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20 Ottolenghi Recipes That Make Our Lives a Little Simpler (& a Lot Tastier)

We'll happily shout it from the rooftops: we're the hugest fans of chef, restaurateur, and cookbook author Yotam Ottolenghi. His recipes are bright, fresh, seasonal, and full of flavor—with complex and multi-layered combinations of herbs, spices, and umami-filled game-changers (black garlic and pomegranate molasses, you're our new best friends). Read on for the 20 ways Ottolenghi makes cooking a boldly flavored breeze.

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    Ottolenghi's Couscous, Cherry Tomato & Herb Salad

    Ottolenghi's Couscous, Cherry Tomato & Herb Salad

    This Ottolenghi salad recipe is perfect at a summer barbecue, great alongside grilled meats and veggies. Make the couscous, onion, and raisin mix in advance.

    Yotam Ottolenghi's Shakshuka

    Yotam Ottolenghi's Shakshuka

    This shakshuka recipe comes from the inimitable Yotam Ottolenghi. Great for breakfast at dinner or the most comforting brunch; homemade harissa makes it better.

    Ottolenghi's Honey & Yogurt Set Cheesecake

    Ottolenghi's Honey & Yogurt Set Cheesecake

    "No oven, no bain-marie, no cracks—this is the simplest of cheesecakes! You can make this up to 2 days ahead, topping with honey and thyme just before serving if you like. It will keep in the fridge but the base will soften with time." This recipe is featured in the story,

    Ottolenghi's Beet, Caraway, & Goat Cheese Bread

    Ottolenghi's Beet, Caraway, & Goat Cheese Bread

    Making a bread that requires no yeast or kneading has got to be the definition of simple! The texture is more cakey as a result and best eaten with some salted butter (not used to make sandwiches). If you are warming it through, do so in the oven rather than in the toaster, as it's quite crumbly. …

    Apple and Olive Oil Cake with Maple Icing

    Apple and Olive Oil Cake with Maple Icing

    The olive oil gives this cake extra depth and intensity. The complex flavors mature over time, so consider wrapping the cake in plastic wrap and refrigerating it, ready to ice and serve, for up to 3 days. Somewhat less festive (and less calorie laden), this is still very satisfying without the …

    Woodland Meringues

    Woodland Meringues

    We’ve included two versions of this Ottolenghi Meringue recipe—dark chocolate with hazelnuts and white chocolate with freeze-dried strawberries. Enjoy!

    Ottolenghi's Pappardelle with Rose Harissa, Black Olives & Capers

    Ottolenghi's Pappardelle with Rose Harissa, Black Olives & Capers

    Pappare means "to gobble up," in Italian, which is the destiny of this dish (particularly in Tara's house, where her husband, Chris, makes it most Sunday nights). I like it spicy, but the quantity of harissa can easily be reduced. Make the sauce 3 days ahead if you like and keep in the fridge until …

    Neapolitan Pound Cake

    Neapolitan Pound Cake

    We’ve all heard of Neapolitan ice cream (pink, white and brown). But a Neapolitan pound cake? Now that’s something new! We found the dreamy pink, white, and brown swirled dessert in Sweet: Desserts from London's Ottolenghi, Yotam Ottolenghi and Helen Goh’s sacrament to all things sugar. …

    Ottolenghi's Burrata With Grilled Grapes & Basil

    Ottolenghi's Burrata With Grilled Grapes & Basil

    "Burrata—which means "buttered" in Italian—is one of life's great pleasures. The outside is firm mozzarella, the inside an oozy combination of stracciatella and cream. The combination of the three is unsurprisingly good. Burrata can be paired with all sorts of flavors—citrus fruit or juice, sweet …

    Sweet Potatoes with Orange Bitters

    Sweet Potatoes with Orange Bitters

    One of my greatest idols is Ruth Reichl, a clever writer who delightfully manages to approach food with just the right balance of weightiness and sense of humor, the latter often a rare commodity among “serious” authors. I love Reichl’s recipes, I love her storytelling, and I always benefit from …

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