Mamma Mia! Italian food is one of the most popular ethnic cuisines in America. With stellar ingredients like fresh pasta, Italian Parmigiano Reggiano cheese and Prosciutto di Parma (ham), along with ripe tomatoes, olives and olive oil, how could Italian food be anything but fantastic?
Gluten-Free Spaghetti Squash “Pasta” Puttanesca
This vegetable dish, disguised as a pasta, is a fresh and flavorful gluten-free take on an Italian classic.
Toasted Ciabatta with Shrimp, Tarragon, and Arugula
Tarragon goes so well with shrimp and really elevates the flavors overall.
Crispy Breakfast Pita
This is a twist on a piadina, an Italian flatbread. For weeknight ease, I use store-bought pitas as the base. They get topped with a creamy mascarpone spread, a salty bite of prosciutto, a lightly dressed arugula salad, and a fried egg.
Spinach Lasagne with Sun-Dried Tomato Sauce
This hearty main dish can be prepared ahead, refrigerated, and baked later.
Legume and Whole Grain Soup
This dish offers a tasty harmony of grains (mostly those that are considered inferior – barley, farro, millet), which have always been the basis of daily nourishment for the masses.
Pizza Bianca with Chicken, Caramelized Onions and Fontina
Savory roast chicken and tender caramelized onions on a crisp crust.
Italian Eggplant, Meat, and Rice
This hearty dish topped with tomato sauce and cheese is kind of like a rice dressing–most people don’t even realize it has eggplant.
Eggplant and Zucchini Lasagna
If you don’t tell your family this rich lasagna is meatless, they probably won’t think to ask.
Meatballs with Tomato Sauce
There’s lots of the tangy sauce, which is great over pasta and freezes well.
Baked Italian Oysters
Oysters baked in a dynamic Italian breadcrumb mixture offer a rich distinctive taste.
Fettuccine with Asparagus and Mushrooms
The pasta, pine nuts and cheese make this recipe a good choice for vegetarians with cancer.
Roasted Tomatoes, Beans and Onions
This hearty healthy vegetable casserole needs no meat to make a satisfying meal.
This healthy version of an Italian classic is great hot out of the oven or heated up for leftover lunch.