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Food and family just go together. These Italian dinner recipes will get you well on your way to planning one epic night!

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Collage of different Italian Dinner recipes.

Italian Dinner Brings Family Together!

What better way to party than Italian style?! That usually means LOTS of delicious foods, often several courses, and plenty of fun and laughter.

With everything from Appetizers to Main Dishes, and of course Desserts – I’ve created a one-stop planning spot for all of your Italian dinner needs. My mouth is watering just thinking about it.

Buon Appetito!!

Plate of chicken manicotti topped with melted cheese.

Italian Dinner Etiquette

Dinner is often a long affair and time is given between each course for the food to settle and for guests to enjoy each other’s company. 

  • If you have been invited to a dinner, it’s customary to bring the host a gift. It can be a dessert or drink to share or even an individual gift just for the host.
  • Food is generally served family style. This means the different dishes are all set out using large platters and bowls and you serve yourself at the table.
  • The host always takes the first serving.
  • A new plate is provided for the different dishes.
Margherita pizza sliced and ready for serving.

Tips for Cooking Italian

Quality ingredients. Using quality ingredients creates a much better dish. This may mean spending a little more at the market, but it is worth every cent. Be sure you know the best way to store the different ingredients so that they last. 

  • Using fresh herbs makes a huge difference. In general, 1 teaspoon of dried herbs=1 tablespoon of fresh herbs. Basil, parsley, oregano, rosemary, mint, and thyme will all grow in your kitchen. Can’t get any fresher than that!
  • Quality cheese. Parmesan cheese, mozzarella, and ricotta are other ingredients that you should invest in. Avoid pre-shredded packaged cheese.

Taste as you go. Add seasoning according to taste rather than an allotted amount. Give enough time for simmering for flavors to incorporate before adding more. 

Spaghetti Aglio e Olio in a cast iron skillet.

Pasta

Perfect pasta. Don’t overcook your pasta. Al dente is usually the preferred cook. Also, don’t discard the pasta water. The starchy leftover water can be used to thicken sauces. Another key to perfect pasta is to learn which pasta goes best with the different sauces.

  • Light sauces. Thin long noodles like spaghetti, angel hair, capellini, and spaghettini.
  • Creamy hearty sauces. Flat long noodles like fettuccine, linguine, tagliatelle, pappardelle, and lasagna noodles as well as short-shaped pasta like farfalle (bow tie), conchiglie, fusilli, gemelli, orecchiette, rotelle (wagon wheel), rotini, cavatelli and campanelle.
  • Light fluid sauces. Long tube noodles like perciatelli and bucatini.
  • Soups, salads, casseroles, and pasta dishes. Short tube pasta like penne, rigatoni, ziti, cavatappi, and campanelle.
  • Creamier bakes, soups, and pasta salads. Small tube pasta like macaroni and ditalini.

Less is more. Americans often serve large portions of a few dishes, but Italians serve smaller portions of more dishes.  

Tomato mozzarella salad topped with a creamy balsamic vinegar dressing.

Planning the Menu

Italian food is definitely delicious, but all the creamy pasta and bread can sit heavy. Be sure to serve a mix of heavier dishes with lighter ones.

  • Antipasti (appetizers). This serves to whet the appetites of guests but does not fill them up.
  • Piatti (dish) is often broken into two portions with a smaller pasta, soup, or bread dish preceding the meat or seafood dish. But you can also serve them at the same time.
  • Contorni (side dish) is served in small portions and often uses seasonal produce. The flavors complement the main dish.
  • Dolce (dessert). This includes items like tiramisu, gelato, simple cakes, cookies, and fruit tarts. I don’t have many authentic Italian dessert recipes, but I have dozens of recipes that fit this description. 

Hosting Tips

As noted, Italian dinners are THE event of the evening with many courses being served. Whether you are hosting a large dinner party or small family dinner, planning ahead can make the evening run smoothly.

  • Are there dishes that can be prepared or made completely ahead of time?
  • Figure out which dishes need to be heated and when. 
  • Utilize a crock pot or chafing dish to keep foods warm until you’re ready to serve them.
  • Set up tables, place settings and decorations the night before. 
  • If you’re looking for a quick and easy recipe there are several on this list that can be made in about 30 minutes.

