Elaine’s Fettuccine Alfredo

Salt 2 tablespoons butter 1 small clove garlic, finely chopped 1 1/2 cups heavy cream 1 large egg yolk 1 pound fresh fettuccine 1 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese Freshly ground pepper to taste Bring 6 quarts generously salted water to a boil. While the water heats, melt the butter in a large, deep skillet… Continue reading Elaine’s Fettuccine Alfredo

One Pot Edamame Pasta with Coconut-Turmeric Sauce

6 oz Edamame Pasta 1/2 medium white onion – thinly sliced 1/2 jalapeno or 1 serrano – minced 2 cloves garlic – thinly sliced 1 medium zucchini – thinly sliced half moons 2 cups water 1/2 cup coconut milk 1 tsp turmeric powder salt crushed black pepper 1 tbsp unsalted almonds – skin on is… Continue reading One Pot Edamame Pasta with Coconut-Turmeric Sauce

Slow Cooker Chicken Ragù With Herbed Ricotta (with pressure cooker variation)

1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs 1 small carrot, peeled and chopped 1/2 yellow or red onion, finely minced (about 1 cup) 4 garlic cloves, smashed and chopped 3 tablespoons tomato paste 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 sprig fresh thyme (or 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme) 1 sprig fresh oregano (or 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano)… Continue reading Slow Cooker Chicken Ragù With Herbed Ricotta (with pressure cooker variation)

Slow Cooker Meatballs

Meatballs: 1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef 1/3 cup Italian bread crumbs 1/4 cup onion finely diced 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning 1 egg 1/4 cup parsley fresh, chopped 1/4 cup parmesan cheese Sauce: 24 ounces pasta sauce 2 cloves garlic 14 ounces crushed tomatoes canned 28 ounces diced tomatoes canned, undrained 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning… Continue reading Slow Cooker Meatballs

Slow Cooker Sunday Sauce (Braised Pork with Sausage and Meatballs)

2 (28-ounce) cans crushed tomatoes 3 basil sprigs 2 pounds boneless pork shoulder, cut into 3-inch chunks Kosher salt and black pepper 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more as needed 1 pound hot or sweet Italian sausage, or a combination 1 yellow onion, coarsely chopped 6 garlic cloves, smashed and peeled 1/3 cup red… Continue reading Slow Cooker Sunday Sauce (Braised Pork with Sausage and Meatballs)

Sunday Sauce (Braised Pork with Sausage and Meatballs)

2 pounds boneless pork shoulder, cut into 3-inch chunks Kosher salt and black pepper 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more as needed 1 pound hot or sweet Italian sausage, or a combination 1 yellow onion, coarsely chopped 6 garlic cloves, smashed and peeled 1/3 cup red wine 2 (28-ounce) cans crushed tomatoes 3 basil… Continue reading Sunday Sauce (Braised Pork with Sausage and Meatballs)

Pasta with Tomatoes, Peas, and Pancetta

1 pound plum tomatoes, cored and chopped 1/2 cup lightly packed fresh mint OR parsley leaves OR a combination, chopped Kosher salt and ground black pepper 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more to serve 1 medium yellow onion, chopped 4 ounces pancetta, chopped 3 tablespoons tomato paste 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes 1 pound… Continue reading Pasta with Tomatoes, Peas, and Pancetta

Creamy Tortellini Soup with Sausage

1 tablespoon olive oil 1 pound Italian sausage, casing removed 3 cloves garlic, minced 1 medium sweet onion, diced 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour 4 cups chicken stock 1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce 1 (9-ounce) package refrigerated three cheese tortellini 1/2 bunch kale,… Continue reading Creamy Tortellini Soup with Sausage

Winter Minestrone

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil 1 yellow onion, chopped 1 teaspoon dried thyme 1 teaspoon dried oregano 1 teaspoon kosher salt, or more as needed 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, or more as needed 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves 1 bunch (5 ounces) Swiss chard, trimmed and thinly sliced 5 ounces… Continue reading Winter Minestrone

Italian Wedding Soup

1 teaspoon olive oil 1 (12-ounce) package fully cooked Italian-style chicken sausage, preferably spicy, sliced into coins 2 large (about 3 ounces) carrots, scrubbed and chopped 2 stalks (about 3 ounces) celery, halved lengthwise and sliced (save a few leaves for garnish, if desired) 10 cups (2 1/2 quarts) low-sodium chicken stock 1/4 cup (2… Continue reading Italian Wedding Soup

