Giada De Laurentiis' Top Recipes

We've gathered all of Giada De Laurentiis' best recipes together to make it easy for you to browse and pick your favorites.

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Tomato Vegetable Casserole

Giada proves that casseroles aren’t just for cold winter nights by layering summer's best ripe tomatoes and tender zucchini. For welcome crunch, she top the dish with a blanket of cheesy breadcrumbs.

Get the Recipe: Tomato Vegetable Casserole

Orecchiette with Mini Chicken Meatballs

Featuring pasta with a fresh tomato sauce as well as moist meatballs and gooey mozzarella cheese, this comforting dish is an all-in-one dinner.

Get the Recipe: Orecchiette with Mini Chicken Meatballs

Flat Iron Steak with Red Wine Sauce

A rich and buttery red wine-garlic sauce is just what's needed to dress up Giada's succulent grilled beef.

Get the Recipe: Flat Iron Steak with Red Wine Sauce

Chicken with Mustard Mascarpone Marsala Sauce

The addition of creamy marscarpone and tangy Dijon adds both texture and new layers of flavor to this classic chicken-mushroom dish.

Get the Recipe: Chicken with Mustard Mascarpone Marsala Sauce

Shrimp Fra Diavolo

True to the tradition of fra diavolo recipes, Giada's quick-fix shrimp boasts a punch of heat, thanks to a whole teaspoon of red pepper flakes.

Get the Recipe: Shrimp Fra Diavolo

Penne with Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto

Who says pesto must be green? Giada indeed puts basil, a classic pesto ingredient, to work in her 5-star recipe, but she adds chewy sun-dried tomatoes for next-level taste.

Get the Recipe: Penne with Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto

Farro Salad with Tomatoes and Herbs

Chewy like barely with a slightly nutty flavor, farro is an Italian grain that pairs well a myriad of flavors. Here Giada tosses it with fresh fixings like tomatoes, sweet onions and fragrant herbs for a simple salad.

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Hazelnut Crunch: Noci Croccante

Giada's top-rated brittle starts with a homemade caramel that's richly decadent and sweet.

Get the Recipe: Hazelnut Crunch: Noci Croccante

Polenta Squares with Mushroom Ragu

These bite-size appetizers are ideal for a party, and thanks to quick-cooking polenta, they can be ready in a hurry. 

Get the Recipe: Polenta Squares with Mushroom Ragu

Farfalle with Broccoli

Giada tosses pasta and vibrant broccoli with a simple yet bold sauce of garlic, anchovies and red pepper flakes.

Get the Recipe: Farfalle with Broccoli

Chicken Piccata

Lemon and capers make a tangy topping for this classic Italian dish. Giada's version is quick and simple — great for a weeknight meal.

Get the Recipe: Chicken Piccata

Roman-Style Chicken

Giada's saucy, flavorful chicken is perfect for entertaining, since you can cook it ahead and then just heat it up when it's time to serve.

Get the Recipe: Roman-Style Chicken

Chicken Cacciatore

This rustic Italian dish, Chicken Cacciatore, means chicken cooked "hunter-style." Giada uses bone-in, skin-on chicken cooked with a bell pepper and tomato sauce.

Get the Recipe: Chicken Cacciatore

Chicken Parmesan

Since she skips the laborious breading stage, Giada's rendition of the Italian-American classic is easier to make. Instead, she adds flavor from loads of fresh herbs.

Get the Recipe: Chicken Parmesan

Italian Baked Chicken and Pastina

Pastina means "little pasta," so you can use any small-shaped pasta for this dish. When baked with chicken, tomatoes and mozzarella, it becomes a cheesy indulgence — the ultimate Italian comfort food.

Get the Recipe: Italian Baked Chicken and Pastina

Chia Seed Pudding

If you've never before worked with chia seeds, consider them tiny, power-packed superfoods. In her recipe from Food Network Magazine, Giada soaks chia seeds overnight in maple syrup-laced almond milk, turning the milk into a thick puddinglike dish. When you wake up, just mix in almonds for heft and texture, and finish with berries for a healthy, simple breakfast.

Get the Recipe: Chia Seed Pudding

Macaroni and Cheese

Giada's Venetian-style mac and cheese is one of her favorites. Fontina and mozzarella cheese add creaminess while Parmesan adds a kick of flavor.