Antipasti (Italian Appetizer)

The perfect way to start any Italian dinner is with a delicious antipasto recipe or two. Here are some of our favorites!!

Mozzarella Bites

Fried mozzarella bites are delicious, easy and the perfect party appetizer when served with marinara sauce. Everyone loves this bite-sized snack!

1 Mozzarella Bites Recipe

Appetizer Mozzarella Bites Recipe
Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
4.91 from 22 votes
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Burrata Board

This simple burrata board is a stunning & sophisticated appetizer. It’s easy to assemble, and perfect for any occasion!

2 Burrata Board Recipe

Appetizer Burrata Board Recipe
Total Time: 26 minutes
5 from 6 votes
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Mini Deep Dish Pizzas

Mini deep dish pizzas are our new favorite dinner recipe. They’re easy, quick and can be made custom for each person with their favorite toppings!

3 Mini Deep Dish Pizza Recipe

Appetizer, Main Course Mini Deep Dish Pizza Recipe
Total Time: 17 minutes
5 from 11 votes
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Fried Ravioli

Fried ravioli can be made as a side dish or appetizer, and is great with any Italian meal. Crispy on the outside and cheesy on the inside, we love serving it with warm marinara.

4 Fried Ravioli Recipe

Main Course Fried Ravioli Recipe
Total Time: 15 minutes

Recipe Video

4.91 from 22 votes
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Mozzarella Sticks

Everyone is obsessed with these ooey gooey homemade mozzarella sticks, breaded with a flavorful coating and fried to a golden perfection.

5 Mozzarella Sticks

Appetizer Mozzarella Sticks
Total Time: 40 minutes

Recipe Video

5 from 24 votes
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Bruschetta

This yummy homemade bruschetta is simple and perfect for any party! It includes fresh ingredients and is the perfect Italian appetizer!

6 Bruschetta Recipe

Appetizer Bruschetta Recipe
Total Time: 10 minutes

Recipe Video

5 from 1 vote

Mini Pizzas

These mini pizzas are bite-sized pizzas topped with cheese, tomatoes, fresh basil and more. They’re perfect for lunch, dinner, or even as an appetizer at parties!

7 Mini Pizzas

Main Course Mini Pizzas
Total Time: 18 minutes
5 from 9 votes
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Caprese Kabobs

Simple, quick and delicious caprese kabobs take minutes to throw together and are perfect for any party or get together.

8 Caprese Kabobs Recipe

Appetizer Caprese Kabobs Recipe
Total Time: 10 minutes
5 from 12 votes
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Pizza Dip

Everyone’s favorite food in dip form! This pizza dip is simple, delicious, and can be customized based on your favorite pizza toppings!

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Appetizer Pizza Dip Recipe
Total Time: 30 minutes

Recipe Video

5 from 25 votes
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Fried Zucchini

Whether you serve it as a side or an appetizer, this restaurant style fried zucchini is a family favorite. Fried to perfection, this dish is simply addicting, especially dipped in ranch and marinara!

10 Fried Zucchini

Appetizer, Side Dish Fried Zucchini
Total Time: 10 minutes

Recipe Video

5 from 227 votes
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Bruschetta Caprese

Toasted bread rounds are topped with a mixture of juicy tomatoes, ripe avocado, and fresh mozzarella to make this bruschetta caprese. Top it all off with a balsamic glaze!

11 Bruschetta Caprese Recipe

Appetizer Bruschetta Caprese Recipe
Total Time: 10 minutes
5 from 7 votes
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la minestra (italian soup)

Italian soups are full of flavor. Any of these soups are perfect as a starter, but hearty enough for a stand alone meal. You will LOVE these delicious Italian recipes.

Tortellini Soup

Italian sausage tortellini soup is hearty, delicious, and full of healthy, tasty ingredients. Best part, it’s on the table in no time!!

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Soup Tortellini Soup
Total Time: 1 hour

Recipe Video

4.99 from 95 votes
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Chicken Florentine Soup

With a combination of chicken, potato, white beans, carrots, spinach and more, this chicken florentine soup is hearty and absolutely delicious. It tastes similar to Olive Garden’s recipe, but it’s made in the slow cooker!

13 Chicken Florentine Soup Recipe

Soup Chicken Florentine Soup Recipe
Total Time: 6 hours 5 minutes
5 from 9 votes
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Lasagna Soup

Everything you love about lasagna (noodles, meat, and cheese), minus all the things you don’t (layering, and tons of time)! This lasagna soup is easy, filling, and beyond delicious!!

