Giada De Laurentiis is every American's favorite Italian chef due to her fun nature and her zest for teaching about her heritage. Giada prides herself in making Italian-style comfort food accessible to anyone with any level of culinary training. I have personally enjoyed watching her on Food Network since I was a teenager.
I enjoy everything from her recipes to her stories, like the first time she brought her husband to meet her family and he cut up his spaghetti with a knife and fork--without Giada, we might all still be making these American faux pas.
We have comprised a list of our favorite recipes from Giada, so you can channel this Italian Chef while cooking your next meal. Scavare trincee!
1. Roman-Style Chicken
Plump and juicy pan-seared chicken, slow roasted on your stove top in colorful bell peppers, prosciutto, garlic, pops of capers, and Italian spices, this is easily one of Giada's best recipes to simmer up on a Sunday.
2. Italian Baked Chicken and Pastina
This easy recipe can be whipped up in 15 minutes and left to bake for about 30 minutes, leaving you with plenty of time to deal with more important things.
Gooey cheese, hearty pasta, tender chicken breast cubes, garlic, and Italian herbs make this pasta bake irresistible to anyone one with a craving for a Giada-inspired Italian dish.
3. Espresso Caramel Bars
The best way to end any meal with a brava, this recipe combines the rich smoothness of semisweet chocolate with an espresso kick we all crave and the burnt sugar finish of creamy caramel.
The flavors of the chocolate are brought out by the espresso and the sea salt hits a savory note while enriching the overall sweetness.
4. Meatballs a la Pizzaiola
These succulent meatballs are stuffed with melty mozzarella and are sure to be a crowd pleasing favorite when served at the start of any meal.
This recipe combines fresh basil, cheese three ways, and zesty red pepper flakes to get your tummy grumbling for more than one serving.
5. Chicken Piccata
This classic Italiano recipe smothers butterflied chicken in a zesty lemon sauce infused with pops of brine-y capers and finished with fresh parsley, for a meal that will show off your culinary skills without too much effort.
6. Osso Buco
This Italian comfort food recipe will cure your hunger pangs while gearing you up to take over the week ahead.
This hearty meal combines veal shanks, fresh rosemary and thyme, and assorted veggies to create the perfect dish to have simmering on your stovetop this Sunday.
7. Ricotta Orange Pound Cake with Strawberries
This sticky sweet dessert features a moist pound cake infused with the richness of ricotta and orange zest, topped with the sticky sweetness of strawberries steeped in sugar.
This is the most delizioso way to finish any Italian feast.
8. Butternut Squash Lasagna
This lasagna comes together in about 30 minutes and can be left to cook to bubbly perfection in the oven, while you toss up a side salad.
This recipe will feed a crowd and puts a delicious spin on this classic Italian dish.
9. Hazelnut Chicken
While traveling throughout Italy, Giada decided to share this authentic dish with her viewers, so that they could have a little taste of the flavors of this culinary country.
This recipe features chicken stewed in hazelnuts, dried figs, olives, fresh oregano, and assorted vegetables, for a simmering stovetop meal sure to please any palate.
10. Pork Chops alla Pizzaiola
This hearty stovetop creation combines bone-in pork chops with herbs de Provence, zesty red pepper flakes, fresh parsley, and canned tomatoes.
I like to serve this recipe over rice to sop all of that saucy goodness, but it also goes well with a light salad.
Limoncello makes a great gift for any occasion and can be sipped by itself or added to club soda for a sparkling treat.
This recipe is as easy as it gets and packs a pucker with 10 lemons balanced by sweet sugar.
12. Grilled Lamb Chops
Lamb chops get marinated in a zesty combination of pungent garlic, fresh Italian herbs, salt, and cayenne for about an hour before being fire grilled over high heat on a grill or a grill pan.
The thing that makes this dish an ultimate Giada treat is the caramelization that is formed on the outside of the meat from being searing on such a high heat.
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