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Penne with Vodka Sauce & Capicola

Our velvety tomato sauce is spiked with cubes of salty capicola and a few shots of vodka. Make it a Meal: Caesar salad and a glass of Pinot Noir will shine with this dish.

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Pork Tenderloin "Rosa di Parma"

This is a traditional roast from the Italian province of Parma, often served for special family celebrations. (“Rosa di Parma” means it's stuffed with Parmigiano-Reggiano and prosciutto.) Typically made with beef, it is equally delicious and more economical made with pork tenderloin and ideal for entertaining parties of 8 to 10. Seek out true Italian Prosciutto di Parma and Parmigiano-Reggiano for this dish—even though they are more costly, the superior flavor is worth the expense.

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Chicken Piccata with Pasta & Mushrooms

Our chicken piccata, served over whole-wheat pasta, has a rich lemon-caper sauce that's made with extra-virgin olive oil and just a touch of butter for flavor. If you like, you can use a mild fish like tilapia or even shrimp instead of chicken breast.

» Chicken Piccata with Pasta & Mushrooms

Italian Hazelnut Cookies

These crispy cookies are made with Piedmontese staples—hazelnuts and eggs—and called Brutti Ma Buoni: literally, “Ugly But Good.” But they are really more plain-looking than “ugly,” and pack a powerful, sweet, nutty burst of flavor, making them welcome at any table.

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Grissini

Long, crispy, thin breadsticks like these grissini are laid right on the tablecloth at many Piedmontese restaurants.

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Hunter's Chicken Stew

Hunter's Chicken is found across Northern Italy, with many variations. This version uses meaty bone-in chicken thighs and is full of onions, mushrooms and tomatoes. It's also delicious served over egg noodles.

» Hunter's Chicken Stew

Quick Chicken Braciole

In this healthy stuffed chicken recipe, pounded chicken breasts are stuffed with a flavorful chard, prosciutto and mozzarella filling and then simmered in store-bought marinara sauce. Serve over whole-wheat fettuccine tossed with parsley or on polenta.

» Quick Chicken Braciole


Enjoy the healthy flavors of rustic Italy—from quick salads and sides to delicious main dishes.

Italian food is more than just pasta—the cuisine of Italy has a diverse range of dishes to please every palate. Each region has iconic dishes influenced by its terrain and any neighboring countries. Italian cuisine is emblematic of the Mediterranean Diet, recognized as one of the world’s healthiest. The tenets of the Mediterranean Diet tie together Italian food: lots of fresh vegetables, fruits and grains; beans and fresh fish as the main sources of protein as well as lots of olive oil. Meat is used sparingly, rather than being a daily staple. Start enjoying one of the world’s healthiest diets with these healthy, tasty Italian-inspired recipes.

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Healthy Main Dish Recipes

Use any vegetable in place of pungent broccoli rabe to make...
The assertive flavor of broccoli rabe can be a schoolyard...
This classic Italian pasta recipe for bucatini (spaghetti...
Don't be afraid of escarole, which looks like slightly...
Dried porcini give an earthy, punch to this Italian classic...
We use just a touch of pancetta—cured Italian-style bacon—...
For this recipe, convenient store-bought potato gnocchi are...
Grilled polenta tops sweet shrimp tossed with a spicy...
Hunter's Chicken is found across Northern Italy, with...
Our velvety tomato sauce is spiked with cubes of salty...
This healthful and comforting vegetarian casserole is...
This dish showcases how deliciously pork complements the...
This is a traditional roast from the Italian province of...
In this healthy stuffed chicken recipe, pounded chicken...
Eggplant gives this pasta sauce a rich meatiness that...
For this healthy and quick pasta recipe, corkscrew-shaped...
Superfine angel hair and delicate scallops are coated with...
In this version, the eggs are cooked into a custardlike...
While the cooking method for this steak recipe means...
Everyone knows tortellini make a quick weeknight pasta...
Inspired by the Italian dish spaghetti al tonno e pomodoro...
This dish is elegant enough for company, yet easy enough to...
For this healthy rabbit stew recipe, lean rabbit or chicken...
A bit of sausage goes a long way in flavoring the creamy...

Healthy Salads & Side Dishes

Pungent broccoli rabe (or broccoli rape, broccoli raab or...
For this simple sautéed chard, flavored with rich-tasting...
This easy polenta takes only a few minutes of stirring...
Long, crispy, thin breadsticks like these grissini are laid...
This simple fava bean puree paired with cooked chicory, a...
In this sautéed butternut squash recipe, vinegary,...
This delightful Italian salad recipe brings together...
In this eggplant caponata recipe, the traditional eggplant...
In this classic Tuscan combination, kale and white beans...
In this easy appetizer recipe, olives are marinated (...

Healthy Dessert Recipes

The Italian name of these almond cookies, Brutti-Buoni,...
A creamy, honey-scented mascarpone filling makes this fresh...
This Italian-inspired dessert is velvety in texture. Milk...
If you're a fan of the classic Italian dessert...
This ultra-chocolaty, dairy-free Sicilian-style gelato—made...
Panna cotta (“cooked cream” in Italian) is a silky-smooth...
This is a traditional Sicilian dessert for the hot weather...

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