Looking to add a little more of la dolce vita into your life? If you’re craving a taste of Italy but not necessarily interested in hopping on a plane to experience the country firsthand, why not consider going on a culinary journey right in your own kitchen? We’ve rounded up some of the most mouthwatering Italian recipe ideas for you to try. The best part? You can enjoy these decadent dishes packed full of Mediterranean flavor right from the comfort of your own home. Join us for a taste of Italy!
Pasta e Ceci
Pasta e Ceci is warm, comforting, and full of flavor! This Sicilian-style soup is made with pasta, chickpeas, and a handful of aromatics. You can also add extra veggies if you’d like. Bonus? The dish comes together in just one pot and is suitable for both vegetarians and vegans. Ready to learn how to make this classic Italian dish?
Italian Fennel and Orange Salad
Crisp cuts of fennel pair perfectly with juicy orange slices. The olive oil combines with the citrus juice from the orange slices to create a naturally sweet and tangy vinaigrette. As a bonus, this refreshing Italian salad comes together in just 5 minutes! We recommend topping it off with a little salt and black pepper just before serving.
An Aperol Spritz is a light Italian cocktail commonly served as an apéritif. In Italy, apéritifs are served before a meal to help stimulate the appetite. The Aperol Spritz is made with Aperol, Prosecco, club soda, and fresh orange. To offset its characteristic bitterness, we recommend pairing your Aperol Spritz with a creamy or sweet appetizer!
This hearty Italian soup features a tomato-y broth that’s filled out with plenty of vegetables and your choice of pasta or rice. Since minestrone was traditionally made to use up leftover vegetables, this is a great meal to cook when you’re about to clean out your fridge! Ready to learn how to make this hearty Italian classic?
Pasta e Fagioli
The name of this heartwarming Italian soup literally translates to “pasta and beans.” The base is made with pancetta, vegetables, and white wine. Pureed beans thicken the soup for a rich, satisfying texture. Pasta, beans, and vegetables are added to the broth for the perfect chunky, hearty soup. This recipe pairs perfectly with a glass of wine and some good Italian bread!
Italian-Style Oven-Baked Fish
Fish is commonly eaten by Italians and Italian Americans on Christmas Eve. This simple Italian-style oven-baked fish recipe is a staple at many of these gatherings. Flaky white fish is topped with zesty tomatoes and crispy breadcrumbs, splashed with vinegar, and topped with a drizzle of olive oil. Want to learn how to make this delicious Italian staple at home?