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25 Sensational Savory and Sweet AIP Italian Recipes

Louise Hendon | May 23

What’s Italian food without the traditional tomato sauce? But did you know that the tomato is actually a recent addition to Italian cuisine? In fact, the tomato was only introduced to Italy in the 1500s, meaning traditional Italian food is naturally tomato-free!

Which means so many iconic recipes can easily be made to be AIP-friendly. We’ve put together a list of our favorite AIP-friendly Italian recipes, with nary a tomato (or other nightshade) in sight!

From delicious smoked clam linguine to coconut passion fruit panna cotta, it’s easy to imagine life under the Tuscan sun with this list of over 20 mouthwatering Italian recipes, all AIP-friendly!

Here are just a few of the AIP Italian Recipes we’ve included:

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AIP Italian Recipes – Appetizers

Raw Italian Cauliflower Salad

– Paleo Flourish

Raw Italian Cauliflower Salad

Ingredients: cauliflower, olive oil, lemon juice, parsley, olives, garlic, salt.

In the summer time you can find fresh dishes more appealing than cooked ones, so this lovely cauliflower salad would make a wonderful light lunch. You have the combination of crunchy cauliflower and soft olive with the freshness of the lemon juice to lift the flavors. You can use cilantro for the garnish if you don’t have parsley.

AIP Breadsticks

– Primal Palate

Ingredients: extra virgin olive oil, water, arrowroot flour, coconut flour, baking soda, rosemary, lemon juice, gelatin, garlic powder, sea salt.

Breadsticks have been served for years in Italian restaurants as a side for dishes or with dips for party food, so why should we miss out on that fabulous savory crunch just because of our Autoimmune diet! These AIP-friendly sticks are so easy to make and taste just like the ‘real’ thing, so next time you are serving soup or need an extra party food to scoop up dip, this is the answer!

AIP-friendly Strawberry-Mint Bruschetta

– Diane Sanfilippo

Ingredients: strawberries, onion, basil leaves, mint, garlic, balsamic vinegar, extra virgin olive oil, sea salt.

This AIP recipe is a new twist on an old favorite, bruschetta, which normally involves using tomato as a base. But in this amazing dish the tomato is replaced with strawberries! With the natural sweetness and juiciness of the fruit partnered with mint and fresh basil, you end up with bruschetta that is piled high with flavor and color and with a real taste of summertime!

Antipasto Noodle Bowl

– Lichen Paleo Loving AIP

Ingredients: white sweet potato, Lacinato kale, carrots, zucchini, olive oil, black olives, artichoke, Roasted Garlic Greek Dressing.

Here is another versatile Italian recipe for a filling AIP and Paleo salad that uses sweet potato for the noodles. This is quick to make, tastes amazing and looks so pretty on the plate, with all the colors from the carrot and olives. If you want to add in a bit of protein and make this a more substantial meal, you could top the salad with some pulled pork, cooked chicken or even a few cooked shrimp.

Savory Prosciutto Date Cups

– Living Lovely Autoimmune

Ingredients: apple, dates, lemon juice, water, cinnamon, sage, prosciutto.

These lovely date cups are both AIP and Paleo and would be great to serve as a slow-release energy snack or as finger food for a party. You have the prosciutto formed into a slightly crisp cup, holding an amazing fruity filling of dates and apple, but it is the seasonings of sage and cinnamon that make these so rich in flavor. These would be ideal to serve at Christmas where cinnamon belongs!

AIP Italian Recipes – Main Dishes

AIP Cauliflower Pizza Recipe with Pesto

– Healing Autoimmune

AIP Cauliflower Pizza Recipe with Pesto

Ingredients: olive oil, basil leaves, garlic, lemon, salt, cauliflower, arrowroot flour, garlic powder, onion powder, dried oregano, olive oil.

