Easy Italian recipes for dinner
By Tasia Rivero
Recipes by the Canadian Living Test Kitchen
It's easy to imagine that you're dining in Italy with this collection of authentic Italian dinner recipes.
- Chocolate Pear Tart
- Cappuccino Cream
- Blueberry Cinnamon Coffee Cake
- Lemon Mousse Cheesecake
- Coffee Toffee Fudge Cake
- Blue Cheese and Walnut Mushrooms
- Farfalle With Prosciutto and Olives
- Berry Charlotte
- Gluten-Free Sandwich Bread
- Gluten-Free Cherry Almond Muffins
- Classic Devilled Eggs
- Gluten-Free Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Cookies
- Warm Gluten-Free Biscuits
- Gluten-Free Chocolate PBandJ Cupcakes
- Mini Smoked Salmon Dill Quiches
No matter what options you choose to serve from the collection of Italian dinner recipes below, your dinner it sure to be a hit. For the ultimate experience, dine al fresco if the weather permits.
Italian dinner recipes:
The best way to start a meal with company includes a before dinner aperitif (try our Negroni Spritzer) to get your guests ready for the fantastic meal to come. Choose a terrific salad to start, and then a mouth-watering main from our collection of Tested-Till-Perfect pizzas, pastas and roast chicken dinners.
If it's an inspired weeknight meal you're after, Baked Farfalle with Prosciutto and Mushrooms can be made a day ahead then popped into the oven to cook for just 20 minutes. Serve with Romaine Salad with Lemon Thyme Dressing for a fast and filling meal
The Negroni is an aperitif, or predinner drink, intended to stimulate appetites with the bitter Italian aperitif Campari. For best flavour, choose a f...
Roast Tomato Caprese Crostini
This miniaturized cooked version of the summer classic is rich in flavour and vibrant in colour. Look for bocconcini, buffalo mozzarella or fresh mozz...
Panzanella Salad with Poached Eggs
Don't throw away your old loaf of bread. Do as the Tuscans and celebrate with a bread salad!
Romaine Salad with Lemon Thyme Vinaigrette
Refreshingly lemony, this crunchy romaine salad partners well with any of the casseroles you'll find here. Toss with croutons, sliced mushrooms, radis...
Risi e Bisi
Risi e bisi, or rice and peas, is a classic Northern Italian dish. The rice should be creamy – much like a soupy risotto. Serve as an appetiz...
Baked Farfalle with Prosciutto and Mushrooms
This dish is perfection when you're short on time, simply prepare and refrigerate the unbaked dish for up to 24 hours before you want to serve it.
Italian Prosciutto Chicken
The region of Parma, Italy, produces a savoury deli meat known as prosciutto, which is actually seasoned, salt-cured, air-dried ham. Here it accents m...
Italian Roasted Chicken and Potatoes with White Wine and Sage
Season chicken with half each of the salt and pepper; set aside. Finely chop 4 of the sage leaves; set aside. ...
This easy and impressive dish is just the thing for Friday night entertaining. Serve with spaghetti or a baguette to soak up the tasty sauce. Serve wi...
Giant Meatballs in Tomato Fennel Sauce
Sure to be a big hit with kids, these great big meatballs have fabulous flavour and taste even better the next day. You might want to make a double ba...
Gemelli with Kale, Sage and Potatoes
Hearty ingredients make a simple and satisfying dish. Pancetta (Italian bacon) and Fontina cheese perk up the flavour.
Clams and Pasta in Parsley Wine Sauce
A quick simmer, a little sauce and a gentle toss put the flavours of both the sea and the land on the table in minutes.
Mushroom Spinach Lasagna
A slow-cooker lasagna may not be as crisp as a baked one and its noodles may be softer, but its gooey cheese topping is pretty irresistible.
Caprese Pizza with Bacon
Inspired by a Caprese (meaning “of Capri”) salad, this pizza features its basics of tomato and mozzarella. Look for fresh mozzarella...
Calabrese Potato Provolone Pizza
Here's a pizza to please the meat-and-potato lovers. Calabrese sausage is an Italian salami with a bit of heat, but any sliced salami will do.
Sausage Mushroom Calzone
Remove casings from sausage. In non-stick skillet, saut?ausage over medium-high heat, until no longer pink, 5 minutes. Drain fat. Add onion, garlic, m...
Veal Gorgonzola Burgers
The surprise cheese centre gives these burgers a rich flavour. Serve with ...