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 Top 20 Italian Recipes, Veg Italian Recipes

  Last Updated : Jul 13,2018






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Top 20 Veg Italian Recipes

Out of all the international cuisines, Indians are truly obsessed with Italian food and we often fall back on pasta and pizzas to satisfy our cravings for a hearty meal.

Once you get a hang of Italian basics, you can mix and match the sauces and seasonings to make marvellous dishes. Our section of Italian basic will help you master recipes like Pizza Sauce, Thin Crust Pizza Base, Boiled Pasta, Fresh Pasta Dough, Pesto Sauce, white sauce, red sauce. 

Italian Pasta

Italians love their plates of pasta. There are innumerable types of pasta available and each can be prepared in countless ways, to create delightful Pasta Treats. Italian cuisine is varied and pleasing, with a heavy influence of herbs, garlic and olive oil. There are so many varieties to choose among Italian dishes, when it comes to pasta - penne, bow, fusilli, lasagne, macaroni, spaghetti, tagliatelle and ravioli among others - that you can toss them in plentiful sauces, vegetables and enjoy a substantial meal. 

Baked Spaghetti in Tomato Sauce is an all-time favourite pasta preparation that appeals to all with its simple yet tangy flavour. Wonderfully flavoured with spices and herbs, the Pasta in White Sauce is another delight to devour. You can add some vegetables to add a medley of colour and crunch to the dish.

Indians love fusion food. Try this Madras meets Milan, in this innovative preparation of Bow Pasta with Curried Vegetables or this Baked Pav Bhaji Pasta that will pleasantly surprise you with its vast spectrum of flavours and textures.

Italian Bread

Did you know that many Italians like to bake their bread fresh at home just like we prepare our rotis and parathas every day? Bread is served as an accompaniment to soups and pasta and also used to make several other dishes. Try your hand at some famous Italian bread delights like Focaccia, Baguette, Soft French Bread. You can further make crostini classic Italian appetizers, made of small slices of grilled or toasted bread, brushed with butter or olive oil, and topped with varied cheeses, sauces, veggies or even fruits. Make these Burrata Cheese and Cherry Tomato Crostini or Pesto and Roasted bell pepper. You can never go wrong with this Stuffed Cheesy Garlic Bread which can be served with soup or enjoyed as a snack by itself.

Pizzas

Pizza is one food that needs no introduction, to anybody in the world. From kids to adults, it is a hot pick. Whether you like it plain with just cheese and pizza sauce or with a whole lot of toppings, you can savour your pizza the way you like it.  A classic Margherita with a zesty pizza sauce and a generous layer of cheese, with basil flavour or a gooey Cheese Burst Pizza that beats any store-bought pizza. 

Pizza in a sandwich, sandwich like a pizza, call it what you will, but the truth is that this Cheesy Sandwich Pizza is a delicious snack that combines the best aspects of two of your favourite snacks!

In any culture, desserts hold a special place because they have the potential to turn a simple meal into a memorable one. Italian cooking is incomplete without the mention of this famed dessert that is as popular beyond the shores as it is within Italy. Literally translated Tiramisu means “lift me up”.

Almond Biscotti with a cup of Hot Coffee or Hot Chocolate. You can serve them fresh and warm, or cool and store in an airtight container.



