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Italian cuisine is one of the most popular in the world. There are so many Italian recipes that you will find several variations of the same dish.
For example lasagna made in the north of Italy is very different from the one made in the south. Famous Italian recipes are for pasta, pizza, seafood, poultry, meat and vegetable dishes. Desserts are also very famous. You will find more seafood dishes coming from the coastal areas of Italy such as Naples, Venice, Genova, etc. Piedmont is famous for his meats (often eaten raw) and truffles. Tuscany is also famous for meat and game as well as caciucco (seafood stew) from Livorno. We have selected links to many Italian recipes from Italian and worldwide sources.

An Italian meal


Italian food
A formal meal in Italy is a succession of courses, with no main course, starting with an antipasto, followed by a first course (primo) of either pasta, risotto, or soup; and a second course (secondo) of meat, poultry, or fish, accompanied by one or two vegetable side dishes (contorni). Then there is a salad (insalata), sometimes cheese, and the meal ends with fruit or dessert (dolce) or both.

Antipasto never played an important part in Italian eating. Not long ago it consisted of only a few slices of prosciutto or salame, and these are still the favorites. Antipasto is meant only to whet the appetite, so do not make too much. For most people in Italy the first course is the most important, and pasta is the favorite food. Although most people prefer the simplest treatment - olive oil and garlic with fresh raw tomato and basil or a dressing of butter melted with sage leaves, sprinkled with freshly grated black pepper and parmigiano reggiano - the versatility of pasta is extraordinary. Risotto, gnocchi and other rice dishes are also versatile. Soups can be a meal in themselves or light and delicate.

Italian food
With so much coast Italy has a wide range of fish and seafood. Until recently fish was considered to be a Friday dish only, and not grand enough to serve to guests, but now it is one of the most popular foods. Meat and poultry dishes are mostly grills, roasts, and stews; there are lovely game dishes, and offal is particularly good. Egg dishes and vegetable dishes can also be served as a second course. Vegetable dishes are an important part of every meal, so make good use of the repertoire. Salad can be a green salad or cooked vegetables dressed with olive oil and lemon juice.
Cheese is served at the end of the meal in northern Italy, especially in Piedmont, but not usually in the south. At home, dessert is generally fruit, sweets being reserved for special and festive occasions. After fruit or dessert, strong black coffee from a high or after dinner roast may be served in small cups, and perhaps followed with brandy or grappa, an amaro (bitter), anise-flavored sambuca or a sweet wine such as vin santo, accompanied by pastries or biscotti with almonds.

Inside-Out Spaghetti Pie

Great recipe for baked spaghetti, substitute the meat crust with either breaded chicken or veal cutlets to make a Parmesan meal. Original recipe from Recipe.com

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Created: Apr 19, 2014 2:44:33 PM
Pasta Puttanesca Perfecto

I LOVE pasta puttanesca, and have made it a few different ways, sometimes even with tuna. However, this is my go-to recipe that is quite easy to put together. I have made this as a first-course for holiday dinners or for my weeknight cravings. I must say, though, that the fresh herbs are key!

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Created: Apr 15, 2014 2:09:17 PM
Easter Bread Wreath from KAF

Recieved from King Arther Flour and described as a wreath shaped loaf, not to sweet, orange scented. A rendition of Italian Easter Bread. It calls for an extract called Fiori di Sicilia but not accepted here and since I don't have it I used vanilla extract instead. Plan ahead for this as the starter has to be made the day before and sit overnight. Prep time does not include rising time

Easter Bread Wreath from KAF
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Created: Apr 7, 2014 12:47:32 PM
Chewy Italian Rolls from KAF

Another King Arthur Flour Recipe that is based on an Asiago Ciabatta recipe. These rolls offer the taste and texture of traditional Italian bread, with a nice spongy nature. Prep time is active and does not include rising

Chewy Italian Rolls from KAF
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Created: Apr 6, 2014 8:56:19 PM
Tasty Crockpot Cheese Baked Rigatoni

I love a good Baked Rigatoni and as much as I love baked cheese I always find that when cooked in the oven the meal turns out dry and I wanted to make a Rigatoni that wasn't dry and the cheese was melted throughout the Rigatoni. I did this by starting the meal on the stove and finishing in the crockpot and it tasted so good and smelled so good that everyone couldn't hardly wait for the cheese on top to melt. It was a big hit. With this recipe you can reheat the next day and enjoy it as much as you did the night before. See end of the recipe for more ideas using the basic easy tasty sauce. I found that Newman's Own sausage and pepper sauce was the perfect compliment to this dish. Serve with a salad and garlic bread if you wish. If you choose to use organic grass fed ground beef 1 lb. is plenty. Nice lean bulk Italian sausage and you getting all meat and barely any juices from the meat so your saving money by not having to buy extra meat. The flavor is incredible.

Tasty Crockpot Cheese Baked Rigatoni
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Created: Apr 6, 2014 8:38:56 PM
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