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

Mostaccioli Mosta

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The black olives make this dish a little different from other red pasta dishes.

Lasagne Verdi al Forno

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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

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Old Italian recipe.

Pan-Fried Asparagus

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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

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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.

Italian Wedding Soup I

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Coming from Rhode Island, a very ethnic state, this soup was traditionally served at Italian weddings. Serve with grated Parmesan cheese.

Cavatelli and Broccoli

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135
This is quick meal to make. Serve with garlic bread.

Inspiration and Ideas

Italian Leafy Green Salad

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

Italian Cream Cake II

"My family beg me to make this cake every year for the holidays!" – PERF5TH

Salsa di Noci

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12

A local chef in Cinque Terre prepared this dish for us using the herbs we'd picked only moments before. 15 years after trying the dish for the first time, we still make it at home often.