Italian Food Recipes

Italian food recipes include homemade marinara sauce made from fresh ripe tomatoes. 

You'll also find the most controversial pasta sauce made from salty anchovies.

Italian food recipes will also include many traditional and popular Italian foods such as pizza.

Italian pizza crusts are usually thin with toppings that can differ greatly from the American version of pizza.


Italian food recipes like Risotto are a creamy Italian rice dish.  In some regions of Italy rice is actually preferred over pasta. 

And the Italian experience would not be complete without the well known traditional Italian dessert called Tiramisu.

The Italian Diet

I think most people just associate Italy with pizza and pasta dishes.  And it's true that Italians love these foods! 

However, Italian food is a bit more than just pizza and pasta. 

Italians also love cheese, rice, seafood, meats, olives, salads, and fresh fruits.

The Italian diet is full of many seasonal organic foods and most of their food is locally grown. 

This is one of the main reasons why Italians remain fairly healthy.

Italian food recipes will vary from region to region.  Almost every city and town has it very own specialties and cooking styles. 

Italian cuisine has been influenced by cultures such as Greek, Roman, Arabic, and Jewish cultures. 

This could explain the vast array of recipes and cooking styles.

Breakfast is usually the lightest meal of the day. 

It usually consists of some sort of coffee drink like cappuccino and a biscuit or bread.  And sometimes fresh fruit.

Lunch is typically the largest meal of the day for Italians and various courses can be eaten during what can sometimes be a 3 hour lunch. 

Meats or seafood, cheese, pasta or pizza, sandwiches, risotto, bread, salads, and fresh fruits or dessert can be eaten during lunch time.

Dinner is usually a lighter meal and will generally consist of one or more of these choices - pizza, pasta, cheese, soup, a light protein, nuts, or cooked vegetables.

Italian Food Recipes - Pasta, Sauce, & Pizza

Puttanesca Sauce - a very flavorful red sauce made with anchovies, capers, tomatoes, red pepper flakes, and ripe olives.

With an incredibly exotic past!

Pesto Sauce Recipes - are made with fragrant basil leaves, pine nuts, olive oil, and Italian hard cheese.

Pesto is most flavorful when crushing fresh from the garden basil leaves with your marble mortar and pestle.

Marinara Sauce Recipe - can be made by first creating a basic homemade tomato sauce recipe from ripe plum tomatoes.

Make your own marinara sauce from scratch!

Italian Pizza Recipes - are usually thin wheat flour pizza crusts topped with one or more toppings such as fresh tomatoes, cheese, and fresh herbs.

Nowadays, you can make a gluten free pizza crust.

Italian Food Recipes - Italian Comfort Foods

Risotto Recipes - creamy rice dish made with arborio rice and tastes much better when cooked with butter.

Risotto also tastes better with a homemade broth and freshly grated Italian cheese.

Polenta Recipes - are usually made from ground cornmeal and boiled in water to create creamy porridge like texture.

Polenta can be eaten as a soft porridge or cooled to harden for slicing, frying, grilling, or baking.

Italian Food Recipes - Meals & Specialties

Carpaccio Recipes - work of art with flattened raw meat, spicy arugula, Italian olive oil, and grated Italian cheese.

Carpaccio can also be made from a variety of raw fish.

Cioppino Recipes - delicious variety of fish and shellfish cooked in a tomato based broth which resembles an Italian seafood stew.

And learn how to properly steam mollusks.

Frittata Recipes - a classic egg-based dish similar to a Western omelet or a Spanish tortilla. 

Many ingredients are added to a frittata like meats, Italian cheese, and many vegetables.

Tiramisu Recipes - one of the most popular Italian desserts that will consist of layers of lady fingers dipped in coffee with a creamy mascarpone cheese.

Make a modern day version of this classic Italian dessert.

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