Impress Mom with One of These Easy Italian Recipes for Mother’s Day!

Let Mom sit back and enjoy one of these easy Italian recipes for Mother’s Day! She doesn’t need to know it was easy, because each of these recipes have that exotic Italian flair that will transport Mom to Italy after one bite. Let’s go!

Caprese Pasta with Fresh Mozzarella, Parmigiano and Basil!

Looking for something fresh for Mom for her special day? This pasta is sooooo fast and so easy! Can you boil a tomato for 1 minute to remove the skin? You can make this recipe! What makes it special are those fine Italian ingredients you might not purchase every day: fresh (water packed) mozzarella and parmigiano reggiano cheese. Buy it already grated to make this dish super fast.

‘Caprese’ Style Pasta—a common Italian spring and summer pasta recipe with no traditional name
Pasta with Fresh Tomato Sauce, Mozzarella and Basil
Fast and fresh tomato sauce for pasta—the Italian way! Fresh tomatoes, Parmigiano Reggiano and extra-virgin olive oil make this dish both delicious and nutritious. Fast, easy and perfect for a hot day.
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Gnocchi alla Romana —So Easy!

Does Mom like grits, polenta or cream of wheat? Then she will LOVE Roman Style Gnocchi—which has to be the easiest Italian pasta recipe! There are no potatoes in this gnocchi, because the traditional Gnocchi alla Romana are made with the same basic ingredient as Cream of Wheat: Semolina!

If you can prepare grits, polenta or cream of wheat… and if you have a simple round cookie cutter, you can make Mom the ultimate comfort food for Mother’s Day! Nonna Lulu will show you how—step by step— in the accompanying video recipe.

Gnocchi alla Romana!
Semolina Gnocchi Recipe
The ultimate comfort food, Gnocchi alla Romana bears almost no resemblance to the more well-known potato gnocchi. However, Gnocchi Alla Romana is a traditional Italian recipe that is incredibly satisfying as a lunch, dinner or even as an appetizer. If you like grits, polenta or porridge, you’ll love this dish!
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Semolina Gnocchi Recipe

Spaghetti alla Puttanesca

This traditional dish from Naples is perfect for the Mom who enjoys a tasty tomato sauce, olives and capers. It’s virtually impossible to screw up this dish, making it perfect for the beginner cook. Just don’t tell Mom that ‘puttanesca’ means ‘whore-ish’ in Italian…

Spaghetti alla Puttanesca Recipe: Authentic Italian!
A classic pasta dish from Naples, this traditional Spaghetti alla Puttanesca recipe is so satisfying and easy to whip up in minutes.
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Spaghetti alla Nerano (Zucchini and Provolone Spaghetti)

Did Mom like that Stanley Tucci documentary about Italy? Make her one of the featured Italian pasta recipes! Save yourself time though by purchasing zucchini chips (lightly salted, no other flavoring) instead of frying the zucchini yourself. If you aren’t frying zucchini, this is a very easy recipe.

Spaghetti alla Nerano
Spaghetti Alla Nerano Recipe: Pasta with Zucchini and Provolone
This authentic Spaghetti alla Nerano recipe is from Nerano near Naples! This famous Italian pasta recipe features provolone cheese and a secret ingredient: fried zucchini! It's a cheesy pasta with an unforgettable umami flavor.

Baked Sea Bass Recipe with Oven Roasted Potatoes and Tomatoes

Does Mom love fish, as long as it is not too strong tasting? You can’t go wrong with this Baked Sea Bass recipe from the Italian island of Sardegna. Prepare some facts about this island Mom has never heard of and you also have perfect lunch or dinner conversation 😉

If Mom doesn’t like to eat anything with eyes, use sea bass fillets and wrap the fish in parchment paper before popping it in the oven.

Baked Sea Bass … a recipe from the Italian island of Sardegna!
Baked Sea Bass with Herbed Roasted Potatoes
A whole sea bass roasted with a blend of fresh Italian herbs, tomato and laid on a bed of crispy roasted potatoes. Substitute any type of sea bass (spigola or branzino). Seriously good eats from the Italian island of Sardinia (Sardegna)!
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