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14 Go-To Easy Italian-Inspired Recipes

There isn't a single pizza or pasta that we don't love. But that isn't all there is when it comes to Italian-inspired recipes - we're here for all the gnocchi, risotto, soups, chicken, and more. Here are our favorites.

A bowl full of Baked Gnocchi with Vodka Sauce and a wooden spoon.

Ridiculous Baked Gnocchi with Vodka Sauce

Pillowy-tender gnocchi tossed with an easy five-ingredient vodka sauce, baked under a layer of mozzarella, parmesan, and basil.

gnocchi, mozzarella cheese, Parmesan cheese, vodka, heavy cream, tomato paste

Oven risotto in a bowl with mushrooms.

Oven Risotto with Garlic Roasted Mushrooms and Arugula

The best easy risotto – made in the oven! Served up with some garlic roasted mushrooms and a lemony arugula salad.

arborio rice, Parmesan cheese, mushrooms, lemon, arugula

Pizzas with red sauce, melted cheese, and basil on top.

Life-Changing Crispy Fried Pizzas

Crispy fried pizzas that are light, airy, and the perfect combination of crispy/chewy. It is the ABSOLUTE BEST way to make amazing, restaurant-level pizza at home!

pizza dough, mozzarella cheese, tomato sauce, basil

Capellini Pomodoro in a bowl with a fork.

Garlic Butter Capellini Pomodoro with Shrimp

Simple prep, easy ingredients, and super fresh and tasty with tomatoes and shrimp. Ready in 30 minutes!

shrimp, capellini pasta, cherry tomatoes, garlic, butter, fresh basil

Lemon Chicken Piccata in a pan.

Lemon Chicken Piccata with Grilled Bread

Chicken Piccata – you won’t believe how easy this recipe is! Perfect with a green salad and grilled bread for soaking up all the extra sauce.

chicken breasts, butter, lemon, capers, parsley

Healthy Chicken Parmesan on a plate with zoodles.

20 Minute Healthy Chicken Parmesan

Healthy Chicken Parmesan that is crispy, cheesy, saucy, and served over zucchini noodles. So easy and extremely delicious!

chicken breasts, tomato sauce, zucchini, Parmesan cheese, breadcrumbs

Roasted Tomatoes with Goat Cheese Polenta in a bowl with a fork.

Roasted Tomatoes with Goat Cheese Polenta

Fresh, juicy tomatoes, vibrant green spinach, and a creamy goat cheese polenta.

polenta, tomatoes, spinach, goat cheese, garlic

Noodles with a sauce and veggies.

Instant Pot Chicken Cacciatore

Braised Italian chicken in saucy pasta-friendly form that is bright, acidic, rich, and savory. Just put everything in the Instant Pot and let it go!

chicken breasts, mushrooms, bell pepper, capers, butter, diced tomatoes, capellini

Shredded beef sandwich with au jus in a bowl.

Instant Pot Italian Beef Sandwiches

Tender shredded beef, crusty buttered bread, melted provolone, salty tangy giardiniera, and some broth to dunk it all in. Just a few minutes to prep and totally hands-off to make!

beef chuck roast, dried basil, dried oregano, beef broth, giardiniera, hoagie rolls

Pasta and colorful veggies mixed together in a bowl.

The Best Easy Italian Pasta Salad

Super easy Italian Pasta Salad – with pasta, tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, spicy salami, pepperoncini, olives, and easy Italian dressing. DANGEROUSLY GOOD.

pasta, summer sausage, cherry tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, olives, pepperoncini, Italian dressing

Rolling and cutting homemade gnocchi.

Homemade Gnocchi

Homemade Gnocchi! A step-by-step process to create the best fresh Italian at home. Serve it for dinner with sauces and toppings and you’ve got a party!

potatoes, flour, ricotta cheese, salt, egg

The large rustic bowl of cheesy tomato sauce ziti.

Three Cheese Baked Ziti

Three Cheese Baked Ziti that is bubbly and browned, extra creamy, extra saucy, and incredibly easy with NO RICOTTA! A baked pasta masterpiece.

ziti pasta, mascarpone cheese, mozzarella, provolone, crushed tomatoes, garlic, pancetta

Instant Pot Minestrone Soup in bowl with spoon and bread.

Instant Pot Minestrone Soup

Instant Pot Minestrone! With tons of veggies, beans, pesto, tomato sauce, parsley, topped with Parmesan, served with bread. Veg-friendly, nutritious, easily made vegan.

carrots, celery, green cabbage, pesto, cannellini beans, bulgur

Super Easy One Pot Lasagna in a dutch oven.

Super Easy One Pot Lasagna

This Super Easy One Pot Lasagna uses simple ingredients and can be made all in one pot! With ground beef, tomato sauce, and fresh Mozzarella cheese.

lasagna noodles, tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, ground beef, bacon, carrots

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    Judith Essex

    You have done it again! What a great collection of recipes! There are only 2 or 3 I wouldn’t make due to allergies. They all look yummy.