5 Classic Italian Dishes
Savor traditional Italian flavors like piping hot marinara sauce, melted mozzarella cheese, and loads of garlic in these tried-and-true dinnertime favorites.
Chicken Parmesan is brilliant in its simplicity: just dredge chicken breasts in seasoned breadcrumbs and pan-fry until crispy and golden brown. Top with homemade tomato sauce and mozzarella and parmesan cheeses and bake for 20 minutes. This dish is sure to be a hit with the whole family!
Recipe: Chicken Parmesan
Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Tiffany Vickers
Spaghetti with Pork Bolognese
Traditional bolognese hails from northern Italy and is best described as a rich and hearty meat sauce. Sautéed veggies complement the full-bodied pork flavors, while extra tomatoes, vegetable broth, nutmeg, and cinnamon leave your taste buds wanting more. Mix this luscious sauce with spaghetti and serve hot–with a napkin tucked under your chin!
Recipe: Spaghetti with Pork Bolognese
Eggplant Parmesan Lasagna
Eggplant makes a wonderful substitute for meat in many Italian dishes, and this lasagna is no exception. In this dish, eggplant slices are dredged in a flour mixture, pan-fried until golden brown, then layered between thick lasagna noodles, tangy tomato sauce, and plenty of creamy ricotta and mozzarella cheeses. It's a full-flavored Italian classic that leaves you with plenty of leftovers for lunch.
Recipe: Eggplant Parmesan Lasagna
Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Jan Gautro
Forget those greasy delivery pizzas loaded down with toppings! This deliciously simple pizza highlights the best Italian ingredients: ripe sliced tomatoes, creamy buffalo mozzarella, and fresh basil. Fresh, light, and full of flavor, this little slice of heaven will leave your guests begging for more.
Recipe: Pizza Margherita
Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Cindy Barr
Brown Butter Gnocchi with Spinach and Pine Nuts
"Gnocchi" are little dumplings made from potatoes, semolina, or wheat flour. This recipe calls for storebought gnocchi, which saves you precious time in the kitchen. Pine nuts browned in butter lend a rich, savory flavor to the dish. Wilted spinach adds bright color, while a sprinkle of freshly shredded parmesan brings it all together for an elegant presentation.