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.