14 Italian recipes without pasta

Delicious Italian recipes you can make at home

Many people believe that Italian food revolves around pasta, but there is a myriad of flavorful dishes that have nothing to do with such staples as linguine or ravioli. These non-pasta based recipes aren’t just for Italian restaurants, but can easily be made in your own kitchen.

It is believed that Italian food is solely based exclusively on dishes with pasta or related to it, but in this cuisine you may find great dishes that can be made at home, and not only found in restaurants. Here you will find some examples of said healthy and tasty dishes.

  • Risotto al funghi

Typical risotto is generally characterized as being made of rice and cheese, but there are many more ingredients you can add to enhance the flavor. In this particular recipe, simply add mushrooms and a dash of white wine to create an irresistible aroma and a great dish.

Risotto ai funghi

  • Caprese Salad

How can you improve the flavor of a Caprese Salad? Simply add some pesto to this basic salad of tomato, mozzarella and basil, and you will have an incredible explosion of flavors. Plus, it’s fast and easy to make.

  • Frittata, the Italian omelette

Frittata is an egg-based dish that is very similar to a Spanish tortilla or a French omelette. The difference is that you don´t have to flip it in the pan. Once you mix all the ingredients that you want to put in it (don’t forget the cheese, like pecorino), cook it over low heat.

Frittata, the Italian omelette

  • Beef Carpaccio, an elegant dish that is easy to make

If we talk about Italian cuisine, we cannot leave out carpaccio. This dish is made with thinly sliced beef bathed in olive oil (extra virgin) with a little Parmesan cheese. To give it more flavor, you can add pepper or have a salad on the side.

Speaking of carpaccio, try it with salmon

  • Speaking of carpaccio, try it with salmon

If you are tired of meat or if you are craving fish, a carpaccio version with salmon exists. The recipe is very similar to the one above. You simply substitute fish for beef. If salmon doesn’t appeal to you, try tuna or swordfish instead.

Speaking of carpaccio, try it with salmon

  • Straciatella, the Italian soup

Even though the name may remind you of ice cream, straciatella is a typical Italian egg-based soup that includes Parmesan, chicken broth, and other ingredients. If you follow the steps well, you can make this soup in under 15 minutes.

  • Panna cotta, the Italian dessert

Apart from pasta and pizza, Italy is famous for its variety of quality desserts. Among these desserts, panna cotta is renown. It is made by cooking cream and adding mascarpone cheese, sugar and gelatin to it.

Panna cotta, the Italian dessert

  • The adult version of crostata

Usually a crostata is a kind of dessert pie filled with marmalade. But here, we have the adult version that is more difficult to make but rewarding. Instead of being filled with marmalade, it is filled with spinach and ricotta cheese.

The adult version of crostata

  • Do not forget the focaccia

If we are going to talk about Italy, we must also mention focaccia, an Italian bread with a pizza-like texture but no toppings. Focaccia is an appetizer made with tomatoes or olives.

Do not forget the focaccia

  • Polpette di melanzane

Polpette di melanzane are veggieballs made from eggplant and cheese. At first glance, one may assume they’re dull, but it is not true at all. You can fry them or cook them in the oven, and if you’re not a fan of eggplants you may replace them with another vegetable.

  • Salmon with zucchini

This famous Italian dish is comprised of a juicy salmon served under zucchini that’s cut to resemble noodles. It’s served with an avocado and Greek yogurt sauce.

Salmon with zucchini

  • Saltimbocca alla romana

Saltimbocca alla romana consists of veal wrapped with Parma ham, so you don’t miss any protein! Apart from those two main ingredients, there is a third that cannot be left out: sage leaves. Sage is essential to balance the flavors of the dish.

Saltimbocca alla romana

  • Another famous dessert, dulce de leche ice cream

One of the simplest and tastiest desserts of all is dulce de leche ice cream. It is easy and quick to make; you essentially only need three ingredients: cream, milk and dulce de leche. But, don’t forget the cones!

  • The famous carbonara pizza

Last but not least, no Italian recipe list is complete without the most famous dish of all: pizza. In addition to being frequently ordered at restaurants, carbonara pizza can be quickly an easily made at home as long as you have a decent oven.

The famous carbonara pizza

Of course, these dishes are not the best option if you want to lose weight but who cares !

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