Italian Recipes

The best Italian-style pasta, chicken dishes, soup, and more. Traditional recipes with photos and videos to make them just like in the old country.

Staff Picks

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

Rating: 4.65 stars
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!

Torta di Mele (Italian Apple Cake)

Rating: 5 stars
This Italian apple cake recipe is from my mom and reminds me of my childhood. It tastes delicious, and I bake it for my family now.

Italian Shrimp and Scallop Risotto

Rating: 4.69 stars
The secret to making a good seafood risotto is to use a high-quality fish stock and of course the freshest seafood you can find. Cook the shellfish and rice separately, as the rice needs more time. If you cook them together, the shellfish will overcook and get chewy.

Italian Baked Meatballs

Rating: 4.69 stars
This recipe makes the most tender and tasty meatballs. I also freeze these meatballs and take out how many servings I need for each meal. If cooking in sauce, add baked meatballs 20 minutes before serving time.

Traditional Spaghetti all'Amatriciana

Rating: 4.67 stars
This classic Roman pasta dish is quick and easy to make with few ingredients. Traditionally, guanciale is used, but I prefer pancetta.

Hearty Minestrone Soup (Instant Pot®)

Rating: 4.67 stars
So I feel like I am using my Instant Pot® at least 4 times a week. I have been having a great time experimenting and am amazed at the way the flavors are locked in and how quickly the meals are finished... not to say the super easy clean up. The main insert can go in the dishwasher and I hand-clean the top with very sudsy water.

Lasagne Alla Bolognese Saporite

Rating: 4.92 stars
This is the classic lasagne alla Bolognese recipe from the Emilia region in Northern Italy. The Bolognese sauce is made with a mixture of beef and pork mince. The addition of prosciutto, red wine, cinnamon, and nutmeg make it truly authentic.

Lemony Pork Piccata

Rating: 4.42 stars
A wonderful tender pork dish with a delicate piccata sauce. Very simple and really delicious.

Tortellini Pesto Salad

Rating: 4.65 stars
Wonderful pasta salad. So different from the Italian dressing pasta salads. Very hearty side dish or main dish for lunch. Crunchy veggies and rich pesto sauce.

Chicken and Asparagus Fettuccine

Rating: 4.44 stars
This is so rich and filling that one serving goes a long way. Crusty bread and a salad is all this creamy dish needs to make a complete and hearty meal.

Chef John's Italian Meatballs

Rating: 4.82 stars
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.

Panna Cotta

Rating: 4.73 stars
A traditional, easy, and delicious Italian custard. I had a difficult time finding a good and easy recipe on the internet, so I made up my own recipe. It tastes just like the panna cotta served at Italian restaurants. Serve with warm hot fudge sauce and fresh raspberries on top. This keeps well for several days in the refrigerator.

Inspiration and Ideas

Kim's Lasagna
Rating: Unrated
"WOW—rave reviews all around! Everyone wanted the recipe. This will be my go-to lasagna recipe from now on." – Karen
Mushroom Chicken Piccata
Rating: Unrated
"This recipe was so easy and turned out great! My family LOVED it" – Melodee