15 Italian Recipes for Family Dinner

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From pasta dishes to skillets to soups — nothing beats a warm, Italian meal. Looking for something hearty and heartwarming to have at the next family meal? Stock up on cheese and look no further than these 15 Italian Recipes for Family Dinner. Buon appetito!

1. Italian Potato & Kale Soup

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Don't just be drawn in by the restaurant breadsticks; experiencing an authentic dish is also exciting at home! With Italian Potato & Kale Soup, you can quickly develop a genuine, homemade meal and all your guests will feel like family! The spicy Italian sausage, tender potatoes, savory bacon, and classic kale all simmer in a creamy broth to give you a bold, honest-to-goodness, hearty soup that has all the Italian flare you crave. Momma Mia! Italian Potato & Kale Soup is just the bona fide favorite Nonna would want you to choose. Now, that's Italian! Breadsticks, anyone?

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2. Pappardelle Pasta al Limone

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Few Italian dishes capture the citrusy sunshine of the country as Pappardelle Pasta al Limone. This is a bright, buttery, cheesy pasta dish that tastes like a restaurant specialty but only takes 20 minutes to make. Pappardelle Pasta al Limone is zesty, creamy, and hearty all at once. You’ll be glowing with a summertime shine when you finish this lemony meal.

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3. Jersey Sliders

Jersey Sliders

Representing the Italian-American culinary tradition, we have here some of the best pull-apart-and-share sandwiches on the East Coast! Jersey Sliders are stacked high with savory, spicy, succulent cold-cuts and creamy provolone, then loaded up with doubly spicy peppers! That'll wake you up in the morning (or the afternoon, depending on when you have lunch)! Best of all, Jersey Sliders make sure the bread is just as exceptional by brushing them in garlic and herb butter. These bites do the Garden State proud!

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4. Family Fettuccine Carbonara

Family Fettuccine Carbonara

Family Fettuccine Carbonara is designed to serve everyone in the family with room for seconds! Better yet, it allows the classic, creamy, incredibly rich sauce to be made without putting the raw eggs into the pasta, ensuring the sauce works every time, stress-free. Additionally, Family Fettuccine Carbonara uses succulent bacon and sharp parmesan to take this Italian classic to the next level. Your whole family will love it!

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5. Italian White Wine Chicken

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Switch it up with Italian White Wine Chicken! When you're tired of fried chicken or even plain and boring grilled chicken, turn to this saucy dish to really bring the excitement to the table. This crispy, golden chicken comes to you swimming in a savory, Italian-seasoned creamy sauce that brings the flavors and delight with every bite. Don't get bored of your food... life's too short for that! Enjoy Italian White Wine Chicken down to the last drop!

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6. Italy's Ultimate Antipasto Salad

Italy's Ultimate Antipasto Salad

Fresh, flavorful, and fabulous—that's quite a delightful mouthful to explain the mouthful of great taste you're about to experience! Italy's Ultimate Antipasto Salad is loaded with so much goodness, you'll have to make it yourself to fully understand it! Whatever way you decide to arrange it all, the romaine lettuce is surrounded by Genoa salami, pepperoni, prosciutto, cherry tomatoes, artichoke hearts, black and green olives, pepperoncini, and yummy mozzarella balls. That bowl of greatness gets drenched in a zesty Italian dressing for a fresh, flavor-packed salad that is simply fabulous! It's truly a mouthwatering delight!

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7. Nona's Homemade Stromboli

Nona's Homemade Stromboli

Ok, everyone gather 'round because you are going to love what Grandma is going to share. She has out-done herself again with Nona's Homemade Stromboli. With a little help from some refrigerated pizza dough, she's taken some choice cuts of savory ham, salami, and pepperoni and layered them on top of some Italian-style marinara sauce to fold up one of the best things we've ever gotten our hands on. Nona's Homemade Stromboli is a quick, authentic way to curb hunger in you. Nona always knows!