Top 20 Veg Italian Recipes

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 by Tarla Dalal
Aromatic and flavourful roasted vegetables with white sauce is a combination that will make one drool at the very sight of it! Arranged atop pizza sauce coated Lasagne sheets, the roasted vegetables in white sauce is elevated to an even higher plane of culinary delight. Remember to serve the Lasagne immediately on preparation, with garlic bread.
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 by Tarla Dalal
Ravioli is an Italian delicacy, which takes a bit of time and effort to prepare but is completely worth every second you spend! The Ravioli is prepared by cooking dough stuffed with a cheesy spinach and corn mixture. The stuffing includes ingredients like garlic, green chillies and onions to boost the flavour and mouth-feel. The resulting Ravioli is a dainty, succulent and tasty pasta-like ingredient, which is topped with luscious Pink Sauce and baked. The Pink Sauce is a pretty sight, but more than that it is totally burgeoning with flavours. The mellow creaminess of white sauce, the tang of tomatoes and the zesty seasonings give it an awesome flavour and mouth-feel, which are accentuated upon baking. Enjoy the Ravioli immediately upon preparation, before the cheese gets thick. You are sure to love the effect of your effort! Try your hand at making other Italian recipes like the Italian Style Baby Potatoes or Basil and Tomato Pasta .
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 by Tarla Dalal
Baked Spaghetti in Tomato Sauce is an all-time favourite pasta preparation that appeals to all with its simple yet tangy flavour. Here, the spaghetti is cooked in a flavourful tomato sauce, garnished with cheese, and baked till perfectly done. When making tomato-based sauces for pastas, it is good to add a dash of cream as given in this recipe, because it improves the mouth-feel and also balances the flavour of the sauce so the tanginess does not get overwhelming. You will find the Baked Spaghetti in Tomato Sauce quite convenient to prepare on any day, because it uses only everyday ingredients and it also quite easy to make. Serve with plain Toasted Triangles or Garlicky Corn, Tomato and Cheese Toast or you can top it with some Cheesy Potato Balls or Broccoli and Potato Balls and enjoy it as a satiating one-dish meal.
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 by Tarla Dalal
White sauce, with its soothing texture and flavour, plays host to not just perfectly cooked fusilli but also a medley of colourful and crunchy veggies. Colourful capsicums, vibrant broccoli and crunchy baby corn endow this dish with a splash of colours, which is pretty to behold and tempting to bite into! Wonderfully flavoured with spices and herbs, the Pasta in White Sauce is a real delight to devour.
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 by Tarla Dalal
Madras meets Milan, in this innovative preparation of Bow Pasta with Curried Vegetables. Pasta with veggies is a common sight. But, when the veggies are first curried with tomato puree and Madras curry powder before meeting the pasta, it transforms into a delightfully unique treat for the taste buds. While you might think this to be perfect for the desi palate, chances are that Italians might love it too if they taste this lip-smacking wonder.
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 by Tarla Dalal
A dish of English origin, Mac and Cheese is one of the most popular dishes in the United Kingdom, United States and Canada! While the original version is made of cooked macaroni and a cheesy sauce, we have given it a masaledar twist to make it more exciting. Ingredients like onions, tomatoes, ginger and garlic together with a dash of spice powders give the dish an Indian touch, widening the range of flavours and textures in it. The Masala Mac and Cheese is sure to be loved by kids and enjoyed by adults too. Make sure you serve it warm, preferably right out of the oven . You can also try other cheesy recipes like the Cheese Masala Toast Sandwich or Cheese Garlic Buns
When an all-time favourite desi snack crosses paths with a popular Italian dish, the result is this fascinating Baked Pav Bhaji Pasta! Fusili is cooked with a lip-smacking mixture of veggies flavoured with pav bhaji masala, and further enhanced with cream and herbs thereby bringing together the cuisines of two nations. This fabulous pasta creation is topped with cheese and colourful capsicum strips, and baked to perfection. Every mouthful of this Pav Bhaji Pasta will pleasantly surprise you with its vast spectrum of flavours and textures. Serve the pasta with a bowl of Garlicky Lentil and Tomato Soup and Ladi Pav Garlic Bread .
Focaccia Bread is a soft Italian bread that is sure to elevate the standard of any meal it is served with. This famous bread can be used to make sandwiches, toast or bread-based starters. Loaded with herbs and black olives, the Focaccia Bread is bursting with flavours. So, you can just toast it, brush it with butter or olive oil and serve it with a steaming hot bowl of soup or pasta , to make a first-class meal. Do not reduce the amount of olive oil used in this recipe, or the bread might not come out well. You can also try other recipes like the Onion and Thyme Focaccia or Four Cheese Pizza .
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 by Tarla Dalal
Bread making is no rocket science! It just needs a bit of practice, in handling the yeast and the dough. The temperature of water is the most important factor for activating the yeast properly. If it is too cold, the yeast will not start working, and if it is too hot, the yeast cells will die down and not become active at all. So, use lukewarm water, testing it on the inner side of your wrist. Once you have rested this mixture for 10 minutes, you will see that it gets frothy. This means it is ready for use, to make the dough. Handling the dough is also not too difficult if you dust it properly so that it does not stick to your fingers. Just follow the instructions in this recipe and you will have fantastic Homemade Soft French Bread on your hands. Enjoy the warm and aromatic bread with butter and your favourite jam , fruit sauce or honey. Or, use it to prepare other delicacies like Cheesy Garlic Pull Apart French Bread , Tomato Cheese Roll and Zucchini Toast .
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 by Tarla Dalal
