From Giada De Laurentiis Everyday Italian. She says - This sauce is named after the Marquis de Bechamel. In Italian, it's called balsamella or besciamella. The original and full French version also involves steeping some onion and a bay leaf in milk for 30 minutes to infuse the sauce with more flavor but here's an everyday approach. My simplified version is a snap to make and is perfect with baked rigatoni with bechamel sauce. You could also use it the way you would hollandaise sauce.
The original version came from Cuisine at Home. This is a truly easy side dish that is great for company. It goes wonderfully with roasted meat or chicken. Prep time includes 20 minutes resting time prior to roasting.
This is modified from a recipe on the menus4moms website. It's simple to prepare, and the crunchy topping gives it great texture. I serve it on a bed of spinach fettucini for a pretty presentation. I used bone-in, skin-on thighs, but you could really use whatever pieces you have on hand, or that your family prefers. If using boneless pieces, you will need to cook for less time.
Roasted whole cloves of garlic, processed in the food processor to make a paste. Keep this on hand to make garlic bread, flavor mashed potatoes, or use in anything that could use a bit of a flavor kick. Roasting the garlic mellows the sharp, bitter flavors, leaving it sweet and tasty.
An Italian friend of mine made these every time he had a barbeque. They are were so good I had to start making them my self. No oil, no salt the juices from the pepper and tomato make the flavor. Great as a side or condiment for burgers or what ever you might have.
What I love about this recipe, is that it's possible to have lasagna within 30 minutes and only have one pan to wash! It's an easy weeknight recipe to prepare. Comfort food with ease. :) This is an adaption from Cook's Illustrated.
This is easy to make, freezes well and adds a nice kick to almost any savory dish. Recipe is from Rachael Ray. You can mix this pesto with sour cream for a dip. Brush it onto grilled meats. Spread onto pizza crust. Beat into eggs before cooking. Or stir into vegetable soups.
This is a great, basic Italian salad and dressing recipe. The recipe was developed by Gwyneth Paltrow, who is not only a great actress but a wonderful cook! Don't forget to steam your green beans first!
The use of a balsamic vinegar flavored with fruit is the perfect complement to sweet, fresh strawberries. You could also use a combination of fresh berries, if you prefer. Recipe from Eva Longoria. *Cooking time is really refrigeration time. Notes: Personally, I wouldn't let the strawberries marinate any longer than the 20 minutes or they will be too strongly flavored. The whipped cream really balances the flavors!
This recipe is from the March edition of Gourmet. I would recommend using two percent rather than whole milk or half and half for heavy cream if you want to lower the fat and calories.
*Times do not include chilling time