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Homemade Italian Recipes

Updated on July 16, 2013

Easy, Homemade Italian Dishes - With Healthy Alternatives

Everyone loves good homemade Italian recipes, especially if it's made with great, fresh ingredients. These classic dishes express some of the fine flavors of Italy, through healthier options like homemade baked eggplant parmesan, baked chicken parmesan, homemade pasta primavera, and delicious slow cooked meatballs. Cook up something great for dinner tonight and take a look at some of these homemade Italian dishes for ideas!

Cook Like You're from the North End of Boston - North End Italian Cookbook

This side of the pond, there's nothing like the food of Boston's North End. It's homemade pasta, fresh ingredients, and authentic recipes brought over from Italy, and adapted upon to make the classic Italian American style that "Italian food" here is known for. Find some of these confidential recipes that have been divulged by old restaurant owners and North End residents in this must-have food lovers guide!

The North End Italian Cookbook, 5th
The North End Italian Cookbook, 5th

* 320 pages

* Authentic recipes from the North End

* Great gift idea!

* Classic Italian dishes include: Cannellini Beans Insalata, Pasta e Fagiole, Farina Dumplings, Marinara Sauce, Frittata di Spaghetti, Potato Gnocchi, Veal Scaloppine, Beef Braciole in Tomato Sauce, Calamri Freddo, Gelato, and Italian Toto Cookies.

 

Four Websites That Have Excellent Italian Dishes

These sites have some excellent Italian recipes to browse through.

Five Ways to Reduce Fat and Calories in Italian Recipes

You're already taking a giant step towards better health by making it at home!

Italian food, as a rule of thumb, especially in America, is very high in fat, carbohydrates, and calories. It's also usually low in fiber, but some of the tastiest food you'll ever eat. It doesn't have to be that way though. With fresh ingredients and some different cooking methods, you can drastically improve the nutrition of the meal, while cutting much of the bad stuff out. And yes, these tips really do work and make it taste good!

  1. Never use anything but olive oil to cook with. So many people still use vegetable oil, which is worse for the heart because of its high saturated fat. Olive oil simply tastes better, and it's available in a number of different grades. Like any oil, measure it and use sparingly since it is still high in fat.
  2. Don't fry, bake. Baking can reduce calories because of the lessened need for oils during the cooking process. Just drizzle on some light oil and you'll still have plenty of taste without as much fat or calories.
  3. Use whole grain pasta instead of white pasta. This increases the fiber content, and makes you feel fuller, so you'll eat less. It's also much healthier for your heart and digestive system.
  4. Add more fresh vegetables to every meal. Whether it's on the side or in the recipe itself, you can add a lot of flavor and filling veggies that have numerous health benefits. Try adding bell pepper to pasta recipes, zucchini to sauces, and fresh onions to almost anything.
  5. Use fresh herbs and spices to make dishes tastier. This step is essential for making healthier foods taste as good or sometimes better than the original version. Using a fresh basil or oregano can make all the difference in taste.
  6. Limit the use of eggs in recipes. Replace them with egg whites, or reduce the amount of eggs used and replace with a small amount of water. More often than not, the recipe will still taste the same, while cutting back on calories and fat.

Try grilling in the summer! Your favorite shrimp, chicken, or pizza recipe might be even tastier when prepared on the grill.

Baked eggplant at its finest.

Baked eggplant at its finest.
Baked eggplant at its finest.

Giada's Kitchen - Food Network star shows off her best Italian recipes

She's taught us every facet of Italian cooking--from traditional and regional to seasonal and contemporary. She even made us fall in love with pasta again by opening us up to lighter, healthier versions that don’t weigh us down. Now the Food Network star and bestselling author of Everyday Pasta, Giada De Laurentiis, takes us down a new path, sharing her love of food with clean, vibrant, simple flavors and bursts of bright colors that look as beautiful on the plate as they are delicious.

Giada's Kitchen: New Italian Favorites
Giada's Kitchen: New Italian Favorites

* 240 pages

* Fresh recipes that are also healthy

* A great way to show your love for Italian food and culture!

 

Italian Gift Ideas - Clothing, Flags, and Food - More unique gifts featuring Italian symbols and themes

Italia Track Jacket, Italian World Cup Soccer Track Jacket
Italia Track Jacket, Italian World Cup Soccer Track Jacket

A classic World Cup track jacket that's perfect for anyone that loves soccer or their home country!

 
Fox Outdoor 84-31 3' x 5' Flag
Fox Outdoor 84-31 3' x 5' Flag

Show your heritage with one of these 3x5 foot flags!

 
Pimsleur Italian Basic Course - Level 1 Lessons 1-10 CD: Learn to Speak and Understand Italian with Pimsleur Language Programs
Pimsleur Italian Basic Course - Level 1 Lessons 1-10 CD: Learn to Speak and Understand Italian with Pimsleur Language Programs

Ever wanted to learn to speak Italian? This book and CD will make it simple. You'll learn it in no time.

 
Skinny Italian: Eat It and Enjoy It - Live La Bella Vita and Look Great, Too!
Skinny Italian: Eat It and Enjoy It - Live La Bella Vita and Look Great, Too!

The worst thing about Italian food is its calorie and fat content. Luckily, there's a way to cook it, enjoy it, and live healthy thanks to this book.

 

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What's Your Favorite Italian Meal? - Do you have a favorite homemade Italian recipe? Tell us about it here!

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      Beadsnresin 5 years ago

      My favourite Italian meal? Anything my mum makes haha.

      I have tried, but just can't cross over to wholemeal pasta.

      Thanks for the lens :)

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      blanckj 6 years ago

      Great recipes. Thanks for sharing.

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      Samantha Devereux 7 years ago from Columbia Mo

      Ohhh that pasta looks fabulous!

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      Mary Beth Granger 7 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      Lots of great ideas and tips. Thanks.