Italian Christmas Recipes

If a traditional Italian Christmas dinner is what you're after, look no further. These recipes offer a variety of age-old traditions, as well as fresh takes on favorites that will have you wishing for an Italian feast every night.
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Pasta with Mussels & Vodka Cream Sauce

pasta with mussels and vodka cream sauce

This cream sauce is already so decadent and delicious, but there’s peas and pancetta mixed in, too!

Recipe: Try our Pasta with Mussels and Vodka Cream Sauce

Crispy Fried-Cod Bites

Crispy Fried-Cod Bites

Baccala, or salted and dried cod, is an Italian Christmas Eve tradition. Change things up this year with this recipe.

Recipe: Try our Crispy Fried-Cod Bites

Lemon Cream Shrimp Scampi

lemon cream shrimp scampi

Serve this scampi up with some crusty bread!

Recipe: Try our Lemon Cream Shrimp Scampi

Cornmeal-Crusted Calamari

Cornmeal-Crusted Calamari

The best thing about this calamari? It's baked in the oven, not fried— so it's practically guilt-free!

Recipe: Try our Cornmeal-Crusted Calamari

Linguine & Mussels alla Diavola

Linguine and Mussels alla Diavola

Serve this dish with garlic bread!

Recipe: Try our Linguine & Mussels alla Diavola

Mussels in Spicy Broth

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Crushed red pepper gives this dish its spicy kick.

Recipe: Try our Mussels in Spicy Broth

Santa-Pasti Wreath

Santa-Pasti Wreath

This antipasti platter is St. Nick-approved!

Recipe: Try our Santa-Pasti Wreath

Lasagna Bolognese

Lasagna Bolognese

Lasagna + Bolognese is the Italian mashup of your dreams!

Recipe: Try our Lasagna Bolognese

Vegetable Lasagna

Vegetable Lasagna

The perfect hearty main for all the veggie lovers at your table.

Recipe: Try our Vegetable Lasagna

Gnocchi alla Senese

Gnocchi alla Senese

The secret ingredient is...Vin Santo!

Recipe: Try our Gnocchi alla Senese

Pasta alla Norma

Pasta alla Norma

This classic Sicilian dish mirrors the colors of Christmas!

Recipe: Try our Pasta alla Norma

Antipasti Chopped Salad

Antipasti Chopped Salad

Start the meal off with a little antipasti!

Recipe: Try our Antipasti Chopped Salad

Lemon Panna Cotta

lemon panna cotta

The perfect palette cleanser after a decadent dinner.

Recipe: Try our Lemon Panna Cotta

White Clam Pizza

White Clam Pizza

Cut your pie into bite-sized pieces for an easy appetizer.

Recipe: Try our White Clam Pizza

Fat Spaghetti with Frutti di Mare

Fat Spaghetti with Frutti di Mare

Calamari, clams, lobster and shrimp—it doesn't get any fresher than this!

Recipe: Try our Fat Spaghetti with Frutti di Mare

The Panettone

The Panettone

This panettone cocktail tastes just like the dessert it’s named after!

Recipe: Try The Pannettone

Italian Egg Drop Soup with Meatballs

italian egg drop soup with meatballs

Meatballs are essential to an Italian diet. Start your Christmas dinner off right with a bowl of this hearty soup.

Recipe: Try our Italian Egg Drop Soup with Meatballs

Cavatelli with Sausage, Eggplant & Saffron Cream

Cavatelli with Sausage, Eggplant and Saffron Cream

Add instant flair to your meal with interesting noodles. Cavatelli mixes great with any ingredients. We chose sausage and eggplant but mix-and-match as you like!

Recipe: Try our Cavatelli with Sausage, Eggplant and Saffron Cream

Italian Flag Halibut

italian flag halibut

A traditional Italian Christmas dinner includes seven different types of fish. Add a punch of color with this vegetable and halibut entrée.

Recipe: Try our Italian Flag Halibut

Rigatoni with Lamb

rigatoni with lamb

This cheese-topped pasta will have friends and family coming back for seconds (and thirds). Pair with a light, refreshing salad for a well-rounded meal.

Recipe: Try our Rigatoni with Lamb

Christmas Pasta

Christmas Pasta

It wouldn't be Christmas dinner without a holiday-induced food coma post-dinner. The toppings on this dish seem endless (and you'll never want the meal to end)!

Recipe: Try our Christmas Pasta

Creole Butter Roasted Capon

creole butter roasted capon

Capon—a specifically fattened bird for eating—is a traditional Christmastime entrée in Italian culture. Tip: Use your leftovers for post-holiday sandwiches, throw it in a salad or use it in a potpie.

Recipe: Try our Creole Butter Roasted Capon

Cod with Eggplant Tomatoes & Basil

cod with eggplant tomatoes and basil

Here's a fresh twist on a traditional Italian dried cod dish. Serve the fish on a bed of couscous seasoned with olive oil and salt.

Recipe: Try our Cod with Eggplant Tomatoes & Basil

Spicy Marinated Olives

spicy marinated olives

Spicy olives make a great appetizer. Seasoned with fresh herbs, citrus and crushed red pepper, these bite-size delights are perfect for munching while waiting for the rest of dinner to cook.

Recipe: Try our Spicy Marinated Olives

Italian Meatballs with Bruschetta

italian meatballs with bruschetta

Give traditional bruschetta an Italian kick! These meatballs add a little spice and everything nice to a crowd-pleasing dish.

Recipe: Try our Italian Meatballs with Bruschetta

Broccoli Rabe Pugliese

broccoli rabe pugliese

This recipe from chef Mario Batali is inspired by the food of Italy's Puglia region. Pair it with a turkey or fish dish.

Recipe: Try our Broccoli Rabe Pugliese

Italian Sausage Supper Stuffing

italian sausage supper stuffing

Pack sausage, peppers, tomatoes and cheese into this satisfying stuffing supper.

Recipe: Try our Italian Sausage Supper Stuffing

Italian Gnocchi with Pomodoro Sauce

Italian Gnocchi with Pomodoro Sauce

Try this potato-based Italian favorite for a filling main course. Tip: Buy store bought gnocchi if you're short on time.

Recipe: Try our Italian Gnocchi with Pomodoro Sauce

Salmon Salad

salmon salad

Continue the traditional fishy feast with this Salmon Salad. It's a lighter dish to make sure you get through all seven courses!

Recipe: Try our Salmon Salad

Figs with Ricotta & Honey

figs with ricotta and honey

These sweet stuffed figs come together in no time and make a great dessert for big groups. Make sure to keep extras on hand -- they'll disappear quicker than you can make them!

Recipe: Try our Figs with Ricotta & Honey

Marzipan Mice

marzipan mice

Traditionally, Italians will serve marzipan fruit or vegetables. For a modern twist, make these marzipan mice. Kids and adults alike will eat them up!

Recipe: Try our Marzipan Mice

Italian Cheesecake with Cranberry Compote

italian cheesecake with cranberry compote

Finish your holiday meal off strong with this traditional Italian dessert. The rich cake and sweet cranberry compote compliment each other perfectly.

Recipe: Try our Italian Cheesecake with Cranberry Compote

Wine-Roasted Pears and Grapes

wine-roasted pears and grapes

Turbinado sugar crystals add an unexpected crunch to the creme fraiche-topped traditional Italian dessert.

Recipe: Try our Wine-Roasted Pears and Grapes

Bring on the Apps

12 Bruschetta Recipes

Now that you have the main meal planned it's time to come up with some munchies to complete the Christmas menu. Check out our 12 variations of bruschetta.

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