Save and Savor with 5 Italian Budget-Friendly Family Dinners

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Save and Savor with 5 Italian Budget-Friendly Family Dinners

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September 18 2023


Did you know you can enjoy authentic Italian food while sticking to your budget? Experience the taste of Italy with our budget-friendly dinners that are perfect for foodies and families alike.


  1. Cacio e Pepe

    Cacio e Pepe translates to "cheese and pepper," and this recipe is true to its name. The only ingredients you need to make this simple Italian masterpiece are pasta, black pepper, butter and fresh Parmesan cheese.

    Pro tip: Substitute Parmesan with Parmesan Pecorino Romano cheese for even more salty, authentic flavor.

  2. Orecchiette Pasta with Broccoli Rabe

    Popular in the Puglia region of Italy, Orecchiette Pasta with Broccoli Rabe is a traditional Italian dish. "Orecchiette" translates to "little ears" in Italian, and the pasta is shaped like small, slightly round concaved disks, perfect for capturing sauce and flavor. 

  3. Chicken alla Cacciatora

    To make the classic one-pan Chicken alla Cacciatora, chicken is simmered in a flavorful tomato sauce alongside carrots, onion, peppers, celery and rosemary. 

  4. Arrabbiata Pasta

    Known for its fiery tomato sauce, Arrabbiata Pasta translates to "angry pasta," which reflects the spiciness of the dish. Any pasta variety can be used to make this 30-minute Italian meal.

  5. Scarpariello Pasta

    Born in Naples, Italy, Scarpariello Pasta is a simple yet flavorful recipe that can be made in under 30 minutes, making it a perfect affordable weeknight dinner option for the family.