Get the Recipe: Macaroni and Cheese

Espresso Caramel Bars

It's all about layering flavors in Giada's top-rated treat. She starts with a buttery graham cracker crust, then adds a blanket of gooey caramel and a topping of espresso powder-spiked chocolate for a rich finish. To balance the sweetness of her dessert, she sprinkles the chocolate with smoked sea salt for next-level taste and texture.

Get the Recipe: Espresso Caramel Bars

Chicken Tetrazzini

Hearty and comforting, Giada's tried-and-true casserole boasts a five-star rating and nearly 1,200 user reviews. She guarantees layer upon layer of flavor by making a garlic-laced mushroom-onion sauce, plus a buttery cream sauce, both of which she mixes with tender shredded chicken and pasta. For welcome texture, Giada blankets the casserole with a cheese-and-breadcrumb mixture, which turns golden brown in the oven. 

Get the Recipe: Chicken Tetrazzini

Classic Italian Lasagna

Giada combines two sauces — bechamel and tomato sauce — to guarantee both richness and brightness in her crowd-pleasing lasagna. She layers the sauce with sheets of pasta, spinach and a duo of cheeses — a creamy ricotta mixture and gooey mozzarella — for next-level taste and texture. 

Get the Recipe: Classic Italian Lasagna

Stuffed Mushrooms

This classic appetizer is a sure crowd-pleaser for any get-together. Giada adds a little chopped parsley and mint to the filling for fresh flavor.

Get the Recipe: Stuffed Mushrooms

Lasagna Rolls

Giada fills these Lasagna Rolls with a mixture of ricotta cheese, spinach and prosciutto. They get topped with sauce and cheese, then bake up into individual portions.

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Salmon Baked in Foil

For an easy, healthy meal, Giada makes foil packets of salmon fillets topped with a fresh tomato salsa. As the packets cook, the salsa melts down into a succulent sauce.

Get the Recipe: Salmon Baked in Foil

Pasta Primavera

Giada roasts all her vegetables before mixing them with pasta for a springtime dinner bursting with color.

Get the Recipe: Pasta Primavera

Marinara Sauce

Having a go-to marinara sauce in your collection is vital. If you're still in need, Giada's version comes together the classic way, brimming with tomatoes, garlic and fresh herbs.

Get the Recipe: Marinara Sauce

White Bean and Chicken Chili

Giada's easy, hearty chili is filled with chicken, white beans and lots of veggies.

Get the Recipe: White Bean and Chicken Chili

Tiramisu

Whipped egg yolks and mascarpone cheese make a creamy, decadent filling for this classic Italian dessert.

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Parmesan-Crusted Pork Chops

Giada adds a layer of Parmesan cheese when breading these pan-fried pork chops, making them extra crispy and flavorful.

Get the Recipe: Parmesan-Crusted Pork Chops

Lemon Ricotta Cookies with Lemon Glaze

These tender cookies get a double dose of lemon, both in the cookie batter and in the tart glaze.

Get the Recipe: Lemon Ricotta Cookies with Lemon Glaze

Mini Turkey Meatballs

Giada dresses up mild turkey meat with onion, garlic, parsley and cheese to make rich, moist meatballs.

Get the Recipe: Mini Turkey Meatballs

Salmon with Lemon, Capers and Rosemary

These salmon fillets are wrapped in foil packets with a flavorful sauce, then cooked on the grill.

Get the Recipe: Salmon with Lemon, Capers, and Rosemary

Fettuccine Alfredo

Giada's version of this Italian restaurant classic is creamy and decadent, made with cream, butter and Parmesan cheese.

Get the Recipe: Fettuccine Alfredo

Chicken Carbonara

Carbonara is the ultimate Roman pasta dish, mixing spaghetti with crispy pancetta and a creamy egg sauce. Giada adds a few extra touches, with chicken, fresh herbs and crunchy walnuts.

Get the Recipe: Chicken Carbonara

Osso Buco

This classic Italian dish braises slowly over low heat, until the meat is tender and succulent.

Get the Recipe: Osso Buco

Grilled Vegetables

Giada looks for the best produce and an assortment of colors for this vegetable side dish. Grilling gives the vegetables great flavor, and a simple herb vinaigrette finishes them off.

Get the Recipe: Grilled Vegetables

Chicken Saltimbocca

Thinly pounded chicken cutlets get layered with prosciutto, spinach and Parmesan before being rolled up and secured with toothpicks. These make an elegant and flavorful main course.

