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Pumpkin in lasagna, a pesto sans basil (but plus mint!), and a panzanella with nary a tomato in sight: These are not your classic Italian dishes. Rather, they take inspiration from classics—and then run crazy with substitutions, spices, and add-ins.
Here are 17 not-so-classic twists on classics. We're not saying they're new classics, no, but are they great additions to your recipe repertoire when only something like beer pizza will do? Yes.
Tell us: What's your favorite not-so-classic spin on a classic Italian dish?