71 simple Italian recipes you'll want to eat every single night

You can't go wrong with a classic cheese pizza or spaghetti and meatballs, but you can do better. These simple Italian recipes are quick and easy-to-make, and will totally blow your tastebuds. 

The key is to use fresh ingredients—the freshest you can find actually. Italian dishes are generally simple, so Italians rely on fresh produce, spices and herbs to speak for themselves. If you have crummy produce, your dish will taste like it.

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Wild Herb Ravioli by Martha Stewart

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Chicken Parmigiana by Now Eat This! Italian | Rocco DiSpirito

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Bucatini Carbonara by Food & Wine

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Shortcut Ravioli Lasagna by Prego

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Sweet Potato, Balsamic Onion and Soppressata Pizza by Food & Wine

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Cacio e Pepe by Now Eat This! Italian | Rocco DiSpirito

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All'Amatriciana with Extra Umami by Food & Wine 

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Caprese Salad by Now Eat This! Italy | Rocco DiSpirito

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Braised Chicken all'Arrabbiata by Food & Wine

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Fresh Chile Puttanesca by Food & Wine

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Hearty Minestrone Soup by Food & Wine

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Italian Sundried Tomato, Garlic and Rosemary Chicken Hoagies with Melted Fontina Sauce by An Edible Mosaic | Faith Gorsky

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Stuffed Italian Style Cubanelle Peppers by The Kitchen Prep | Dianna Muscari

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Penne with Asparagus, Sage and Peas by Food & Wine

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Clams and Beans by Kitchen Daily Editors

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Tiramisu by Fabio Viviani

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Chicken Marsala by Kitchen Joy | Amanda Joy McGovern

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Penne with Creamy Vodka Sauce by Campbell's Kitchen

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Fish al Cartoccio by Kitchen Daily Editors

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Focaccia by Kitchen Daily Editors

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Farfalle with Pesto Rosso, Eggplant and Ricotta Salata by The Foodie Physician | Sonali Ruder

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Sausage and Peppers by Now Eat This! Italy | Rocco DiSpirito

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Big Italian Salad by Food & Wine

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Moscato Meatball Skewers by Melanie Makes | Melanie Bauer

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Mini Deep Dish Pizzas by Martha Stewart

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Sunday Sauce by Food & Wine

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Rigatoni with Lemony Kale-and-Pecorino Pesto by Food & Wine

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Pan-Seared Calamari with Spicy Red Sauce by Kitchen Daily Editors

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Tuscan Bread Salad by Campbell's Kitchen

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Chicken Piccata by Chez Us | Denise Woodward and Lenny Ferreira

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Arugula Pesto, Ricotta, and Smoked Mozzarella Pizza by Kitchen Daily Editors

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Herb-Stuffed Turkey Thighs with White Wine Sauce (Tacchino Ripieno Con Salsa Al Vino Bianco) by Kitchen Daily Editors

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Mussels Stuffed with Mortadella by Kitchen Daily Editors

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Caprese Mac and Cheese by Simply Delicious | Alida Ryder

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Baked Shrimp Risotto by Food & Wine

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Oven-Roasted Porchetta by Kitchen Daily Editors

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Asparagus Ribbon Pizza Garnish & Glaze | Melanie Dueck

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Deconstructed Cassata by Kitchen Daily Editors

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Chicken Parmesan Bundles by Philadelphia Cream Cheese

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Turkey Sausage & Tortellini in Creamy Tomato Basil Sauce by Campbell's Kitchen

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Lemon, Parsley and Parmesan Plus Bread, Prosciutto and Egg by Martha Stewart

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Brussels Sprouts and Sausage Pizza by Bacon Egg & Cheese{cake} | Shelley Liu

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Homemade Parmesan Marinara by The Cookie Rookie | Becky Hardin

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Pasta with Guanciale, Radicchio and Ricotta by Food & Wine

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One Pot Spinach and Pea Pasta by Savory Nothings | Nora Rusev

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Panzanella by Kitchen Daily Editors

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Linguine with White Clam Sauce by Now Eat This! Italy | Rocco DiSpirito

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Chocolate Chestnut Torte by Kitchen Daily Editors

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Chicken Scarpariello by Food & Wine

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Potato Gnocchi with Mushroom Ragu by Food & Wine

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Shrimp, Asparagus & Tortellini in Lemon-Dill Scampi by Mom Foodie | Robin Gagnon

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Pappardelle with Tomatoes, Almonds and Parmesan by Food & Wine

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Gelato di Gianduia by Kitchen Daily Editors

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Spaghetti and Meatballs by Gourmet

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Slow Cooker Balsamic Chicken Caprese by Well Plated by Erin | Erin Clarke

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Simply Lasagna by Kraft Shredded Cheese with a touch of Philadelphia

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Ricotta and Roasted Tomato Bruschetta with Pancetta by Food & Wine 

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Baked Mozzarella Chicken Rollups by The Cookie Rookie | Becky Hardin

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Roasted Red Pepper and Arugula Whole-Wheat Pizza by Marin Mama Cooks | Jackie Grandy

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Lemon-Stuffed Grilled Branzino by Food & Wine

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Linguine with Broccoli Rabe and Walnut Pesto by Food & Wine

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Lemon, Olive Oil and Almond Biscotti by Kitchen Daily Editors

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Mini Kale-Mushroom Calzones with Smoked Mozzarella by Food & Wine

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Spaghetti con Broccoli by Garnish & Glaze | Melanie Dueck

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Pasta Fagioli by Erren's Kitchen | Erren Hart

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Skillet Pizza by PureWow

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Spaghetti Pomodoro by Simply Sated | Susie Gall

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Toasted Pistachio-Cheese Arancini by Food & Wine

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Spaghetti with Smoky Eggplant Sauce by Food & Wine

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Orecchiette with Sausage and Broccoli Rabe by Now Eat This! Italy | Rocco DiSpirito

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5-Ingredient Gluten-Free Sweet Potato Gnocchi by Heartbeet Kitchen | Amanda Paa

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While some of these Italian recipes are more traditional, some only take inspiration from Italian cuisine. (Don't worry, there's still cheese (a lot of it!) and sauce involved.) Think wild herb ravioli, caprese mac and cheese, moscato meatballs, pistachio-cheese arancini and sweet potato gnocchi. 

