Unleash Your Inner Nonna: 10 Simple Never Fail Delicious Italian Recipes That Will Impress Any Crowd

Unleash your inner Nonna with these impressive Italian recipes.  These classic recipes are easy dinners to make that the whole family will be begging for more. Let’s get cooking!

Blue Cheese Pasta with Spinach, Mushrooms and Walnuts

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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 Italian Sandwich

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This Tik Tok chopped Italian sandwich is a delectable combination of cold meats, cheese, banana peppers, and more served on Italian sub rolls. It’s one of the most popular viral recipes because it’s so good! You can make them in as little as 10 minutes, making this a great recipe if you want a tasty lunch in a hurry. You can customize the chopped Italian sandwich however you wish, perhaps toasting the bread first for some added crunch or swapping out some deli meats for others you prefer.

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Caprese Skewers

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Caprese salad in an easy bite size form! These mini caprese skewers are loaded with your favorite caprese flavors, but they’re in mini bite size form!

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Italian Meatball Subs

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Italian meatball marinara subs aren’t just a treat for those of us with Italian blood in our veins, but 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 also 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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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!

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Italian Instant Pot Chicken Stew

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Short on time but want to make a nutritious and comforting stew? This Instant Pot chicken stew recipe needs to happen! Italian chicken stew takes just 10 minutes to prep and combines simple, everyday ingredients like mirepoix (onions, celery, and carrots), tender chunks of chicken thighs, crushed tomatoes, garbanzo beans, and Italian seasoning. Let the pressure cooker do its work and you’ll have a Instant Pot chicken thigh stew that’s full of flavor (and it’s even better the next day!).

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Chopped Salad

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Italian Chopped Salad Recipe! Packed with plant-based protein, homemade Italian dressing, tofu feta, artichoke hearts, peppers and more.

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Mini Caprese Pizza

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Mini Caprese Pizzas are the perfect appetizer or easy dinner recipe. They’re made with simple ingredients that pack a punch of flavor.

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Baked Ziti

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This baked ziti recipe is a quick and easy casserole you can put together last minute and the whole family will love it! It’s a no-fail crowd pleaser regardless of who I’m serving.

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Italian Rice Salad

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This colorful, flavorful 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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  • Ali Van Straten

    Ali Van Straten is the founder and journalist of Champagne and Coffee Stains. She is a Peloton expert, certified running coach and certified nutrition coach. Champagne and Coffee Stains provides information and resources on Peloton Interactive, running and recipes.

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