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Eggplant Caponata Stuffed Shells

Makes 4 to 6 servings This vegan pasta dish is creamy comfort food at its very best. Make all of the components ahead of time, or even assemble the dish a few days before you’re ready to serve it for an ultra-convenient weeknight meal. Serve it alongside prepared marinara sauce, […]

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Grill Anything (Yes, Even Pasta!)

By the end of this summer, I will be able to write a book on how to cook exclusively outside. As I’ve mentioned, probably too often, I live in Texas, where it is currently HOT. My house is small, but tragically under-cooled in the summer, so when I turn on […]

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Home School: Easy Tomato Sauce

Reasons Why You Might Want to Make Tomato Sauce This Week: It’s delicious, and pasta is a pretty efficient comfort food. It’s also versatile and good for more than pasta (read: pizza, stirred into broth to make a soup, smeared on bread, etc.) It’s easy. It’s endlessly customizable, meaning you […]

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Homemade Pasta for Two on Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is less about being in love and more about sharing love, whether that’s with a partner, a family member, or your very best friends. We may be biased, but here at The CIA, we don’t think there’s a much better way to show someone you care than to […]


Kale, Cashew, and Cranberry Pasta Salad

Makes 4 to 6 portions This pasta salad is great cold or at room temperature (a gift from the meal prep fairies), but it’s just as good hot, if you don’t have time to give it a good chill. Ingredients 12 oz whole wheat penne 1/4 cup olive oil 1/2 […]

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Lasagna With Eggplant, Tomato & Mozzarella

Serves 6 Fried Eggplant Ingredients 2 lb eggplant Kosher salt, as needed Extra-virgin olive oil, as needed for frying Tomato-Basil Sauce Ingredients 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil 1/2 cup chopped yellow onion 2 garlic cloves, minced 2 qt canned whole San Marzano tomatoes with their juices Kosher salt, as needed […]

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Linguine alle Vongole (Linguine With Clams)

Serves 4 to 6 Ingredients 2 medium leeks 4 to 5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, as needed 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced 3 dozen Manila clams or littlenecks, scrubbed 1/2 cup dry white wine 1 fresh bay leaf, broken Kosher salt, as needed Freshly ground black pepper, as needed 1 […]

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Linguine with Tuna and Anchovies

Serves 4 to 6 Look for high-quality anchovies and canned tuna imported from Italy, Spain, and Portugal (they really know their tinned fish!). You can make the sauce for this dish ahead of time, through Step 2, if you like. Reheat it before moving on to Step 3 the night […]

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Mushroom Tortelli with Parsley Sauce

Makes 6 to 8 servings Use whichever mushrooms you prefer for this dish. Experiment with different varieties to see how they change the flavor profile of the dish. Ingredients Mushroom Stuffing 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil 1 garlic clove 1 shallot, minced 2 lb mixed wild mushrooms, cleaned and cut […]