What’s a Friday night without an Italian dinner, right? Italian meals are perfect any day of the week. Today on Family Food Live, 5 Traditional Italian Recipes for Dinner Tonight!

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Easy Garlic Bread

The best compliment to any Italian dish is this Easy Garlic Bread recipe.  It’s super easy and really yummy!



Shopping List

  • 1 pound Seashell pasta
  • 1/4 pound Genoa Salami, chopped
  • 1/2 pound Asiago Cheese, diced
  • 1 6-oz can Black Olives, drained and chopped
  • 1 Green Pepper, chopped
  • Tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 .7-oz package Dry Italian Style Salad dressing mix
  • 3/4 cup Olive Oil
  • 1/4 cup Balsamic Vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons Dried Oregano
  • 1 tablespoon Dried Parsley
  • 1 tablespoon grated Parmesan Cheese
  • Salt & Pepper to taste


  • Follow directions to cook the pasta until al dente (slightly undercooked) drain and rinse with cool water
  • In a bowl, combine the pasta, salami, Asiago cheese, black olives, green bell pepper and tomatoes
  • Stir in the Italian Style salad dressing mix, cover and refrigerate for at least one hour
  • To prepare the dressing, whisk together the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, oregano, parsley, Parmesan cheese, salt & pepper.
  • Pour over salad just before serving.

Pasta Salad with Tomatoes and Basil

Shopping List:

  • 1 box Farfalle pasta
  • 3 large Tomatoes, cored, seeded and cut into slices
  • 1/4 cup Olive Oil
  • Garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4 cup Fresh Basil, shredded
  • 3/4 teaspoon Salt
  • Pepper to taste


  • In a large pot, cook the pasta in salted water. Follow instructions for al dente pasta (slightly undercooked)
  • While pasta is cooking, combine the tomatoes, olive oil, garlic, basil 3/4 teaspoon salt and pepper in a large bowl
  • Add drained pasta to the tomatoes mixture and mix
  • Serve immediately

Stuffed Shells

I love all Italian food, but one of my favorites is this Stuffed Shells recipe! The creamy cheese mixture would work for other Italian favorites too.

Italian Cookies

Shopping List:

  • 1/2 cup Butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 3 Eggs
  • 2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
  • 3 cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 3 teaspoons Baking Powder


  • Preheat oven to 350° and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or a liner
  • In a large bowl, mix together the butter and sugar. Add the egg and vanilla and combine.
  • In a separate bowl, combine the flour and baking powder
  • Stir the dry ingredients into the egg mixture until well combined
  • Divide dough and roll each piece into a rope and then shape into a loop
  • Place cookies on cookie sheet
  • Bake for 8-10 minutes until the cookies are firm and golden around the edges

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