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29 Italian Dishes Everyone Should Know

Italian comfort is the best comfort.

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1. Veal and Spinach Lasagna

A lasagna that won't put you to sleep. This one ditches the stewy, forever-cooked tomato sauce for a lighter version with eggs.Get the recipe on Saveur.
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A lasagna that won't put you to sleep. This one ditches the stewy, forever-cooked tomato sauce for a lighter version with eggs.

Get the recipe on Saveur.

2. Butternut Squash and Smoked Mozzarella Pizza

Maximize those nubbins of caramelized squash by spreading a butternut purée over pizza dough.Get the recipe on Saveur.
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Maximize those nubbins of caramelized squash by spreading a butternut purée over pizza dough.

Get the recipe on Saveur.

3. Bacon-Wrapped Scallions (Cipollate con Pancetta)

Butcher shops in Sicily make these as an easy snack that everyone loves. So should you.Get the recipe on Saveur.
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Butcher shops in Sicily make these as an easy snack that everyone loves. So should you.

Get the recipe on Saveur.

4. Bread and Tomato Soup (Pappa al Pomodoro)

Lots of olive oil and a handful of bread make the richest tomato soup ever.Get the recipe on Saveur.
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Lots of olive oil and a handful of bread make the richest tomato soup ever.

Get the recipe on Saveur.

5. Fried, Stuffed Castelvetrano Olives

A lemony meat filling makes these fried guys your new favorite party snack.Get the recipe on Saveur.
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A lemony meat filling makes these fried guys your new favorite party snack.

Get the recipe on Saveur.

6. Caprese Salad With Fried Capers and Basil

Salty fried capers: good with pretty much everything, but especially caprese.Get the recipe on Saveur.
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Salty fried capers: good with pretty much everything, but especially caprese.

Get the recipe on Saveur.

7. Pine Nut Cookies (Pignoli)

The chewy, nutty Italian bakery classic, made right.Get the recipe on Saveur.
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The chewy, nutty Italian bakery classic, made right.

Get the recipe on Saveur.

8. Fried, Anchovy-Stuffed Zucchini Blossoms

Squeamish about anchovies? Here's how to love them.Get the recipe on Saveur.
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Squeamish about anchovies? Here's how to love them.

Get the recipe on Saveur.

9. Classic Meatballs

We won't say they're better than your grandma's, but... they're better than your grandma's.Get the recipe at Saveur.
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We won't say they're better than your grandma's, but... they're better than your grandma's.

Get the recipe at Saveur.

10. Sweet Sausage and Broccoli Rabe With Cranberry Beans

Sausage and bitter greens is an Italian classic. Add tender beans and it's a one-bowl meal.Get the recipe on Saveur.
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Sausage and bitter greens is an Italian classic. Add tender beans and it's a one-bowl meal.

Get the recipe on Saveur.

11. Rabbit Braised in Red Wine (Coniglio al Vino Rosso)

Rabbit: tastes like chicken, but better. Get to know it with this easy but impressive braise.Get the recipe on Saveur.
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Rabbit: tastes like chicken, but better. Get to know it with this easy but impressive braise.

Get the recipe on Saveur.

12. Spaghetti-All-Amatriciana

The secret to this tomato sauce? Oh, just three quarters of a pound of bacon.Get the recipe on Saveur.
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The secret to this tomato sauce? Oh, just three quarters of a pound of bacon.

Get the recipe on Saveur.

13. Florentine Steak (Bistecca alla Fiorentina)

Porterhouse: good. Porterhouse loaded with rosemary, olive oil, and lemon: better.Get the recipe on Saveur.
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Porterhouse: good. Porterhouse loaded with rosemary, olive oil, and lemon: better.

Get the recipe on Saveur.

14. Orange-Scented Olive Oil Cake

Olive oil and candied orange make this a seriously moist cake that's not too sweet.Get the recipe on Saveur.
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Olive oil and candied orange make this a seriously moist cake that's not too sweet.

Get the recipe on Saveur.

15. Roasted Artichokes (Carciofi Arrostiti)

The easiest way to eat an artichoke? Roast it whole.Get the recipe on Saveur.
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The easiest way to eat an artichoke? Roast it whole.