Baguette is one of the most popular types of French bread. It has a longish shape and a crisp crust, which makes it quite attractive. It is used to make a lot of starters and snacks. It might sound a bit complicated when you read the recipe but if you follow the instructions properly, you will end up with a totally fabulous, completely irresistible baguette! At step 12, make sure the incisions are made only lightly and not deeply. Baguette stays fresh for two days when stored in an airtight container. Try other recipes like the Roasted Garlic Crostini or Cheesy Garlic Pull Apart French Bread .
Crostini sounds like the name of a famous music composer, but it isn’t! It is a class of Italian appetizers, made of small slices of grilled or toasted bread, brushed with butter or olive oil, and topped with varied cheeses, sauces, veggies or even fruits. The crostini might be seasoned with spices and herbs for added zing. Crostinis range from simple ones with just herbs and sauces to more elaborate ones with several toppings. The Burrata Cheese and Cherry Tomato Crostini is an outstanding variant that is loaded with burrata, a fresh Italian cheese made with mozzarella and cream, and dainty cherry tomatoes. A sprinkling of sea salt instantly boosts the taste and aroma of the crostini, making it appetizing beyond words! You can also try other crostini recipes like the Ricotta and Cherry Tomato Crostini or Avocado and Cherry Tomato Crostini .
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 by Tarla Dalal
Crostini are small toasts topped with a variety of ingredients and are served as appetisers. They are native to tuscany and have several classic toppings to choose from. This one consists of caramelised peppers and olives that are bound with cheese and topped on crusty french bread. Good crusty bread is the single most essential ingredient for this recipe. This is perhaps the best crostini of all and is perfect for serving with drinks before a meal.
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 by Tarla Dalal
Bursting with flavour, this Stuffed Cheesy Garlic Bread can be served with soup or enjoyed as a snack by itself. This herby, garlicky bread is stuffed with a succulent cheesy filling, which is also perked up with a tongue-tickling spice mixture that combines the best of spices and herbs. The leavened dough is once again brushed with butter and topped with spices before baking. This gives the bread a super aroma, which wafts out of the oven as it bakes. You are sure to enjoy the vibrant flavour and cheesy texture of this bread in every single bite. Smoked Pepper and Cheese Bread and Sundried Tomato Loaf are other flavourful breads worth trying.
Pizza is a fast food that leaves lot of room for your creativity! Topped with veggies and sauces, you can have it just the way you like it. However, there are times when you wish for a simple, cheesy pizza with minimal ingredients. The Pizza Margherita comes in handy at such times. A soft crust topped with a zesty pizza sauce and smothered with a generous layer of cheese, this basil flavoured pizza is sure to impress you with its simple elegance. Enjoy with a glass of Pineapple and Lemonade Drink or Fresh Peach Fizzy Drink by the side.
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 by Tarla Dalal
A cheesy, gooey Cheese Burst Pizza that beats any store-bought pizza hands-down, because this is made right in your own kitchen with the finest ingredients and your choice of toppings! A gem from the hearty cuisine of Italy, this pizza is one that’s loved by kids and adults alike because every mouthful is packed with excitement. Right from the cheesy base to the crunchy, saucy toppings, everything about this pizza is appealing to the palate. Serve it immediately while the cheese is molten and gooey, otherwise you will not get to enjoy the best texture. You can also try other pizza recipes like Pizza Margherita or Pizza Burger Bowl.
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 by Tarla Dalal
Pizza in a sandwich, sandwich like a pizza, call it what you will, but the truth is that this delicious snack combines the best aspects of two of your favourite snacks! Bread slices are sandwiched with a cheesy mayonnaise-bound mixture of veggies, grilled, topped with pizza sauce and ever-popular pizza toppings and seasonings, and baked to perfection, to create a snack that is totally unique and sure to please anybody! It’s not just pizza sauce, but the olives and oregano that complete the pizza effect. Enjoy this Cheesy Sandwich Pizza immediately on preparation, to relish the gooey molten cheese and sauces.
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 by Tarla Dalal
Biscotti are a special class of biscuits, which are baked twice. This gives them a unique texture, which is firm to bite but soft on the palate! Baking twice also gives them a rich, well-done aroma. This recipe shares the secret of making fabulous Almond Biscotti, with the aesthetic flavour of vanilla and cinnamon and the amazing crunch of almonds. You can serve them fresh and warm, or cool and store in an airtight container. Enjoy with a cup of Hot Coffee or Hot Chocolate .
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 by Tarla Dalal
Baby potatoes are truly very lovable – small and cute to behold and soft and sweet to taste! here is a very aesthetic way of preparing this delicious starter, with cream, butter, cheese and italian seasonings. The final garnish of parsley imparts a tempting aroma to the preparation, and also adds specks of green that shows up well against the potatoes. Indeed, a rich and fine treat.
‘minestra’ means soup in italian. This italian delicacy refers to a bubbling pot with many ingredients that are simmered into a thick soup. In this version, we’ve retained baked beans and spaghetti- the authentic ingredients and supplemented it with the use of assorted vegetables and spices. It is a good idea to keep the soup boiling on a stove, if you are having a party, and ladling the soup into bowls. Serve with grated cheese and parsley.
Tiramisu is a classic Italian dessert of coffee-coated biscuits layered with a luscious mixture of cream, often containing cheese and rum too. Here is a quick, non-alcoholic version of Tiramisu, which you can prepare in a jiffy when you sight a sudden guest, or when you are back from office but want to celebrate a happy occasion. The awesome coffee flavour of this Quick Tiramisu is sure to steal your heart, while the chocolaty touch of cocoa powder and Hide-and-Seek biscuits makes it even better. When in need of a quick dessert, you can also try other biscuit-based treats like the Crunchy Pineapple Cake and the Chocolate Biscuit Cake .
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