Italian favourites

Here, in one tidy place, you'll find some of the most loved Italian recipes, including rustic salads, classic mains, pizzas, pasta and risottos. Bella, bella.

Italian favourites

Starters

Italian baked Fontina and cabbage soup

Italian baked Fontina and cabbage soup

Who would have thought that this cabbage and cheese combo could be so cheery?

Minestrone with salsa verde

Minestrone with salsa verde

Michelin-starred chef Angela Hartnett puts her stamp on this classic Italian soup recipe.

Antipasti tart

Antipasti tart

This Italian-style tart is an ideal lunch or supper dish. Alternatively, serve it as the starter at a dinner party.

Salt cod fishcakes with speedy tomato and chilli sugo

Salt cod fishcakes with speedy tomato and chilli sugo

This is an easy starter or light lunch. Allow 24 hours to soak the salt cod.

Poached eggs Florentine

Poached eggs Florentine

This classic Italian recipe from Florence is a much-loved favourite.

 


Salads

Italian bean salad

Italian bean salad

Beans means - a fantastic filling dish.

Insalata di Napoli

Insalata di Napoli

This quick and easy salad captures the quintessential flavours of Italy.

Tuna and Italian bread salad

Tuna and Italian bread salad

This delightfully quick tuna recipe is full of olives, capers, cucmber and tomatoes – perfect for a light lunch.

Tagliata (seared steak and rocket salad)

Tagliata (seared steak and rocket salad)

Combine tender steak with seasonal rocket for a light summer meal.

Russian salad

Russian salad

Or, to give it the correct name, insalata russa. Spot the anomaly? This dish is Italian, not Russian. It’s great with poached salmon or rare roast beef.

 


Pasta

Sicilian turkey meatballs and pasta

Sicilian turkey meatballs and pasta

This Italian family favourite with meatballs and pasta costs a mere £3 to make.

Sage and sausage pasta

Sage and sausage pasta

At around £1.20 a head to make, this comforting pasta recipe will satisfy the hungriest of appetites without breaking the bank.

Stuffed pasta shells with roasted tomato ragu

Stuffed pasta shells with roasted tomato ragu

The stewing beef will become meltingly tender and is simple to shred with some forks for an authentic ragù.

Spaghetti with prawns, lemon, chilli, garlic and rocket

Spaghetti with prawns, lemon, chilli, garlic and rocket

A quick, light and healthy pasta dish that's easy to make and even easier to consume.

Beef ragu lasagne

Beef ragu lasagne

Make up a batch of our beef ragu recipe, freeze it, and then defrost so you can rustle up this easy lasagne, which is perfect for the family or entertaining.

 


Pizza

Pizza pie

Pizza pie

This is based on a homely Italian dish sometimes known as pizza rustica. It's as good cold as it is hot, so any leftovers are good news.

Parma ham and smoked mozzarella pizza slices

Parma ham and smoked mozzarella pizza slices

Easy pizza slices to feed your party-goers.

Mediterranean pizza

Mediterranean pizza

This home-made pizza will be ready in the time it would take to pick up a takeaway. Try other ingredients, such as pepperoni, onion, fresh chilli and mushrooms.

Antipasti pizza

Antipasti pizza

This classic mix of Italian antipasti on top of homemade pizza dough is perfect for great al fresco dining.

Tomato and mozzarella calzone

Tomato and mozzarella calzone

This is an oozy, melted cheese treat that everyone will love – plus it's simple to prepare.

 


Risottos

Wild mushroom and mozzarella risotto cakes

Wild mushroom and mozzarella risotto cakes

These tasty risotto cakes make a great vegetarian dinner party main course.

Lemon risotto with garlic prawns

Lemon risotto with garlic prawns

East meets west as lemon risotto and garlic prawns cosy up together in this exciting fusion dish.

Slow-roast salmon with simple white wine and thyme risotto

Slow-roast salmon with simple white wine and thyme risotto

A warming dish made from slow-roasting salmon and pairing it with a light thyme risotto.

Meatballs with soupy tomato and herb risotto

Meatballs with soupy tomato and herb risotto

This dish, which combines meatballs with a light tomato and herb risotto, really is a one pot wonder.

Lemony pea and rocket risotto with salmon steaks

Lemony pea and rocket risotto with salmon steaks

Add some tang to a simple salmon fillet by adding a citrus-infused risotto.

 


Mains

Italian bean casserole

Italian bean casserole

This substantial casserole, made with borlotti and cannellini beans, will bring a hearty glow to your face — and it's suitable for vegetarians too.

Italian baked aubergines

Italian baked aubergines

A gorgeous, moreish Italian dish that carnivores won't care is vegetarian.

Chicken puttanesca with polenta

Chicken puttanesca with polenta

This delicious one-dish Italian dinner requires almost no effort. Not keen on polenta? Substitute it with diced butternut squash.

Chicken scallopini

Chicken scallopini

In this fun Italian recipe, you flatten chicken breasts with a rolling pin to make a quick supper bursting with mozzarella and Parma ham.

Torta Pasqualina

Torta Pasqualina

This Italian pie is full of robust flavours such as artichokes, spinach, parsley and ricotta - and is perfect for vegetarians.

 

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