14 Lasagna Soup Recipe

Main Course, Soup Lasagna Soup Recipe
Total Time: 50 minutes

Recipe Video

4.96 from 24 votes
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Italian Wedding Soup

This classic Italian Wedding soup is hearty and comes together quickly, and is filled with mini meatballs, carrots, Escarole, orzo and more. It is easy to put together for a perfect weeknight meal!

15 Easy Italian Wedding Soup Recipe

Soup Easy Italian Wedding Soup Recipe
Total Time: 35 minutes
4.89 from 9 votes
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Zuppa Toscana

Bring the taste of Italy home with this creamy and delicious Copycat Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana soup. The whole family loves this soup!

16 Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana

Main Course Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana
Total Time: 35 minutes
5 from 7 votes
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Italian Sausage Soup

Hearty and delicious Italian sausage soup filled with tomatoes, carrots, zucchini, spinach and more. The recipe made on the stove is simple and great to enjoy all year long!

17 Sausage Soup Recipe

Appetizer, Main Course, Soup Sausage Soup Recipe
Total Time: 45 minutes

Recipe Video

5 from 16 votes
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Cheesy Chicken Parmesan Soup

One of your favorite Italian dishes turned into a delicious soup! This cheesy chicken parmesan soup is a creamy tomato-base soup filled with chicken, penne pasta, and of course cheese. The best part – it comes together in less than 30 minutes!

18 Cheesy Chicken Parmesan Soup Recipe

Main Course Cheesy Chicken Parmesan Soup Recipe
Total Time: 25 minutes
5 from 4 votes

Italian Chicken Vegetable Soup

Hearty Italian chicken vegetable soup is packed full of flavor. It’s is a great lightweight soup option perfect for any day of the year!

19 Italian Chicken and Vegetable Soup Recipe

Soup Italian Chicken and Vegetable Soup Recipe
Total Time: 45 minutes
5 from 2 votes
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Crock Pot Spinach Tortellini Soup

Easy crock pot tortellini and spinach soup is a hearty soup filled with cheese tortellini, spinach, tomatoes, and lots of spices!!

20 Crockpot Tortellini Soup Recipe

Main Course, Soup Crockpot Tortellini Soup Recipe
Total Time: 3 hours 5 minutes

Recipe Video

4.97 from 216 votes
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Minestrone Soup

Not only is this Minestrone soup delicious and comforting, but also really nutritious! Perfect for lunch or dinner on a cool autumn day.

Minestrone Soup Recipe
This Minestrone Soup is not only delicious and comforting, but it's also really nutritious! It makes a hearty meal or side.
Total Time: 1 hour
5 from 10 votes
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Chicken Gnocchi Soup

This chicken gnocchi soup is so hearty and so flavorful. It is filled with chicken, carrots, spinach, broccoli and gnocchi! It’s perfect all year long and is bound to be a new favorite.

21 Chicken Gnocchi Soup Recipe

Soup Chicken Gnocchi Soup Recipe
Total Time: 30 minutes

Recipe Video

4.95 from 17 votes
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contorini (Italian side dish)

You’ll have a hard time choosing which sides to pair with your Italian dishes. One thing that all Italian dinners need is plenty of food! So, whether you need one side or several, we have you covered!

Cheesy Garlic Bread

This is by far our favorite garlic bread recipe. It takes minutes to put together and is SO cheesy and delicious. It’s the perfect side dish for any meal, but especially for pasta and Italian dishes!

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Bread Garlic Bread Recipe
Total Time: 20 minutes

Recipe Video

4.89 from 36 votes
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Oven Roasted Vegetables

Simple, flavorful, and healthy sheet pan oven roasted vegetables that take less than 10 minutes of prep work! Nothing beats fresh vegetables roasted in the oven!

23 Oven Roasted Vegetables Recipe

Side Dish Oven Roasted Vegetables Recipe
Total Time: 35 minutes

Recipe Video

4.97 from 30 votes
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Olive Garden Breadsticks

Just like the originals, these copycat Olive Garden breadsticks are light and airy on the inside, and flavored with butter and garlic salt on the outside. You can never eat just one!

