Bring a little taste of Italy to your Easter celebration with fresh and tasty appetizers, simple mains and spring desserts from Giada De Laurentiis.
Giada’s Asparagus and Smoked Salmon Bundles
Picture these delicate bundles as a tasty spring side dish or served as part of an elegant Easter brunch. Either way, you’re sure to win praises with Giada’s simple roast asparagus recipe.
White Velvet Soup
Giada Di Laurentiis serves up this smooth and creamy soup that features a pomegranate gremolata (chopped-herb condiment traditionally made from of lemon zest, garlic and parsley) to garnish creamy, hearty soup made from puréed parsnips, celery, fennel and onion.
Veggie Forest With Parmesan Ranch Dip
Turn your veggie tray into a delightful display with this adorable vegetable forest, complete with a zippy Parmesan ranch dip.
White Bean and Roasted Eggplant Hummus
A medley of cucumber, roasted eggplant, cannellini beans and seasoning makes this healthy dip great for a snack or party appetizer.
Asparagus and Zucchini Crudi
Light, crunchy and full of spring flavours, this appetizer is as simple as shaving vegetables with your peeler and tossing them with a simple olive oil dressing. An elegant and impressive hors d’oeuvre you can make in minutes.
Frittata with Asparagus, Tomato and Fontina
This double duty asparagus and Fontina frittata makes an easy Easter brunch, or a light appetizer when sliced into squares and served before your feast.
Shaved Carrot and Pear Salad with Curry Vinaigrette
Brightly coloured and packed with bold flavours, this creative dish enhances the sweet, natural goodness of carrots.
Roasted Potatoes, Carrots, Parsnips and Brussels Sprouts
This savoury roasted mélange of root vegetables makes a spectacular Easter side that’s the absolute definition of comfort food.
Giada’s Spinach Salad with Orange Vinaigrette
Give life to your spinach salad with a fresh orange vinaigrette and crispy, crumbled prosciutto on top.
Spaghetti nests are served atop marinara, and topped with mini bocconcini balls to resemble eggs in this entertaining-worthy dish that’s sure to impress any guest!
Mushroom and Peas Farrotto
Nutty, chewy farro gets a spring makeover with this cheesy, pea and mushroom filled side dish. Leeks, garlic and lots of olive oil make this risotto-like side dish stand out from your holiday spread.
Baked Mashed Potatoes with Parmesan Cheese and Bread Crumbs
Mashed potatoes are an absolute must for a holiday dinner, and this savoury side kicks things up a notch by baking the mashed potatoes until its crust of bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese turns golden-brown.
Tomato Vegetable Casserole
This Italian casserole is packed with potatoes, yams, bell peppers, carrots, zucchini, red onion and plenty of tomatoes. Finished off with grated Parmesan and Italian-style bread crumbs, this dish is then baked until golden and crispy.
Italian Springtime Lamb
This stuffed leg of lamb is perfect for Easter or any other celebration, and stuffing the lamb with garlic, rosemary, pepper flakes, walnuts and raisins ensures it will be juicy and bursting with flavour!
Braised Lamb Shanks with Escarole and Radicchio
The secret to Easter-worthy melt-in-your-mouth lamb is cooking it low and slow. Not only does this deliver melt-in-your-mouth meat, it creates a beautifully rich herb sauce to serve alongside.
Pancetta-Wrapped Pork Roast
This boneless pork loin is coated in an herb-garlic rub, wrapped in slices of pancetta and roasted until it achieves a crispy exterior and perfectly cooked, juicy centre.
Turkey with Herbes de Provence and Citrus
Orange, lemon and Herbes de Provence (a classic French spice blend of savory, marjoram, rosemary, thyme and oregano) transform an ordinary roast turkey into an elegant centrepiece.
Salmon with Lemon, Capers and Rosemary
Break tradition and let a big, beautiful roast salmon be your Easter main this year. Lemon, capers and fresh rosemary make for elegant, easy feast.
A pie that can be made sweet or savoury, Giada’s recipe consists of crisp, flaky phyllo pastry filled with a sweet rice pudding-like custard. Serve a piece post-Easter dinner, or enjoy as a satisfying brunch.
Individual Orange and Chocolate Cheesecakes
Super easy and adorable, these bright yellow cheesecakes can be made in a mini muffin tin for the perfect bite-size treat. If you aren’t a fan of the chocolate-orange combination, opt for vanilla wafers instead for the base.
Raspberry Cream Cupcakes
Basic vanilla cupcakes are filled with a light and fluffy raspberry cream for an elegant and unique dessert.
Lemon Ricotta Cookies with Lemon Glaze
Light, airy lemon-glaze cookies are perfect for afternoon tea. They’re also a nice addition to your holiday cookie plate or dessert table.
Chocolate Pistachio Fudge Tart
Even those who plan on skipping dessert will be tempted by the sheer sight of this rich and indulgent tart. This is the kind of treat that will disappear in no time as you go back to sneak bite after bite.
Honey Ricotta Cheesecake
This mouth-watering cheesecake is made with whole milk, ricotta and clover honey. Top with fresh, juicy fruit for a delicious treat.
This classic Italian dessert features fluffy whipped cream mixed with crushed pineapple for some added sweetness and topped with crumbled amaretti cookies for texture.
If you’re a fan of the wildly popular Italian dessert, you’re going to love this fruity version that’s smothered with fresh raspberries and rich mascarpone whipped cream.
Topped with a brown sugar almond crumble, Greek yogurt takes the place of cream cheese in this chocolate graham cracker and almond-coated cheesecake.