Enjoy our collection of Italian Christmas dinner ideas to share with friends and family. These four recipes are sure to make your holiday season a satisfying one.

Delicious, Festive Italian Christmas Dinner Ideas

Big Italian families can agree that all get-togethers revolve around the food served, especially during the month before Christmas, which is filled with festivities and feasts. On the 25th families gather for what is known as Cenone (“big dinner”). Traditionally, there are very few rules to an Italian Christmas dinner, but it is common for the feast to include pasta, meats, cheese, and a variety of desserts to accompany the meal. If you want to celebrate Christmas like the Italians this year, try one of the four Italian Christmas dinner ideas below.

Lasagna Bolognese
Normally, lasagna is filled with layers of ricotta and mozzarella cheese. In lasagna Bolognese, there’s no cheese. The layers are full of a hearty ragù (meat sauce) and creamy béchamel (white sauce). For the full recipe,
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christmasdinner 2Fat Spaghetti with Frutti di Mare
There’s a lot that goes into this seafood dish: clams, shrimp, calamari, lobster, crab, and any other seafood you enjoy. Served over pasta with a tomato and white wine sauce, this recipe is sure to win over the hearts of seafood lovers in your family.

Egg Drop Soup with Meatballs
Meatballs lie at the core of an Italian diet. This hearty soup is the perfect cure to a cold winter day. This savory recipe is chockful of escarole, onion, parmesan cheese, and delicious ground turkey meatballs. One taste and you’ll feel like you’re back in Nonna’s kitchen.

Spinach and Ricotta Cannelloni
This dish isn’t just delicious—the green spinach and red sauce make it festive, too. The cannelloni is packed with flavor and lies on a thick bed of besciamella and tomato sauce. One taste and you’ll have plenty of family and friends begging for the recipe.

Food has always been a primary part of Italian culture. Whether you’re of Italian descent or just want to try out a new Christmas dinner, we hope one of these four Italian Christmas dinner ideas has sparked your interest. Time to grab your heavy-duty canvas bags and your grocery list, and stock up on the delicious ingredients needed for this year’s Christmas dinner.