When it comes to making AIP pizza, the cauliflower is your best friend! You end up with a delicious crust which, although it does not have the texture of traditional pizza crust, can cut well and can be used as a platform for other ingredients. Here we are using pesto instead of a nomato sauce and you can feel free to add other toppings as well if you want to.

Bolognese Sauce with Chicken Livers and Zoodles

– Healing Family Eats

Bolognese Sauce with Chicken Livers and Zoodles

Photo Credit: Healing Family Eats

Ingredients: solid fat, onion, carrots, beetroot, celery, chicken livers, beef, beef stock, coconut aminos, bay leaves, thyme, rosemary, salt.

Now we all know we should be eating more organ meats in our diets to be able to benefit from their rich source of vitamins and minerals, but what if you just don’t like it? This AIP and Paleo comfort food recipe could change things for you! This Bolognese sauce uses chicken livers which are naturally milder in flavor and if you chop them small or even blend them, you will never notice the taste!

Italian Chicken Bake

– It’s All About AIP

Italian Chicken Bake

Photo Credit: It’s All About AIP

Ingredients: ground chicken, white onion, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, oregano, sage, turmeric, white sweet potatoes, nomato sauce, avocado or coconut oil.

This is another hearty Italian bake that is a one-pot meal, easy to prepare and ideal for an AIP meal midweek when you are a bit short on time. It is simply chicken, sweet potatoes and a load of seasoning in a lovely sauce and this is ideal for feeding the entire family. This nightshade-free dish could be served on its own or with some grilled vegetables for an even more filling dinner.

Smoked Clam Linguine

– Autoimmune Wellness

Smoked Clam Linguine

Photo Credit: Autoimmune Wellness

Ingredients: zucchini, olive oil, yellow onion, garlic, dried thyme, sea salt, coconut cream, arrowroot starch, water, clams, apple cider vinegar, balsamic vinegar, parsley.

Seafood plays quite a big role on the Autoimmune Protocol and it can be a challenge to keep finding good recipes, so why not try this amazing linguine! You have a bowl of zucchini noodles smothered in a thick and creamy sauce, studded with smokey clams that gives you a real taste of the Mediterranean! If you can’t find smoked clams you can use mussels or shrimp instead.

Instant Pot Mushroom Risotto

– Grazed & Enthused

Instant Pot Mushroom Risotto

Photo Credit: Grazed & Enthused

Ingredients: olive oil, cremini mushrooms, leeks, zucchini, dried Italian herb seasoning, garlic powder, sea salt, coconut milk, chicken broth, cauliflower, arrowroot starch, chives.

Mushroom risotto is a very popular dish in Italian cooking, but it usually involves a lot of heavy cream, so imagine my delight to find a risotto recipe that is dairy-free and fits with the autoimmune way of eating! This dish is full of the traditional flavor of mushrooms and Italian seasoning, and still has a creamy texture because of the coconut milk which turns the cauliflower rice creamy too.

Prosciutto & Basil Linguine Alfredo

– It’s All About AIP

Prosciutto & Basil Linguine Alfredo

Photo Credit: It’s All About AIP

Ingredients: lard, arrowroot starch, water, coconut milk, bone broth, truffle salt, garlic powder, onion powder, nutritional yeast, prosciutto, basil leaves, sweet potato.

This amazing linguine recipe is AIP-friendly, gluten and dairy-free, but tastes like an authentic Italian meal. You have the rich flavor of the prosciutto complemented by the freshness of the basil which just lifts the taste so well. Because you are using sweet potatoes which are quite high in starch, this might not be a dish you can eat every week, but I would suggest it as a fantastic celebration meal for a birthday.

AIP Italian Calzone

– Autoimmune Wellness

AIP Italian Calzone

Photo Credit: Autoimmune Wellness

Ingredients: white sweet potato, arrowroot starch, sea salt, sausage or ham or pancetta, green or black olives, garlic, dried Italian herb seasoning, spinach, olive oil.

