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Build Your Recipe Arsenal with These 10 Italian Meals!

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 [1] 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!

Grilled Eggplant Caprese with Speck [2]

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.

Roasted Cherry Tomato Bruschetta [3]

An easy app that packs a whole lotta flavor. Throw a pint of cherry tomatoes onto a baking sheet [4] 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 [5]

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Photo by The Rachael Ray Show [7]

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 [8]

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 [9]

Photo by The Rachael Ray Show [10]

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!

Lasagna with Meat Ragu [11]

Found in Rach’s most recent cookbook [12], Everyone Is Italian on Sunday [13], 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.

Gnocchi or Spinach Gnocchi with Pomodoro Sauce [14]

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.

Bistecca Fiorentina with Parsley Sauce [15]

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.

Cacio e Pepe Bucatini with Roasted Cauliflower [16]

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.

Ribollita [17]

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.”