Smoky Eggplant Pasta with Spicy Breadcrumbs

This pasta has a secret, a savory smoky secret. At first glance, the sauce appears to be a standard tomato-cream concoction, when in reality it gets a serious boost of flavor from charred eggplant mash. You start the process the same way you would make baba ganoush: charring whole eggplants on the grill until the…

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Elote Pasta Salad

Just because we can now be inside with people doesn’t mean we have to! This picnic or barbecue friendly dish brings the spicy, salty, and creamy notes of Mexican street corn (elote) to an easy to prep and travel-friendly pasta salad. For more picnic and barbecue friendly dishes, click here. What is Elote? A masterclass…

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Feta and Leek Scarpinocc

There’s a new feta pasta in town! These delicate pasta parcels are stuffed with feta, ricotta, and caramelized leeks, and are swimming in unctuous brown butter, toasty pine nuts, and herbs. Scarpinocc stems from the word scarpa, which means shoe, as these shapes are meant to resemble the italian wooden clogs of yore. Traditionally they…

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Lemony Spaghetti with Crab and Tarragon

I’m not going to call this a carbonara because I don’t have a death wish, BUT you do make the creamy lemony sauce by tempering eggs with parmesan and pasta water… so I guess we can settle on carbonara-esque. I wanted to put the flavors of crab and hollandaise into pasta form, and thus this…

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Sopressine with Shrimp Butter

I have two words for you: SHRIMP BUTTER! The majority of shrimp flavor actually comes from the shells, and you can make an sinfully decadent sauce by pureeing whole shrimp (sauteed in cognac and tomato paste) with a healthy amount of butter. The final product is completely smooth and shell free (thanks to a fine…

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Capicola Ragu with Sweet and Hot Peppers

Here’s a dish inspired by one of the most treasured TV shows of all time: The Sopranos. There are so many fantastic food memories within the show (Carmella and Tony getting obsessed with sushi is one of my favorites), but instead of recreating a classic italian american dish, I decided to make my own. Thus…

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Gnocchetti Sardi with Crème Fraîche, Pancetta, and Peas

Looking for a great intro pasta dish that requires minimal equipment? Look no further than these perfectly chewy gnocchetti sardi! Also known as malloreddus, these sardinian dumplings are made from just semolina flour and water and don’t require a pasta roller, just your fingers and a gnocchi board. While making the gnocchetti is a time…

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Vegan Porcini Risotto

Dairy lovers, before you eschew this recipe completely, remember that broth is really the star of a risotto, not butter. Here, you make an umami packed broth by soaking dried porcini in water, and finish it all with some ultra luxurious cashew cream. Missing parmesan? A tsp of miso paste adds that irresistibly salty-savory flavor.…

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Miso Butter Pasta

Always reserve your pasta water, It’s the key to making silky and smooth sauces! I was inspired by NYT Cooking’s technique for combining miso, butter, and pasta water to make a super easy creamy sauce. Here, I take it up a notch with pickled calabrian chilies, buttery furikake breadcrumbs, and scallions. Enjoy it in a…

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Homemade Udon with Chili Crisp and Vegetables

Never made noodles before? Udon is a great first option! Making fresh pasta, a newby might make the noodles overly thick and chewy. However, these qualities are actually desired in udon noodles–plus no special equipment required! Because you don’t need to roll the dough super thin, these aren’t as laborious as they might seem. Top…

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Seafood Risotto with Seared Scallops

This recipe combines two things I used to be intimidated by: risotto and scallops. They are both staples of fine dining, so they have to be tricky right? Wrong! A basic understanding of a few key techniques makes these “fancy” foods repeatable by any home chef. Neither of these dishes take a long time to…

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Tomato saffron pasta with lemon breadcrumbs

This super easy, one pot, pasta sauce has everything you need to impress. At its core, it’s a simple tomato sauce with a splash of cream. The saffron kicks it up a notch, making this recipe a no brainer for easy weeknight meals or fancy weekend date nights alike. Using tomato paste instead of canned…

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