In the world of simple pasta sauces, basil pesto has to be pretty close to the top. There is essentially no cooking required, the ingredients are widely available, and once you learn the basic method, you can swap out different ingredients to “spice things up”. In this recipe video, I show you how to make a fairly traditional version. The bright green of the basil, makes a great presentation, and the combination of ingredients tastes absolutely awesome.
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In this recipe video, I wanted to show you another installment of the wonderful world of risotto. As I’ve written in the past, risotto options are endless; it really is a blank canvas on which you can paint nearly anything. In this version, I add some quickly sautéed shrimp and some pureed peas which make a great spring time combination. The firm salty shrimp provide a great con
One of the simplest pasta dishes you can make is fettucini with olive oil and garlic. And while very simple, this fettucini dish, if made with good balance, is simply awesome. In this recipe video, I show you how to make the dish…which only takes about 10 minutes from start to finish. It's great when you've come hom
As a kid, fettucini alfredo was maybe my absolute favorite…it was like mac n’ cheese but…sophisticated. And as you’ll see in this recipe video, my enthusiasm hasn’t diminished over the years. Fettucini alfredo is one of my go-to dishes when I’m at an Italian restaurant, and I think my version as just as good. Many people think
I discovered pesto fairly late in life, and it’s a shame I missed out on years of deliciousness. In this recipe video, I make a spaghetti pesto with chicken that is both tasty and pretty easy to make. Pestos are traditionally made with basil, garlic, pine nuts, and parmesan cheese. In this version, I change it up a bit because I didn’t have pine nuts; I had almonds. But in the spirit of No
Macaroni and cheese is one of the great American comfort foods. I think every kid around loves it, and most adults do too. But I rarely see friends make it at home. That’s a shame, because it’s really pretty easy to make. In this recipe video, I make a classic mac n' cheese, or at least what I consider classic
With the right cooking techniques you can take simple, store bought ingredients and quickly turn them into something special. Using prepackaged food is easy and can save you a lot of time. In this recipe video, I do just that with some cheese ravioli, a left-over chicken breast and a jar of sundried tomatoes.
Spaghetti and Meatballs is an Italian American classic, and I probably don't need to extol its virtues - but I will just a bit. When it comes to comfort food, spaghetti and meatballs has got to be near the top of the list. For me, it brings me simultaneously to my mother’s kitchen table, to the tiny little Italian restaurant I used to go to in college, and even to some of the fine dining restaurants I’ve been too over the years.
I'm not sure if pasta carbonara falls just above or just below fettuccini alfredo on the "not great for you" scale, but I do know that it's delicious - and a little goes a long way, so you don't have to feel too guilty. This dish has the perfect combination of salty and sweet, creaminess from eggs, and good texture from the pasta and bacon. In this recipe video, I show you how to make a pasta