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Our 30 best Italian recipes

Classic Italian food is all about flavour and simplicity.

Italian food is all about flavour and simplicity but it is so much more than a margherita pizza or spaghetti bolognese. We still have all the classics from our traditional lasagnes, quick and easy risottos to our mouthwatering pizzas but we’ve included some lesser-known favourites that certainly won’t disappoint. With roast pork and tantalising goat’s cheese pappardelle, you’ll be singing amore all night.

You can have many of our delicious recipes on the table in thirty minutes or less!

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Insalata Caprese

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Insalata caprese

Insalata caprese

This light and fresh salad uses the freshest ingredients to emphasise the importance of good quality produce. Enjoy it on it’s own or as a side dish.

Baked italian rissoles

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Baked italian rissoles

Baked Italian rissoles

ITALIAN CHICKEN SOUP

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Italian chicken soup

Italian chicken soup

italian roasted pork

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Italian-style roast pork

Slice this delicious Italian-style roast pork thickly and serve with creamy mashed potato and salad for a delicious special occasion family meal.

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Italian veal casserole

Italian veal casserole

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Slow-cooker Italian pork and capsicum ragu

Slow-cooker Italian pork and capsicum ragu

Packed full of flavour, this hearty meat dish is delicious served up for the family on a cool Winter’s evening. Tender Italian sausages go beautifully with this flavoursome capsicum ragu, to create a hearty, warming dish.

slow cooker chicken recipe

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Slow-cooker Italian chicken with tomatoes and pepperoni

Slow-cooker Italian chicken with tomatoes and pepperoni

Succulent chicken thigh fillets and slices of Italian pepperoni are slow-cooked to perfection in this ‘set-and-forget’ recipe from The Australian Women’s Weekly’s ‘Slow-Cooker Comfort Food’ cookbook.

spicy white bean    panzanella

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Spicy prawns and white bean panzanella

Spicy prawns and white bean panzanella

Before the advent of the modern supermarket bread, every cuisine around the world had a recipe for using stale bread – panzanella is Italy’s answer to this age-old problem. While starting off as a simple peasant dish born of necessity, panzanella has long been a dish favoured for its simplicity that allows the flavours of good-quality ingredients to shine through.

cherry and nougat torronata

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Cherry and nougat torrone

Cherry and nougat torrone

This versatile firm dessert, made with a mixture of ricotta and sugar, combines well with many fruits – here with the sour, tart flavour of morello cherries added alongside nutty nougat and smooth yoghurt. Whip it up in advance for a festive season gathering.

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Creamy four-cheese penne

Warm, creamy and hearty, this tasty four-cheese penne dish is the ultimate comfort food, perfect for a family dinner on a cooler evening.

Orecchiette with mushrooms, peas and pancetta

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Orecchiette with mushrooms, peas and pancetta

Orecchiette with mushrooms, peas and pancetta

Pappardelle with silver beet, goat's cheese, chilli and lemon

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Pappardelle with silver beet, goat’s cheese, chilli and lemon

Pappardelle with silver beet, goat’s cheese, chilli and lemon

Italian risoni soup

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Italian risoni soup

Excite your tastebuds with this delicious authentic Italian risoni soup! Full of tasty wholesome ingredients – perfect for dinner on the cooler nights!

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Spinach and ricotta cannelloni

This vegetarian spinach and ricotta cannelloni is bursting with flavour and perfect for a cool autumn night. It is lovely served with garlic bread and salad, or steamed green vegetables.

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Italian bean stew

Warm, hearty and packed full of veggies, this tasty Italian bean stew is a real family favourite for cool Winter evenings. It’s also vegetarian friendly and full of nutrients!

Photography: Dean Wilmot/Styling: Yael Grinham

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Tagliatelle with tomato, olives and chorizo

Tagliatelle with tomato, olives and chorizo

Tomato, pesto and bocconcini pizza

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Tomato, pesto and bocconcini pizza

Tomato, pesto and bocconcini pizza

Chicken Cacciatore

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Chicken cacciatore casserole

Chicken cacciatore casserole

This hearty casserole combines tender chicken, salty olives and a rich tomato sauce to create this warming family dinner dish – perfect for a cool winter’s evening.

Creamy Chicken, Bacon, Pea and Spinach Pasta

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Creamy chicken, bacon, pea and spinach pasta

Creamy chicken, bacon, pea and spinach pasta

The kids and adults will lovely this creamy pasta dish… and so will the chef as it only takes 25 minutes to get on the table.

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Baked risotto with chorizo and cherry tomatoes

Baked risotto with chorizo and cherry tomatoes

Pork Ragu with Pappardelle

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Pork ragu with pappardelle

This hearty slow-cooked pork ragu combines beautifully with fresh, flat pasta noodles for a dinner or weekend lunch prepared in advance.

Tiramisu

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Tiramisu

Tiramisu

Italians know good food. And combining mascarpone, coffee, kahlua, finger biscuits and cocoa powder to create this spongey, syrupy dessert has to be one of their best ideas.

Seafood risotto

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Seafood risotto

Seafood risotto

Packed with tender seafood, tomato and saffron, this risotto is hearty and delicious and makes a great red meat-free meal.

Alan Benson/Marie-Helene Clauzon

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Lasagne bolognese

This is the way lasagne is traditionally made in Bologna ­with chicken liver and milk in the sauce. You’ll never go back to your old lasagne recipe again after you taste our version.

panna cotta flavour ideas

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Yoghurt panna cotta with blueberry sauce

Yoghurt panna cotta with blueberry sauce

italian white bean and chicken stew

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Italian chicken stew

Italian chicken stew

Delight in this warming, hearty Italian inspired hotpot with juicy chicken, delicious vegies and plenty of filling, fibre-filled beans. The fennel adds a nice aniseed flavour, but is not overpowering.

Spirali carbonara

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Spirali carbonara

Spirali carbonara

Arancini recipe

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Arancini with prosciutto and peas

Arancini means ‘little oranges’ in Italian. These rice balls contain a delicious cheese filling and are an excellent finger food or light lunch with a salad.

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Italian ricotta cheesecake

Indulge in this decadent tradition Italian ricotta cheesecake for dessert tonight – rich, sweet and so delicious!

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Spaghetti bolognese

Spaghetti bolognese

This dinner winner never fails to delight both young and old in the family.

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