Flavors of Italy at The Fresh Market

Sharing an easy Italian dinner menu for a fun Italian themed night with your spouse and/or family! 

Easy Italian Dinner, Italian Recipes, Cannoli Dip, The Fresh Market

This month, The Fresh Market is hosting “Flavors of Italy,” where they will share the country’s colorful flavors and traditional cuisine. As you walk around the store you will be able to find a handpicked Italian classics! Ones that both you and your family/friends will enjoy. 

Some of these handpicked Italian classics include Artisan Pasta, Ciabatta Bread, Fresh Mozzarella, Parmigiano Reggiano, Gelato, Tiramisu, and Cannoli’s. I for one am extremely excited about all of the desserts and Parmigiano Reggiano. Yum! 

Additionally, The Fresh Market’s 178 store locations will be hosting weekend sampling events. The next event will be on Saturday,  March 25 and Sunday, March 26 from 1-5 p.m. During this time you’ll be able to sample Italian Extra Virgin Olive Oil with bread, bruschetta bread with deli bruschetta topping, Cannoli, Gelato, and Tiramisu. Guess who will be in line to try all of the desserts? This gal, for sure! Bringing the hubs along as well. 

In spirit of The Fresh Market’s Flavors of Italy event, I wanted to share an easy Italian dinner menu for you to enjoy! 

Easy Italian Dinner, Italian Recipes, Cannoli Dip, The Fresh Market

Easy Italian Dinner, Italian Recipes, Cannoli Dip, The Fresh Market

Easy Italian Dinner, Italian Recipes, Cannoli Dip, The Fresh Market

Easy Italian Dinner, Italian Recipes, Cannoli Dip, The Fresh Market

Easy Italian Dinner, Italian Recipes, Cannoli Dip, The Fresh Market

Easy Italian Dinner, Italian Recipes, Cannoli Dip, The Fresh Market

Our menu included marinara meat sauce with rigatoni pasta topped with parmigiano reggiano, fresh bruschetta bread, cannoli dip, and rose.

For the pasta dish, I simply boiled the pasta as described on the box, drained, and placed aside. While the pasta as cooking, I browned the beef, drained the excess grease, and returned to the iron skillet. I then mixed the marinara sauce with the meat. Once throughly mixed and warm, I put the pasta bowls together. Sprinkling the parmigiano reggiano on top. The fresh bruschetta bread was perfect for dipping in our marinara meat sauce!

Cannoli dip ingredients and instructions below! You can find all of the ingredients I used at The Fresh Market. Warning: This dip is highly addictive!

Cannoli Dip
Serves 8
An easy cannoli dip mixed with semi-sweet chocolate chips and served with waffle cone pieces for dipping.
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Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Total Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup ricotta
  2. 8 oz cream cheese at room temperature
  3. 1 cup powdered sugar
  4. 1 tsp vanilla extract
  5. 2/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  6. waffle cone pieces for dipping
Instructions
  1. 1. Use a standing mixer to whisk together ricotta, cream cheese, and powdered sugar until smooth.
  2. 2. Add vanilla extract and continue to whip for 30 seconds
  3. 3. Fold in the semi-sweet chocolate chips, sprinkle additional chocolate chips once dip is placed in serving dish
  4. 4. Dip waffle cone pieces and enjoy!
Notes
  1. If you would like the dip to be sweeter you can add additional powdered sugar. At max, you can add an additional 8 tablespoons. Add 2 tablespoons at a time.
Louella Reese http://louellareese.com/

You can find more Italian recipes with The Fresh Market here.  

Thank you to the fresh market for sponsoring this post. All views and opinions are of course my own! 

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Elizabeth

I need to make that canola dip – so delicious!
Xo, Elizabeth
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C's Collection

Yumm!! I honeymooned in Italy and seriously ate so. many. cannoli! But that dip is being bookmarked for a later date- looks so yummy!

C’s Collection | http://chelseascollection.com

Adriana Contreras

That dip looks AMAZING!!
I need to try making it!

~Adriana
http://www.leopardmartini.com

Emily

This looks beyond delicious!
Isn’t That Charming.

Lauren

This looks way too yummy! Italian is my favorite cuisine (especially pasta), so I’m dying over that delicious dish! Always looking for new recipes!

Lauren
http://oliverstwistblog.com