10 Iconic Italian Dishes Everyone Should be Able to Make (Slideshow)

Iconic Italian and Italian-American dishes for every occasion

Baked Ziti

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“This is a delicious, inexpensive meal to cook to feed a crowd or make enough lunches for the workweek. It's hearty, simple, and perfect for these cold winter nights.” writes special contributor to The Daily Meal Carly Goldsmith.

Click here to try the Carly’s Baked Ziti with Ground Beef Recipe

Lasagna

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Lasagna is an undeniable favorite that is perfect for parties, potlucks, and family meals. This Sunday Lasagna Recipe is a perfect meal for your next get-together.

Click here to try the Sunday Lasagna Recipe

Pasta Bolognese

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“This recipe is a truly classic Italian dish,” writes special contributor to The Daily Meal Molly Aronica, “and like any traditional recipe should be, this one was passed down to me by my father. The key to this meat sauce is to follow the process and build layers of flavor as you go. Start with the aromatics, and then add the seasonings, then the meat, then the tomatoes, and so on.” 

Click here to try Molly’s Pasta Bolognese Recipe

Minestrone

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Minestrone soup is an easy and delicious way to stay warm in the winter months; while at the same time simple enough to make that it can be re-invented in a variety of ways. This Red, White, and Bean Minestrone Recipe is a unique take on an Italian classic.

Click here to try the Red, White, and Bean Minestrone Recipe

Fettuccine Alfredo

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Rich, creamy, and indulgent, fettuccine alfredo is the perfect comfort food. Another classic Italian-American dish, try a plate of fettuccine alfredo tonight.

Click here to try the Fettucine Alfredo Recipe

Chicken Parmigiana

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Special contributor to The Daily Meal Yasmin Fahr describes chicken parmigiana as a “cheesy tomato-sauce covered comfort food”, and we couldn’t agree more. 

Click here to try the Chicken Parmigiana Recipe

Pasta Primavera

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A simple and classic dish for the spring season that can be adjusted for any time of the year. The next time you're looking for a dinner full of vegetables and flavor, try a plate of pasta primavera.

Click here try the Fall Pasta Primavera Recipe

Pizza Margherita

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This classic Italian pizza relies on a few fundamental ingredients cooked to perfection. Pizza margherita can be made easily at home with just a few ingredients and a good recipe. 

Click here to try the easy Pizza Margherita Recipe

Spaghetti alla Carbonara

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“This pasta is from the region of Lazio, around Rome.” writes special contributor Cesare Casella. “It may be made with either pancetta or guanciale. Both are cured pork products: pancetta is made from the pork belly, guanciale from pork jowl.”

Click here to try Cesare's Carbonara Recipe

Spaghetti with Meatballs

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Nothing beats spaghetti with meatballs. This classic Italian-American dish is good for any night of the week. If you’re new to making spaghetti with meatballs at home, it's easy to get started. 

Click here to try the Spaghetti with Meatballs Recipe