23 Recipes That Will Make You Feel Like You’re In Italy

Indulge in the flavors of Italy with these 23 tantalizing recipes that will transport you to the heart of Italian cuisine. From classic pasta dishes to delectable desserts, each recipe captures the essence of Italy’s rich culinary heritage. Buon appetito!

Meatball Marinara Subs

Italian Meatball Marinara Subs
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Italian meatball marinara subs aren’t just a treat for those with Italian blood in our veins but for everyone who loves juicy homemade meatballs, fresh and tangy homemade marinara sauce, and fluffy brioche buns. Meatball sandwiches in a toasted bun make a delicious lunch and are perfect for busy weeknights. This recipe is satisfying comfort food and so much tastier than a meatball sub from your local Subway.

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Hot Sliders

Hot Italian Sliders
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Hot Italian sliders are an Italian grinder sandwich recipe that’s perfect for gatherings such as tailgating or for backyard picnic ideas. They will feed a crowd, and you can serve them with a side of marinara for a dipping sauce. These mini sandwiches are made with slider rolls, Italian deli meats, and cheeses, making them the perfect appetizer if you’re craving a hot Italian sub.

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Lasagna Roll Ups

Lasagna Roll Ups
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Lasagna Roll-Ups are a fun, creative, and delicious twist on traditional lasagna. A lasagna noodle is rolled around a mouth-watering cheese and meat sauce filling. And serving Lasagna Roll-Ups is so convenient! When you take your platter from the oven, you already have delicious single-serve pieces ready to be plated.

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Sloppy Joes (Easy Prep)

Easy Italian Sloppy Joes
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These are the best easy Italian Sloppy Joes and they are so handy when you are short on time or energy! Its even more perfect when I have leftover meat sauce from a pasta dish I have made previously.

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Blue Cheese Pasta

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A big hearty pasta dish with incredible flavours, my blue cheese pasta with spinach, mushrooms and walnuts is the perfect dish for those who are bored of plain old pasta.

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Chopped Salad

Italian Chopped Salad
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A restaurant worthy chopped salad. Loaded with marinated white beans, tofu, and a tangy Italian dressing. Vegan Italian Chopped Salad Recipe! Packed with plant-based protein, homemade Italian dressing, tofu feta, artichoke hearts, peppers and more. Perfect for summer!

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Baked Ziti

Baked Ziti
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If you love lasagna, you’ll adore this easy, baked ziti recipe. It’s a quick and easy casserole you can put together at the last minute, and the whole family will love it. It’s a no-fail crowd-pleaser, regardless of who you are serving.

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Pot Chicken Stew

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Serve this simple chicken stew recipe with a slice of garlic bread and a simple green salad or air fryer broccoli and cauliflower to round it out as the calories are a little low for a full meal. It’s a must for colder months when you need a hearty stew!

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Tomato Pasta Soup

Italian Tomato Pasta Soup
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Italian tomato pasta soup is filled with hearty ground beef, sausage, mushrooms and escarole. It’s the perfect bowl of comfort for the colder months ahead.

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Chicken Sorrentino

Chicken Sorrentino
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Chicken sorrentino is a classic Italian recipe and for good reason — it has a bit of everything you love all in one dish. Breaded chicken is topped with prosciutto, eggplant and plenty of cheese and baked in a hearty tomato sauce for an irresistible dish you can easily make at home.

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Farro Bean Soup

Italian Farro Bean Soup
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This farro soup is a must save for cold months! Beans, farro, tomatoes and vegetables in an aromatic broth. Simple, healthy and easy– this Italian farro soup recipe is delicious.

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Rice Salad (Colorful Delight)

Italian Rice Salad – Insalata di Riso
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This colourful, flavourful Italian rice salad is perfect for a picnic, potluck, summer BBQ, or as a versatile side dish for a simple lunch or dinner. Reminiscent of a salad you might enjoy in Italy or Greece, every mouthful of this Mediterranean brown rice salad is bursting with fresh ingredients such as tasty salad vegetables. In Italy it is called Insalata di Riso.

