From Italy with love: 21 Italian recipes you’ll adore

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Take a taste of Italy with this curated collection of 21 recipes. From the rustic countryside to the bustling streets of Rome, each dish is a delicious celebration of Italian flavors. Italy is a country created from a smorgasboard of traditions, so get ready to enjoy aromas and tastes from Italy’s diverse regions.

Whether you’re seeking the comforting embrace of Nonna’s kitchen or the thrill of discovering a new culinary passion, these recipes promise to transport your taste buds to the enchanting world of Italian cuisine. Turn dinner into a love letter to the art of cooking one delicious bite at a time.

Italian ratatouille in a glass casserole dish.
Ratatouille with an Italian Flair. Photo credit: Honest and Truly.

Ratatouille with an Italian Flair

Veggies never looked so good. Savor this colorful and flavorful Italian-inspired baked ratatouille, a perfect comfort dish filled with fresh ingredients.
Get the Recipe: Ratatouille with an Italian Flair

Weeknight Lasagna Roll Ups

Discover the ultimate time-saving hack for lasagna lovers: irresistible lasagna roll-ups that can be whipped up in a flash. In just minutes, you’ll have perfectly portioned lasagna goodness, oozing with layers of cheese and Italian flavors. Say goodbye to long baking times and hello to quick and easy lasagna satisfaction.
Get the Recipe: Weeknight Lasagna Roll Ups

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Tomato Basil Bisque. Photo credit: Honest and Truly.

Tomato Basil Bisque

Experience the comforting harmony of tangy tomatoes and aromatic basil in this rich and velvety Tomato Basil Bisque. This classic Italian comfort food soup is a delightful blend of flavors, offering a warm and satisfying dinner ready in 30 minutes.
Get the Recipe: Tomato Basil Bisque

Chicken and Pea Risotto

Enjoy a quick and flavorful twist on chicken and pea risotto with this cheater recipe that incorporates tender rotisserie chicken and peas into a creamy risotto-style dish, sans the traditional arborio rice and extensive stirring. With a hint of Parmesan cheese and aromatic herbs, this dish offers a delightful Italian-inspired shortcut without compromising on taste.
Get the Recipe: Chicken and Pea Risotto

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Cacio e Pepe. Photo credit: Honest and Truly.

Cacio e Pepe

Cacio e pepe is one of those Italian comfort food meals that sounds (and tastes) fancy, but it’s incredibly simple to make. In fact, it takes about 15 minutes from start to finish, including getting your water to boil. Cheesy carbs don’t get any better than this.
Get the Recipe: Cacio e Pepe

Potato Gnocchi

Indulge in the pillowy goodness of homemade Potato Gnocchi, a classic Italian dish that is surprisingly easy to make. These delicate dumplings will melt in your mouth. Serve them with your favorite sauce or pesto for a complete and satisfying Italian comfort meal.
Get the Recipe: Potato Gnocchi

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Creamy Tuscan Bean Soup. Photo credit: Honest and Truly.

Creamy Tuscan Bean Soup

Experience the comfort and elegance of Creamy Tuscan Bean Soup, a velvety blend of beans, herbs, and savory goodness that warms you from within. Its creamy consistency makes sure you will savor the delightful Tuscan flavors.
Get the Recipe: Creamy Tuscan Bean Soup

Tomato Tart

This savory Tomato Tart has the perfect balance of juicy tomatoes, flaky crust, and aromatic herbs in every bite, making it a delightful Italian comfort food. Use a store-bought crust to make this recipe even easier and quicker to prepare.
Get the Recipe: Tomato Tart

Image shows Chicken tortellini soup in a ceramic enameled pot with a wooden spoon stirring it.
Chicken Tortellini Soup. Photo credit: Honest and Truly.

Chicken Tortellini Soup

Delight in a bowl of comforting Chicken Tortellini Soup, an Italian-inspired dish that’s made even more delightful with leftover rotisserie chicken. This recipe combines tender chicken, cheesy tortellini, and flavorful broth for a satisfying and flavorful Italian comfort meal that tastes like your nonni made it.
Get the Recipe: Chicken Tortellini Soup

Caprese Panini

Savor the melding of classic Italian flavors in this simple caprese panini, a delicious and easy sandwich filled with cheesy comfort. This ooey, gooey comforting sandwich lets you enjoy your favorite salad in a whole new way.
Get the Recipe: Caprese Panini

Image shows an overhead shot of Easy Cheesy Stuffed Shells with a small plate holding one and the rest of the pan next to it.
Cheesy Stuffed Shells. Photo credit: Honest and Truly.

