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The Essential Steps to Mastering Italian Cuisine

Learning a new cuisine is a lot like learning a new language. With a language, there's a grammar and vocabulary that together allow you to form sentences and express yourself. With a cuisine, there's a body of techniques that function much like a grammar. When they're combined with the cuisine's …

Italian Food

Why (and How!) to Make Mascarpone at Home

Mascarpone, that creamy, decadent cheese, is a staple element of tiramisu, where it sits firmly between layers of coffee-soaked ladyfingers and lends the dessert its characteristic creaminess. Otherwise, the spread moonlights in a variety of other tarts and cakes, and adds silk to an omelette. It’s …

Here’s How to Make Anthony Bourdain’s Favorite Pasta at Home

Anthony Bourdain's favorite city in the world is Tokyo, but if he's looking for pasta, he goes straight to Italy. On a famous episode of Bourdain's <i>No</i> …

How to Make Swirly, Flaky, Mesmerizing Sfogliatelle

Buckle up, guys—this pastry is definitely a project. But trust me, it’s a super fun, satisfying, and delicious one. There’s nothing like a batch of still-warm sfogliatelle (or if you’re just referring to one, sfogliatella), an especially beautiful Italian pastry. Multiple layers of gorgeously thin …

How to Clean those Slippery Silicone Mats, Once and For All

If I was allowed to bring only one kitchen tool to a desert island (assuming that desert island had ovens and sheet pans), it would probably be my trusty silicone mat (I use Silpat). I finally invested in one a few years ago, and ever since it has stood by me through countless nutty caramels and …

Slow-Roasted Beef Tenderloin Recipe

Whole-roasted beef tenderloin is a once-a-year celebratory dish that can be fantastic if done properly. The problem is, its extra-lean meat dries out and overcooks very easily. Our slow-roasting reverse-sear method ensures perfectly medium-rare meat from edge to center, with a nicely browned, …

Filet of Beef

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Lazy Sunday Pot Roast

I found this recipe written in pencil on a 3 x 5 card tucked inside my Grandmother Schwyhart's old, worn cookbook. The apples are particularly nice …

The Food Lab: The Reverse Sear Is the Best Way to Cook a Steak, Period

More<p>Guide to Steak<p>All the methods and tips you need to make perfect steak, each and every time.<p>I've been using and writing about the reverse sear—the technique of slow-cooking a steak or roast before finishing it off with a hot sear—for well over a decade now, but I've never written a definitive …

The Homemade Ranch Dressing I Make More Often Than I Call My Mother

By Amiel Stanek<p>Anyone who says they don't like ranch dressing is a liar. And anyone who thinks making homemade ranch dressing isn't worth it hasn't tried mine. Also: I love you, Mom.<p><i>Welcome to Never Fail, a semi-regular column where we wax poetic about the recipes that never, ever let us down. This</i> …

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Crockpot Caramelized Onions

These delicious Crockpot Caramelized Onions are the perfect side to any simple beef recipe, whether grilled, roasted in the oven, or microwaved. This …

4 Classic Roman Pastas That (Supposedly) Came From a Shepherd's Backpack

Rome may be the capital of a united Italy, but at heart it’s a bustling provincial town—and like every provincial town in Italy, there are certain dishes that are indisputably part of the Roman table. <b>There are four pastas that every Roman cook and every Roman diner know well and will argue about</b> …

The Authentic Italian Way to Make Alfredo Pasta Is the Opposite of What You Think

When you think of alfredo pasta, you might think of using heavy cream, milk, flour, and cheese. And you'd be doing it wrong. Allow me to introduce you to Colu Henry's recipe for Fusilli Alfredo from her new and highly anticipated cookbook, <b>Back Pocket Pasta: Inspired Dinners to Cook on the Fly</b>. The …

Pasta alla gricia: The Mother of Roman Pastas

What was Italian cuisine like before the tomato arrived from America? <b>Pasta alla gricia</b> gives us some idea. Widely considered the ancestor of the more …

French onion soup - Recipes

1<p>Melt the butter with the oil in a large saucepan over medium-low heat. Add the onion, sugar and 1 teaspoon salt and cook, stirring occasionally, for …

