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Chicken Cutlets with Balsamic Vinegar

This sautéed chicken cutlet recipe is especially quick to prepare. Because the balsamic vinegar is so central to this chicken cutlet recipe, use balsamic vinegar that’s the best you can buy. [more…]

How to Make Fresh Pasta Dough

Making the dough for fresh pasta used to take about 20 minutes. With the food processor, you can make fresh pasta dough in about one minute. For history buffs, here’s how to make fresh pasta dough the [more…]

Pasta Primavera

Primavera means “spring style” in Italian. Primavera dishes are made with a variety of fresh vegetables, and although this recipe uses fettuccine, you can replace it with any kind of pasta you want. This [more…]

Tortellini and Sugar Snap Peas with Alfredo Sauce

Tortellini are stuffed pasta squares, folded and formed into rings. Fresh tortellini is plumper and more filling, and it cooks faster. This tasty vegetarian meal tops tortellini with Alfredo sauce. [more…]

Bucatini with Tomatoes, Onions, and Pancetta

This bucatini recipe is one of the most popular pasta dishes in Italy. When you mix the bucatini pasta with the vegetables and pancetta (or American-style bacon), you get an Italian dish to die for. [more…]

How to Make a Pizza Pie

Who needs pizza delivery when you can make your own pizza pie at home? Making a pizza from scratch is a simple process, and you can create your pizza just the way you like it by adding whatever toppings [more…]

Pesto Pasta

Pesto is best in the summertime when basil is fresh and you can make a batch of pesto from scratch. Pesto is a snap to make and will fill your kitchen — and maybe your whole house — with the wonderful [more…]

Chicken Cacciatore

Cacciatore means “hunter’s style” and refers to how Italian hunters used to prepare small game. Today, cacciatore dishes are usually chicken-based. Serving chicken cacciatore with white rice allows the [more…]

Tuscan-Style Meat Loaf

This Tuscan-style meat loaf is comfort food. You brown two miniature meat loaves in a skillet and then simmer them in a white bean stew. Cooking the meat loaves in a tomato-flavored bean stew keeps them [more…]

Rigatoni with Eggplant

This rigatoni with eggplant recipe hails from Sicily. Traditionally, the eggplant is fried. This version sautés the eggplant with the other vegetables to make the dish lighter. [more…]

Sausage and Beans

This sausage and beans recipe stretches a modest amount of meat to feed an entire family. You cook the sausage with beans so that the meat is more a flavoring than the focal point of this dish. [more…]

How to Make Velvety Rich Spinach Lasagna

You may not think of lasagna for Christmas dinner, but it’s a real crowd pleaser that's inexpensive to make. This meatless recipe for spinach lasagna is a great make-ahead dish that you can freeze and [more…]

Nondairy Dinner of Manicotti with Tofu, Spinach, and Mushrooms

This traditional Italian dish made with manicotti (long, hollow tubes of pasta) is rich, flavorful, and free of saturated fat and dairy ingredients. The pasta tubes are cooked, filled with a nondairy cheese [more…]

Dairy-Free Dinner of Spaghetti with Spicy Marinara Sauce

This pasta dish is spicy, tangy, and sure to be a favorite in your house for a dairy-free dinner. You can easily change this simple meal just by trying different shapes of pasta, like bow ties, rotini, [more…]

Easy Dairy-Free Vegetable Lasagna

This take on the traditional Italian dish, omits dairy, adds protein, and cuts the saturated fat, sodium, and lactose by replacing ricotta cheese with tofu. Using plenty of your favorite spaghetti sauce [more…]

Roasted Red Pepper and Nondairy Cheese Panini

A panini is an Italian-style sandwich grilled in a sandwich press, usually recognized by those nifty horizontal marks on the finished product. You can find panini presses just about anywhere. The roasted [more…]

Mama Mia Meatball Pizza

This meatball pizza will keep your finicky children satisfied without exacerbating your hypertension, because who doesn't like pizza? This quick and easy recipe also won't take up a lot of your time in [more…]

Chicken Cutlets with Artichokes (Scaloppine di Pollo con Carciofi)

Starting with canned artichokes hearts rather than fresh artichokes saves a tremendous amount of prep time. Serve this dish as is or use the chicken and artichokes as a sandwich filling. [more…]

Fish with Asparagus (Pesce con gli Asparagi)

For this recipe, you can use snapper, Chilean bass, or salmon. Flouring the fillets helps keep them from falling apart as they cook. The flour also helps to thicken the sauce. [more…]

Grilled Steak, Florentine Style (Bistecca alla Fiorentina)

In Tuscany, steaks are generously coated with salt and pepper before grilling. Besides adding flavor, the salt and pepper form a crisp crust that contrasts nicely with the meat’s tender interior. T-bone [more…]

Parmesan Chicken with Fresh Tomato Salsa Recipe

To get the cheese coating to stick to the chicken in this tasty gluten-free recipe, pound the cheese in with the flat side of a meat mallet. [more…]

Beef Stew (Spezzatino di Manzo)

This recipe demonstrates the Italian cook’s ability to turn cheap, tough beef into something delectable. This stew is fairly brothy, so serve it with lots of bread or maybe some mashed potatoes. [more…]

Braised Veal Shanks (Osso Buco)

This hearty winter dish starts with veal shanks, round pieces of meat about 2 inches thick with a large bone in the center. The shanks are braised for several hours to make them extremely tender. Serve [more…]

Bucatini with Tomatoes, Onions, and Pancetta (Bucatini all’Amatriciana)

This recipe is one of the most popular pasta dishes in Italy. Originally, the dish called for pig’s cheek. Because this cut is so fatty, no olive oil was used. Leaner pancetta [more…]

Calzone with Prosciutto, Mushrooms, and Mozzarella (Calzone all’Italiana)

This classic calzone has it all — mushrooms, prosciutto, tomatoes, and mozzarella. You need 1 prepared recipe of Basic Pizza Dough. Calzone fillings are open to countless variations. [more…]

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