Our Favorite Italian Recipes That Aren’t Spaghetti

You suggest Italian tonight and the kids say pizza. Again.

Or spaghetti and meatballs.

There’s nothing wrong with spaghetti and meatballs, of course. It’s just that it’s the only Italian dish that the kids will entertain.

Let’s broaden their horizons! These 5 delicious dishes will prime their palettes and prove that Italian food is WAY more than just spaghetti and meatballs.

Bonus: These recipes are easy to make and take almost no time.

  1. Cold Cut Rotini Salad

  2. This colorful Cold Cut Rotini Salad is a creative combination of flavors that pairs well with almost any meat. It’s a side dish easy to make but so tasty that it just might steal the show.

  3. Slow Cooker Chicken Italiano

  4. You can prep this meal in just minutes before setting it on the oven for a few hours. And best of all, your kids still get some of that spaghetti they’re always wanting. Fair warning: Because this recipe is so good, they may only want chicken served Italiano going forward!

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  5. Italian Sandwich

  6. It’s four sandwiches in just five minutes, a recipe any mom can endorse. These sandwiches are packed with flavor and look just as good as they taste, making for a super easy sell to the kids.

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  7. Beef Calzone

  8. For something a little meatier, try these Beef Calzones. They’re quick to prep and your family can be munching in under an hour. A tasty red sauce to pair will quickly make these a family favorite.

  9. Focaccia Sandwich

  10. Pronounced “foe-cache-uh,” this satisfying sandwich takes only five minutes to prep and serves eight to 12 people. This combination of tasty Italian meats and bread will bring the taste of Italy to your dinner table!

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