Italian Inspired Recipes

Do you love Italian food? Because I sure do! Here you will find pages upon pages of the most irresistible Italian inspired recipes. With plenty of recipes that cater to all sorts of dietary restrictions, you’re sure to find some that are perfect for the whole family. These magnificient recipes range from zucchini rollatini to the classic penne alla vodka. Whether it’s traditional or creative, all of these recipes are rich with your favorite Italian flavors. These crowd pleasing recipes are easy to make, healthy, and absolutely delicious. Find your new favorite homemade Italian recipe that will never get old.

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Something magical happens to pasta when you combine spaghetti with a creamy butternut sauce made with leeks, sage, garlic and Parmigiano Reggiano. You'll swear this is full of cream and butter, but it's not! 

Spaghetti with Butternut Leek Parmesan Sauce

Spaghetti Carbonara is an Italian pasta dish with creamy egg, diced bacon, grated cheese, and copious amounts of black pepper–a Roman dish reminiscent of an American breakfast.

Spaghetti Carbonara

Prosciutto Wrapped Figs with Blue Cheese served on a bed of baby arugula with a light vinaigrette. A delicious combination of salt, acid and sweet.

Prosciutto Wrapped Figs with Blue Cheese (Grill or Air Fryer)

This simple Eggplant and Tomato Sauce is delicious, made with diced eggplant stewed in tomatoes and garlic. I love it served over pasta but it's also great as a side dish on it's own.

Eggplant and Tomato Sauce

Spinach Tortellini en Brodo (in Broth)

Caprese Salad or Insalata Caprese is a simple salad of fresh mozzarella and tomatoes topped with basil and a splash of balsamic. A perfect end of summer appetizer or side dish, especially when tomatoes are at their peak.

Caprese Salad

Wilted Baby Spinach with Garlic and Oil is my favorite way to prepare this easy side dish.

Wilted Baby Spinach with Garlic and Oil

Orecchiette Pasta with Sausage and Broccoli Rabe uses chicken sausage in place of pork and a whole lot of garlic! This lightened up version will not disappoint!!

Orecchiette with Sausage and Broccoli Rabe

This Lighter Eggplant Parmesan is one of my favorite ways to eat eggplant. No breading, just eggplant, cheese and marinara.

Lighter Eggplant Parmesan

Crisp, golden, delicious Air Fryer Chicken Milanese with Baby Arugula and lemon wedges is one of my favorite dinner recipes!

Air Fryer Chicken Milanese with Baby Arugula

Bruschetta with Tomato and Basil, one of my favorite ways to use up all my summer tomatoes is with this simple appetizer or side dish.

Bruschetta with Tomato and Basil

I combined two of my favorite foods – Chicken Parmesan and Lasagna to make this delicious Chicken Parmesan Lasagna, the perfect family-friendly dish to feed a large crowd!

Chicken Parmesan Lasagna

I'm obsessed with this Super-Quick Cast-Iron Pizza technique made with tortillas.This combined stove top and oven recipe comes out just like Domino's or any bar thin crust pizza!

Quickest Cast-Iron Thin Crust Pizza

This quick and easy Shrimp Scampi with Broccoli Orzo is a dish the whole family will love and it's ready in under 30 minutes!

Shrimp Scampi with Broccoli Orzo

This quick and easy Chicken Parmesan is the answer to your weeknight dreams!! And since it's made in the Instant Pot, it's ready in minutes!

Instant Pot Chicken Parmesan

Pasta in a decadent creamy, homemade, butternut squash pasta sauce, with no cream! The spicy chicken sausage and sage is the perfect compliment, this pasta dish is filling and comforting on a chilly night.

Pasta with Butternut Squash Sauce, Spicy Sausage and Baby Spinach

The Best Chicken Parmesan recipe, made a bit healthier! Breaded chicken cutlets are baked, not fried yet the chicken is so moist and full of flavor.

Baked Chicken Parmesan

Angel hair pasta tossed with summer zucchini and tomatoes fresh from the garden. The perfect meatless meal you'll be craving again and again. Serve this with plenty of Parmigiano Reggiano!

Angel Hair Pasta with Zucchini and Tomatoes

This easy Grilled Pizza is made from scratch with my easy yeast-free Greek yogurt dough, topped with sauce, mozzarella cheese and your choice of toppings. A great summer outdoor meal that whole family can enjoy!

Grilled Pizza

This light 5-ingredient zucchini carpaccio salad is this perfect summer side dish. You can serve this as an appetizer, side dish or even as a light lunch for 2.

Zucchini Carpaccio

Italian Chopped Salad is my favorite quick lunch I love to whip up with ingredients I usually have on hand in my refrigerator! So simple, and can easily be modified to suit your taste.

Italian Chopped Salad

Shrimp Scampi Foil Packets are so fast and easy, perfect to make all summer long!

Shrimp Scampi Foil Packets

This easy vegetarian quiche recipe is made with spinach, ricotta cheese, eggs, tomatoes and basil. Perfect for breakfast, lunch or brunch or serve it with a salad for a light dinner.

Spinach Ricotta Quiche

Chicken Rollatini with Spinach alla Parmigiana is Italian comfort food at it's finest! Made with breaded chicken breasts filled and rolled with spinach and cheese topped with sauce and melted mozzarella.

Chicken Rollatini with Spinach alla Parmigiana

This homemade breakfast pizza is made with bacon, eggs, tomatoes, spinach and cheese, made completely from scratch and ready in less than 30 minutes start to finish!

Breakfast Pizza

This hearty soup is loaded with mini turkey meatball, zucchini, vegetables and ditalini pasta. I love to add a Parmesan cheese rind to my soup, my secret for extra flavor but it's totally optional!

Instant Pot Turkey Meatball and Ditalini Soup

Pollo in Potacchio is an Italian braised chicken dish made with tomatoes, rosemary and garlic. The chicken cooks until it's fork tender, which is great served with pasta, noodles, spaghetti squash or polenta.

Pollo in Potacchio (Braised Chicken with Tomatoes and Rosemary)

I swapped traditional pasta for roasted spaghetti squash to enjoy this cozy and delicious Beef and Mushroom Ragu served with a dollop of ricotta and grated Pecorino Romano – you won't miss the pasta!

Beef and Mushroom Ragu with Spaghetti Squash

These EASY Spinach Lasagna Roll ups are totally delicious, perfect for entertaining or serving for weeknight meals. Individual vegetarian lasagnas filled with spinach and cheese are family-friendly, satisfying and perfect for portion control. It's also a great way to get your kids to eat spinach and no one will miss the meat!

Spinach Lasagna Roll Ups

The secret to the best, irresistible manicotti is to make them from scratch with my easy homemade crespelles, which are basically Italian crepes. These spinach and cheese manicotti are filled with three cheeses – ricotta, mozzarella and parmesan, then topped with homemade sauce. So damn delicious!

Homemade Spinach Manicotti