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7 Simple Italian Recipes for the Weekend

Is #tomatoverload giving you Italian vacation ideas? Us too. And you know what? We're just going to roll with it and indulge that fantasy all weekend long.

Let the Italian tradition of small bites and prosecco before dinner be your whole dinner. Make a whole slew of Italian-inspired appetizers, or stick with a no-cooking-required spread of cheeses, meats, olives, and bread. Another good option: Pizzette-mini pizzas-with store-bought dough and some of those insanely sweet cherry tomatoes you picked up at the farmers' market.

Because if you were in Italy, you'd just have a cappuccino and a pastry for breakfast, right? At home, how about making a whole cake instead that you can keep nibbling on throughout the weekend?

Panzanella-a hearty salad of stale bread and tomatoes-is a classic simple Italian lunch. And this craveable toast, which puts the tomato salad on the bread, gives it a new twist.

"Saltimbocca" translates to "jumps in the mouth," and that's precisely what this classic combo of prosciutto and sage does. For a 20-minute dinner, put the prosciutto and sage inside a pork chop, give it a sear, and serve with spinach. Add a bottle of Italian red and you're basically in Florence.

A flurry of Parmigiano-Reggiano and dried oregano instantly transform your usual fried eggs into a dreamy Italian breakfast. For bonus points, ddd some sliced ripe tomatoes and crusty bread.

Every Italian weekend requires a low- and slow-cooked Sunday sauce.

More cake! This time, with the season's best plums. Save some leftovers and you'll have memories of Italy all week.


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