24 Olive Garden Breadsticks Recipe

Bread Olive Garden Breadsticks Recipe
Total Time: 2 hours 27 minutes

Recipe Video

4.96 from 64 votes
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Italian Bread

It is so easy to make Italian bread at home with just a few simple ingredients. Nothing beats a soft and crusty bread warm from the oven!

25 Italian Bread Recipe

Bread Italian Bread Recipe
Total Time: 2 hours 10 minutes

Recipe Video

4.95 from 90 votes
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Spinach And Tortellini Salad

This cold tortellini salad is the ultimate side dish for BBQ and potlucks! With tortellini, spinach, tomatoes, olives, and parmesan tossed in Italian dressing, this tortellini spinach salad is packed with all the best flavors!

26 Spinach Tortellini Salad Recipe

Salad Spinach Tortellini Salad Recipe
Total Time: 20 minutes
4.89 from 27 votes
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Quick Caprese Salad

Simple and quick caprese salad is easy and delicious with pops of mozzarella, tomatoes, avocados and drizzled with a balsamic glaze!

27 Quick Caprese Salad Recipe

Salad Quick Caprese Salad Recipe
Total Time: 5 minutes

Pasta Primavera

A tried and true dinner recipe! Delicious pasta full of vegetables like zucchini, squash, bell peppers, and tomatoes. 

28 Pasta Primavera Recipe

Main Course Pasta Primavera Recipe
Total Time: 35 minutes
5 from 17 votes
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Caprese Pesto Pasta Salad

Caprese pesto pasta salad is a light dish with a bold flavor, making it perfect for potlucks, parties, BBQ’s, and get togethers!

29 Caprese Pesto Pasta Salad recipe

Salad Caprese Pesto Pasta Salad recipe
Total Time: 15 minutes

Recipe Video

5 from 1 vote
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Focaccia Bread

Crisp yet fluffy bread topped with delicious herbs and seasonings. This flavorful focaccia bread is so easy to make, and is perfect for sandwiches, dipping in soups, or enjoying on its own!

30 Focaccia Bread Recipe

Bread Focaccia Bread Recipe
Total Time: 8 hours 55 minutes

Recipe Video

4.98 from 238 votes
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Caprese Stuffed Avocados

Simple and fresh caprese stuffed avocados are a twist on classic flavors. This is a perfect appetizer or side to any meal!

31 Caprese Stuffed Avocados Recipe

Appetizer, Salad, Side Dish Caprese Stuffed Avocados Recipe
Total Time: 5 minutes
5 from 6 votes
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Oven Roasted Red Potatoes

Oven roasted red potatoes are the perfect addition to any dinner! This crispy, seasoned side dish will add flavor and color to your meal.

32 Roasted Red Potatoes Recipe

Side Dish Roasted Red Potatoes Recipe
Total Time: 35 minutes

Recipe Video

5 from 90 votes
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Roasted Brussel Sprouts

Oven roasted brussel sprouts have a perfectly crispy outside, and a melt-in-your-mouth center. With only 5 minutes of prep time, you’ll want to make this delicious and healthy side dish every night!

33 Roasted Brussel Sprouts Recipe

Side Dish Roasted Brussel Sprouts Recipe
Total Time: 40 minutes

Recipe Video

5 from 204 votes
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Tomato Mozzarella Salad

Fresh, light, and healthy tomato mozzarella salad! Perfect for lunches with friends or a side salad to dinner!

34 Tomato Mozzarella Salad Recipe

Salad Tomato Mozzarella Salad Recipe
Total Time: 8 minutes
5 from 10 votes
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Roasted Chickpeas

Roasted chickpeas are full of flavor and perfectly crispy. Toss them in a salad or snack on them plain for a high protein and fiber snack.

35 Roasted Chickpeas Recipe

Snack Roasted Chickpeas Recipe
Total Time: 32 minutes
5 from 6 votes
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Roasted Tomatoes

Juicy roasted tomatoes are the yummiest and easiest appetizer or side dish. Roasting them (with a little olive oil, basil and parmesan) brings out every delicious flavor!

36 Roasted Tomatoes Recipe

Side Dish Roasted Tomatoes Recipe
Total Time: 22 minutes
5 from 7 votes
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Antipasto Salad

Antipasto salad Is the perfect summer salad! It’s filled with tomatoes, cheeses, cured meats, veggies and more and can be topped with your favorite dressing.

