7 Italian dinner ideas that aren’t pasta

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7 Italian dinner ideas that aren’t pasta

Pasta is a versatile crowd favourite that many cook quick at least once a week, but Italy and all its regions have tons more mouth-watering dishes to offer. If you’re all pasta-ed out, here are a few recipes you’re going to love.

Mix up your weekly meals with new recipes that will take you on a trip to Italy, from gnudi and gnocchi, to classics like pizza and melanzane. These recipes are a mix of meat-free, carb overload and, even dessert.


This restaurant-worthy starter consists of thinly sliced beef and a punchy chilli-and-lime sauce. If you’re cooking to impress, this is a winner.

Get the recipe for beef carpaccio with coriander, chilli and lime here.


This is undoubtedly the most recognisable Italian dish. It’s a crowd-pleaser that never disappoints. This recipe may keep things simple with classic Italian ingredients like tomatoes, basil and mozzarella, but it delivers on flavour.

Get the recipe for easy Caprese pizza here.


Not to be confused with gnocchi, gnudi are spinach-and-ricotta dumplings. They’re perfect for serving as a starter, but we think they’re exceptionally glorious in this tomato-based sauce with borlotti beans.

Get the recipe for basil gnudi with borlotti beans here.


Not all ragùs are slow-cooked chunks of meat. This one is a mixture of mushrooms braised in a rich tomato sauce. And if you’re still not confident cooking polenta, this no-stir, baked version is your new go-to.

Get the recipe for mushroom ragù with no stir baked polenta here.


Meat-free, cheesy and saucy. This classic baked brinjal dish wins everyone over. If you’re looking for sneaky ways to get the kids to eat more veggies, you’ve found the perfect recipe.

Get the recipe for quick-and-easy melazane here.


Just when you thought potatoes couldn’t get any more exciting, enter gnocchi. These pillowy soft potato dumplings are the answer to a quick-and-easy Italian supper. If you’re up to it, you can make your gnocchi from scratch but store-bought gnocchi works perfectly.

Get the recipe for olive, caper, mozzarella and basil one-pot gnocchi here.


This creamy rice dish is what dreams are made of. This dish requires a little bit of elbow grease, but the effort is 100% worth it. It’s perfect for date night at home or if you want to indulge.

Get the recipe for leek risotto here.

Find more Italian recipes here. 

Lesego Madisa Article by: Lesego Madisa

TASTE's commercial content producer loves thrifty recipes, fridge foraging and never says "no" to cake. When she's not flipping through the pages of food mags and cookbooks, she's happily baking and knitting in her tiny apartment.

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