Italian recipes are crowd-pleasers and make great midweek meals and dinner party dishes. Pasta is a midweek favourite, but Italian recipes will be a crowd-pleaser at even the chicest dinner parties
Italian recipes are about so much more than just pizza and pasta. Pasta and soups make a great midweek meal but when you have more time at the weekend or if you’re expecting guests over why not try bruschetta topped with simple, but delicious, Italian produce to start, a meltingly tender osso bucco stew for a main and then finish up with a crowd-pleasing tiramisu.
An easy, casual starter that’s perfect if your guests are arriving at different times – just use smaller slices and pop a few plates out near the drinks! Showcase Italian ingredients at their best with our five ways with bruschetta recipe.
A rich, satisfying hit of coffee, cream and liqueur – our boozy tiramisu recipe is just what you need to round off a successful dinner party!
Serve up our delicious vegetarian soup with parsley pesto recipe – we love the Italian twist to this simple, hearty soup. Make a big batch and freeze some for a hassle-free starter when you have guests.
When you’re short on time and fancy a homemade pizza, give this leek, mushroom and taleggio pizza recipe a go. It’s got a really authentic taste to it, so you really can’t go wrong!
A super quick dish great for if you’re welcoming friends after work, this spaghetti with clams recipe is one of our very favourite ways to eat pasta. Make sure your chillies have a good kick to them, and don’t skimp on the parsley. If you can’t find fresh clams, frozen ones work just as well.
Finish off a delicious Italian dinner with this coffee panna cotta with honeyed pecans recipe. The combination of flavours is an absolute dream!
Traditionally, osso bucco is made with veal shin, but beef will get just as meltingly tender and is not so expensive. Try our beef shin ‘osso bucco’ with risotto Milanese recipe for all the flavour and none of the fuss!
This courgette and hazelnut orechiette recipe is a vegetarian main that’s packed with flavour – even the most carnivorous guests will love it!
This slow-cooked, wine-enriched slow-cooked pork pappardelle recipe is perfect swirled through with al dente pappardelle, but makes an equally delicious stew on its own or with potatoes. It also freezes well, so is great for prep-ahead entertaining.
Packed with deep flavour and oh so comforting – buoy up your guests on a chilly night with our delicious vegetarian wild mushroom and spinach lasagne recipe.
These tapenade crostini make superb nibbles when you’re entertaining friends. They can be made in a matter of minutes but look really elegant and taste superb too.
For a variation on the classic Italian tiramisu, give this summer berry tiramisu cake a go – it’s ideal made with seasonal berries!
Try this classic spaghetti puttanesca recipe – it’s great as a midweek meal as it’s super quick to make and yet it’s perfectly comforting.
Try our spin on the traditional Tuscan dish tagliata. The Italian beef salad with crispy prosciutto and parmesan recipe is even more delicious if you barbecue the beef – try find quality beef that’s been hung for 21 days or more.
A twist on the classic Italian dessert, and because everyone loves a rich roulade – serve up our crowd-pleasing tiramisu roulade recipe.
When extreme comfort food is called for, spoil your friends and family with this four cheese gratin recipe. Fabulously cheesy, but with a tomato sauce that will perfectly off-set the richness, this works best with a sharp salad of bitter leaves, flecked through with torn fresh basil.
Add an Italian twist to beef with our Italian rib eye steak recipe – the marinade is absolutely delicious.
You’ve never eaten gnocchi like this – our ricotta and basil gnocchi recipe is made just with ricotta cheese, Parmesan, egg and flour. It’s fast to whip together too, for impressive food in minutes.
We love this ginger and amaretto panna cotta. It’s slightly boozy which makes it a great grown-up dessert.
Packed with fruit, nuts and a touch of chocolate, this tasty Italian fruit and nut tart with mascarpone recipe is delicious. Serve with mascarpone cream for the full Italian dessert deal!
For the perfect sweet and savoury party nibbles try our fig and black olive tapenade crostini. They taste really luxurious thanks to the figs so they’re sure to impress.
We love this artichoke, caper and lemon risotto recipe – it just goes to show that good food doesn’t need to take hours to make, it can be simple and yet delightful.
This Italian panna cotta with roasted figs and honey recipe is wonderfully simple to make – and you can even make it ahead! The sweet, utterly Italian flavours make it the perfect sophisticated dinner party pud.
A vegetarian favourite, this roast butternut squash risotto will be a hit with vegetarians and meat-eaters alike.
For a super healthy pizza with a bit of a twist, give this flower power pizza recipe a go!
After a heavy meal, this coffee bean panna cotta with espresso syrup is perfect. Guests will love it if you serve it as the finale to your dinner party menu.
The combination of flavours in this broad bean, lemon and thyme risotto is really delightful. You won’t have to spend hours slaving away at it either!