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10 Plant-Forward Lunch Recipes

If you’re still a member of the work-from-home club, we suspect you’re running out of practical lunch ideas. And, if you’re anything like us, that might mean your take-out burrito average may be higher than usual. We’ve been looking to our favorite plant-forward lunch recipes these days, especially ones that […]

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5 Easy Pasta Recipes for Busy Nights

In a popularity contest, pasta doesn’t generally need any help. But more than being chewy and delicious, this fan-favorite food is also a go-to pantry staple for a quick dinner on a busy night. Pair it with a prepared sauce for a ten minute meal, or try one of our […]

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Basic Pasta

Makes 1 1/4 pounds dough Ingredients 14 oz (3 cups) all-purpose or tipo 00 flour 4 large eggs Directions Combine the flour and eggs by hand or using a machine. Knead until all of the ingredients are well combined and the dough is smooth and elastic. Wrap the dough in […]

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Bucatini alla Gricia

Serves 4 to 6 Guanciale is the cheek of the pig, cured with salt and spices and air-dried. If can be hard to find. You can replace it with a good-quality pancetta, which is from the belly of the pig and cured in the same way as guanciale. Ingredients 8 […]

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Buckwheat Pasta With Bitto, Potato & Cabbage

Serves 4 to 6 Ingredients Kosher salt, as needed 1 1/2 cups small-dice potato 2 cups coarsely chopped savoy cabbage 1 1/4 lb Pizzoccheri (buckwheat pasta) 1 cup grated Bitto or Fontina 3/4 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter 2 garlic cloves 6 sage leaves Directions Preheat […]

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Butternut Squash Malfatti with Crispy Pumpkin Seeds

Makes 12 servings Ingredients 5 lb butternut squash 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil, divided use 2 tablespoons plus 2 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt, plus as needed to adjust seasoning 1 lb 4 oz diced Spanish onions (about 4 1/2 cups) 8 cloves garlic, minced (about 8 teaspoons) 1/4 teaspoon red […]

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Cabernet Braised Short Ribs with Chard and Orecchiette

Makes 6 to 8 servings This hearty dish gets its robust flavor from browned meat, tomato paste, and concentrated red wine. Most of the preparation can be done in advance, making it ideal for entertaining. Ingredients Short Ribs 6 meaty short ribs (about 4 lb) 1 teaspoon kosher salt 1/2 […]

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Capellini with Clams, Bottarga, and Preserved Meyer Lemons

Makes 5 servings This capellini and clam dish is just a little different than the usual spaghetti with clam sauce. Bottarga is smoked, dry-cured tuna roe and it adds a delicious new twist to this dish. The preserved Meyer lemons add a little aromatic acidity to balance the clams and […]