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Frittata (Suited For All Meals)

Italian Frittata
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An Italian vegetable frittata makes a great breakfast, brunch, lunch, or even a quick and simple supper. It’s a mouthwatering combination of eggs, vegetables, cream, garlic, and cheese. Frittata can be served chilled, but it’s especially good served warm. This Italian frittata recipe is similar to other egg-based dishes such as omelets and quiche, but it has its own charm and is just as delicious the next day.

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Wedding Soup (Filling & Tasty Prep)

The BEST Italian Wedding Soup with Chicken Meatballs
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Italian wedding soup with chicken meatballs is filling, hearty and so tasty. It’s a chicken meatball soup which is made from scratch, and that means both the soup and the meatballs themselves. You will love this traditional Italian soup with acini de pepe pasta. This mini meatball soup is such a wonderfully fresh dish!

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Nut Nougat

Homemade Torrone Italian Nut Nougat
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Homemade sweet treats are always good, especially homemade torrone! This Italian Christmas candy with roasted nuts is sweet, chewy and delicious. Italian nut nougat is also simple to prepare. Famous soft torrone comes from Alba, Siena, Cremona, and Benevento, but you can make your own white nougat which is just as tasty with almonds, pistachios, hazelnuts, or pecans.

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Giant Sandwich (Easy Prep)

viral tiktok italian grinder recipe: a giant of a sandwich
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This Italian grinder recipe is mouthwatering and incredibly easy to make. And it’s not your average sandwich – it’s on a whole loaf of round white mountain bread filled with Italian deli meat goodness! You’ve got layers of savory meats, gooey cheese, and a crunchy salad all sandwiched between garlic-butter-toasted bread. It’s perfect for lunch, dinner, or even a midnight snack. Yum!

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Chocolate Filled Sandwich Cookies (Cute Presentation)

Baci di Dama Mini Italian Chocolate Filled Sandwich Cookies
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Have you ever tasted baci de dama? These mini Italian chocolate filled sandwich cookies are made with chocolate and vanilla. One or two of these Italian cookies with chocolate in the middle will definitely put a smile on your face. The buttery vanilla cookies are sandwiched together with chocolate so you can enjoy both flavors in every bite. This version of these chocolate filled cookies is made without hazelnuts.

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Tuna White Bean Salad

Italian Tuna White Bean Salad
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This tasty Italian tuna bean salad, or insalata di tonno e fagioli as it’s known in Italy, features fresh tuna fish steaks and cannellini beans as the main ingredients. Italian fresh tuna salad makes a satisfying lunch, or you can enjoy the Mediterranean flavors by enjoying it as a side dish with a main course or a snack.

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Chicken Pesto Sandwich

Italian Chicken Pesto Sandwich
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An Italian chicken pesto sandwich is a bistro-inspired, gourmet treat. Toasty bread pairs with juicy chicken and creamy pesto sauce in this recipe which makes an easy and quick dinner or lunch. This Italian sandwich, which is one of my favourites, can be made on ciabatta rolls or focaccia bread. The tender grilled chicken, creamy pesto sauce, fresh mozzarella, fresh tomato, and more, make this a deliciously satisfying meal.

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Tortellini Soup (Under 1 Hour Creamy Delight)

Traeger Creamy Tortellini Soup with Italian Sausage
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Are you looking for a hearty, filling pot of soup that you can make in less than an hour? Look no further than this Traeger Creamer Tortellini Soup with Italian Sausage.

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Cheesy Shells

Traeger Cheesy Italian Shells
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This delicious homemade hamburger helper is a one-pot wonder that is going to be a huge hit on your dinner table! Traeger Cheesy Italian Shells is packed full of flavor and could not be easier, and the hint of smoke from grilling the meatball is the perfect compliment to the rich, cheesy tomato sauce.

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Gnocchi Alla Sorrentina (Delicious & Comforting Prep)

gnocchi alla sorrentina
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Gnocchi alla Sorrentina is a wonderfully easy and delicious classic Italian comfort food dish. It has five ingredients and is perfect for busy weeknights (if you use store-bought gnocchi).

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Chicken Lasagna

Chicken Lasagna with Spinach
Photo Credit: Binky’s Culinary Carnival

This Chicken Lasagna Recipe with Spinach is made with fresh chicken breasts, so the meat is extra moist and delicious! A non traditional lasagna recipe that is the perfect comfort food!

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