Rocco DiSpirito's Italian Recipes

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Check out some of our favorite recipes from Rocco DiSpirito's latest cookbook, Now Eat This! Italian, and some video recipes from his series, Now Eat This! Italy.

Italian Wedding Soup

Learn how to make an Italian wedding soup like never before.

Get the Recipe: Italian Wedding Soup

Recipe Courtesy of Now Eat This! Italian

Caprese Salad

"If you don't have super-ripe tomatoes, don't fret -- the true cheese connoisseurs of La Sorgente prefer slightly underripe tomatoes so the juice stays in the tomato and not on the plate, and underripe tomatoes provide a nice acidity that complements the dense mozzarella."

Get the Recipe: Caprese Salad

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Lasagna Bolognese

"This is not your grandmother's lasagna--which might call for two pounds of cheese (2,930 calories and 189 fat grams)--but it will resonate in flavor and, just as important, take less time to assemble and cook."

Get the Recipe: Lasagna Bolognese

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Pollo Al Forno

"Here is a genuine Italian chicken dish--sublime, classic--a farm bird best roasted at an outdoor wood-burning oven with potatoes, lemon, and herbs."

Get the Recipe: Pollo Al Forno

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Tuna Crudo

"This is a great dish for anyone who loves fish."

Get the Recipe: Tuna Crudo

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Sausage and Peppers

"When you're cooking the sausage, don't put the heat on full blast or you will risk breaking the casings."

Get the Recipe: Sausage and Peppers

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Orecchiette with Sausage and Broccoli Rabe

"Paired with (high-fat) pork sausage, this dish is a staple of Italian-American menus."

Get the Recipe: Orecchiette with Sausage and Broccoli Rabe

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Swordfish with Salsa Verde

"Because most Italian green sauces are uncooked, they go together quickly in a blender or food processor and are excellent at the last minute on grilled or poached seafood, meats, poultry, and vegetables."

Get the Recipe: Swordfish with Salsa Verde

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Cacio e Pepe

"You can enjoy this classic fettuccine guilt free."

Get the Recipe: Cacio e Pepe

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Chicken Parmigiana

"Thick, boneless chicken breast is swaddled in whole wheat panko bread crumbs instead of the usual entombment of nutritionally bankrupt white bread crumbs. This is followed by a veneer of tomato sauce and a layer of fresh mozzarella and Parmigiano Reggiano."

Get the Recipe: Chicken Parmigiana

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Peaches and Prosecco with Almond Cream

"Peaches are a perfect dessert unembellished, but this dessert version of the Bellini cocktail, combining the peaches with Prosecco (Italian sparkling wine), is not to be missed."

Get the Recipe: Peaches and Prosecco with Almond Cream

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Farro Risotto with Mushrooms

"Like pasta, farro absorbs whatever flavors you add to it, making it a great substitute for the typical white rice in risotto."

Get the Recipe: Farro Risotto with Mushrooms

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Spaghetti Pomodoro

"Pomodoro simply means “tomato” in Italian. This pasta is basically just that, pasta and tomatoes. This dish embodies the core philosophy of great Italian cooking: Few ingredients at their peak equals lots of flavor."

Get the Recipe: Spaghetti Pomodoro

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For full-flavored dishes that are not full of calories, we look to Now Eat This! Italian, and the corresponding video series, Now Eat This! Italy.

Check out the slideshow above for some of our favorite recipes from the health-conscious chef.

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