44 Italian Recipes That Are Molto Buone

Hello and welcome to this thing we’re doing where we help you figure out what you’re gonna put in your mouth this week. Some of these are recipes we’ve tried, some of these are recipes we’re looking forward to trying, all of them are fucking delicious. Tell us what you want to put in your piehole or suggest your own recipes, and we’ll talk about which things we made, which things we loved, and which things have changed us irreversibly as people. Most recently, we snacked our way around the globe.


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


2. Chicken Marsala


3. Chicken and Mushroom Manicotti


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

foccaccia flatbread

5. Creamy Chicken Florentine Lasagne


6. Wild Mushroom Quinoa Risotto


7. Tuscan Garlic Burgers with Pesto Mayo


8. Puttanesca-Style Panzanella


9. Tuscan Tortellini Soup


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


11. Roasted Cauliflower and Mushroom Carbonara

Roasted Cauliflower and Mushroom Carbonara 800 3848

12. Portobello Pizza Caps


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

white bean kale soup

14. Sicilian Fish Stew


15. Rustic Vegan Pasta Salad with Arugula and Mushroom


16. Tuscan Chicken Skillet


17. Sicilian Chickpeas with Escarole and Caramelized Onions


18. Garlic Herb Cheese Bombs


19. Parmesan-Coated Asparagus Wrapped in Prosciutto


20. Italian Purse Appetizer


21. Springtime Farro Salad


22. Sicilian Cauliflower and Black Olive Gratin


23. Raw Tuscan Kale Salad


24. Italian Wedding Soup


25. Muffuletta


26. Pesto Eggplant Rollatine


27. Baked Gnocchi with Bacon, Tomato, and Mozzarella


28. Arancini Rice Balls


29. Sicilian Chicken Casserole


30. Zucchini Blossoms Stuffed with Ricotta


31. Focaccia with Caramelized Onion, Tomato, and Rosemary


32. Fried Meatball Stuffed Ravioli


33. Parmesan Crusted Calamari


34. Turkey Florentine Stuffed Cabbage Rolls


35. Zucchini Parmesan Crisps


36. Eggplant Caponata


37. Sicilian Meatball Soup with Cabbage


38. Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs


39. Italian Baked Eggs


40. Italian Drunken Noodles


41. Beef Braciole


42. Sicilian-Inspired Blood Orange Salad


43. Italian Sub with Roasted Red Pepper Aioli


44. White Vegetable Lavegetable-lasagna-8sagna

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    • the task at hand for me now is finding the right kinds of fake meat to use in all of these recipes but also yes, italian tonight, italian every night, italian forever

    • bless tomatoes bless cheese bless pasta bless vegetables bless bread crumbs bless olive oil etc

      • I studied abroad in Rome when I was a junior. My (non-vegan non-allergic)classmates pissed and moaned about the food one week in. I’m pretty sure they were agents of Satan.

      • Oh, no problem, I know google translate can be pretty frustrating :< now excuse me while I go try some of the recipes – Italian living in Italy, never tried any of these

  1. Oh god, the thing I miss about my ex was her little Nonna. That little lady was the reason for many many loved food babies. These all look delicious, they will be tried!

    • 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.

  2. 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

    • yes to the complex concept of cookies not being biscotti. so much yes to the complex concept of cookies not being biscotti.

  3. 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.

    • i loved everything that just happened in this comment. you should post your fave recipe for spaghetti alio olio pepperoncino so i can put it in my mouth, ps.

  4. Mmmmmmmm…….a month and a half of delicious food!

    Asparagus wrapped in proscuitto!!!! And the photos !!

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