15 Italian Sunday Dinner Recipes

15 Italian Sunday Dinner Recipes

Some of my Italian dinner favorites, inspired by la dolce vita.

Romanesco, the Lady Gaga of Broccoli

Romanesco, the Lady Gaga of Broccoli

Unapologetic, captivating, a bit peculiar. Romanesco is unlike any vegetable you've ever seen. In this dish, it's combined with the classic Cacio e Pepe (cheese and pepper) to make a properly Roman pasta dish.

Pancetta Mac-n-Cheese

Pancetta Mac-n-Cheese

This is everything I ever wanted in macaroni and cheese…and more. It is insanely saucy. Astoundingly ooey, gooey, creamy, and cheesy. A goldmine of crispy bits of house-made pancetta are buried throughout. And a crust of buttery breadcrumbs freckled with herbs makes it all crunch on top.

Pasta with Veggies, Sausage, and Cream

Pasta with Veggies, Sausage, and Cream

A hearty pasta dish inspired by the bountiful markets of Bologna, Pasta con Verdure, Salsiccia, e Panna is brimming with sautà©ed veggies, beefed up with sausage, and finished with thick cream.

Pasta Puttanesca

Pasta Puttanesca

A quick and easy pasta dish full of vibrant, sassy flavors (purportedly invented by "ladies of the night" who lured in customers with the scent of this simmering away)

Tomatoes: An Addiction (Early Girl Tomato Sauce)

Tomatoes: An Addiction (Early Girl Tomato Sauce)

An Early Girl tomato "Scorpacciata" (feeding frenzy).

Spaghetti and Meatballs

Spaghetti and Meatballs

Inspiration for this comfort meal: Marcela Hazan’s much-touted recipe for Tomato Sauce with Butter and Onion, meatball recipe combining the secrets of more than one Italian nonna, and a craving for The Godfather.

SF Chefs 2010: SPQR’s Matt Accarrino Demo

SF Chefs 2010: SPQR’s Matt Accarrino Demo

SPQR's Matt Accarino shares his recipe for fresh Squid Ink Pasta with Dungeness Crab, sweet peppers and basil.

Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese with Sage and Gingersnap-Pecan Crust

Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese with Sage and Gingersnap-Pecan Crust

Gooey, cheesy, warm, and indulgent. The inspiration for this twist on the classic mac n’ cheese comes from a haunting dish from Mantua, Tortelli di Zucca (handmade ravioli stuffed with velvety pumpkin puree, crushed almondy Amaretti cookies, and a hint of spices).

Roasted Beet Inspiration from Pasta Sfoglia

Roasted Beet Inspiration from Pasta Sfoglia

Whole Wheat Spaghetti with Roasted Beets, Toasted Walnuts, Brown Butter, and Boursin Cheese: clean, earthy, wholesome...and stunningly beautiful.