Best Italian Easter Recipe Roundup

Saturday, April 3, 2021
Easter is such a fun time for kids and the young at heart and remembering for our blessing as we join with family and friends.

Although we can't post every single classic recipe here, we have a roundup of Italian tried and true recipes made year after year.

As the years past and the family seem to get smaller from moving or those who pass on, we still make many of the traditional foods mom brought us up on.

Mom would usually start out with Pizza Rustica a deep dish meat and cheese pie, then Grain/Rice pie those two were here specialty along with Cassata which is always noticed made for dessert.

Here in our Italian family, we carry on many food traditions from Easter side dishes, large Italian meals, and fun delicious Easter Desserts.

Over the years, Mom, Grandma, Dad, and all our family gathered around for many years to celebrate their special Regional dishes from childhood,

For Catholics, Easter is the celebration of Christ's resurrection from the dead and our family was dedicated to these traditional values.

It is celebrated on Sunday and marks the end of Holy Week, the end of Lent comes at the end of 40 days of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving known as Lent.

Here is a roundup of recipes we enjoyed through the years to celebrate this day with family and friends.

The kids just love all the fun foods that are colorful and yummy and the love we all shared preparing them.

Come stroll through a typical Italian Easter Sunday with me.

this is a collage of Italian Easter Traditionally foods made on Easter Sunday

Easter and Some Catholic Traditions

Traditional family activities vary by region.

In the United States, many children often hunt for Easter eggs, which are often brightly dyed hard-boiled eggs, though they can be plastic eggs filled with candy or small denominations of money.

Candy is a traditional gift for Easter as children often break their Lenten fasts with sugary sweets.

Adults tend to share bouquets of flowers, and all the women wore a corsage from my dad.

Back in the 1960s, we all got dressed to the nines as they say with Easter bonnets and brand-new suits and dresses.

this is a homemade bread made at Easter time that has anisette flavoring and a boiled egg. It's made with eggs and frosted. This is grandma's recipe over 100 years old.

Fabulous Memories

Our holidays were always great memories and fun times back then and now we carry on traditions.

After church, we all gather for a huge family meal.

Every year Mom, grandma, and aunt would make our favorites, usually soups, homemade pasta or some a huge assortment of delicious cookies and pastries.

Following Easter Sunday, the season of Easter begins and lasts for seven weeks, ending with Pentecost.

This is a bowl of wedding soup with little pastine in it and escarole, carrots in a chicken broth.

Wedding Soup with Tortellini

honey ham glazed recipe

Honey Ham

homemade pasta called cavatelli which is made from flour and ricotta with sauce and meatballs

Homemade Cavatelli

This is a leg of lamb marinated and baked usually made at Easter time after lent

Leg of Lamb

this is a recipe for homemade lasagna and this is photo of it

Mom's Lasagna

This is how to make Italian tomato sauce and dipping a piece of bread to taste if its seasoned correctly

Traditional Sunday Sauce

this is a collage of how to make stuffed Italian artichokes

Italian Stuffed Artichokes

this is asparagus wrapped in phyllo dough

Prosciutto Asparagus Spirals

Baked zucchini sticks are a delicious vegetables baked with panko bread crumbs and dipped in marinara sauce in my Easter Roundup

Baked Zucchini Fries

Grandma's anisette flavored Easter Bread with boiled eggs in the center

Grandma's Easter Bread

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these are ice cream cone baskets for Easter filled with cake, frosting and jelly beans

Ice Cream Cone Cupcake Baskets

these are deviled eggs on a colorful egg tray for Easter

Deviled Eggs

this is rice sauteed with almonds recipe

Rice Almondine

these are twice baked sweet potatoes

Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes

this is homemade sausage roll from scratch

Mom's Sausage Roll

this is Pizza Rustica made at Easter in Italian homes

Easter Pizza Rustica

these are naturally dyed eggs that are crackeled

Natural Egg Art

these are parmesan crusted potato wedges

Parmesan Crust Baked Potato Wedges

this is an Italian Ricotta Cassata which is a cheesecake made at Easter time in an Italian household

Mom's Italian Cassata Cheesecake

these are pudding filled cookie pastry often found in famous bakeries in Utica New York called Pusties

Italian Pusties

homemade pizza made with a recipe for homemade pizza dough

Homemade Pizza Dough

this is an appetizer with several Italian items called antipasto

Antipasto Tray

This is how to make Italian Lemon Ice

Italian Lemon Ice

Homemade Italian Pasta Recipes

Homemade gnocchi
Homemade egg noodles
Homemade manicotti
Homemade ravioli
Homemade cavatelli
Homemade orecchiette
Stuffed Shells
Mom's Lasagna

Best Easter Recipe Roundup Pin for Later

this is a pin for later collage of Italian Easter Recipes

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Disclosure: This recipe was originally shared in 2015. It was edited and re-published in 2021.


  1. What a marvelous roundup, Claudia! I'd love to have them all on my Easter table!!!

  2. Dear Claudia, Thank you so much for putting this together! Wishing you and your dear ones a blessed and joyous Easter. xo, Catherine

  3. Everything looks so good. I want to make all the recipes. Great Easter recipe post.

  4. Such a fabulous Easter post! I am getting lots of recipe ideas! Happy Easter! Thank you for including my Deviled Eggs! Nettie

  5. We just got invited to an Easter brunch so I've been on the hunt for some recipe ideas! Thank you!

  6. I probably shouldn't have looked at this at 8am before I had breakfast!! So hungry now! That pasta, OMG I want it for breakfast now. :(

  7. Everything here looks fantastic! Such a great spread for Easter brunch!

  8. So many delicious things here, love the sound of that honey ham!

  9. So many great ideas for the Easter feast! Delish!

  10. Claudia; what a delightful Easter
    spread. Thank you for all the great menu idea's .
    Wishing you and Nemo and your whole family in entirety a Blessed Good Friday and Easter!
    Your friends Gary and Shari Bigger .

  11. Girrrrrrrlll! I'd love love love to sit at your EAster table!! xo

  12. I'm heading to your house for Easter! I'd eat that ham all by myself I think!

  13. Oh wow!!! One of each please! Looks delicious!

  14. Bintu | Recipes From A PantryMarch 24, 2019 at 6:28 AM

    What a great selection of Easter recipes! I'm not sure which one I would want to try first!

  15. I loved hearing about all your Easter traditions. I remember when I was younger that all the family gathered together, Grandmas, Aunts, Uncles, cousins and we would have leg of lamb and other favorites. Now I carry on the tradition with hunting the Easter eggs and making an Easter braid like yours. Easter brings smiles to all our faces. Thanks for the yummy recipe collection.

  16. These are some great Easter ideas. Thanks for the inspiration!

  17. What a wonderful variety of recipes. Will definitely have to try some of these this coming Easter. Thanks for sharing.

  18. Whenever I think of Easter, I always think about deviled eggs and ham LOL. Also great to see lamb on this list, everything looks so yummy.

  19. I love this round up. I get so excited to cook for my family the fun things then blank out on what to do! I especially loved the blue bunny in the martini glass - genius!

  20. We loved Easter as children and the egg hunts and dyeing of eggs was so much fun. I'd love any of these recipes for our Easter!

  21. What a great collection. I love family recipes too!!


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