Authentic Italian Recipes

 

Get a taste of the classics, including a go-to Bolognese recipe and the perfect lasagna.

 

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Photo By: Armando Rafael Moutela ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved. 2014, Cooking Channel, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: Armando Rafael Moutela ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved. 2014, Cooking Channel, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: Armando Rafael Moutela ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved. 2014, Cooking Channel, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: Armando Rafael Moutela ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved. 2014, Cooking Channel, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: Armando Rafael Moutela ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved. 2014, Cooking Channel, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: Armando Rafael Moutela ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved. 2014, Cooking Channel, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: Armando Rafael Moutela ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved. 2014, Cooking Channel, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

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Margherita Pizza

Cooking Gabriele Corcos and Debi Mazar’s classic thin-crust pizza in a wood-burning oven ensures a bubbling, blackened crust. Don’t have the same setup at home? A hot pizza stone will yield similarly crisp results (and just as much flavor).

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Bolognese Sauce

David Rocco’s hearty meat sauce would make any nonna proud. Make his Salsa di 5 Minuti or swap in your favorite tomato sauce for the base for this fragrant pasta topper.

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Bianca Lasagna with Pesto

For an unconventional twist on traditional Ligurian pesto recipes, Kelsey Nixon turns out a velvety white sauce for this vegetarian lasagna. Asiago, mozzarella, Parmesan and ricotta cheeses transform this dish into the stuff of dreams. 

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Zesty Spaghetti a la Puttanesca 

Heavy on flavor and low on prep time, spaghetti puttanesca is a weeknight no-brainer. Nadia G seasons her version with a pinch of brown sugar to help balance out the acidity of the tomatoes.

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La Salsa Di 5 Minuti: 5-Minute Sauce

Good news: David makes his five-ingredient recipe in five minutes. Great news: It’s flavorful enough to ensure that you’ll shun jarred versions forever.

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Chicken Cacciatore

Equal parts homey classic and impressive dinner party dish, this chicken cacciatore from Debi and Gabriele owes its intense flavor to a handful of simple ingredients. Carefully pat your chicken dry before browning it in a skillet. A bone-dry bird’s skin will crisp up quickly and evenly.

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Winter Minestrone

Giada De Laurentiis’ hearty vegetarian soup is as robustly flavored and satisfying as any meatier stew. And because it’s made from just a few root vegetables and a handful of pantry staples, it can be made with little fanfare in just under an hour.

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Spaghetti Alla Carbonara

For a perfect midnight meal, take an irresistible ingredient duo –– in this case, pancetta and eggs –– and add pasta. Of course, storing pancetta in your freezer means David’s creamy Italian classic can be ready in minutes, regardless of the time of day.

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Gnudi All' Acqua Al 2: Naked Ravioli

Made from ricotta cheese and a scant amount of flour, this gnocchi variation is lighter and fluffier than traditional potato-based versions. David’s recipe for this comforting dish includes tomatoes, Parmesan, garlic and basil, ensuring that these small dumplings pack big flavors.

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Gnocchi with Apricot Brown Butter and Crispy Sage

Brown butter is made by melting a stick of butter until it becomes caramel colored and develops a rich, nutty quality that instantly upgrades any food it touches. Nadia G. doubles down on flavor by adding apricots and sage to this irresistible sauce before pouring it over fresh gnocchi.

Get the Recipe: Gnocchi with Dried Apricot Brown Butter and Crispy Sage

Marinara Sauce

Giada's easy sauce is filled with ingredients you probably already have on hand — onions, carrots, garlic, celery and olive oil — and the preparation is just as easy. Sweat out the aromatics, add crushed tomatoes and simmer for an hour.

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The Ultimate Lasagna

Tyler Florence's ultimate lasagna has its name for a reason. The towering layers, the red-wine-spiked, slightly creamy tomato sauce (filled with hearty beef and sausage), plenty of cheesy goodness and, of course, pasta ... all of it will make you melt.

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