The main rule of using fresh, quality ingredients is even more important in a recipe that requires so few items. In other words, choose your ingredients wisely. With that said, this meal is still easy on the wallet.
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Everyone loves baked pasta and there is no better time to indulge than winter. The carbs in the pasta fill you up and the cheesy-oven-baked-goodness of a casserole warms you up. This version from Spicy Southern Kitchen has a flavorful twist: barbecue sauce, green onions, and cilantro.Click here to see more of our best pasta recipes.
Leftover ham doesn’t always mean sandwiches. Ham and Spaghetti Alfredo is a spring favorite that combines the rich, creamy goodness of Alfredo with the savory flavor of ham. For a pasta entrée that comes together quickly, use purchased Alfredo sauce and frozen broccoli florets.
This is a classic dish of spaghetti dressed with clams steamed in white wine, seasoned with garlic and red pepper flakes.
Traditionally, this dish is made with small clams (about the size of an adult fingernail), served in the shell. Any variety of small clam, such as New Zealand cockles or Manila clams, will work; the latter are particularly nice because they are plump.
The best method for cleaning clams is to soak them in cold, salted (sea-like) water for up to an hour so that they expel any grit.
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When the craving strikes, nothing quite beats fresh pasta with a simple fresh tomato sauce. Here's a simple and delicious version from Lugo Caffé, located near Madison Square Garden in New York City. This restaurant specializes in homemade pasta, so be sure to give this recipe a try.
I’ve always had this thing for Italians. And in a way they’ve had their thing for me, too. I went to Italy for a little bit after my dark days of gambling and replenished my soul in Genoa, Milano, and Venice. Then, during culinary school, I had the good fortune of hanging with many friends from the Italian neighborhoods Bensonhurst and Sheepshead Bay in Brooklyn, and Howard Beach, Bayside, and Middle Village in Queens, and even in New Brunswick, N.J.
Imagine this: a semitall Korean kid from LA in his mid to late 20s getting weird looks, then immediate hugs from grandmas and mamas. I’d be thrust into the kitchen with "Oh, you go to culinary school with my girl/boy? Let me show you a thing or two." Then they’d have me cook. This was my icebreaker, ’cause a Korean kid in Howard Beach walking a girl home ain’t that easy, son.
Once I cooked, even in my early days, it was magic. Big fat kisses from grandma as she let me stir the pot of tomatoes. So here you go, my $4 spaghetti. Tastes almost as good as the $24 one.
This hearty Italian dish makes a simple spaghetti dinner, with or without meat. Use homemade marinara sauce or a good bottled kind for an easy dinner. Add some garlic bread and a salad, and you're all set. This recipe is from Good Housekeeping.-Lainey6605This recipe is courtesy of Lainey6605 via Food.com
I grew up eating this dish on family trips to the Jersey Shore. We'd go crabbing in a small rented motor boat, using a man-made crab trap with a chicken wing attached to bait the fresh shellfish. We'd catch as many as we could and make this dish, which I consider to be a "crab gravy" thanks to the combination of crabs, tomatoes, and herbs, which create such profound flavors. Remember, it’s not sauce — it’s gravy. And this dish is incredible. The first time I cooked it, people lined up around the block for it.
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