If you’re like us, then you know, nothing beats a hearty Italian meal. The timeless combination of basil, garlic, olive oil, and tomato makes our stomachs growl in anticipation and our hearts yearn for these classic flavors.
In our opinion, a steaming bowl  of pasta and warm meatballs, or crusty, fresh bruschetta and juicy tomatoes, can turn any day around. That’s why we rounded up a few of our favorite Italian meals that every cook should master. And dare we say, there’s no spaghetti and meatballs on this list!
Ripe heirloom tomatoes are thinly sliced and paired with delicious, grilled eggplant and creamy mozzarella for a simple salad that works as a side or main dish.
An easy app that packs a whole lotta flavor. Throw a pint of cherry tomatoes onto a baking sheet  and roast for 15 minutes. This tomato preparation makes this otherwise uncomplicated bruschetta recipe taste like a gourmet hors d’oeuvre, or should we say, aperitivo (that’s “appetizer” in Italian!).
Margherita Pizza 
Find yourself reaching for the last piece of pizza time and time again? Master a classic recipe so the pizza party can continue all night long – and you won’t have to wait on the delivery guy to beat the traffic to your house.
Pasta Carbonara 
Rachael’s hubby, John, counts Pasta Carbonara as one of his favorite foods. Did you know she makes it for his birthday every year? Try making it for one of your loved ones – maybe you’ll start a new carbonara tradition, too!
Risotto Milanese 
Risotto is a delicious dish traditionally made from arborio or carnaroli rice. Making it is a true labor of love because you need to stir constantly until the liquid is absorbed, but trust us, the result is well worth the effort – it’s delicious!
Found in Rach’s most recent cookbook , Everyone Is Italian on Sunday , her Lasagna with Meat Ragu is one to bookmark. With its many ingredients and detailed prep, it’s a truly special dish that’s great for the holidays or a special occasion.
Who would’ve thought gnocchi is so easy to whip up? With seven ingredients, you’ll be adding this one to your recipe arsenal in a cinch.
Thanks to a delicious parsley sauce, the porterhouse steak takes a new Italian form. One bite of this juicy dream will have you jotting down the recipe to cook again and again.
Eating more cauliflower has never been this easy. Rach takes this classic cheese (“cacio”) and pepper (“pepe”) dish and adds a subtly flavored vegetable for added pizzaz.
If you’re someone who tends to find yourself with a stale loaf of bread far too often, this recipe is for you. Rachael says, “What makes my ribollita a bit different from the rest is that I always toast my torn, stale bread until it is deep golden brown, very nutty, and fragrant.”