Take a look at our favorite simple Italian recipes in the gallery above and pick one or more to make this week. 

Pro tip: Many of these recipes use the same ingredients, so if you have leftover produce or uncooked pasta, use it to make another one of these dishes. You'll avoid food waste and save money!

Hungry for more pasta? Say no more! Check out these delicious pasta recipes below:

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Rigatoni with Lemony Kale-and-Pecorino Pesto by Food & Wine

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Creamy Pasta Pomodoro by Love & Lemons by Jeanine Donofrio of Love & Lemons

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Mixed Pepper Pasta by Food & Wine

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Spaghetti with Brussels Sprouts and Sausage Breadcrumb Topping by Food & Wine

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Shortcut Ravioli Lasagna by Prego

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Carrot Macaroni and Cheese by Food & Wine

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One-Pot Spinach Pea Pasta by Savory Nothings | Nora Rusev

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Baby Shells with Butter Toasted Tomato Sauce & Fresh Ricotta by Clara Persis | Clara Artschwage

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Lemon Arugala Pasta by Melanie Makes | Melanie Bauer

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Tuna Noodle Casserole with Cauliflower by Martha Stewart

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Spaghetti in Parchment Paper with Clams and Scallions by Kitchen Daily Editors

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Stove-Top Pasta and Cheese by Martha Stewart

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Baked Pasta with Sausage and Fontina by The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen | Susan Palmer

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Brunch Time Asparagus Spaghetti with Egg by Bacon Egg & Cheese{cake} | Shelley Liu

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Fiesta Pasta Salad & Chile Lime Vinaigrette by The Skinny Fork | Amanda Plott

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Broccoli and Garlic Penne Pasta by Campbell's Kitchen

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Zucchini Noodles with Cherry Tomatoes and Basil by Fork Knife Swoon | Laura Bolton

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Pesto Zucchini Pasta by Healing and Eating | Lauren Silverman

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Beet Pasta with Ricotta by Martha Stewart

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Four-Cheese Pasta Florentine by Philadelphia Cream Cheese

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Sundried Tomato and Asiago Cheese Pasta Salad by Carrie's Experimental Kitchen | Carrie Farias

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Macaroni and Cheese with Butternut Squash by Martha Stewart

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Pasta Salad with Salmon, Peas and Herbs by Weeknight Wonders | Ellie Krieger

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Shrimp, Asparagus & Tortellini in Lemon-Dill Scampi by Mom Foodie | Robin Gagnon

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Spring Pea and Asparagus Pasta by Girl Versus Dough | Stephanie Wise

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Creamy Avocado Pasta with Shrimp by Girl Versus Dough | Stephanie Wise

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Tuna and Pasta Cheddar Melt by Campbell's Kitchen

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Spaghetti with Collard Greens and Lemon by Martha Stewart

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Easy Butternut Squash Soup with Ravioli by A Happy Food Dance | Jessica Potts

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Linguine with Broccoli Rabe—Walnut Pesto by Food & Wine

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Spaghetti with Clams and Braised Greens by Food & Wine

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Spaghetti Cacio e Pepe by Food & Wine

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Wild Herb Ravioli by Martha Stewart

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Beef Lasagne by Taste of Home

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Linguine with White Clam Sauce by Now Eat This! Italy | Rocco DiSpirito

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Cheesy Eggplant Linguine by Eating Made Easy | Amelia Winslow

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Penne with Creamy Vodka Sauce by Campbell's Kitchen

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Chicken Tortellini Noodle Soup by Savory Nothings | Nora Rusev

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Penne with Pancetta, Peas and Mint by HelloFresh

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Fusilli with Creamed Leek and Spinach by Food & Wine

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Turkey Sausage & Tortellini in Creamy Tomato Basil Sauce
by Campbell's Kitchen

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Three-Cheese Chicken Penne Pasta Bake by Philadelphia Cream Cheese

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Whole Wheat Rigatoni with Roasted Vegetables by Food & Wine

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Spicy Garlic Eggplant & Ground Pork Noodles by Two Red Bowls | Cynthia

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Baked Rigatoni with Broccoli, Green Olives and Pancetta by Food & Wine

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Mason Jar Pasta Salad by Organize Yourself Skinny | Tammy Kresge

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Baked Shells with Cauliflower and Taleggio by Food & Wine 

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Penne with Asparagus, Sage and Peas by Food & Wine

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Pasta Primavera Alfredo by Philadelphia Cream Cheese

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Pasta with Guanciale, Radicchio and Ricotta by Food & Wine

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Shiitake Mushroom Tortellini with Soy Cream Sauce by The Woks of Life | The Leung Family

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Macaroni and Cheese with a Crusty Crunch by Kitchen Daily Editors

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Broccoli and Cheese Stuffed Shells by Prego

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Make-Ahead Unstuffed Shells by Philadelphia Cream Cheese

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