9 Italian Recipes That Are Basically a Mini Vacation to Italy

by Claire Gillespie
Dec 12, 2017 at 2:30 p.m. ET

Have you ever met anyone who doesn't like Italian food? It's impossible, right? What's not to like about a cuisine that's incredibly diverse, offering pasta, pizza, seafood, rice, cheese and vegetables, with plenty of easy-to-follow recipes? Italy's culinary history dates back over 2,000 years, and while contemporary Italian cuisine can be surprising and unpredictable, many of the dishes stay true to their pre-Roman roots.  

There's nowhere better to eat Italian food than in Italy, of course, but if your budget doesn't quite stretch to a trip across the Atlantic Ocean, you can re-create the taste and smell of Italy right in your own kitchen. From lasagna and gnocchi to your new favorite tomato soup, these 12 Italian recipes will have you making the "Italian chef kiss" gesture while you're stirring your plum tomatoes (we recommend Red Gold whole peeled tomatoes, which won the Epicurious award for Best Canned Tomatoes) into your sauce. Buon appetito! 

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1 /9: Bruschetta

1/9 :Bruschetta

For an easy appetizer that screams Italy, look no further than bruschetta. 

2 /9: Penne alla vodka

2/9 :Penne alla vodka

This creamy pasta dish is a one-pot way to please everyone at the dinner table.

3 /9: Arrabiata sauce

3/9 :Arrabiata sauce

Red Gold Whole Peeled Tomatoes diced tomatoes will take any pasta with arrabiata sauce up a notch. 

4 /9: Thin crust pizza

4/9 :Thin crust pizza

Red Gold's vine-ripened whole peeled tomatoes are the star of this thin crust pizza

5 /9: Marinara sauce

5/9 :Marinara sauce

Classic marinara sauce is an Italian staple. Tip: use Red Gold Whole Peeled Tomatoes to add depth and texture. 

6 /9: Caprese salad

6/9 :Caprese salad

A simple caprese salad is bursting with flavor. 

7 /9: Cannoli

7/9 :Cannoli

"Cannoli" means "little tubes" in Italian — and they're packed with chocolatey, cream-cheesy awesomeness. 

8 /9: Chocolate almond biscotti

8/9 :Chocolate almond biscotti

Treat yourself with biscotti, traditional Italian cookies. 

9 /9: Tiramisu

9/9 :Tiramisu

Tiramisu is the ultimate Italian dessert.