Get the Recipe: Chicken Saltimbocca

Baked Penne with Roasted Vegetables

This vegetarian baked pasta dish is bursting with color and flavor. Giada adds fontina, smoked mozzarella and Parmesan cheese to add creaminess.

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Herbed Quinoa

This is a light and flavorful side dish. Healthy quinoa is dressed with lots of lemon juice mixed with chopped fresh basil, parsley and thyme.

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Grilled Salmon with Citrus Salsa Verde

Giada pairs fresh grilled salmon with a zesty salsa of lemons, oranges, parsley, mint, scallions and capers.

Get the Recipe: Grilled Salmon with Citrus Salsa Verde

Crunchy Parmesan Chicken Tenders

Giada gives chicken tenders an Italian spin by using Italian-seasoned breadcrumbs and Parmesan cheese as the breading. Then she mixes up a balsamic vinaigrette for the dipping sauce.

Get the Recipe: Crunchy Parmesan Chicken Tenders

Grilled Lamb Chops

These lamb chops are easy and delicious, perfect for any get-together. Giada marinates the chops in a fresh herb mixture before quickly grilling them to perfection.

Get the Recipe: Grilled Lamb Chops

Sausage, Peppers and Onions

Giada's version of this hearty Italian street food mixes sweet Italian turkey sausage with peppers and onions cooked in a flavorful tomato sauce.

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Limoncello

This lemon liquor is traditionally sipped after a meal in Italy, but it can also be used in lots of drinks as well. It's easy to make and great to give as a gift.

Get the Recipe: Limoncello

Mini Frittatas

These cute frittatas are baked in mini muffin tins. They make a quick and easy two-bite breakfast.

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Fried Zucchini

Zucchini strips get breaded with a panko and Parmesan cheese mixture before they're fried until crisp for the ultimate Italian appetizer.

Get the Recipe: Fried Zucchini

Roasted Chicken with Balsamic Vinaigrette

The secret to this amazing chicken is a flavorful marinade of balsamic vinegar, Dijon mustard, lemon juice and garlic.

Get the Recipe: Roasted Chicken with Balsamic Vinaigrette

Braciole

This is a rich, tender main course, great for a holiday dinner or any day of the year.

Get the Recipe: Braciole

Linguine with Shrimp and Lemon Oil

By using frozen shrimp, you can whip up this dish in no time. It's bursting with lemon favor, from both lemon juice and zest, and an infused lemon oil.

Get the Recipe: Linguine with Shrimp and Lemon Oil

Raspberry Cream Cupcakes

Giada starts with a boxed white cake mix to cut down on the prep time for these cupcakes, which are filled with a fresh raspberry whipped cream.

Get the Recipe: Raspberry Cream Cupcakes

Fried Ravioli

Giada uses buttermilk to dredge her ravioli since it's thick and delicious. Italian-style breadcrumbs are already seasoned, so the crust on the fried ravioli will be delicious.

Get the Recipe: Fried Ravioli

Pork Chops alla Pizzaiola

A nice sizzle in your pan will create the wonderful brown crunchy crust on the outside of your pork chops.

Get the Recipe: Pork Chops alla Pizzaiola

Espresso Brownies

Coffee and dessert come together in these bite-size treats. Save time by starting with boxed cake mix.

Get the Recipe: Espresso Brownies

Ricotta Orange Pound Cake with Strawberries

Giada macerated strawberries by adding sugar to sliced strawberries to create a bit of juice. The pound cake will absorb the juices, resulting in a nice and moist dessert.

Get the Recipe: Ricotta Orange Pound Cake with Strawberries

Italian Wedding Soup

Homemade beef and pork meatballs fill this warming soup that gets great green color from curly endive or escarole.

Get the Recipe: Italian Wedding Soup

Butternut Squash Lasagna

Turn a traditional Thanksgiving vegetable, baked squash, into an Italian-inspired lasagna with creamy bechamel sauce.

Get the Recipe: Butternut Squash Lasagna

Banana Muffins with Mascarpone Cream Frosting

Giada tops banana muffins with a cream cheese and mascarpone cheese frosting. Drizzle the frosted muffins with honey and sprinkle with chopped walnuts.

Get the Recipe: Banana Muffins with Mascarpone Cream Frosting

Pork Chops Stuffed with Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Spinach

In just 35 minutes you'll have Giada's Italian-inspired pork chops, stuffed with a hearty mix of spinach, sundried tomatoes and cheeses, on the dinner table.

Get the Recipe: Pork Chops Stuffed with Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Spinach

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