Everybody loves Italian food—the flavor combinations are straightforward and reliably delicious. But when making Italian for ourselves, all too often we fall into the monotonous cycle of cooking exclusively carb-heavy "red sauce" dishes—spaghetti and meatballs, chicken parmigiana, and (for the slightly more daring home chef) freshly baked pizza. 

But as chef Fabio Viviani knows well, there's a lot more to "eating like the Romans do" than just tomato sauce. 

With a bit of help from the Top Chef "fan favorite" and Florence native, you can prepare a variety of lightened-up, authentic Italian recipes in your very own kitchen. The best part? Each dish takes 30 minutes or less to make, meaning you just found your favorite new weeknight meal plan.

Check out five easy-to-make Italian recipes from Viviani's latest book, Fabio's 30-Minute Italian ($27.99, amazon.com), and mangia.