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10 Quick, Easy and Healthy Italian Recipes

Updated on November 16, 2014

Italian recipes

The following recepies do not come from a cookbook and in some of them I have omitted the quantities as I really do not know them, I just use my judgement and experience.

So if you haven't got time but still want a nice home made meal this lens is perfect. Hope you enjoy it and would love to hear from you if you have some more to add or have tried some of mine and liked them!!!

Picture on the side is from one of the recommended books on Amazon (Kindle edition)!

Easy Italian omelette

Ingredients:

4 eggs (beaten)

2 courgettes (zucchini) thinly sliced

50 g of parmesan (grated)

1 garlic clove (crushed)

parsley (fresh about 1 tbsp chopped)

pinch of salt

pinch of pepper

olive oil (for frying)

Heat the oil in a pan. Add garlic, parsley and courgettes and seasoning. Fry on low heat until the courgettes are cooked. Add the eggs and parmesan making sure the courgettes are completely covered by the eggs. Cook as a pancake, first one side and then teh other. Can be served hot or cold.

Real Italian bruschetta

Ingredients;

bread (sliced)

garlic cloves (whole)

can of plum tomatoes

olive oil

salt and pepper

First prepare the plum tomatoes by pressing them down with a fork to puree them. Keep teh pulp but discard the liquid if too much. Toast the slices of bread and when ready scrape the garlic clove on them, add the puree tomato, a bit of olive oil and seasoning. Voila, done!

Toast (Italian toasted sandwich)

Bread (sliced)

cooked ham

mozzarella (sliced)

salt and pepper

Place a couple of slices of cooked ham, mozzarella and seasoning between two bread slices. Cook in the middle of a medium heat oven for about 10 minutes.

Pasta aglio, olio e peperoncino (pasta with oil, garlic and chillies)

The best Italian midnight snack

Serves 4

Ingredients:

400 g spaghetti

4 garlic cloves (crushed)

2 red chillies (could have more or less depending on how hot you like it), thinly chopped

a good splash of olive oil (will have to be enough to coat the 400g of spaghetti)

Salt

Boil the spaghetti in salted water. Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan and add the garlic and red chillies. Cook for a few minutes making sure not to burn the garlic. When the pasta is ready, drain and add to the frying pan. On the heat, mix the spaghetti with the oil, garlic and chillies! Serve immediately.

Ravioli with sage

For this recipe all you need is some spinach and ricotta ravioli some butter and fresh sage leaves (whole).

Boil the ravioli in salty water. Melt the butter in a pan with the sage leaves and cook on low heat for a few minutes making sure not to burn it. When the ravioli are ready simply pour the butter on them and serve immediately (I leave the sage leaves in for flavour but I don't eat them).

Salad tricolore

Easy and healthy salad with rocket, mozzarella and tomatoes with a spalsh of olive oil and pinch of salt and pepper.

Sgabei

A regional Ligurian snack

Ingredients:

500g of flour

240ml water

1 teaspoon of salt

1 tbsp sugar

3 tbsp olive oil

10g of yeast

Make a dough with the above ingredients. Use the yeast according to manufacturer. Leave to rise for one hour. Shape as follow: fingerlike, about 4 inches long, 1 inch wide and thick. Fry in abundant hot oil. Once cooked they can be stuffed with mozzarella and ham (or whatever you like really).Ok, this is not so healthy (but very yummy)

Crostini al tonno (tuna mini toast)

Ingredients:

100 g of tuna chunks

1 small onion (finely chopped)

handful of olives

handful of fresh parsley

1 tbsp of milk

100 gr ricotta cheese

2 tbsp of mayonese

salt

Mix the ricotta cheese with milk, add tuna, parsley, onion and mayonese. Toast the bread and cut the slices into 1and half inch squares. Spead the mixture on top and add an olive. Lovely little snack or perfect for a buffet.

Pasta al sugo (Tomato pasta)

A simple and very popular lunch dish

serves 4

Ingredients:

400 gr spaghetti (or other pasta shapes)

2 cans of plum tomatoes

some basil leaf

2 tbsp olive oil

half onion

1 taspoon sugar

salt and pepper

good handful of parmesan

Cook the pasta in salted water. In a pan, heat the olive oil and add the onion. Cook for 5 minutes then add the tomatoes, basil, sugar salt and pepper. Cook for about half an hour. When teh pasta is cooked add to the sauce and top the dish with a generous sprinkle of parmesan.

Muscle soup

fresh muscles (as many as you need)

olive oil

garlic

parsley

half glass of white wine

black pepper

Heat the olive oil in a deep saucepan and fry the garlic and parsley for a minute or so. Add the muscles in their shells (make sure the shells are closed, any open one should be discarded). Add the wine and cook with a lid on until all the shells have opened. Serve with the stock created in the pan during cooking. Add black pepper to taste. Serve with some toasted bread. (Do not add salt to this dish).

Have you got some easy Italian recipes you would like to share?

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      Vicki Green 3 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      It's always great to find some new easy recipes - especially Italian.

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      Gayle Dowell 3 years ago from Kansas

      I love Italian food. These recipes look delicious.

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      bchambers233 5 years ago

      Take a look at http://www.tasteofitalia.co.uk for all you Italian food available to buy online

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      piedromolinero 5 years ago

      I love Italian food, it is so yummy and the same time healthy. For a quick meal I like to boil some pasta and add some home made pesto. Delicious!

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      Ninche 5 years ago

      Pasta con aglio, olio e peperoncino is my favorite! Great lens!

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      Kristen 5 years ago from Wisconsin

      I don't but I love reading the recipes you have!

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      jazziyarbrough 5 years ago

      No, but I sure like yours, thanks for the share! I don't really cook, I juice and eat a lot of raw foods. Nonetheless a great post with great recipes.

    Have you tried any of the above?

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        goldenrulecomics 3 years ago

        wow, these look good. Thanks!

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        Dusty2 LM 3 years ago

        Have tried a couple of the recipes you have featured here. Appreciate you sharing your recipes and lens. Thank You for stopping by my Savory Tomato Marmalade Recipe lens and giving it a "thumbs up" as I really appreciate it. Hope you will enjoy the savory tomato marmalade. Bon Appetit!

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        Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

        I have many Italian friends I went to school with. Eating at their house was always an experience to remember. They made the best pasta! These recipes will be great to try! Thank you.