44 Italian Recipes That Are Molto Buone

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Everyone I knew growing up in New Jersey was Italian. I was one of zillions of girls with the middle name Marie and one of trillions of other people my age who actually knew how to pronounce “ricotta.” (None of you know how to pronounce “ricotta.”) But I’ve realized now that a lot of y’all weren’t raised on macaroni and gravy, and it’s a damn shame. Here’s 44 recipes that’ll take you across Italia and back again for seconds.


1. Zuppa Toscana

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2. Chicken Marsala

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3. Chicken and Mushroom Manicotti

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4. Stuffed Focaccia with Arugula, Feta and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

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5. Creamy Chicken Florentine Lasagne

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6. Wild Mushroom Quinoa Risotto

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7. Tuscan Garlic Burgers with Pesto Mayo

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8. Puttanesca-Style Panzanella

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9. Tuscan Tortellini Soup

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10. Creamy Tagliatelle with Bacon, Portobello Mushrooms and Truffle Oil

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11. Roasted Cauliflower and Mushroom Carbonara

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12. Portobello Pizza Caps

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13. Tuscan-Style Sausage, White Bean, and Kale Soup

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14. Sicilian Fish Stew

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15. Rustic Vegan Pasta Salad with Arugula and Mushroom

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16. Tuscan Chicken Skillet

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17. Sicilian Chickpeas with Escarole and Caramelized Onions

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18. Garlic Herb Cheese Bombs

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19. Parmesan-Coated Asparagus Wrapped in Prosciutto

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20. Italian Purse Appetizer

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21. Springtime Farro Salad

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22. Sicilian Cauliflower and Black Olive Gratin

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23. Raw Tuscan Kale Salad

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24. Italian Wedding Soup

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25. Muffuletta

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26. Pesto Eggplant Rollatine

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27. Baked Gnocchi with Bacon, Tomato, and Mozzarella

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28. Arancini Rice Balls

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29. Sicilian Chicken Casserole

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30. Zucchini Blossoms Stuffed with Ricotta

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31. Focaccia with Caramelized Onion, Tomato, and Rosemary

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32. Fried Meatball Stuffed Ravioli

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33. Parmesan Crusted Calamari

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34. Turkey Florentine Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

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35. Zucchini Parmesan Crisps

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36. Eggplant Caponata

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37. Sicilian Meatball Soup with Cabbage

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38. Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs

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39. Italian Baked Eggs

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40. Italian Drunken Noodles

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41. Beef Braciole

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42. Sicilian-Inspired Blood Orange Salad

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43. Italian Sub with Roasted Red Pepper Aioli

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44. White Vegetable Lavegetable-lasagna-8sagna


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23 Comments

    • ugh, true life, it’s a glaring omission by accident! because i had a recipe bookmarked, but then it turned out to be not good, and then i forgot to look for a new one and i saw the word sicilian so many times and did i mention i’m sicilian and now deeply ashamed. ANYWAY! i don’t eat fish, so! but! next time. for the seafood list, mayhaps.

  1. Oh, yes, my life! Please tell me, did your grandma always want to add 2-3 times as much flour to cookies as the recipe called for? My bisnonna could not understand the concept of cookies =/= biscotti. As a result, I cannot deal with soft cookies. XD

  2. Aww no spaghetti alio olio pepperoncino. Gutting. I was brought up on that. My fam lived in Italy for years and recipes from La Grande Ricetta have been the source of my meals for ever. I was the weird kid on the bus with salami sandwiches when no one in 80s/early 90s England ate antipasti or even pasta. Salute! I raise my bruschetta to all Italian, or surrogate Italians out there. May your mascarpone al caffe be epic.

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