8 Game-Changing Italian Dishes You Need To Try At Home

Buon appetito

The secret to Italian cooking is to use premium products and prepare them simply. Though we've also included some delicious pasta and pizza options, there's so much more to it than that.

Wild mushroom lasagna

The umami content of dried and wild porcini mushrooms gives this vegetarian lasagna a rich, complex flavor. With a double cream and Parmesan béchamel sauce uniting the meal, it's extraordinarily and beautifully rich. 

Cacio e pepe

You won't believe how much flavor the sauce has when all it needs is black pepper and grated Parmesan cheese. Because pasta contains starch, the secret to getting a silky smooth texture is to add part of the cooking water.

Spaghetti carbonara

A traditional pasta recipe that's so easy and tasty it will quickly become a staple in your kitchen repertoire. The pecorino adds a great saltiness, while the egg yolks produce a luscious sauce.

Spaghetti bolognese

Let the meat cook for as long as possible to bring out the rich flavors of the tomatoes, garlic, and herbs in a delicious bolognese. One of the best things about slow cooking is that you can leave the sauce to simmer until suppertime.

Sausage ragù recipe

The secret to the sauce's full taste and richness is time, although it requires very little hands-on work. The deep woodiness of the herbs—bay leaves, thyme, and rosemary—balances the tang of the tomatoes and the beefy pig sausages.

Beef shin ragù

Making this delicious ragù is as easy as it gets: after the onions, celery, and carrots are soft, add the meat and stock, and bake. As the beef shin slow-cooks with the herbs and veggies, it will become tender and flavorful, melting in your tongue. 

Pepperoni pizza

Give a traditional dish a spicy twist! Drizzled over the pizza, the honey has been infused with fresh chile, creating a beautiful combination of sweetness and fire. The honey will keep for three weeks, but the recipe will yield more than you need.