Authentic Italian Recipes Anyone can Make

If you want to make some authentic Italian recipes, you can check out this list of recipes below. I’ve made it a point to only feature authentic recipes that are also easy and simple to make.

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What is authentic?

Authentic recipes mean different things to different people so let me explain what I consider authentic. As someone who grew up in an Italian family (and married into another Italian family) these recipes represent Italian culture as it relates to the history, preparation and presentation of the recipe itself.

What you won’t find are Americanized recipes here where pasta is swimming in a bowl of gooey cheesy sauces, or ingredients modified to fit a particular fad diet. If you want that, go to the Olive Garden or Macaroni Grill. Nothing wrong with that, but that’s just not authentic.

Italian authentic recipes don’t have to be centuries old. They just have to be what Italians would recognize as having their basic principles from the old country. For example, pasta and broccoli is an authentic recipe. There are a ton of variations, but it’s authentic. Italians in Italy have made, and continue to prepare this basic recipe in the hills of Tuscany as well as inside the city walls of Rome.

From appetizers to salads to main dishes for dinner or for parties, I think you’ll find some inspiring ideas to impress family and friends. Enjoy!

Authentic Italian Recipe Ideas

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Easy Italian Chicken Cutlets Recipe
This easy Italian recipe for fried chicken cutlets is a family favorite! It's easy and is awesome with pasta or salad! You must try it!
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How to Make Easy Chicken Soup
Enjoy this easy and authentic Italian chicken soup. I provide over the stove cooking instructions like my husband does, but I also give steps for using a pressure cooker/instant pot!
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Italian Roast Chicken
Delicious Italian roasted chicken baked in the oven seasoned with garlic and rosemary. Perfect for a Sunday dinner or special occasion.
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How to make a Potato Frittata
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Italian Stuffed Mushrooms
Easy Italian recipe for making stuffed mushrooms that taste great and impress everyone!
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Stuffed Shells with Spinach and Ricotta
Delicious recipe for stuffed shells stuffed with spinach and ricotta.
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Italian Sausage, Peppers and Onions Recipe
Here's one of our Italian family recipes for sausage, peppers and onions. It's so easy to make and is great for parties, side dishes, and holidays. Goes great with pasta and has lots of flavor!
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Lasagna Meatless Recipe
A simple and easy way to make meatless lasagna.
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Italian Pastina Soup
Enjoy this soul-warming Italian pastina soup. It uses tiny pasta for a delicious risotto-like soup that’s perfect during colder months or when feeling under the weather.
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Traditional Almond Biscotti Recipe
Here's a traditional almond Biscotti recipe I love to make every Christmas for the holidays. Enjoy this simple Italian biscotti recipe from my kitchen to yours.
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Roasted Red Potatoes with Rosemary and Garlic
Enjoy this easy side dish of roasted red potatoes seasoned with rosemary, garlic and olive oil! Perfect for quick dinners and impressive for special occasions.
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Baked Stuffed Tomatoes with Tuna
This easy baked stuffed tomatoes recipe is an easy lunch or light dinner.
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Italian Lemon Ricotta Pie Recipe
Italian lemon ricotta pie is an easy Italian dessert I received from my Italian husband. It is a great dessert recipe for the holidays or parties. Easy and simple to make! Enjoy!
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Stracciatella alla Romana (Italian Egg Drop Soup)
Enjoy this delicate Italian egg drop soup when you want a soothing and comforting homemade soup that's easy and quick. Sorry, no fortune cookies! 😊
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Italian Lemon Cake
An easy and simple Italian dessert that is great for Easter or any day of the year!
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Easy Lemon Shrimp Pasta with Olive oil and Garlic
This recipe is full of flavor and is so easy to make. We use an olive oil, garlic and parsley sauce that pairs wonderfully with the shrimp. Make sure to use long pasta with this dish.
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Chicken and Peas Italian-Style
A one pan recipe for making chicken with peas that's full of flavor.
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Recipe for Italian Breaded Chicken Breasts
My Italian mother in law gave me this baked chicken recipe and I've made few minor adjustments to make it healthier over time. It's such an easy dinner for your family and is great for leftovers too. Enjoy!
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Moist All Beef Meatballs
Enjoy these all beef meatballs that are moist and taste great.
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Pasta Fagioli Soup Recipe
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Healthy Caprese Salad
Enjoy this healthy caprese salad guilt-free!
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Italian Potato Salad
Delicious Italian potato salad with olive oil and vinegar
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ToTo Cookies
One of my favorite Italian holiday cookies! These easy chocolate cookies topped with Icing flavored with Whiskey (or rum) are the hit every year. These Italian dessert cookies are so delicious and easy to make. Why don't you give them a try!
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Butterball Cookies
This is one of my favorite Italian cookie during the Christmas holiday or at Italian weddings! Pecan butterballs are so easy and simple to make. I grew up with this recipe and I'm happy to share it with you!
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Italian Frittata
This Italian frittata recipe is easy and simple. It can be made in 30 minutes.
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Authentic Italian Recipes Anyone can Make

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