7 Most Popular Italian Christmas Dishes

Italian food has become very popular in recent years. People worldwide enjoy its rich history, culture, and delicious taste. In addition to being a source of national pride, Italian cuisine offers many health benefits. If you want to incorporate Italian ingredients into your diet for Christmas, check out these seven delicious Italian dishes.

1. Braciole

Braciole uses short ribs that have been slow cooked until tender. Then they are thinly sliced and rolled around a filling. You may also use turkey bacon, pepperoni, or chicken sausage.

 2. Carbonara

Carbonara is a traditional pasta dish that originated in Italy. Other variations include adding mushrooms, onions, garlic, and peppers. This dish is traditionally made with guanciale (cured pork cheek), though bacon or pancetta would work well too.

 3. Chicken Marsala

Chicken marsala consists of boneless chicken breast meat marinated in wine and herbs, then slowly simmered until tender. A classic combination includes white wine, butter, lemon juice, garlic, and parsley, but any herbs and spices you prefer will do just fine. Serve over penne pasta.

 4. Lasagna

Lasagna is a layered casserole dish consisting of ground beef, ricotta cheese, eggs, and tomato sauce. It’s typically baked or grilled before serving.

 5. Meatloaf

Meatloaf is a mixture of ground beef, bread crumbs, milk, eggs, seasonings, and chopped vegetables. After mixing, the mixture is shaped into a loaf and then pan-fried or broiled.

 6. Ravioli

Ravioli is a small ball of dough stuffed with a favorite filling, typically cheese or spinach. These balls are formed, filled, folded, and sealed. They are often baked or fried after being boiled first.

 7. Spaghetti Bolognese

Spaghetti bolognese is a hearty stew featuring ground beef, tomatoes, and red wine. Topped with parmesan cheese, it is perfect as a meal on its own or as a side dish.

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