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17 Italian Dishes, Messed Up a Little

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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.

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Kale and Italian Sausage Lasagna with Pumpkin Béchamel
Kale and Italian Sausage Lasagna with Pumpkin Béchamel
Kathy Brennan & Caroline Campion's Skillet Lasagna
Kathy Brennan & Caroline Campion's Skillet Lasagna
Beer Pizza
Beer Pizza
Herb, Feta, and Quinoa-Filled Frittata
Herb, Feta, and Quinoa-Filled Frittata
 Roasted Cauliflower Brown Rice Risotto with Lemon, Walnut, and Mascarpone
Roasted Cauliflower Brown Rice Risotto with Lemon, Walnut, and Mascarpone
Celery Risotto with Asian Pear and Shiso
Celery Risotto with Asian Pear and Shiso
Glazed Shallot, Walnut, Sage, and Goat Cheese Pizza
Glazed Shallot, Walnut, Sage, and Goat Cheese Pizza
Mint-Pistachio Pesto

Mint-Pistachio Pesto by em-i-lis

Cacio e Pepe Pizza with Roasted Radishes

Cacio e Pepe Pizza with Roasted Radishes by fiveandspice

Black Pepper and Parmesan Panna Cotta
Black Pepper and Parmesan Panna Cotta
Mrs. Wheelbarrow's Focaccia with Apricot Jam, Caramelized Onion, and Fennel
Mrs. Wheelbarrow's Focaccia with Apricot Jam, Caramelized Onion, and Fennel
Beet Ravioli with Goat Cheese, Ricotta and Mint Filling
Beet Ravioli with Goat Cheese, Ricotta and Mint Filling
Kalamata Olive Gnocchi
Kalamata Olive Gnocchi
Thanksgiving Osso Buco
Thanksgiving Osso Buco
Winter Panzanella with Orange, Roasted Beets, and Pomegranate Seeds
Winter Panzanella with Orange, Roasted Beets, and Pomegranate Seeds
Pea and Bacon Panzanella with Warm Vinaigrette
Pea and Bacon Panzanella with Warm Vinaigrette

Tell us: What's your favorite not-so-classic spin on a classic Italian dish?