Cheesy Stuffed Shells

Dive into a gooey and comforting delight with these Cheesy Stuffed Shells. Filled with savory goodness, they are the perfect Italian comfort food meal to satisfy your cravings.
Get the Recipe: Cheesy Stuffed Shells

Risotto with Peas and Lemon

Indulge in creamy Italian comfort food with our Instant Pot Risotto with Peas and Lemon. Creamy arborio rice, infused with the freshness of peas and a zesty hint of lemon, all achieved effortlessly in the Instant Pot. Forget standing over the pot and stirring – this is how to enjoy risotto.
Get the Recipe: Risotto with Peas and Lemon

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Tomato Soup. Photo credit: Honest and Truly.

Tomato Soup

Instant Pot Tomato Soup is velvety-smooth, rich, and bursting with the flavors of ripe tomatoes in an effortless Instant Pot recipe. Get ready to warm your soul with this classic and satisfying soup that’s perfect by itself or with a grilled cheese sandwich for a taste of childhood.
Get the Recipe: Tomato Soup

Slow Roasted Italian Tomatoes

Enjoy this make-ahead appetizer with the bold and vibrant flavors of slow-roasted Italian tomatoes. Bursting with intense tomato goodness, these roasted beauties have a fantastic burst of flavor, and they’re great to eat by the handful alongside other veggies, adding Italian flair to your meals.
Get the Recipe: Slow Roasted Italian Tomatoes

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Calzones. Photo credit: Honest and Truly.


Indulge in a savory delight with Calzones, filled with your favorite pizza toppings. These pocket-sized wonders make for a satisfying Italian comfort food treat that the whole family will love as they customize their own calzones.
Get the Recipe: Calzones

Spinach Caprese Salad

Delight in the classic combination of spinach and caprese flavors in this refreshing and vibrant salad — a perfect choice for hot weather when salads make a delicious and satisfying meal. Experience the symphony of fresh tomatoes, mozzarella, and prosciutto with every forkful.
Get the Recipe: Spinach Caprese Salad

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Tuna and Tomato Pasta. Photo credit: Honest and Truly.

Tuna and Tomato Pasta

This Italian-inspired tuna and tomato pasta is so simple that kids can make it (with supervision, of course). This dinner is perfect for weeknight comfort food, as it’s ready in about 25 minutes.
Get the Recipe: Tuna and Tomato Pasta

Simple Marinara Sauce

Delight your taste buds with this savory homemade marinara sauce recipe. Bursting with the rich flavors of ripe tomatoes, aromatic herbs, and a hint of garlic as any good Italian marinara does, this sauce is the perfect companion for your favorite pasta dishes or as a dipping sauce for crusty bread.
Get the Recipe: Simple Marinara Sauce

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Creamy Pea Pasta. Photo credit: Honest and Truly.

Creamy Pea Pasta

Creamy Pea Pasta is a dreamy and flavorful Italian comfort food dish that will leave you wanting more. This family favorite is quick and easy to make, perfect for a delicious weeknight dinner.
Get the Recipe: Creamy Pea Pasta

Spinach Orzo Salad

Pair fresh hot orzo and spinach to create a perfect Italian comfort food that makes a delicious pasta side dish. This pairs beautifully with fish or chicken, or you can enjoy it on its own for a light and flavorful pasta dish.
Get the Recipe: Spinach Orzo Salad

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Meatballs and Sauce. Photo credit: Honest and Truly.

Meatballs and Sauce

Satisfy your cravings with our Instant Pot Meatballs and Sauce recipe. Juicy meatballs, bathed in a savory and rich tomato sauce, cooked to perfection in the Instant Pot. Prepare to enjoy a classic and comforting favorite that will have everyone asking for seconds.
Get the Recipe: Meatballs and Sauce

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