A staple in an Italian household, this is thrown together easily from ingredients always on hand. Makes a simple pasta dinner along with a salad or a nice side dish. Just toss with one pound of cooked pasta (I like it with spaghetti).
I found this on another recipe site many years ago and it became a favorite back then. I recently came across the recipe again and thought I would share it here. Originally by Tracy Seaman in _An Italian Christmas Meal_; "Food and Wine", December 1994.
If you think Alfredo sauce- that divine mixture of butter, cheese and cream-takes time and patience and is best left to those in white toques, this 15 minute recipe may change your mind. The recipe is courtesy Real Simple Solutions.
This is as close to my mom's recipe as I can get with actual measurements since she eyeballs the ingredients and never measures. It is a "classic" version, and not the spicy or pineapple version you so often see in Thai restaurants. She is a native of Thailand and owned her own fantastic Thai restaurant for many years. This recipe is one of my favorites because it is so easy. The key is to use leftover, cold, jasmine rice and Thai fish sauce ONLY, no soy sauce or it will be Chinese fried rice. Serve this with Nam Prik Nam Pla Sauce Recipe #92042 to add a little spice and something extra to this dish!
I adopted this recipe from Zaar some time ago and finally got round to trying it myself. It's quick and simple and full of fresh flavours. I prefer using basil but the original recipe stated parsley so I left it here for you to choose. Try adding some sliced black olives, fried or marinated mushrooms or sun blush tomatoes at the end.
I'm always amazed at how many people ask me "How do you get your rice so perfect?" Martin Yan told me! Not personally, of course. That would've been much cooler, though. Anyways, no one can ever remember what I told them, so I'm posting it here.
A nice simple rice recipe, that will compliment your Creole/Cajun main dish without outstaging it. The goal here is not to absorb all of the liquid into the rice. The goal is to make the rice tender, then drain the rice (like pasta).
This makes a great side dish with chicken or fish, the dried chili flakes are only optional I like to add in for a little heat you may omit if desired, use a good quality chicken broth for this, make certain to saute the orzo until just lightly browned it really improves the flavor of this dish! ;)
I used to make this all the time and I'd forgotten all about it. This recipe is delicious. You can easily double this if you want to. It makes a great dinner, but also a great 1st course if you have company coming. Takes just minutes to make. It's from 1996 Bon Appetit. I'd serve it with garlic bread and a nice mixed salad. You are going to need to reserve some of the pasta water, so don't forget! ;-)
I'm an anchovy-lover. If you are one too, you will like this. If you know an anchovy-hater, don't tell them and I bet they won't even know. The anchovies completely break down into the sauce. Of course you need excellent anchovies, and that means ones that are packed in olive oil, preferably from Italy or Spain.
This is one of the tastiest ways to perpare broccoli (for a side dish, leave out the pasta). Don't let the anchovies scare you: because they're chopped so fine they melt into the sauce, leaving just a hint of briny flavor that's a perfect complement to the herby broccoli.
Risotto Cakes made in a mini-muffin pan. A great way to use leftover risotto to make lunchbox snacks. This is one of those basic recipe ideas that you can easily adapt to use up whatever odds and ends of ingredients you have on hand. And it's a recipe that can easily be doubled. I've not frozen these, but I've always found rice dishes freeze well, so I'm sure you'll find you can also freeze them.