Quick-Roasted Branzino with Dry Vermouth & Tomatoes
This medium-bodied white fish keeps all of its delicious flavor when roasted whole. Italian spices and ingredients add a pop of flavor -- and color!
Thai Pesto with Rice Noodles & Shrimp
This spicy pesto is made with Thai basil, which has a licorice-like flavor. Look for it at the farmers' market: If you can't find it, it's fine to use regular basil.
Spicy Lamb Sausage Ragu with Orecchiette & Broccoli Rabe
Look for lamb stock or broth, which adds a rich flavor to the ragu, at Whole Foods and other large markets. I also use lamb stock to make gravy for lamb meat loaf or roast lamb. -- Rach
Lemony Risotto with Mascarpone
Serve this springy version of a comfort food with an arugula salad.
Tricolor Salad with Hazelnuts & Sauteed Shrimp
The three colors of this salad come from radicchio, endive and romaine hearts. It's just as beautiful as it is healthy!
Milanese-Style Tagliatelle with Mushrooms, Asparagus & Peas
You'll never miss the meat in this hearty pasta. For a true vegetarian dish, replace chicken stock with veggie stock and nix the pancetta.
Braised Chicken & Greens
Chicken thighs are super affordable and cook up quickly. Slow cooking kale makes it savory and rich!
Green Risi e Bisi
When fresh peas are in season, Italians make this risotto-like dish, which translates to "rice and peas."
This sandwich is a mash-up of a Monte Cristo and a turkey club.
This dish gets its umami, or savory, flavor from the combination of herbs, spices and sauces. It's a clean-out-your-pantry type of meal!