A torn loaf of focaccia with herbs and salt and sprigs of rosemary, a knife, and a hunk of pecorino on the side.

Focaccia

Easier to shape than a boule, focaccia is the next bread you may want to master making at home. Just slice it and eat it as-is with its dimpled herb-flecked surface.

A pot of homemade tagliatelle with grated Parmesan on top and a wooden spoon in the pasta.

Homemade Tagliatelle

Making pasta at home is much easier than you may think. This recipe walks you through making silken, tender tagliatelle that’s perfect for tossing and twirling with anything.

A rectangular pepperoni pan pizza on a rimmed baking sheet.

Pepperoni Pan Pizza

Made with the simplest, freshest tomato sauce ever, two types of mozzarella, and everyone’s favorite topping. And it’s made on a plain old baking sheet. No fancy pizza stone required.

A bowl filled with basic polenta next to a mug of tea, a cloth, and a spoon resting on the side of the bowl.

Basic Polenta

The perfect base for so many dishes, Italian or otherwise. Sprinkle with cheese, top with sauce or meat, drizzle with honey or maple syrup, let it cool and fry it…shall we go on?

Two white bowls of Tuscan bean soup on a white surface.

Tuscan Bean Soup

A classic Italian vegetable soup that just happens to be loaded with so-called super foods such as kale. Seems Nonna’s known what’s best all along.

An oval casserole dish of acquacotta - eggs poached in a tomato and onion sauce -- with a piece of bread, plate, and utensils on the side.

Acquacotta

Sorta like shakshuka, aquacotta is an Italian soup from southern Tuscany that’s essentially leftover bread, tomatoes, onions, and chiles with eggs and a little Parmesan. Living large.

A slice of focaccia with olives and rosemary on a white plate with a knife resting beside it.

Focaccia with Olives and Rosemary

Dimpled with a lightly salted top, focaccia is a chewy and tender Italian bread that’s also impressively light and airy when made properly. This recipe shows you how.

Three personal pan lasagnas in glass dishes.

Personal Pan Lasagna

This loosely defined “lasagna” is an easy little cheat of a recipe that relies on store-bought ravioli, jarred sauce, and shredded cheese. Shhhhhh.

A white pot filled with rustic lentil soup, and a metal ladle scooping out a portion.

Rustic Lentil Soup

A hearty and healthy weeknight dinner solution that’s made memorable with pancetta, sausage, AND bacon. And leftovers reheat magnificently.