26 Italian Recipes You’ll Want To Make On Repeat This Summer

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Pretend you’re on the Amalfi Coast this summer with these Italian-inspired meals you can make at home.

Maybe you’ve been dreaming of a trip to Italy or perhaps your summer travel plans were cancelled. Bring a little slice of Italy into your own kitchen with these delicious recipes. Pour yourself an Aperol spritz or open a bottle of chilled Friuli wine and buon appetito.

Squash blossoms resting on a tabletop.

Plated fried squash blossoms filled with ricotta on a tabletop.

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You can find squash or zucchini blossoms at most specialty markets or at your local farmer’s market. Fill them with a mixture of ricotta, egg, Parmesan, and lemon zest, and fry them until crispy on the outside but melty on the inside. Get the recipe for ricotta stuffed squash blossoms here.


Tuscan Sausage Ragu

A bowl of thin, long noodles topped with meaty ragu sauce.

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There are no fancy ingredients required for this comforting ragu. You’ll need some sausage, carrot, celery, onion, canned tomatoes, and red wine to get started. Then serve the hearty sauce over your favorite kind of pasta. Get the recipe for Tuscan sausage ragu here.

A plate of spaghetti carbonara tossed with bacon in a creamy cheese sauce.

A fork-full of decadent spaghetti carbonara.

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This classic Roman recipe is sort of like mac ‘n’ cheese, except more sophisticated. Pasta gets tossed in a creamy sauce made with Parmesan, egg yolk, garlic, shallots, and bacon or pancetta. Get the recipe for pasta carbonara here.


Pasta Alla Norma

A bowl of penne pasta with eggplant, ricotta, tomato sauce, and pesto.

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This Sicilian recipe⁠ — a pasta perfect for summer ⁠— is made with penne, grilled eggplant, tomato sauce, ricotta cheese, and basil pesto. Get the recipe for pasta alla norma here.

Just cut gnocchi dough on a wooden cutting board.

Boiled gnocchi tossed in butter and sage in a sauce pan.

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This light-as-air, melt-in-your-mouth gnocchi comes together in less than 30 minutes. All you need is ricotta cheese, egg yolks, flour, and Parmesan, plus your favorite pasta sauce. Get the recipe for 20-minute ricotta gnocchi here.

A plate of chicken piccata with capers in a lemon sauce.

A piece of chicken piccata over a bed of spaghetti.

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Chicken breast gets dredged in flour then pan-seared and coked in a tangy sauce made of garlic, chicken broth, butter, lemon, and capers. Get the recipe for chicken piccata here.

Ingredients for cioppino on a countertop including raw mussels, shrimps, and scallops, garlic, onion, and fennel.

A pot of seafood cioppino with shrimp, mussels, and scallops in a tomato broth.

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If making seafood at home seems intimidating, this loaded stew will change your mind. Just add whatever seafood you have on hand like white fish, mussels, shrimp, and scallops into the tomato broth and let it simmer. Get the recipe for Ina Garten’s easy cioppino here.

Focaccia dough ready to go into the oven.

A loaf of baked focaccia bread topped with Meyer lemons, rosemary, and olives.

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You don’t need any fancy ingredients or an overnight rise to make this delicious focaccia bread. Just knead it quickly with your hands, let it sit for about 40 minutes, and prepare to bake. This recipe calls for olives and rosemary, but you can garnish your focaccia with any of your favorite veggies, herbs, or spices. Get the recipe for rosemary and olive no-knead focaccia here.

Ingredients for baked eggs including cheese, tomatoes, eggs, and diced pancetta.

A spoon dunking into a skillet of baked eggs with a slightly runny yolk.

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This one-pan egg dish is perfectly acceptable for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Eggs are baked into a garlicky tomato sauce with plenty of melted cheese and savory herbs on top. Get the recipe for Italian egg bake here.

A baking dish with eggplant rollatini filled with cheese in tomato sauce.

3 plated eggplant rollatini in tomato sauce.

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This vegetarian dish will satisfy even serious carnivores. Eggplant ribbons get stuffed with a mixture of mozzarella, chopped spinach, pecorino cheese, and spices, then it’s. baked in a creamy tomato sauce. Get the recipe for eggplant rollatini here.


Crispy Chicken Parmesan

Spatula picking up a piece of chicken parm


First, the chicken cutlets are fried so they get delightfully crispy. Then, they’re baked with tomato sauce, mozzarella, and basil until bubbly. If you want to take this meal to the next level, make your tomato sauce from scratch. Get the recipe for crispy chicken Parmesan here.

Ingredients for meatballs in a mixing bowl including bread crumbs, ground meat, egg, and spices.

A bowl of cooked meatballs in tomato sauce with one sliced open to reveal a moist interior.

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For the best, most tender meatballs, use a mixture of ground beef and pork. These babies are baked from start to finish, but they still manage to get that nice crisp exterior. Get the recipe for easy Italian meatballs here.

A glass baking pan filled with sliced mushrooms and thyme.

A bowl of creamy polenta topped with roasted mushrooms.

Seven little rounds of pizza dough on a floured surface.

A slice of pizza with roasted tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, and shredded basil.

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Looking for a fun activity to spice up a family dinner or date night, try making pizza dough from scratch. With a little practice and some technique, you’ll be surprised just how good it comes out. If you don’t have a pizza oven or stone, just heat up a baking sheet and cook the pie directly on top. Get the recipe for thin crust pizza here.

A wooden spoon stirring a pot of creamy alfredo sauce.

Tongs tossing fetuccine in homemade alfredo sauce.

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Stop buying store-bought Alfredo sauce and try making it from scratch. It tastes worlds better, and you only need a few simple ingredients like whipping cream, butter, cream cheese, garlic, Parmesan, and spices. Get the recipe for pasta with homemade Alfredo sauce here.

A Dutch oven filled with chicken, hot sausage, and peppers.

Chicken scarpariello, peppers, and sausage tossed with rice in a bowl.

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The Italian take on sweet-and-sour chicken, this dish is made with hot peppadews, Italian sausage, onion, garlic, lemon and lots of herbs. Get the recipe for chicken scarpariello here.

A process shot of making tiramisu from scratch with Lady Fingers, mascarpone, whipping cream, coffee flavored liqueur, and cold espresso.

A fork taking a slice of fluffy, light tiramisu.

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Making tiramisu from scratch is surprisingly easy. Dip Lady Fingers in cold espresso and, if you’re using, coffee liqueur, then layer them beneath a mixture of mascarpone, heavy whipping cream, vanilla, and sugar. There’s no cooking involved, just pop it into the fridge for a few hours. Get the recipe for easy homemade tiramisu here.

Ingredients for Italian cheesecake on a table including eggs, ricotta, lemon, sugar, and butter.

A slice of lemon ricotta cheesecake on a black platter.

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Ricotta, eggs, sugar, mascarpone, vanilla, and lemon juice form the bulk of this super creamy cheesecake. Just remember to set aside a few hours to refrigerate the cheesecake before serving. Get the recipe for lemon ricotta cheesecake here.

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