Food & Drink

Craving Italian? Here Are 30 Italian-Inspired Dishes to Make Tonight

If you were to meet my mother, you’d learn within four minutes or less that she’s Italian. It’s not her appearance, her fiery personality, her bellowing voice, or her inability to speak without keeping her hands in her pockets that would give it away, but rather the simple fact that she’ll forcefully wiggle it into any conversation, even if no one asks (which is usually the case). It’s a true talent. She is a proud woman who will jump at any opportunity to tell you that, in 1954, her father immigrated from Sicily to America with five bucks in his pocket and a strong affinity for homemade red wine.

I grew up on Italian cuisine, so it’s no surprise that I consider there to be only three food groups: pasta, cheese, and bread. Everything else is just extra. If you’re craving Italian tonight, check out these 30 recipes that are sure to satisfy your inner-Italiano. Drinking an Italian red blend while listening to That’s Amore while cooking are highly encouraged. 


1. Cheesy Pasta Alla Vodka


2. Italian Wedding Soup


3. Creamy Tuscan Chicken


4. Italian Stuffed Peppers


5. Sheet Pan Italian Chicken


6. Sausage and Gnocchi Soup

Source: FoodieCrush


7. Stuffed Zucchini 


8. Fried Montanara Pizza


9. Italian Chicken Wrap

Source: FoodieCrush


10. Chicken Pesto Pasta

Source: 40 Aprons


11. Pomodoro Sauce Pasta

Source: FoodieCrush


12. Pasta Bolognese


13. Chicken Parmesan

Source: FoodieCrush


14. Vegan Mushroom Meatballs


15. Pesto and Cheese Stuffed Zucchini Involtini


16. Chicken Picatta Pasta

Source: FoodieCrush


17. Italian Chopped Salad with Marinated Chickpeas


18. Lemon Basil Italian Panini


19. Instant Pot Pesto Zuppa Toscana


20. Baked Ziti


21. Caprese Sandwich


22. Chicken Parmesan Meatball Soup


23. Creamy Tuscan Shrimp


24. Vegetarian Lasagna Soup

Source: FoodieCrush


25. Eggplant Roll Pasta Bake


26. Italian Style Roasted Cauliflower Bites


27. Pasta Carbonara


28. Turkey Lasagna


29. Tortellini Soup

Source: Pinch of Yum


30. Fettuccine Alfredo