Giada De Laurentiis Is Skipping the Ham & Cooking an Italian Feast for Easter This Year

Planning an Easter menu is always challenging. Aside from ham, there really aren’t too many traditional dishes to make like there are for Thanksgiving or Christmas so there’s a lot of wiggle room with the meal planning. We often turn to our favorite culinary superstars like Ina Garten to pull recipe inspo from, and luckily, Giada De Laurentiis just shared her entire 2020 Italian Easter menu with us.

Easter is going to look different for us all this year as we’ll likely be spending most of it on Zoom, but Giada says that’s no reason to skimp on your Easter menu. “Even though we won’t be joining our extended families this Easter, we’ll still be celebrating in our own kitchens and homes,” she wrote on her blog, The Giadzy.  “We urge everyone to do the same – cooking our family’s favorite traditional dishes makes us feel more connected than anything else can during a holiday.”

You won’t find a traditional spiral ham on Giada’s menu. Instead, she will be serving up her Creamy Polenta with Spinach and Spicy Lamb Ragu.

Image: The Giadzy.

For a side, Giada is sticking with a traditional spring veggie but she’s giving it a twist with her Asparagus with Goat Cheese and Hazelnuts.

Image: The Giadzy.

This salad is topped with a mustard vinaigrette that is full of bright flavor!

For dessert, De Laurentiis will be making these adorable Italian Easter Cookies that look like little mini donuts. In Italy, these are called Taralli Dolci Di Pasqua and according to Giada’s blog, “these cookies are essentially shortbread, and they’re perfectly not-too-sweet. They’re fragrant with vanilla and lemon, and they get a zingy lemon glaze.” Sounds good to us!

You can add any kind of sprinkles or edible spring decorations you have at home to these little cookies to spruce them up.

Cookies must be a popular dessert this year because Queen Elizabeth II is making them for Easter dinner too! Since we’re all home with a little extra time on our hands, might as well Giada’s cookies and the Queen’s, right?

Before you go, check out some of Giada’s best pasta recipes below:

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