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Smoked Salmon Risotto

Smoked salmon risotto is an elegant dish that captures the flavors of the salmon and wine. You can make smoked salmon risotto as a side dish for a seafood-based meal, or you can prepare it for a special [more…]

White Wine Risotto

This risotto recipe uses white wine in much greater quantities than most risotto recipes, creating a delicious flavor that complements the rice and vegetables. To keep this dish vegetarian, use the vegetable [more…]

Potato Gnocchi

You can serve potato gnocchi with many of the same sauces you use on pasta, including meat sauce and pesto sauce. Potato gnocchi are made with ricotta cheese in some regions of Italy. [more…]

Sautéed Broccoli Rabe

Broccoli rabe has a slightly bitter flavor that stands up nicely to the garlic and hot red pepper flakes in this recipe. If broccoli rabe isn’t available, you can prepare broccoli, spinach, kale, Swiss [more…]

Polenta with Vegetables

Serve a medley of vegetables over a mound of fluffy polenta to make an excellent first course for a spring meal. Polenta’s cornmeal base provides a great complement to the vegetables. [more…]

Everyday Focaccia (Focaccia Tutti I Giorni)

With just olive oil and salt on top, this focaccia is the simplest and most basic. Use it to make sandwiches (just slice squares in half horizontally) or serve it as a snack. It’s also great in the breadbasket [more…]

Pasta with Tomato and Basil Sauce (Pasta Pomodoro e Basilico)

With garlic, basil, and canned tomatoes, this slow-simmered pasta sauce is an Italian classic. If you have ripe, fresh tomatoes, this recipe is even better. [more…]

Basic Pizza Dough (Pasta per la Pizza)

You can make pizza dough by hand or with the help of a large food processor or standing mixer. To use a food processor, combine the yeast, water, and oil until smooth; add the flour and salt; and process [more…]

Fresh Egg Pasta (Pasta all’Uovo)

Making your own pasta is surprisingly easy, especially if you use a food processor and manual pasta machine. (Before the invention of the food processor, making the dough for fresh pasta took about 20 [more…]

Penne with Tomatoes, Capers, Anchovies, and Olives (Pasta alla Puttanesca)

This dish comes from Rome, and the name comes from the Italian word puttana, or prostitute. Some sources believe that the name refers to the fact that the dish can be thrown together with pantry staples [more…]

Potato Gnocchi (Gnocchi di Patate)

This dish is the most popular type of gnocchi. You can serve potato gnocchi with many of the same sauces you use on pasta, including marinara sauce and [more…]

Vegetable Risotto (Risotto Primavera)

You use nine vegetables in this attractive and satisfying risotto, each adding a different color, texture, and flavor. The various vegetables go into the saucepan at different times to ensure that you [more…]

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