Judy Hesser’s Oven

<b>Author Notes:</b> This smart recipe comes from our co-founder Amanda Hesser's mother Judy, and will give you the best fried chicken you can make without committing yourself to quarts of hot oil (this recipe only calls for 2 tablespoons of butter). Best of all, the process is simple and mostly hands …

The Real Rules of Making Polenta (Hint: They're Not What Everyone Says)

Serious Eats<p>VIDEOS<p>Watch More Videos<p>I can't help but laugh when I think of polenta, the Italian corn porridge. Everyone always repeats the same old rules for making it—make sure the liquid is boiling before adding the polenta, then stir nonstop until it's done. And yet, of all the things worth …

The Food Lab's Definitive Guide to Grilled Steak

More<p>Guide to Steak<p>All the methods and tips you need to make perfect steak, each and every time.<p>Summer's here and I've got a brand new backyard to grill in so now seems like as good a time as any to re-examine some of the things we know (or think we know) about grilling beef. Sure, we can all agree …

Does Adding Pasta Water Really Make a Difference?

<b>Got a question for Serious Eats?</b> Email your questions to AskTheFoodLab @seriouseats.com and please include your Serious Eats user name in your email. All questions will be read, though unfortunately not all can be answered.<p>More<p>Pasta<p>Essential techniques, recipes, and more!<p>Does adding pasta water …

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How to make your own beer nuts

Not too salty, not too sweet — nothing goes better with a cold one than a handful of beer nuts. But who knew they were this easy to make?<p>A reader requested this recipe from Oregon-based Deschutes Brewery after snacking on the homemade snack at the brewery's Portland Pub. Marcona almonds are tossed …

Easy Pie Dough Recipe

<b>Note:</b> This makes enough for two single-crust pies or one double crust pie. For a slightly more tender crust, replace up to 6 tablespoons of butter with vegetable shortening. Pie dough can be frozen for up to 3 months. Thaw in refrigerator before rolling and baking.<p>Why It Works<p>All-butter gives this …

How to Make Roman Semolina Gnocchi (Gnocchi alla Romana)

More<p>Pasta<p>Essential techniques, recipes, and more!<p>One of the funnier things about Italian cuisine is that some of its most defining ingredients aren't Italian at all. Before Europeans made their way to the Americas in the late 15th century and eventually returned with seeds, the Italians had never …

Italian Food

How to Make the Creamiest Risotto alla Milanese (Saffron Risotto)

There are a lot of dishes that are made by transforming humble ingredients into glorious foods. Heck, that's what peasant cooking is all about. But I have to give special credit to the cooks of Milan and the surrounding region of Lombardy, because when they created risotto <i>alla milanese</i>, they took …

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Pasta Recipes

• Recipes<br>• Ingredient• <b><br>Pasta</b><p>Sort:<p>Most Popular<p>latest<p>Pasta Singapore Noodles<p>Pasta Cacio e Pepe (Spaghetti With Black Pepper and Pecorino Romano)<p>Pasta Spaghetti Puttanesca (Spaghetti With Capers, Olives, and Anchovies)This pasta packs an aromatic punch.<p>Pasta Spaghetti With Carbonara SaucePasta in a silky …

Gricia, Amatriciana, Carbonara: The Origins of Rome's Pasta Classics

More<p>Pasta<p>Essential techniques, recipes, and more!<p>A little over a year ago, Carlo Cracco, one of Italy's most celebrated chefs, made a pair of televised pasta gaffes. First, during an appearance on <i>C'è posta per te</i>, one of Italy's most popular talk shows, Cracco proposed garlic as a potential …

Recipe: Minnesota Wild Rice & Mushroom Soup

Bring a pot of water to a boil. Add the wild rice and one teaspoon of salt, and reduce to a simmer. Cook for 40 to 50 minutes, until the rice has …

A Just-Right Carrot Cake, Made Entirely in the Food Processor

Some carrot cakes are so chock-full o' stuff that your fork can't travel from frosting to plate without hitting traffic light after traffic light: Walnut. Raisin. Long strand of carrot you'll later find in your molar. Coconut flake. Pineapple chunk?<p>Others are so homogenous and heavily spiced—the …