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Salad Antipasto Salad
Total Time: 15 minutes
5 from 8 votes
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Pizza Salad

Pizza salad is hearty & refreshing. All of the flavors of pizza are served on a bed of greens and topped with a homemade herb dressing!

38 Pizza Salad Recipe

Salad Pizza Salad Recipe
Total Time: 8 minutes
5 from 14 votes
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Garlic Knots

Buttery-soft homemade garlic knots whip up in under 20 minutes and make a perfect side for pizza, pasta, or salads!

39 Garlic Knots Recipe

Side Dish Garlic Knots Recipe
Total Time: 20 minutes

Recipe Video

5 from 13 votes
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piatti (italian main dish)

Pasta, pizza, or delicious proteins…Italians know how to eat! Every one of these dishes are packed with flavor and are perfect centerpieces to your Italian dinner plans.

Pasta Carbonara

A creamy, delicious and flavorful pasta dish filled with cream cheese, parmesan, garlic and bacon. For only having a few ingredients, this pasta carbonara has big flavor!

40 Pasta Carbonara Recipe

Main Course Pasta Carbonara Recipe
Total Time: 25 minutes
4.73 from 18 votes
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Bruschetta Chicken

Baked bruschetta chicken is marinated in Italian dressing and topped with cheese. It is simple and delicious!!

41 Bruschetta Chicken Recipe

Main Course Bruschetta Chicken Recipe
Total Time: 4 hours 45 minutes
5 from 6 votes
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Italian Pork Chops

These Italian pork chops require just a few ingredients and are baked in the oven with loads of veggies. Have it ready and on the table in just 30 minutes!

42 Italian Pork Chops Recipe

Main Course Italian Pork Chops Recipe
Total Time: 25 minutes
5 from 25 votes
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Chicken Piccata

Chicken piccata is flavorful and beyond easy to make! This tasty chicken breast requires surprisingly few ingredients and is cooked in a lemon butter sauce topped with capers.

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Main Course Chicken Piccata Recipe
Total Time: 25 minutes
5 from 15 votes
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Parmesan Chicken Manicotti

If you are a fan of Italian and are up for trying new recipes then I suggest this parmesan chicken manicotti. These manicotti shells are stuffed with a cheesy chicken mixture, and topped with tasty marinara!

44 Chicken Manicotti Recipe

Main Course Chicken Manicotti Recipe
Total Time: 43 minutes
4.91 from 21 votes
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Italian Sausage Pasta

Everyone loves this Italian sausage pasta recipe! Not only is it easy, cheesy, and delicious, but it is a hit with the entire family and can be made mild or spicy depending on your preferences.

45 Italian Sausage Pasta Recipe

Main Course Italian Sausage Pasta Recipe
Total Time: 20 minutes

Recipe Video

4.99 from 252 votes
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Spaghetti Aglio e Olio

Spaghetti Aglio e Olio is one of the easiest pasta dishes you can make! It uses only 6 ingredients and takes less than 30 minutes to make!

46 Spaghetti Aglio e Olio Recipe

Main Course Spaghetti Aglio e Olio Recipe
Total Time: 20 minutes
5 from 7 votes
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Chicken Alfredo Bake

A delicious and simple casserole version of the dish every family loves – Cheesy chicken alfredo casserole! Pasta, chicken, lots of cheese, and yummy seasonings make this pasta casserole a hit!

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Main Course Chicken Alfredo Bake Recipe
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes

Recipe Video

4.97 from 104 votes
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Chicken Scallopini

This chicken scallopini is a delicious dish of crusted chicken over lemon butter pasta. The flavorful, butter chicken and pasta combo is irresistible and perfect for dinner any night of the week.

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Main Course Chicken Scallopini Recipe
Total Time: 35 minutes

Recipe Video

4.87 from 23 votes
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Baked Ziti

Baked ziti is an easy baked pasta recipe filled with a cream cheese and tomato sauce and topped with cheese! It’s great for feeding a crowd.

49 Easy Baked Ziti Recipe

Main Course Easy Baked Ziti Recipe
Total Time: 30 minutes

Recipe Video

5 from 13 votes
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Italian Meatballs

These homemade Italian meatballs are sure to rival your favorite Italian restaurant. They are juicy, soft, and full of flavor!

