9 Popular Italian-American Dishes to Make for Dinner

Italian food is one of the best kinds of foods to enjoy. From pasta and vegetables to chicken and seafood the possibilities always seem endless and most certainly delicious. You can make them even more rich and savory by looking up some of the combined Italian and American foods. And no, we're not just talking about Fettucine alfredo. Here's a collection of our favorite Italian-American recipes.

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    Pasta With Meat Sauce (Bolognese)

    Pasta with Meat Sauce

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    This hearty meat sauce, made with ground beef and pork, would be wonderful paired with rigatoni or tagliatelle (ribbon pasta just slightly wider than fettuccine), but it also goes well with a variety of pasta shapes that trap the savory sauce, like shells or farfalle.

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    Garlic Lemon Shrimp With Pasta

    Garlic Lemon Shrimp with Pasta

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    This garlicky shrimp recipe is simple, delicious and so easy to make that it will quickly become one of your go-to dishes. The beauty of this dish is that it can be served many ways: tossed with pasta as it is here, or over rice, couscous, or plain with a side of crusty herb buttered bread. No matter how you serve this dish, it's guaranteed to be a hit.

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    Easy Chicken Parmesan Bake


    This ingenious chicken Parmesan requires no breading, no frying, and only takes minutes to put together. Since there is no fried coating in this chicken Parmesan recipe it's much lower in calories and fat. The crouton crust serves double-duty by soaking in the sauce and chicken juices, as well as forming a crispy, cheesy topping.

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    Braised Veal Shanks

    Braised Veal Shanks

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    Meaty veal shanks turn meltingly tender when braised slowly in wine and vegetables. Plus they each hold a delectable nugget of marrow in the hollow bone. Serve the shanks over buttered egg noodles or fettuccine and be sure to include a tiny spoon for scooping out the marrow. This dish is called Osso Buco in Italy, which means hollow bone.

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    Eggplant Parmesan


    Many people complain that the eggplant in their eggplant parmigiana turns out soggy and oil-soaked. This recipe solves that problem by salting the eggplant ahead of time to draw out the water and leaves the eggplant crisper.

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    Easy Lemon Chicken (Picatta)

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    The fresh, clean taste of lemon chicken is good served all year round. Lemon does as much for chicken as it does for fish as you'll see with this recipe. The lemon shines through and highlights the other flavors in this dish as well.

    The best part about this lemon chicken recipe is that it's ready in under 30 minutes, and it can also be easily doubled to feed more.

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    The Ultimate Meat Lasagna


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    This ultimate lasagna recipe has twice the meat and cheese filling as most recipes making this lasagna really ultimate!

    Once your sauce is made, and your lasagna noodles are cooked, putting this famous Italian-American casserole together really isn't too hard. This is a perfect choice for feeding large groups.

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    Pasta With Red Clam Sauce Recipe


    The Spruce / John Mitzewich

    Whether it's spaghetti, linguine, or fettuccini—pasta with red clam sauce is a classic dish in Italian-American restaurants from coast to coast. Pasta with red clam sauce is an easy recipe to make at home, so there is no need to go out to enjoy this delicious seafood pasta.