Main Dishes

Ragú Bolognese

Makes 6 servings Bolognese is essentially a meat stew with a small amount of tomato added— although Americans often confuse it for a tomato sauce with some meat added. The sauce is cooked slowly to develop a deep, rich flavor. In Italy it is traditionally served with tagliatelle pasta and […]

Main Dishes

Ravioli Filled with Beets, Butter, and Poppy Seeds

Makes 6 servings The bright red beet shines through the pasta dough, making these beautiful ravioli the perfect dish for entertaining. They make for a great pasta course or vegetarian main, but you can add bacon or prosciutto to the stuffing for a more complex flavor. Ingredients Beet filling 1/4 […]

Main Dishes

Rolled Pasta with Pumpkin and Chestnut

Makes 8 to 10 servings Ingredients Pumpkin and Chestnut Stuffing One 3-lb pumpkin Kosher salt, as needed 5 oz peeled fresh or frozen chestnuts 1 rosemary sprig 1 garlic clove, crushed 2 tablespoons grated Parmigiano-Reggiano 4 amaretti cookies, crumbled 2 egg yolks Zest from 1 orange Freshly ground black pepper, […]

Sauces, Dressings & Condiments

Simple Tomato Sauce

Makes 4 cups 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 Directions Heat the oil in a large saucepan over low heat. Add the onions and garlic and cook, […]

Main Dishes

Spaghetti with Anchovies and Fennel

Makes 4 servings Ingredients Kosher salt, as needed 1 lb dried spaghetti 6 salt-cured anchovy fillets 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil 4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes 1/4 cup chopped fennel fronds 1/2 cup toasted bread crumbs Directions Bring a large pot of salted water to […]

Main Dishes

Spaghetti with Broccoli Rabe

Makes 6 servings The toasted bread crumbs add a nice texture to this dish, but they aren’t essential if you’re looking to save some time. Use leftover sandwich bread to make fresh breadcrumbs in a food processor. Toast them in a little butter or olive oil over medium heat until […]

Main Dishes

Spaghetti with Garlic, Oil, and Hot Pepper

Serves 4 to 6 Use any variety of pasta you have on hand to make this super simple pasta dish. Serve it as is or topped with seared frozen shrimp, flaked canned tuna, or white beans. You can make the dish without the fresh parsley if you’re out, but you […]

Main Dishes

Spaghetti with Sausage and Bitter Greens

Makes 4 to 6 servings If you’re still exploring the world of bitter greens, this is a great dish to start with. It’s acidic and rich, which helps to balance the slight bitterness of the radicchio and escarole. Peel the tomatoes, if you want, but if the skins don’t bother […]

Family Fun

Strings and Wiggles: A Guide to Pasta Shapes

We haven’t counted, but by our estimates, there are like, ten million different pasta shapes in the world. More accurately, there are probably more than 300 different shapes, and depending on where you are in the world, each one may have a completely different name. Luckily, knowing the ins and […]

Main Dishes, Salads

Summer Pasta Salad with Pecorino and Dill

Makes 6 to 8 servings You can call this pasta salad and enjoy it room temperature or chilled, or you can keep the components hot for a late-summer dinner. Try basil, mint, or a combination of the two as a substitute for the dill, if you like. Ingredients 1 lb […]