50 Italian Meatball Recipe

Appetizer, Main Course Italian Meatball Recipe
Total Time: 1 hour 48 minutes

Recipe Video

5 from 9 votes
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Homemade Lasagna

This BEST homemade lasagna is rich and cheesy and packed with meat. Create perfect layered lasagna with these easy-to-follow steps!

51 Homemade Lasagna Recipe

Main Course Homemade Lasagna Recipe
Total Time: 3 hours 30 minutes

Recipe Video

5 from 7 votes
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Baked Spaghetti

Cheesy baked spaghetti – a simple, delicious, dinner recipe filled with hamburger, sausage, cheese and more! Everyone will love this dinner recipe!

52 Baked Spaghetti Recipe

Main Course Baked Spaghetti Recipe
Total Time: 40 minutes

Recipe Video

5 from 23 votes
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Chicken Alfredo Stuffed Shells

Chicken alfredo stuffed shells are creamy, cheesy, and smothered in a rich homemade alfredo sauce. They’re so good, even the kids won’t mind the spinach!

53 Chicken Alfredo Stuffed Shells Recipe

Main Course Chicken Alfredo Stuffed Shells Recipe
Total Time: 50 minutes
4.97 from 30 votes
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Pepperoni Pizza

This homemade pepperoni pizza is wonderfully crispy every time. Achieve the perfect slice right at home!

54 Pepperoni Pizza Recipe

Main Course Pepperoni Pizza Recipe
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes

Recipe Video

5 from 10 votes
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Crock Pot Spaghetti

We make this yummy crock pot spaghetti all the time! Buttery noodles topped with a flavorful meaty sauce—DELISH!

55 Crockpot Spaghetti

Main Course Crockpot Spaghetti
Total Time: 8 hours 10 minutes

Recipe Video

5 from 8 votes
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Margherita Pizza

Margherita pizza stars fresh basil, mozzarella cheese, and the best ripe tomatoes. It’s simple, delicious, and light.

56 Margherita Pizza Recipe

Main Course Margherita Pizza Recipe
Total Time: 23 minutes

Recipe Video

5 from 14 votes
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Chicken Cacciatore

Enjoy a lean version of your favorite ‘hunter-style’ chicken in this Chicken Cacciatore with mushrooms, onions, and red bell pepper.

57 Chicken Cacciatore Recipe

Chicken cacciatore on grey plate served over pasta
Main Course Chicken Cacciatore Recipe
Total Time: 1 hour
4.80 from 5 votes
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Artichoke Pizza

Artichoke pizza is so cheesy and delicious, with a unique combination of flavors. It’s perfect for your next pizza night!

58 Artichoke Pizza

Main Course Artichoke Pizza
Total Time: 21 minutes

Recipe Video

5 from 10 votes
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Sun-Dried Tomato Pasta

A copycat version of Cheesecake Factory’s Sun-Dried Tomato Fettuccine recipe. This flavorful and creamy dish is filled with chunks of chicken, garlic, whipping cream, spinach and sweet sun-dried tomatoes. It’s not only delicious but is a great way to change up the classic fettuccine recipe.

59 Sun Dried Tomato Pasta Recipe

Main Course Sun Dried Tomato Pasta Recipe
Total Time: 25 minutes
4.59 from 12 votes
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Eggplant Parmesan

Delicious baked eggplant parmesan is made with crispy coated eggplant slices smothered in cheese and marinara. This easy dish is sure to be loved by all!

60 Easy Eggplant Parmesan Recipe

Main Course Easy Eggplant Parmesan Recipe
Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes

Recipe Video

5 from 21 votes
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Easy Fettuccine Alfredo

Easy and quick fettuccine alfredo that takes just 15 minutes to make! This family favorite recipe includes fettuccine, garlic, parmesan, and whipping cream and is sure to become a go-to dinner idea!

61 Fettuccine Alfredo

Main Course Fettuccine Alfredo
Total Time: 35 minutes

Recipe Video

5 from 305 votes

Chicken Parmesan Sliders

Deliciously cheesy chicken parmesan sliders make a perfect appetizer, but can hold their own as a main dish too!

