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How to Find Great Italian Recipes Online

Updated on August 7, 2009

What's for Dinner?

It is time for dinner and Italian food sounds really good. The options are endless. Of course, we could go to one of the many Italian restaurants in town. Or, I could cook. Cooking Italian isn't difficult, if you have authentic Italian recipes.

Growing up in the United States, Italian food meant spaghetti or pizza. That was the extent of my Italian food experience. The pizza always came from Rusty's Pizza Parlor, and the spaghetti from my mom's kitchen. Actually, the sauce came from a packet mix and the pasta was always overcooked. My mom wasn't Italian. It wasn't until later in life that I began to discover the wonderful flavors and and the many varieties of authentic Italian foods, which sent me on a mission to find the some of the best Italian recipes and learn how to make them. Italian food isn't all meatballs and marinara.

Looking for recipes online can be like sticking your hand in a grab bag. You just never know if the recipe will deliver all that it promises. I've learned, especially with Italian cooking, to evaluate the recipe before I make it based on certain criteria.

  1. Never start a recipe search with the terms quick and easy. Not to say that some Italian recipes aren't quick, easy or both. But when you use the terms quick and easy, the recipes most likely will use shortcuts and premixed ingredients that cancel out the authentic in Italian cuisine.
  2. Never use the word copycat in search terms. Some copycat recipes are good, but most of them don't deliver.
  3. Look for recipes that use fresh foods, fresh herbs and from scratch sauces.
  4. Look for recipes that are highly rated and have favorable reviews by people who have actually cooked them.


Giada De Laurentis

Food Network chef and star of Everyday Italian, Giada De Laurentis' recipes make Italian cooking quick, easy and healthy. Many of her recipes can be made in under thirty minutes, with minimal expertise in the kitchen. Particularly good is Giada's Chicken Saltimbocca, with chicken cutlets stuffed with spinach and proscuitto. Many of her recipes are available free at http://www.foodnetwork.com/giada-de-laurentiis/recipes/index.html.

Mario Batali

Cannelloni alla Toscana (Cannelloni in the style of Tuscany), Pollo alla Cacciatora (Chicken Hunter Style), and Bread Soup (Zuppa di Polpettine di Pane) are just a few of Iron Chef Mario Batali's recipes available on FoodNetwork.com. Chef Batali's many New York City Italian restaurants, the flagship of which is Babbo Ristorante e Enoteca, are hotspots that spotlight his special talents.  His culinary training in the Northern Italian village of Borgo Capanne gave him the essential skills and knowledge to return to his native U.S., and dive into the Italian restaurant business. Many of Mario Batali's recipes are available at http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/chefs/talenttoprecipes.

The Italian Chef

Authentic Italian recipes abound in The Italian Chef collection. From the appetizer selection try Clams and Mussels Posillipo or Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus. The pasta recipes include traditional recipes popular in America as well as many other dishes that may be new, but nonetheless a treat. Main courses include a wide variety of beef, veal, chicken, pork and seafood dishes. Of course, no Italian meal would be complete without dessert. Tiramisu, Cannoli, Granita, and Gelato recipes complete your meal. Check out the complete collection at http://www.italianchef.com/recipes.html

The Olive Garden

You can't talk about Italian food in the United States without talking about the Olive Garden restaurant. I have never been disappointed with the food, and was thrilled to find many of their famous recipes on their website. www.OliveGarden.com.

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