Here's an Italian-inspired menu for a casual Sunday dinner centered around our recipe for Hearty Minestrone Soup.

Minestrone Soup

Sunday Dinner Italian Style

A warming, Italian-inspired menu featuring an easy, fried ravioli appetizer, minestrone soup as the main course, homemade breadsticks, salad and panna cotta for dessert.

Appetizer: Fried Ravioli with Marinara

Crumb-coated mini ravioli, shallow-fried and served with marinara sauce for dipping make an appetizer that's sure to please even the fussiest eater.

Main Dish: Hearty Minestrone Soup

A rich, hearty minestrone soup, loaded with vegetables and flavored with pancetta, garlic, Italian sausage and dry red wine makes a satisfying one-dish meal with plenty of leftovers for another day.

Side Dish: Italian Salad With Basil Vinaigrette

This delicious tossed salad with Genoa salami, sharp provolone cheese, fresh basil and lemon juice is a great addition to an Italian menu.

Side Dish: Soft Garlic Breadsticks

These soft, flavorful, homemade garlic breadsticks are quick to mix, have short rise time and are a perfect choice to serve alongside soups, stews and chili.

Dessert: Panna Cotta with Spiced Pear Purée

With its silky, custard-like texture and cinnamon-spiced, pear purée topping, this panna cotta is easy to prepare and makes an ideal fall dessert.