62 Chicken Parmesan Sliders Recipe

Appetizer, Main Course Chicken Parmesan Sliders Recipe
Total Time: 30 minutes
5 from 9 votes
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Sausage And Potatoes

With sausage, potatoes, bell peppers, and onions, this hearty Italian sausage and potatoes bake is savory and filling! It’s simple, easy, and loaded with flavor.

63 Sausage and Potatoes Recipe

Main Course Sausage and Potatoes Recipe
Total Time: 50 minutes
5 from 9 votes
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Pesto Gnocchi

This bright and fresh pesto gnocchi will become your go-to summer meal. It’s bold, full of flavor, and so delicious!

64 Pesto Gnocchi Recipe

Main Course Pesto Gnocchi Recipe
Total Time: 20 minutes
5 from 13 votes
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dolce (italian Dessert)

Italian desserts are the cherry on top of your dinner party. They are stunningly delicious!! Fruit, chocolate, or something on the lighter side. Just remember, you don’t have to make just one!

Panna Cotta

Silky and creamy vanilla Panna Cotta is a showstopper dessert sure to turn heads, but is actually quite easy to make!

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Dessert Panna Cotta Recipe
Total Time: 4 hours 10 minutes

Recipe Video

5 from 6 votes
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Butter Cookies

Soft and crunchy butter cookies are a delicious classic must-make for any holiday party and are delicious plain or frosted.

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Dessert Butter Cookies Recipe
Total Time: 18 minutes
5 from 27 votes
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Mini Fruit Tarts

Cute cream-filled mini fruit tarts are a delicious and simple summer dessert! These mini treats are perfect for any get together.

67 Mini Fruit Tarts Recipe

Dessert Mini Fruit Tarts Recipe
Total Time: 30 minutes
5 from 13 votes
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Italian Cookies

Soft Italian cookies are dipped in a creamy glaze, topped with colorful sprinkles. They are perfect for holidays and special occasions!!

68 Italian Cookies Recipe

Dessert Italian Cookies Recipe
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes

Recipe Video

4.98 from 463 votes
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Vanilla Cake

There is nothing more classic than a rich vanilla cake. This vanilla cake recipe is light, fluffy and great to make for any occasion!

69 Vanilla Cake Recipe

Dessert Vanilla Cake Recipe
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes

Recipe Video

5 from 17 votes
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Blueberry Galette

Blueberry Galette is a quick and easy dessert that’s perfect for summer! It’s filled with sweet blueberries and wrapped in a flaky crust!

70 Blueberry Galette Recipe

Dessert Blueberry Galette Recipe
Total Time: 45 minutes
5 from 5 votes
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Shortbread Cookies

What’s not to love about these delicious and buttery shortbread cookies that just melt in your mouth? It only takes a small handful of common ingredients!

71 Shortbread Cookie Recipe

Dessert Shortbread Cookie Recipe
Total Time: 25 minutes

Recipe Video

5 from 156 votes
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Pistachio Dessert

A delicious pistachio pudding dessert with layers of crushed Sandies Cookies, cream cheese/cheesecake layer, pistachio pudding layer and topped with whipped cream!

72 Pistachio Dessert Recipe

Dessert Pistachio Dessert Recipe
Total Time: 2 hours 18 minutes

Recipe Video

4.99 from 98 votes
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Chocolate Bundt Cake

You will love indulging in this this simple chocolate bundt cake with a chocolate ganache glaze. This moist chocolate cake is just the right amount of rich without being too heavy!

73 Chocolate Bundt Cake Recipe

Dessert Chocolate Bundt Cake Recipe
Total Time: 1 hour
5 from 10 votes
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Chocolate Eclairs

Homemade Eclairs filled with a creamy vanilla bean pastry cream and topped with a rich chocolate glaze.

74 Chocolate Eclair Recipe

Dessert Chocolate Eclair Recipe
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

Recipe Video

5 from 11 votes
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Fresh Fruit Tart

Prettiest and yummiest fruit tart you will ever make! Sweet, buttery, and perfect for spring and summer parties, holidays or get togethers.

75 Fruit Tart Recipe

Dessert Fruit Tart Recipe
Total Time: 50 minutes

Recipe Video

5 from 27 votes
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The Best Italian Dinner Recipes

We hope you enjoy all of the Italian dinner ideas listed above. Italian cuisine is always a crowd favorite and the recipes on this list are no exception – they’re sure to become regulars in your home!

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My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative - from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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