Italian Christmas Recipes - Rachael Ray Every Day

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 and Vodka Cream Sauce

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

pasta with mussels and vodka cream sauce

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Crispy Fried-Cod Bites

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

Crispy Fried-Cod Bites

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Lemon Cream Shrimp Scampi

Serve this scampi up with some crusty bread!

lemon cream shrimp scampi

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Cornmeal-Crusted Calamari

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

Cornmeal-Crusted Calamari

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Linguine & Mussels alla Diavola

Serve this dish with garlic bread!

Linguine and Mussels alla Diavola

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Mussels in Spicy Broth

Crushed red pepper gives this dish its spicy kick. 

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Santa-Pasti Wreath

This antipasti platter is St. Nick-approved!

Santa-Pasti Wreath

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Lasagna Bolognese

Lasagna + Bolognese is the Italian mashup of your dreams!

Lasagna Bolognese

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Vegetable Lasagna

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

Vegetable Lasagna

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Gnocchi alla Senese

The secret ingredient is...Vin Santo! 

Gnocchi alla Senese

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Pasta alla Norma

This classic Sicilian dish mirrors the colors of Christmas! 

Pasta alla Norma

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Antipasti Chopped Salad

Start the meal off with a little antipasti! 

Antipasti Chopped Salad

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Lemon Panna Cotta

The perfect palette cleanser after a decadent dinner. 

lemon panna cotta

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White Clam Pizza

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

White Clam Pizza

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Fat Spaghetti with Frutti di Mare

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

Fat Spaghetti with Frutti di Mare

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The Panettone

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

The Panettone

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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.

italian egg drop soup with meatballs

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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!

Cavatelli with Sausage, Eggplant and Saffron Cream

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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.

italian flag halibut

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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.

rigatoni with lamb

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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)!

Christmas Pasta

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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.

creole butter roasted capon

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Cod with Eggplant Tomatoes & 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.

cod with eggplant tomatoes and basil

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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.

spicy marinated olives

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Italian Meatballs with Bruschetta

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

italian meatballs with bruschetta

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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.

broccoli rabe pugliese

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Italian Sausage Supper Stuffing

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

italian sausage supper stuffing

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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.

Italian Gnocchi with Pomodoro Sauce

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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!

salmon salad

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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!

figs with ricotta and honey

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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!

marzipan mice

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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.

italian cheesecake with cranberry compote

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Wine-Roasted Pears and Grapes

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

wine-roasted pears and grapes

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Bring on the Apps

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.

12 Bruschetta Recipes

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