Friday, April 1, 2022

Top 20 Italian Easter Recipes

Our Italian Easter recipes are favorites for mains, sides and desserts that you can make for an authentic holiday meal. These ideas may be different from the traditional Easter ham or lamb you typically serve, but they are definitely scrumptious Italian favorites of ours, and we think you’ll love them too!!

Serving a glazed ham for Easter is a classic tradition for many people. But, this year, the cost of a holiday ham is very expensive, so we thought you might want to consider options that are more budget-friendly.

Top Italian Easter Recipes

Thanks to my heritage, classic Italian meals are on my mind pretty often. And seriously, who wouldn’t love a hearty, flavorful Italian Easter dinner? One thing is for sure - These recipes are perfect for feeding a crowd!!

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Easy, right? Have fun browsing… Chad, Munchkin and I wish you a blessed Easter!

Italian Easter Menu

First up are our favorite recipes for sweet and savory Italian bread and rolls. They are perfect with everything and anything you end up serving at your Easter table, even if it isn’t a classic Italian dish!

Sweet and Savory Breads and Rolls

italian easter recipes - Italian Easter Bread

Pane di Pasqua, which literally translates to “Easter bread,” has long been a staple on spring holiday tables across Italy. Deliciously tender and lightly sweet, these braided wreaths are like a festive present for each of your guests!


Instead of purchasing bottles of food coloring to dye your eggs, consider using natural food colors! Beet juice will give a beautiful red color, spinach or parsley creates light green, and turmeric creates a golden glow!

italian easter dinner - cinnabon cinnamon rolls

This may not be an authentic Italian Easter recipe, but nobody can resist the ooey gooey goodness of warm cinnamon rolls with cream cheese frosting!! They’re perfect with a cup of coffee on Easter morning.

italian easter menu - bombolini

Bomboloni donuts are crunchy fried treats filled with a rich Italian pastry cream that explodes out of every bite. They’re an irresistibly scrumptious Easter breakfast treat!!

italian easter recipes - Olive Garden Breadsticks

No Italian Easter meal is complete without bread, and these usually disappear from the basket first! The soft breadsticks are a snap to make ahead to save time, too.

Italian Easter Dinner or Lunch Sides

From soups and salads to fresh veggies and pasta salads, these healthy Easter side dishes will fill you up, and they’re delicious!

italian easter dinner - strawberry panzanella salad

Panzanella is a Tuscan chopped salad of soaked day old bread, onions and tomatoes. Our version includes fresh strawberries and cheese, making it one of our favorite springtime, Italian Easter recipes!

italian easter menu - antipasto pasta salad

Antipasto Pasta Salad

Antipasto is often found on an Italian Easter menu. This twist adds tortellini pasta and a tangy vinaigrette to the Italian meats and cheeses. You could serve it as an appetizer, side salad or even a main dish!

italian easter recipes - arancini

We absolutely LOVE arancini - it’s cheesy risotto that’s breaded and fried. YUM! Make a huge batch so you can freeze some because they’re perfect as a snack or appetizer any time of the year.

italian easter dinner - minestrone soup

This is one of our favorite Olive Garden™ soups!! The recipe is budget-friendly and can be customized based on what you have on hand. It's great as a side dish to a meat-based Italian Easter dinner, but it could easily be a hearty meatless meal.

Italian Easter Dinner Main Dish Ideas

For an authentic Italian meal that won’t blow your grocery budget, turn to pasta and potato-based dinners. And we’d be doing you and the meal an injustice if we didn’t offer up some recipes for the most popular, Italian classic dishes too.

italian easter menu - eggplant parmesan

I miss my mom every day, but especially on holidays, because there was nothing I looked forward to more than her eggplant Parmesan! This recipe is straightforward and simple to make, and after the first bite, you and your family will feel like you’ve been transported to Rome!

italian easter recipes - lasagna

What could be more scrumptious on your holiday table than a classic comfort food like a cheesy meat lasagna? This recipe is super simple to make and if you use no-boil noodles, it only takes 40 minutes to bake! It's freezer friendly too.

italian easter dinner - gnocchi

Pillowy soft, homemade potato pasta coated with an herb butter sauce. Need I say more? This is one of the best Italian Easter recipes to make when you need to serve a crowd - there’s no reason you couldn’t freeze the leftovers though!

italian easter menu - braciole

This Italian braciole may take hours to cook, but that first bite is well worth the wait! Make it tonight for the ultimate comfort food meal.

Enjoy the flavors of tender eggplant with melted mozzarella, ricotta, and sun-dried tomatoes for a deep tomato flavor. Serve it on top of angel hair pasta for a fabulous Italian Easter dinner!!

Easter Desserts

We including Italian specific dessert recipes here but we have some traditional Easter and springtime recipes in our favorite spring dessert recipes, or our huge collection of 100 Easter dinner ideas.

italian easter recipes - Butter cookies

A perfectly tender and melt-in-your-mouth delicious cookie! Imagine your favorite sugar cookie, but with a soft, pillowy, and thick texture that’s completely irresistible — that’s exactly why this is one of my favorite Easter cookie recipes!

italian easter dinner - struffoli

The perfect Easter treat, crispy Italian honey balls with fresh oranges, pantry staples, and colorful sprinkles. Fried dough balls covered in honey and sprinkles are a classic Italian holiday treat, especially for Christmas and Easter.

italian easter menu - pignoli cookies

Cookies that are crispy on the outside and chewy in the center are a must. They are a sweet, chewy almond flavored cookie with a crunchy, savory pine nut topping.

italian easter recipes - Italian cream cake

This classic cake is loaded with coconut, toasted pecans, and cream cheese frosting. Layered cakes make a stunning display for any occasion, and they’re not as hard to make as you might think!

italian easter dinner - easy tiramisu

A rich, decadent, and elegant dessert that is ideal for dinner parties and gatherings, this dessert is made to impress. Layers of sweet mascarpone cheese, ladyfingers soaked in rum and espresso and topped with cookie crumbs, cocoa, and chocolate curls. It’s sure to blow your mind!

italian easter menu - affogato

2-Ingredient Affogato is an Italian dessert featuring hot espresso poured over creamy gelato. Make one for yourself or a whole tray to impress your guests.

italian easter recipes - Brownie Biscotti

Chocolate Lovers Brownie Biscotti is the ultimate twist on the classic Italian cookie! A simple recipe for this glorious crunchy cookie, that is perfect for dunking, and will make the perfect gift for the chocoholic in your life!

Pizzelle Cookies are delicate and crisp, lightly flavored with vanilla and anise. Make them with a waffle iron for a simple, geometric design.

Tiramisu Cake features 3 luscious layers of espresso-soaked sponge and a creamy mascarpone frosting. Make this Italian cake recipe today!

Happy Easter, everyone!


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Originally published April 2022

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1 comment:

  1. I miss all these moments. I've been trying to force myself since my mom passed to carry on the tradition. I'm from Italy but my mom, dad & I used to do all these recipes for Pasqua. I became ill after Covid so it's been hard to just buck up & I lost my mom to Covid. I'm going to try to push my kids & husband to help me keep the tradition going. I know my parents would want it that way! Millegrazie!


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