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    Penne All’Arrabiata

    Pasta all'arrabiata, a classic Italian recipe, is my comfort food be it summer or winter. My kids and I love sprinkling "pangrattato" (fried bread crumbs) on top of the arrabiata sauce. —Smitha Haridasan, Ganapathy, AE

    Summer Zucchini Pasta

    1 review

    I'm always experimenting when my garden is cranking out zucchini and summer squash. This simple and healthy summer zucchini pasta...


    Homemade Marinara Sauce

    1 review

    This quick and easy homemade marinara sauce is my kids' favorite. It works fantastic with spaghetti, and my kids love...


    Eggplant Parmesan Sliders

    1 review

    These party-ready eggplant parmesan sliders are easy for guests to grab (and are vegetarian-friendly!). The lemon-ricotta spread really adds a...


    Marinara

    My mother, who was Italian American, called marinara sauce "gravy." She made this marinara sauce recipe in big batches several...

    Air-Fryer Portobello Melts

    We're always looking for satisfying vegetarian meals, and this air-fryer sandwich recipe tops the list. These melts are especially delicious...


    Air-Fryer Eggplant Fries

    My kids love these air-fryer eggplant fries—and I like that they're healthy. Coated with Italian seasoning, Parmesan cheese and garlic...

    Air-Fryer Italian Bread Salad with Olives

    This quick and flavorful salad recipe always gets rave reviews from my friends and family. It's a timesaver during the...


    Italian Bread Salad with Olives

    This quick and flavorful bread salad always gets rave reviews from my friends and family. This panzanella-style dish is a...


    Grandma’s Onion Squares

    6 reviews

    My grandma brought this recipe with her when she emigrated from Italy as a young wife and mother. It is...


    Slow-Cooker Minestrone

    4 reviews

    There's nothing quite like the comfort of warm homemade soup, and it's even better when your slow cooker does most...

    Decadent Spinach-Stuffed Shells

    1 review

    I created this comforting stuffed shells dish to serve on Christmas Eve, but it’s so good we enjoy it all...


    Marinated Vegetables with Olives

    Veggies play nicely together in a healthy, easy dish that can be an appetizer or a salad.
    —Sue Hansen,...


    Vegan Cabbage Soup

    1 review

    Comforting soups that simmer all day long are staples on cool, busy days. For a heartier version, stir in canned...


    Wild Mushroom Pizza

    3 reviews

    What's great about this wild mushroom pizza is you don't need to worry about finding the right toppings. Whatever wild...


    Balsamic Brussels Sprouts

    2 reviews

    These balsamic Brussels sprouts couldn't be easier to make—and you need only a few ingredients! —Kallee Krong-McCreery, Escondido, California

    Creamy Avocado Manicotti

    I am always looking for creative ways to make vegetarian dinners a little different. I grow my own basil,...


    Eggplant Roll-Ups

    2 reviews

    We love these easy Italian eggplant roll-ups stuffed with creamy ricotta and spinach. The fact that they are vegetarian is...


    Avocado Bruschetta

    My mother shared this fabulous recipe with me, and I have shared it with many friends. They are always requesting...


    Cheesy Bruschetta Spread

    6 reviews

    Every bite of this cheesy dip delivers tons of flavor. I have been asked over and over again for the...


    Grilled Bruschetta

    3 reviews

    This is my go-to appetizer in the summer when tomatoes and basil are fresh from the garden. The balsamic glaze...


    Pressure-Cooker Caponata

    This Italian eggplant dip preps quickly and actually gets better as it stands. Serve it warm or at room temperature....


    Pressure-Cooker Sicilian Steamed Leeks

    I love the challenge of developing recipes for my garden leeks, a delicious but underused vegetable. This Italian-flavored dish...


    Gnocchi with Mushrooms and Onion

    3 reviews

    Tender potato gnocchi are so delicious with sauteed mushrooms and onions. This is one of my family's go-to side dishes....

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    Tortellini with Tomato Spinach Cream Sauce

    5 reviews

    I enjoy all things pasta, and tortellini is my favorite. The flavor of this dish is amazing. Even my husband,...


    Slow-Cooker Caponata

    1 review

    This Italian eggplant dip preps quickly and actually gets better as it stands. Serve it warm or at room temperature....


    Garden-Fresh Grilled Veggie Pizza

    3 reviews

    I have four gardens, including one just for herbs, so I always have a pretty good spread of produce. I...


    Fried Mushrooms Marinara

    5 reviews

    Deep-fried breaded mushrooms served on a bed of spaghetti sauce are a sure winner for any party. Get ready to...


    Tomato Alfredo Pasta

    4 reviews

    Unable to decide between topping pasta with tomato or Alfredo sauce, I combine them into one.—Darlene Brenden, Salem, Oregon


    Tomato Eggplant Bake

    19 reviews

    Cheesy and delicious, this casserole features a crisp crumb topping. It's a good meatless entree for a summer-time meal.—Faye Wortman,...