The secret to this intensely flavored risotto? Chicken stock infused with the liquid used to rehydrate dried porcini mushrooms.
Pizzoccheri is a hearty, flat, buckwheat noodle commonly tossed with a butter sauce of some sort. You can thank the Lombardy region of Italy for it.
Easy yet elegant, this simple pasta dish calls for any long, narrow, flat pasta, garlic, olive oil, seafood, and parsley. Dinner is done.
An Italian classic that’s woo’d would-be-husbands for generations, this single-skillet supper melds meat, potatoes, bacon, and onion to moist, crisp effect.
Panettone, traditionally served at Christmas, is gussied up here with cranberries and pistachio but. The panettone are made in small molds or coffee cans.
These gnocchi, soft pillows of potato love, are light and packed with flavor. Serve the gnocchi with browned butter or a tomato sauce. Gnocchi freeze well.
These braised short ribs from Mario Batali’s restaurant Babbo are one of David’s favorite things. One taste and you’ll understand why.
This Italian pear, basil, and pecorino Toscano salad is a perfect fall dish. The sweet pears, pungent basil, and meaty pecorino Toscano play well together.
A classic dish from the island of Ischia, this slowly braised rabbit becomes imbued with red wine and herbs.
Linguine pasta, clams, mussels, langoustines, and shrimp are tossed in a light tomato-garlic sauce spiked with pepper flakes. A simple quick dinner.
This Italian ribollita is dense with bread, greens, beans, and caramelized onions. Rich with flavor, the ribbolita is a family dish.
Luxuriously broad noodles known as pappardelle become all tangled up in this hearty bolognese sauce. Whereas the pasta is fresh, the sauce can be made ahead.
Potato gnocchi is tossed with sausage, tomato, peas, and smoked mozzarella for a hearty dish. The gnocchi is simple to make and can be frozen.
Bread crumbs. Garlic. Parsley. Olive oil. And a damn hot oven. You can understand why it’s a classic.
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