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Ribollita (Hearty Tuscan Bean, Bread, and Vegetable Stew) Recipe

This hearty Tuscan stew is loaded with tender vegetables and beans and thickened with bread. You can even simmer it down, then cook it into a savory vegetable pancake.<p>Why It Works<p>Beans and bread thicken and enrich this traditional stew.<br>• A variety of vegetables creates a deep, rich, flavorful …

Spaghetti Puttanesca (Spaghetti With Capers, Olives, and Anchovies) Recipe

"Puttanesca" literally translates to "in the style of prostitutes," supposedly because the pungent aromas of garlic, anchovies, capers, and olives tossed with pasta were how Neapolitan prostitutes would lead customers to their doors. This is one of those stories that seem, in the words of Douglas …

Penne With Hot-as-You-Dare Arrabbiata Sauce Recipe

Exceedingly simple in concept and execution, <i>arrabbiata</i> sauce is tomato sauce with the distinction of being spicy enough to earn its "angry" moniker. Here's how to make it, from start to finish.<p>Why It Works<p>Finishing the pasta in the sauce coats every piece perfectly.<br>• Adding pasta water to the sauce …

Tofu and Kale Salad With Avocado, Grapefruit, and Miso-Tahini Dressing Recipe

I've been making versions of this salad with crispy tofu, avocado, and grapefruit, flavored with za'atar and topped with a miso and tahini dressing, on and off for the last couple of months, each time tweaking the ingredients a bit, substituting different greens, altering the ratio of dressing …

Tofu

Bucatini all'Amatriciana Recipe

Debate rages over the correct way to make a classic Roman <i>amatriciana</i> sauce of cured pork and tomatoes. We tested all the variables to come up with this ideal version, which packs a delicate heat, gentle black-pepper spice, sharp Pecorino Romano cheese, and the intriguing interplay of sweet-tart …

Italian Food