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Spaghetti all’Aglio e Olio

Spaghetti all’aglio e olio–spaghetti with garlic, olive oil, pepper flakes, and cheese–is a simple authentic Italian classic that makes an ideal weeknight supper. Adapted from Women for Women International | Share | Kyle Books, 2013 This spaghetti all’aglio e olio recipe is classic Italian simplicity and frugality. Or so says its author. We’re not arguing. The pasta cooking water is the secret ingredient as it lends a unique… devour more »          

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Homemade Cavatelli

This homemade cavatelli is easy to make with flour, water, salt, and oil, and doesn’t even require a pasta maker. Here’s how to make it. Adapted from The Silver Spoon Kitchen | Puglia | Phaidon, 2015 These homemade cavatelli are little curls of pasta and are quite common in southern Italy, where they’re commonly served simply, as in cavatelli with broccoli. Yes, you can make your own homemade cavatelli pasta and no, you… devour more »          

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Chicken in a Pot

This chicken in a pot is like an easy French pot au feu made with a whole chicken and vegetables, such as carrots, leeks, and turnips in broth. Healthy, quick, frugal, comforting, and simple. Here’s how to cook it. Adapted from Sara Dickerman | Bon Appétit: The Food Lover’s Cleanse | William Morrow, 2015 Chicken in a pot is essentially a French technique that creates a tender, soupy braise known as chicken pot au feu. All it requires from… devour more »          

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Homemade Potato Gnocchi

These homemade potato gnocchi are, quite frankly, the best version of this Italian classic that we’ve ever had. They’re made with russet potatoes, flour, egg, and salt and are like little pillows of potato heaven. Four ingredients. Ridiculously easy. Wonderfully inexpensive. Adapted from The Silver Spoon Kitchen | The Silver Spoon | Phaidon, 2011 We don’t know all there is to Italian cooking. But we do know how to make… devour more »          

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Tuna and Tomato Spaghetti

This tuna and tomato spaghetti is an easy, inexpensive meal that comes together from pasta, canned tuna and tomatoes, and Romano cheese. Done in just 30 minutes and requires only a handful of pantry ingredients. Adapted from Leanne Brown | Good and Cheap | Workman Publishing Company, 2015 We’re quite fond of the title of the book in which we found this tuna tomato pasta recipe. It’s Good and Cheap. As it implies, this recipe won’t set… devour more »          

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Cajun Chicken and Sausage Jambalaya

This chicken and sausage jambalaya is, honestly, the best version of this Cajun classic we’ve ever had. It’s made with a whole roasted chicken, smoked sausage, peppers, celery, onions, rice, and spice mix and feeds a crowd. Adapted from Donald Link | Real Cajun | Clarkson Potter, 2009 In my opinion, there are two types of jambalaya—Cajun and Creole. The main difference is that in the Creole version, the rice is cooked in a… devour more »          

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Lobster Fra Diavolo

This lobster fra diavolo is made with spaghetti that’s tossed in a spicy tomato sauce with lobster, white wine, and chile pepper. Easy, elegant, and so very impressive. Adapted from Pino Luongo | Two Meatballs in the Italian Kitchen | Artisan, 2007 I remember eating lobster fra diavolo at Italian restaurants as a kid. Back then, lobster fra diavolo meant lobster with red sauce and a lot of crushed red pepper flakes. After I trained as a… devour more »          

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Linguine with Clams

This linguine with clams is a classic Italian meal that comes together in less than 30 minutes and requires only pasta, clams, oil, garlic, parsley, white wine, and pepper flakes. Adapted from Jacob Kenedy | Bocca | Bloomsbury USA, 2011 This comforting meal of linguine with clams for two is deceptively and blessedly simple. It comes together in less than 30 minutes yet the intoxicating aroma of garlic and herbs will suggest you’ve been… devour more »          

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Wild Rice with Roasted Chestnuts and Cranberries

This wild rice with roasted chestnuts and cranberries is a healthy Thanksgiving side dish that also happens to be gluten-free. Made with dried fruits and chestnuts, it’s ideal for holiday entertaining as it can be made in advance. Adapted from Diane Morgan | The Christmas Table | Chronicle Books, 2008 This wild rice with roasted chestnuts and cranberries recipe does triple duty at any holiday meal, providing something healthy and gluten-free and make-ahead. Make that quadruple duty seeing as it’s also immensely satisfying.–Renee Schettler Rossi Wild Rice, […]

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