Main Course Recipes

Explore a world of Authentic Italian Main Course Recipes. From Chicken Marsala to Eggplant Parmesan, savor delightful flavors in every dish.

A delicious-looking Eggplant Parmesan, fresh from the oven in a ceramic baking dish. The eggplant is golden brown and crispy, and the cheese is melted and gooey. The eggplant is sitting next to a potential garnish of cherry tomoes

Eggplant Parmesan

While the origin of eggplant parmesan, or Parmigiana di Melanzane, is still a game of tug-of-war between the North and South regions of Italy, that doesn’t stop this dish from playing a big role across Italy and the world! It has been loved by Italy for decades after its first appearance around the 1400’s and became an international classic along the way. You won’t find a single Italian restaurant that doesn’t serve eggplant parmesan (and if you do, leave now!) and now you can make it at ease in the comfort of your own home!

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Plate of Crispy Zucchini Bake with a cheesy filling and crumbly coating

Crispy Zucchini Bake

This delicious zucchini bake is a tasty way to get your serving of veggies! You’ll love this dish once you bite in and the salty, crumbly coating and warm, cheesy zucchini filling pair together to make the perfect flavor combination. Nobody will be going to bed hungry after they have this filling bake and they’ll be coming back for more the next day!

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Bowl of Pasta al Tonno topped with tomato sauce, fresh tuna, and fresh herbs.

Pasta al Tonno

Pasta al Tonno is a classically easy dish that is loved by many. It really only requires about three ingredients in total – the pasta, tomato sauce, and the tuna – making it incredibly cheap and easy to prepare! It can be difficult to get your weekly serving of fish but this dish will make it so much easier; the tomato sauce really pairs well with the natural flavor of the tuna without being overwhelming, and the pasta helps to make you feel full! Try out some other varieties too, like Pasta al Tonno e Pomodoro (with tomatoes) or Pasta al Sugo di Tonno (with Sugo, which is a type of tomato sauce with onions and garlic) and see which one you like best.

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Plate of Salmon and Zucchini White Lasagna, highlighting the creaminess of Besciamella and the smokiness of salmon

Salmon and Zucchini White Lasagna

This white lasagna recipe is incredibly delicious and so unique in flavor! The creaminess from the Besciamella really highlights the flavors of the smoked salmon, and the zucchini adds the perfect bit of crunch. It’s a great way to serve a fish based meal without being overpowered by the taste of fish and is loved by all ages!

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Pizza con Patate, a classic Italian pizza highlighting the delicate, creamy flavor of thinly sliced, crispy potatoes.

Pizza con Patate

This classic style of pizza, pizza con patate, is possibly one of the simplest recipes! This style usually omits any kind of sauce or cheese – choosing to make the the thin, crispy potatoes layered on top the center point of this dish. You’ll fall in love with the light and delicate flavor of the creamy potatoes paired with the soft and silky dough beneath.

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A delicious-looking Cheesy Potato and Ham Cake, plated and ready to eat. The cake is golden brown and flaky, and the ham and cheese are melted and gooey.

Cheesy Potato and Ham Cake

This potato cake recipe, which is a classic Neapolitan dish, is a hearty and delicious meal that will satisfy every craving in one bite! The potato “crust” perfectly holds the soft ham and melted mozzarella and still leaves some of the creamy mashed potatoes on the inside. You will love how easy it is to prepare and it will be well worth it when you taste that first bite!

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A delicious-looking Saffron Risotto with Speck, plated and ready to eat. The risotto is golden brown and creamy, and the speck is smoky and flavorful, featured on Authentic Italian Recipes website.

Saffron Risotto with Speck

This golden risotto is an age old classic in Italy, specifically in the northern regions where it originated. The rich creaminess of the Parmesan and smokiness of the speck really shine through and pair perfectly with the unique and light flavor of the saffron. Not only is it a simple and relatively quick meal to make, it also results in a beautiful golden dish that can be the perfect highlight in any dinner!

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Delicious Chicken Marsala with Mushrooms, a classic Italian recipe from Authentic Italian Recipes.

Chicken Marsala with Mushrooms

Chicken with Marsala wine and mushrooms is a very tasty and easily prepared second course. Starting with Marsala, a liqueur wine well known in the kitchen for its versatility and, used in this recipe, gives the chicken an unmistakable aroma as well as an incredible softness. The mushrooms are the frame of this dish with their full-bodied flavor and characteristic aroma and are going to complete this second dish and make it extremely succulent. Chicken breast can be dry or stringy when cooked, but preparing it this way can dispel the myth of the “dry chicken breast!”A great characteristic of this recipe is that it is prepared in about 30 minutes, so besides being delicious it is also on the table and ready to eat in well under an hour!

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Delicious Spaghetti Pasta Alla Carbonara, a classic Italian recipe from Authentic Italian Recipes.

Spaghetti Pasta alla Carbonara

Spaghetti carbonara pasta or more simply, Carbonara, is one of the most popular first courses in Italian cuisine. Perhaps not everyone knows that the origins of carbonara are quite controversial: according to one of the most credited hypotheses, carbonara was invented by American soldiers on the day of Liberation in 1944. Despite its young age, carbonara is considered a classic of Roman cuisine such as bucatini all’amatriciana or spaghetti cacio e pepe.

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A hearty dish of Ragu alla Bolognese, representing traditional Bolognese cuisine.

Ragu alla Bolognese

Ragu is a classic dish in Italy with all kinds of variations – from different meats to different wines – with respect to certain regions! Ragu alla Bolognese specifically comes from the city Bologna and features a white wine meat based sauce, versus a red wine based sauce like Ragu alla Napoletana (from Naples). You may find some recipes that include a cream or milk in their Ragu, however, we choose to omit this due to taste and health factors. The important thing about Ragu is that it is an open ended recipe, meaning you can add and omit things as you like, so try it out a couple times and see which variation you like best!

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