Get the recipe on Saveur.

16. Swordfish With Olives and Capers (Pesce Spada alla Ghiotta)

Briny olives and capers make the most of every fish.Get the recipe on Saveur.
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Briny olives and capers make the most of every fish.

Get the recipe on Saveur.

17. Panna Cotta

If you can make jello, you can make this wobbly, ultra-creamy staple dessert.Get the recipe on Saveur.
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If you can make jello, you can make this wobbly, ultra-creamy staple dessert.

Get the recipe on Saveur.

18. Slow-Cooked Broccoli Rabe (Cime di Rapa Fritte)

Not a fan of bitter rabe? Cook it slowly with loads of olive oil to add some sweetness.Get the recipe on Saveur.
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Not a fan of bitter rabe? Cook it slowly with loads of olive oil to add some sweetness.

Get the recipe on Saveur.

19. Six-Onion Pizza

Make a double batch of this sweet onion compote and freeze it, because you'll be making this pizza more than once.Get the recipe on Saveur.
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Make a double batch of this sweet onion compote and freeze it, because you'll be making this pizza more than once.

Get the recipe on Saveur.

20. Mushroom Risotto

Meaty fried mushrooms turn creamy risotto into a full meal.Get the recipe on Saveur.
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Meaty fried mushrooms turn creamy risotto into a full meal.

Get the recipe on Saveur.

21. Farfalle With Cavolo Nero Pesto

Those green bits? They're not basil; they're kale. Meet your cold-weather pesto.Get the recipe at Saveur.
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Those green bits? They're not basil; they're kale. Meet your cold-weather pesto.

Get the recipe at Saveur.

22. Zucchini, Onion and Ricotta Pie (Torta Salata di Zucchine e Cipolle)

A heap of ricotta and loads of vegetables make this your new favorite brunch dish.Get the recipe on Saveur.
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A heap of ricotta and loads of vegetables make this your new favorite brunch dish.

Get the recipe on Saveur.

23. Clam Risotto With Grilled Shrimp

There's a double dose of clams here, with clam juice in the rice and steamed clams on top.Get the recipe on Saveur.
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There's a double dose of clams here, with clam juice in the rice and steamed clams on top.

Get the recipe on Saveur.

24. Cheese and Bread Soup (Soupe Crasse)

The best thing to do with leftover bread? Drown it in cheese.Get the recipe on Saveur.
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The best thing to do with leftover bread? Drown it in cheese.

Get the recipe on Saveur.

25. Arugula, Pecorino, Pine Nut, and Pear Salad (Rucola con Pecorino, Pignoli, e Pere)

Bittersweet and sophisticated, this salad should be at your next dinner party.Get the recipe on Saveur.
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Bittersweet and sophisticated, this salad should be at your next dinner party.

Get the recipe on Saveur.

26. Ricotta and Egg Gnocchi With Olives, Capers, and Tomato Sauce

Ricotta gnocchi are more lighter, more flavorful, and tastier than the potato kind, so why not make them tonight?Get the recipe on Saveur.
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Ricotta gnocchi are more lighter, more flavorful, and tastier than the potato kind, so why not make them tonight?

Get the recipe on Saveur.

27. Steamed Grouper With Fregola and Calabrian Chile Oil

Fregola, little toasted nubs of pasta, is Israeli couscous's tastier cousin. A dose of sweet and spicy chili oil doesn't hurt.Get the recipe on Saveur.
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Fregola, little toasted nubs of pasta, is Israeli couscous's tastier cousin. A dose of sweet and spicy chili oil doesn't hurt.

Get the recipe on Saveur.

28. Gnocchi in Red Wine Cream Sauce (Gnocchi al Sagrantino)

Wine, cured pork, and cream make one of our favorite rich pasta sauces.Get the recipe on Saveur.
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Wine, cured pork, and cream make one of our favorite rich pasta sauces.

Get the recipe on Saveur.

29. Apple–Red Wine Tart (Torta di Sant'Antonio)

It's as Italian as apple pie.Get the recipe on Saveur.
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It's as Italian as apple pie.

Get the recipe on Saveur.

For more recipes like these: Saveur's Italian Comfort Food.

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