Ham and Cheese Pasta With a Handful of Peas

Pasta shells Ham steak Peas Swiss or jarlsberg Parm Pick up a box of large shells — the ones the size of a knuckle, so they hold a little pasta water in them. Pick up a ham steak from the butcher or the corner of the supermarket meat display, and dice it. Pick up a… Continue reading Ham and Cheese Pasta With a Handful of Peas

Baked Gnocchi with Tomatoes, Spinach and Bocconcini

400 – 500 g gnocchi (14-16 oz.) fresh or shelf-stable 2 cloves garlic chopped 1 tsp dried basil 398 ml canned cherry tomatoes (13.5 oz.) with juice 1/2 cup water 2 handfuls baby spinach chopped, or baby arugula 7 large bocconcini large cherry sized bocconcini Salt and freshly ground pepper Freshly grated Parmesan cheese for… Continue reading Baked Gnocchi with Tomatoes, Spinach and Bocconcini

Penne alla Silana (Penne with Pancetta, Provolone, and Salami)

1 pound penne or fileja pasta Kosher salt and ground black pepper 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 1 medium red onion, chopped 3-4 ounces pancetta, chopped 3/4-1 1/2 teaspoons red pepper flakes 1 28-ounce can whole tomatoes, crushed by hand 4 ounces Genoa salami or spicy salami (see headnote), cut into 1/4-inch cubes 3 ounces… Continue reading Penne alla Silana (Penne with Pancetta, Provolone, and Salami)

Orecchiette With ’Nduja, Shrimp and Tomatoes

Kosher salt 12 ounces orecchiette 2 slices day-old Italian bread, cut about 1/2-inch thick and torn into small pieces, or 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs 5 tablespoons olive oil Zest and juice from 1/2 lemon 2 tablespoons chopped Italian flat-leaf parsley 2 shallots, sliced 4 garlic cloves, sliced 4 ounces ’nduja, or fresh chorizo or… Continue reading Orecchiette With ’Nduja, Shrimp and Tomatoes

Quick Ragù With Ricotta and Lemon (Lazy Lasagna)

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling 1 medium onion, thinly sliced 2 garlic cloves, peeled and smashed Fine sea salt and black pepper 1 pound ground beef 2 heaping tablespoons sambal oelek (or any spicy red-pepper paste) 1/4 cup full-bodied red wine, like cabernet or merlot 1 (28-ounce) can whole peeled tomatoes,… Continue reading Quick Ragù With Ricotta and Lemon (Lazy Lasagna)

Pasta with Cauliflower, Bacon, and Sage

1 medium head cauliflower (2 to 2 1/2 pounds), cored and cut into 3/4-inch florets 2 to 3 tablespoons olive oil, plus more as needed Kosher salt and black pepper 1/2 pound thick-cut bacon, diced 1 packed cup fresh sage leaves 1 pound short pasta, such as gemelli, casarecce or penne Zest and juice of… Continue reading Pasta with Cauliflower, Bacon, and Sage

Sheet-Pan Gnocchi

1/2 large red onion, cut into ½”-thick wedges 2 large garlic cloves, unpeeled 2 pints cherry tomatoes 1 17.6-oz. package shelf-stable or refrigerated potato gnocchi 4 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil, divided, plus more for drizzling 1 1/2 tsp. Diamond Crystal or 1 tsp. Morton kosher salt, divided, plus more Freshly ground black pepper 1 Tbsp.… Continue reading Sheet-Pan Gnocchi

Baked Gnocchi with Sausage

2-3 cloves garlic, minced Pinch red pepper flakes, optional 3 links links Italian sausage, mild or hot, removed from casing and crumbled 28 oz canned whole or diced tomatoes 1/3 cup sun-dried tomatoes, packed in oil, sliced 1 tsp oregano 1/4 cup fresh basil, sliced or 2-3 tsp dried basil leaves Salt and freshly ground… Continue reading Baked Gnocchi with Sausage

Pasta With Marinated Artichoke Sauce

1 (12-ounce) jar quartered marinated artichoke hearts Kosher salt 1/2 pound rigatoni (or another short pasta) Freshly grated Parmesan Red pepper flakes Set a pot of water over high heat to come to a boil. Meanwhile, set a sieve over a bowl, then pour in the whole jar of artichoke hearts. Fill a 1/2-cup measure… Continue reading Pasta With Marinated Artichoke Sauce