Italian Recipes You Can Make With 8 Ingredients or Less

Because Italian food is often reserved for restaurant meals, many home chefs assume such recipes are impossible to pull off. But that’s where they’re wrong. The cuisine is doable for home cooks of all skill sets, and the ingredients lists for many Italian dishes are short. You can easily serve your family simple, healthy dishes and by looking to this cuisine. If you don’t believe us, check out these Italian recipes that require no more than eight ingredients.

1. Extra Easy Lasagna

lasagna made with minced beef

Lasagna |

One surprising Italian dish that only requires a handful of ingredients? That would be lasagna. This dish from proves that dinners don’t have to be complicated to be delicious. A simple layering of beef, lasagna noodles, and cheese will do the trick. Bake your dinner for a little under an hour and you have an easy Italian meal on your hands. The recipe feeds 6 to 8 people.


  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 4 cups tomato-basil pasta sauce
  • 6 uncooked lasagna noodles
  • 1 (15-ounce) container ricotta cheese
  • 2½ cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • ¼ cup hot water

Directions: Cook beef in a large skillet over medium heat, stirring until it crumbles and is no longer pink; drain. Stir in pasta sauce.

Spread one-third of meat sauce in a lightly greased 11-by-7-inch baking dish; layer with 3 noodles and half each with ricotta cheese and mozzarella cheese. Repeat procedure; spread remaining one-third of meat sauce over mozzarella cheese. Slowly pour ¼ cup hot water around inside edge of dish. Tightly cover baking dish with two layers of heavy-duty aluminum foil.

Bake at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 45 minutes; uncover and bake 10 more minutes. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

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