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8. Italian Wedding Risotto

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It's the first day of a delicious forever! Italian Wedding Risotto is writing the most beautiful love story. From the first moment you scooped up a bite of this heartier, savory take on Italian wedding soup, you knew it was going to be the one you'd spend many of your future dinners with. It's just so perfect! From the tender Arborio rice that soaks up all that salty, buttery broth, to the juicy, meaty meatballs, you won't be able to think about any other dish. So, big cheers to a lifetime full of love, laughter, and Italian Wedding Risotto!

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9. Hearty Italian Skillet

Hearty Italian Skillet

Buon appetito! To be honest, it's hard to do anything but enjoy your meal when the meal is this Hearty Italian Skillet! Savory and tender turkey meatballs! Creamy beans in a succulent, rich tomato sauce infused with some chicken flavor! Bouncy pasta and herbaceous fragrance! And then sharp parmesan right on top! Really, just enjoying Hearty Italian Skillet isn't enough; this is one pasta dinner you'll want to share with everyone! It's just that good!

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10. Italian Countryside Soup

Italian Countryside Soup

A trip to Italy isn't just about the big sights; it's also about the little moments, the secrets and the tucked-out-of-the-way spots that make each visit a marvel. The same can be said of this Italian Countryside Soup. There are big reasons to love it — the savory ground beef, the flavorful broth, and the tender gnocchi. But then there are the small details. The hint of sharp parmesan. The herbaceous flavor of pesto. The hearty yet creamy beans. You'll find your own reason to love Italian Countryside Soup, we just know it!

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11. Chicken Milanese

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Chicken Milanese is actually an American twist on an Italian classic that simply tastes amazing. The chicken is breaded and seasoned to delicious crunchy perfection, while the inside is savory and juicy! Then, for extra richness and flavor, each slice of chicken is pan-fried in butter. Chicken Milanese is a speedy dinner perfect for throwing over pasta with a refreshing splash of lemon flavor that is hearty and wholesome!

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12. Restaurant-Worthy Chicken Piccata

Restaurant-Worthy Chicken Piccata

Mmmm, Restaurant-Worthy Chicken Piccata! What a dream! The creamy, lemon-flavored sauce; the juicy, savory, pan-seared chicken; the tender, ethereally light angel hair pasta! It's all so amazing and so luxurious! It's also, surprisingly, accessible. Yes, Restaurant-Worthy Chicken Piccata can be made in half an hour or less and without really breaking a step. Time to rethink going out for great Italian food, because you can make it on your own!

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13. Tuscan Ribeye

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You can capture the taste of an Italian steakhouse in your own kitchen and in less than 30 minutes! Tuscan Ribeye has the fattiness and beefy flavor of a top-tier steak rubbed with Italian-style herbs and smoky brown sugar for a truly beautiful golden-brown jacket. Fried to crispy and juicy perfection, Tuscan Ribeye feels like a special occasion steak but only requires the effort of a weeknight dinner, making it an all-around marvel!

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14. Italy's Best Meatball Sub

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Did you know that Italy is the fifth most visited country in the world? It's no surprise, as it's filled with wondrous sights and delicious foods! Good news, though. You don't even have to leave your home to indulge in Italy's Best Meatball Sub! While comfy in your cottage, you can munch on a fluffy hoagie roll that's overflowing with spicy Italian meatballs and loads and loads of melted, golden-brown parmesan and mozzarella cheese. The cheesy, juiciness of Italy's Best Meatball Sub will have you exclaiming, "delizioso!"

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15. Baked Italian Chicken Thighs

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Baked Italian Chicken Thighs make for a scrumptious dish with all the Italian comfort you crave! This recipe includes juicy chicken thighs drenched in flavorful marinara and covered in melted cheese. In just 40 minutes, you’ll have 4 servings of cheesy, crunchy, savory deliciousness. Serve Baked Italian Chicken Thighs over a bed of pasta for a complete, hearty meal!

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