These Are Simply Laura Vitale's Best Recipes

Learn all of Laura's secrets to Italian cooking with her best recipes from Simply Laura for pizza, pasta, desserts and more.

Pancetta-Wrapped Pork Loin

This impressive make-ahead dish is perfect for a dinner party. Roast the garlic-, rosemary- and parsley-stuffed, pancetta-wrapped pork the night before. The next day, just pop it in the oven about two hours before you plan to eat.

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Scallops with Pancetta

Laura's quick-seared scallops topped with crisp pancetta, shallots and garlic are fancy, yet the dish takes only 15 minutes to prepare.

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Don't settle for plain polenta when you can have Laura's buttery, cheesy version (thanks, parm!).

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Cannoli Bundt Cake

Fluffy ricotta and mini chocolate chips make this cake taste just like a cannoli, but Laura adds some flair with bites of candied lemon and orange, as well as a Marsala glaze.

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Smoked Salmon and Dill Quiche

Bagels and lox are great and all, but a creamy and cheesy quiche topped with smoked salmon and arugula salad is a great new way to enjoy the classic combination at dinnertime.

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Broccoli Rabe, Sausage and Pesto Pasta

Most of the prep time in this recipe comes from whipping together a broccoli rabe pesto, but the food processor does all the work for you.

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Roasted Fig Salad with Goat Cheese, Prosciutto and Arugula

Sweet roasted figs wrapped in prosciutto make a popular appetizer, but you can stretch the decadent ingredients further in a peppery arugula salad.

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Leftover-Brownie Truffles

If by some miracle you have leftover brownies sitting around, turn them into fancy truffles rolled in chili powder and lime zest, crushed pretzels and toasted coconut.

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Margherita Pizza

Once you master Laura's easy pizza dough, you'll be churning out Naples-style pies in no time. Laura's favorite is the classic margherita, topped simply with fresh mozzarella, basil and tomato sauce.

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Marinara Sauce

Eight ingredients and five minutes of prep time make at least a week's worth of sauce that is simply flavored with basil, oregano, garlic and onions.

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Velvety Tomato Bisque

Use Laura's marinara sauce as the base for this soup alongside roasted vegetables and garlic-sauteed potatoes. To make it lusciously decadent, she blends it all with Parmesan and cream.

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Pot Roast with Porcini Mushrooms

Not in the mood for soup? Use the marinara sauce to braise beef with wine, beef stock and aromatics for a fall-apart-tender roast served over creamy polenta.

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Mini Pizzas

Embrace your inner kid with bite-sized pies, but satisfy your grownup palate with toppings like bacon and onion, olive and feta, and grilled eggplant and mushrooms.

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Butternut Squash and Black Bean Chili

Make Meatless Monday exciting with a hearty sweet potato and black bean chili spiked with beer and a trio of sweet and spicy peppers.

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Amaretto Tiramisu for Two

Amaretto liqueur and amaretti cookies are the key ingredients for this easy take on tiramisu, portioned perfectly for two.

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Eggs in Purgatory

Runny eggs cooked in a spicy tomato sauce are one purgatory you'd probably love to stay in forever.

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Orange and Raspberry Mimosa

Say cheers at brunch with a sweet twist on the standard orange mimosa. Raspberries add flavor and a beautiful pink hue.

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Seared Steak and Green Beans with Herbed Butter

Take an extra five minutes to whip up a homemade herb compound butter, which melts beautifully atop juicy rib-eye steak and crisp green beans.

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Roasted Tomato Tart

Change up your pizza routine with roasted tomatoes, fresh basil and fontina cheese melted over flaky, buttery puff pastry.

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Vegetable Pasta al Forno

The best way to get your veggies is in a baked cheesy pasta dish that takes only 20 minutes to prep.

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Chocolate Hazelnut Zeppole

Instead of eating an entire jar of chocolate-hazelnut spread by the spoonful, pipe it into homemade zeppole — aka Italian doughnuts.

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Crispy Ribollita

It may seem strange to make a butternut squash and cannellini bean soup only to add bread to it, chill it and pan-fry it, but once you try Laura's ribollita, you'll understand why it's such a popular Italian dish.

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Chickpea Bruschetta

This is like the grown-up version of hummus: mashed chickpeas flavored with sun-dried tomatoes and lemon zest atop thick grilled bread.

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Grilled Seafood Salad

Impress guests or have an easy treat-yourself solo dinner with simply dressed grilled seafood and greens. All you need is an orange and some olive oil!

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Laura's Basic Pizza Dough

Laura suggests using finely-milled flour to ensure your pizza dough bakes into an extra-crisp crust.

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Portobello Melt

You won't miss the meat in Laura's take on a patty melt, thanks to tender grilled portobello mushrooms and plenty of melted Swiss cheese.

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Mandarinello Bundt Cake

Laura's nonna makes her own mandarinello from the tree behind her house — think limoncello but with oranges — but if you don't have a booze-making grandma, you can use any orange liqueur you have on hand.

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Ultimate Sausage and Broccoli Rabe Sandwiches

Garlic, rosemary and olive oil transform Laura's pizza dough into fluffy focaccia rolls. They're the perfect vessel for broccoli rabe, melted provolone and Italian sausage.

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Gingerbread Tiramisu

Laura puts a holiday twist on one of her favorite Italian desserts, using tea-and-rum-soaked gingersnap cookies instead of ladyfingers as the base of the creamy trifle. 

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