This is a very handy folded ‘pizza’ recipe that fits well with the autoimmune lifestyle and can be used as a tasty lunch or dinner served with a fresh green salad. Obviously you can change the fillings to suit your family, but in this one I normally use Italian sausage to add to the authentic flavor of the dish. If you can’t get white sweet potatoes you can use the normal orange ones.

Butternut Squash Lasagna

– Sweet Potatoes & Social Change

Butternut Squash Lasagna

Photo Credit: Sweet Potatoes & Social Change

Ingredients: ground pork, butternut squash, garlic, white onion, spinach, basil, salt, pepper (omit), coconut milk, chicken broth, garlic, coconut oil, arrowroot.

In this gluten-free recipe the slices of butternut squash replace the traditional pasta sheets, and although they don’t have the same taste, they work really well layered with the delicious sauce. There is a strong garlic flavor from this dish but if you find it too much, simply cut down the number of cloves you use. If you prefer, you could substitute other meat for the pork – ground turkey would be great!

Pasta E Fagioli

– A Clean Plate

Ingredients: ground beef, chicken, carrots, celery, beets, onions, broth, nomato sauce, parsley, oregano, ginger, spaghetti squash.

Traditionally this pasta dish is made with beans, but if you are eating nightshade-free meals then this recipe will be very useful. You have all the flavors from the Italian-inspired herbs and seasonings, just without the beans! This is a slow cooker recipe so you can set it up in the morning and it will be ready when you come home. This is a hearty casserole that would be perfect for a chilly day.

Alfredo with Caramelized Leeks & Bacon

– Meatified

Alfredo with Caramelized Leeks & Bacon

Photo Credit: Rach from Meatified

Ingredients: avocado oil, leeks, chicken broth, lemon juice, cauliflower, chicken broth, coconut milk, sea salt, garlic powder, white sweet potatoes or preferred vegetable, bacon, green onions.

This recipe seems a bit more complex than some, but it is well worth the effort! Just imagine a lovely creamy sauce served over noodles and topped with crispy bacon – a fantastic low-carb meal for a cold day when you need some comfort food! Instead of sweet potato noodles you could use zucchini, which works really well too.

Oven Baked Spaghetti Squash

– The Healthy Foodie

Oven Baked Spaghetti Squash

Photo Credit: Sonia from The Healthy Foodie

Ingredients: spaghetti squash, extra-virgin olive oil, salt, black pepper (omit), thyme.

Spaghetti squash is a perfect replacement for traditional wheat-based pasta and can help if anyone in the family has gluten intolerance. It can be teamed with a sauce such as Bolognese, but is quite delicious as a side dish with roasted meats or fish. The herbs can be altered too – for example you can use some rosemary for chicken dishes or fennel with fish.

Pizza

– Healy Eats Real

Pizza

Photo Credit: Hannah from Healy Eats Real

Ingredients: water, gelatin, tapioca flour, coconut flour, sea salt, baking soda, palm shortening or coconut oil, apple cider vinegar, beets, carrots, beef broth, garlic, black pepper (omit), basil, ground beef, asparagus, leafy greens, herbs.

Often when you are on a diet or following a protocol, the recipes can lack flavor and be quite off-putting. Don’t despair! This pizza is full of flavor and is so appealing to look at that it is sure to become a family favorite! The sauce has the same sweetness and tartness as a tomato-based one and is the perfect partner for your choice of toppings.

Shrimp and Asparagus “Risotto”

– Sweet Potatoes & Social Change

Shrimp and Asparagus “Risotto”<

Photo Credit: Sweet Potatoes & Social Change

Ingredients: rutabaga, white sweet potato, bone broth, onion, dry white wine, asparagus, shrimp, salt.

Risotto used to terrify me – the thought of adding the liquid slowly and stirring continually while it absorbs – who has time for that on a normal day! Now I have found this method and it takes much less time and effort but still gives you a tasty and delicious risotto without the waiting about! Don’t worry about adding the white wine as the alcohol will cook out, making it safe for AIP and Paleo diets and kid-friendly too!

