25 Best Italian Loved Family Recipes

Thursday, February 20, 2020
Here is a roundup of our family's favorite Italian American Best-Loved Recipes.

Starting out with homemade pizza and ending with mom's frittata.

Really, throughout the years, these recipes were the most asked for time and time again.

The kids loved every one of these easy Italian recipes and I would never have to ask twice if they wanted seconds, there were also never leftovers.

Besides these 25 delicious meals, we also love Italian pastries like St. Joseph's Day Zeppole, Italian holiday foods and keep the traditions going that mom and grandma instilled in use as children.

Mom and grandma made traditional Italian meals like pasta fagioli, sauteed escarole a classic favorite green, and pasta with ceci beans and we just loved everything that they considered depression foods back in the 1960s.

Now several years later, all of these are considered delicacies and hard to find in most restaurants, and I am thrilled that my kids have learned to continue our heritage in cooking these easy meals.

Each photo will be a link to bring you to the recipe, just scroll down and take a peek on our tried and true favorite family recipes.

this is a pin for 25 best Italian recipes in a roundup and thumbnail photos of the roundup

homemade Italian pizza dough

Homemade Pizza

homemade Italian seasoned burgers

Italian Burgers

lemon chicken with penne pasta

Lemon Chicken and Pasta

homemade traditional tomato sauce for pasta

Traditional Sunday Tomato Sauce

quick lasagna with cheese and meat

Quick Lasagna

how to make Italian stew this is the stew in a white bowl

Italian Stew

this is a classic antipasto inside a loaf of bread made into a submarine sandwich

Antipasto Submarine Sandwich

how to make Italian baked ziti this is the ziti photo

Baked Ziti

this is a plate of spaghetti and meatballs

Spaghetti with Marinara

this is a plate of Italian chicken wings

Italian Wings and more Wing Recipes

this is Italian Goulash in a white square dish with grated cheese and parsley

Italian Goulash

this is a stovetop sauce pot filled with cannellini beans and escarole

Greens and Beans

these are meatballs frying in a pan

Fried Meatballs

this is chicken parmesan with angel hair pasta on a white plate

Chicken Parmesan

these are cube steaks with peppers and mushrooms in a rich tomato sauce

Sauce Steak with Peppers

these are Italian seasoned chicken fingers

Italian Style Chicken Fingers

this is a bowl of Chicken soup

Grandma's Chicken Soup

This is a ricotta zucchini casserole

Zucchini Casserole

this is a baked stuffed pizza dough called stromboli


this is fried pizza dough with sugar on top

Fried Dough

this is a mousse made with ricotta cheese  with pistachios and cherry on top

Cannoli Mousse

these are half moon cookies and a recipe from Utica New York area

Half Moon Cookies

this is a baked pie made with cannoli filling and topped with whipped cream and mini chocolate chips

Cannoli Pie

these are a popular Italian cookie with lemon or anise flavoring found on most Italian wedding trays

Grandma's Wedding Tray Italian Cookies

this a baked eggs in a pie plate called baked frittata

Mom's Breakfast Frittata

Pin for later 25 Best Italian Loved Family Recipes

pin for later Italian food roundup

Disclosure: This recipe was originally shared in 2014. It was edited and re-published in 2020.


  1. What a fine list of Italian goodies.

  2. Oh wow... what a collection. I love Italian foods. I will definitely make something from this list.

  3. There is nothing better than a good Italian dish. There are so many good ones to choose from here, you did all the hard work for me! I am going to start with the breakfast Frittata!

  4. So many of my family's favourites here!

  5. What a fabulous collection of Italian American recipes. Love Italian food.. anytime!

  6. So many great recipes here! Everything looks wonderful. Now, which recipe to start with?


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