Do you daydream about pasta? Do visions of angel hair dance in your head? How about fusilli and farfalle, linguine and lasagna, rigatoni and rotini, tortellini and tagliatelle? Yet, even as you muse about masses of macaroni, manicotti and mostaccioli, if you are like many Americans you may actually be eating less pasta than you used to.
3 of a Kind checks out three places across the country to try something cool, new and delicious.
Cacio e pepe — a classic Roman dish that translates to “cheese and pepper” — is arguably one of the simplest recipes in the Italian canon. The combination of pecorino cheese and ground black pepper makes a simple yet irresistible creamy pan sauce ideal for coating pasta. The flavor profile has caught the attention of chefs stateside, and some are taking it way beyond the noodle. Read more
If you’re like us and are just about ready to dance down the streets and proclaim your excitement over spring’s long-awaited arrival, you need to celebrate by taking advantage of the best parts of spring — and, of course, that means the bounty of seasonal produce. In Italian, primavera means “spring,” and the classic dish of pasta primavera brings together the bounty of in-season veggies in a single light, bright dinner that’s ideal for longer days and warmer nights. Read on below to check out our favorite takes on this tried-and-true staple.
Giada De Laurentiis’ Pasta Primavera
With nearly 400 fan reviews and a 5-star rating, Giada’s go-to recipe is a good place to start if you’re new to the primavera party. She lets the sweetness of the roasted carrots, zucchini and bell peppers shine in her no-sauce sauce, which is made just before serving as the hot noodles get tossed with the tender veggies and a generous splash of the cooking liquid.
This familiar, comforting dish has likely found its way onto your dinner table at some point. And whether you prefer the classic version or are looking to switch things up next time you make it, we’ve got a recipe for you.
Giada (our resident pasta queen) has a popular recipe for the classic dish that deserves a spot on your Pinterest board. Her version calls for some freshly squeezed lemon juice, which brightens up all that delicious Parmesan.
The beauty of pasta is that, like a pizza crust or a slice of bread, it’s a culinary blank canvas just waiting to be dressed up with your choice of flavors. The usual standbys, like marinara and Alfredo sauces, may be go-to picks for topping noodles, but there’s nearly no limit to the ingredients you can use to create a sauce all your own.
A filling, family-friendly weeknight dinner that’s not only quick to make but also healthy: Sound too good to be true? Not anymore, thanks to this week’s Most Popular Pin of the Week. Ready to eat in less than 40 minutes, this easy pasta brings together sweet roasted peppers and tangy feta cheese to create a rich, creamy sauce with — wait for it — no cream in sight, making it a surprisingly light supper. By using whole-wheat noodles in place of the traditional variety, you can boost the nutritional value of the meal even more while satisfying your carb craving.
For more made-over recipe ideas, check out Food Network’s Let’s Get Healthy board on Pinterest.
Get the Recipe: Fettuccine with Creamy Red Pepper-Feta Sauce
Once a month Bev Weidner, of Bev Cooks fame and the mom of adorable twin littles, stops by to share an easy, one-two approach to dinner to keep everyone happy: Start by making one classic recipe for the kids in the house, then dress up that same dish with bold flavors for the adults.
Valentine’s Day at home can be romantic for you and your special someone, even when the kids are there too. If you’re staying inside the cozy confines of your abode this Valentine’s Day, I’ve got a crazy-simple meal that will satisfy errrrbody. Even those under the age of 5 will approve.
1. It involves pasta. Hello, isn’t “pasta” the synonym of “Valentine’s Day”? I think it is.
The hearts, the roses, the chocolate candy … It’s tough to escape the culture of Valentine’s Day once February 1 rolls around. If, for whatever reason, you’re not embracing all things red and pink these days — and instead running away from them — this Valentine’s Day dinner is for you.
It takes just 15 minutes and five everyday ingredients to make Geoffrey Zakarian’s Spaghetti Aglio e Olio, aka spaghetti with garlic and olive oil. This fan-favorite recipe gets a boost of welcome heat from a generous pinch of red pepper flakes, while the sauce comes together in a quick saute; just use a few splashes of pasta water to create a silky sauce out of the garlic slices and oil. Go ahead and slurp up each and every noodle and revel in that garlicky flavor.
One of the many lessons I learned about food while living in Italy was simple: Pasta night does not have to mean spaghetti with red sauce. Think quick pan sauces with bacon or lemon juice, or cheesy baked pasta casseroles instead. These are nine simple, delicious ways to branch out in the world of pasta.
Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo (pictured above)
25 minutes and a handful of ingredients — that’s all it takes to put together this creamy, dreamy pasta.
Want a twist on your basic spaghetti and red sauce? Try a light and airy version from Giada De Laurentiis, dripping in olive oil and fresh lemon juice and dusted with cheese.
Sometimes recipes billed as one-pot meals can mislead you. With most pasta dishes, for instance, sure, you can make the sauce from start to finish in one pot and then stir in the cooked pasta, but you’ve still got to boil the pasta somewhere, and that somewhere is another pot that needs to be cleaned. Then you need to strain the pasta – does a colander count as a third pot? Sigh.
Thus we bring you the true one-pot pasta dinner. This revolutionary method of pasta preparation allows you to skip the separate boiling and throw the dry noodles right into a pot with the other ingredients. As it cooks, the pasta’s starch helps the sauce thicken simultaneously. Food Network Kitchen created a version with fresh tomato sauce and a spin on classic mac and cheese, both with magical results. Try one for yourself tonight and you may never bother with two-pot pasta again. Read more