Mushroom Ravioli

– Flash Fiction Kitchen

Ingredients: tigernut flour, cassava flour, tapioca flour or arrowroot starch, sea salt, extra virgin olive oil, water, mushrooms, onion, garlic, apple cider vinegar or lemon juice, coconut cream, parsley, chicken or vegetable stock.

This is a vegan dish that is suitable for those on AIP and Paleo diets too, so this ravioli would be good to serve to guests where you might not know what diet issues they have. The ‘pasta’ is soft and tasty and stuffed with a mixture of mushrooms flavored with garlic and lemon, all coated in a wonderful gravy, and the ravioli takes on a great color thanks to the turmeric.

TSL’s Osso Buco

– Joanna Frankham

Ingredients: osso buco, onions, carrots, celery, garlic, bacon, fat, rosemary, balsamic vinegar, apple cider vinegar, bone broth, silver beet/swiss chard.

Slow-cooked beef is so tender and juicy that you will never believe it is beef shanks! The meat should be falling apart once it is cooked so don’t try to make it look ‘pretty’ on the plate – it was born to be rustic! The marrow from the bones will melt into the dish as it cooks and if you leave it to go cold you will find the juices set because of this, giving you even more goodness and flavor.

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AIP Italian Recipes – Desserts

Raspberry Coconut Panna Cotta

– Healing Family Eats

Raspberry Coconut Panna Cotta

Photo Credit: Healing Family Eats

Ingredients: gelatin, coconut milk, raspberries, vanilla extract, honey.

Panna cotta is such a great dessert as it gives you an easy source of gelatine to strengthen hair and nails. Not only that, it tastes amazing too! This simple dish is AIP and Paleo-friendly and can be a good dish to make for anyone who is recovering from illness as it is smooth and easy to eat. If you like this panna cotta you could try using different berries for a change in flavors – blueberries work really well!

Watermelon Mint Granita

– The Paleo Mom

Watermelon Mint Granita

Photo Credit: Sarah from The Paleo Mom

Ingredients: watermelon, fresh mint.

Granita is one of the simplest frozen desserts around and it can be flavored in whatever way you like! This Paleo and AIP granita is totally dairy and sugar-free, but has the fresh taste of watermelon and mint, making it our family favorite for during the hotter days of summer. If you can’t get watermelon, any juicy fruit would do, so you could try using strawberries if they are in season.

Coconut Passion Fruit Panna Cotta

– Food by Mars

Ingredients: coconut milk, gelatin powder, vanilla extract, sweetener of choice, passion fruits, coconut flakes.

Somehow passion fruit seems to give any dessert that look of luxury, so next time you are holding an Italian meal for friends, why not wow them with an authentic Italian dessert! The panna cotta is smooth and silky, topped with the rich passion fruit and with the crunch of the coconut to add a whole new dimension to the flavor and texture combination. This dessert is suitable for AIP and Paleo diets.

Coconut Raspberry Freezer Meringues

– AIP Lifestyle

Ingredients: coconut milk, raspberry.

This has got to be one of the quickest and easiest desserts there is! Only two ingredients and a few minutes, then freeze until set and you have wonderful fluffy raspberry meringues that you can serve with added fruit or as a side with low-carb ice cream. The meringues can be a great way to avoid high-sugar desserts for kids too as these are sugar-free but taste sweet.

Sweet Italian Taralli Cookies

– Genius Kitchen

Ingredients: cassava flour, tigernut flour, coconut flakes, coconut milk, applesauce, coconut oil, lemon juice, vanilla extract.

Taralli cookies are usually served in Italy with dessert or as a snack with a cup of coffee, and that’s where these little beauties will come into their own! They have a hint of sweetness off-set by the applesauce and lemon and are made with tigernut flour which means these are gluten-free and dairy-free too. The cookies make a perfect gift for your next potluck or as a surprise snack at a coffee morning.