How to Cook an Italian-inspired Meal for a Large Family

Bringing the flavor of Italy to your dinner table, large or small, is easy when you follow these simple tips.

  • Creating a delicious Italian-inspired meal doesn't have to be complicated or take a lot of steps. Wrap honeydew melon with prosciutto or top a sliced baguette with Contadina® Extra Thick & Zesty Tomato Sauce and goat cheese for quick and delicious Italian appetizers.
  • Whether it's Caesar salad dressing or Easy Tomato Minestrone, look at which recipes can be made in advance to save time on the day of dinner.
  • Instead of bringing out courses, serve your meal buffet-style. Putting out everything at once lets you spend more time with loved ones and less time in the kitchen.
  • Make sure you're familiar with all of the recipes you plan on making so if a family member asks to help, you can tell him or her exactly what they can do.
  • Cooking with Contadina® gives you quick access to picked-at-their-peak tomatoes that can be used to create a wide variety of authentic Italian dishes.


Easy Tomato Minestrone

Bow Ties


  • 3 slices bacon, diced
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 3 cans (14.5 oz. each) College Inn® Fat Free & Lower Sodium Beef Broth
  • 1 can (15 oz.) great Northern beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (6 oz.) Contadina® Tomato Paste
  • 1/2 cup dry macaroni
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley
  • 2 tsp. Italian herb seasoning, crushed
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 1 can (14.5 oz.) Del Monte® Mixed Vegetables, drained
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese, optional

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