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I rarely cook something the same way twice. This is especially true with pasta sauce, as it is adaptable by nature. The other night I was making a simple spaghetti dinner for myself and a friend, simply because I had found a can of tomatoes I didn’t know I had.

As I was tasting and tweaking, I remembered I had about half a cup of the spicy, nduja-like spread I'd made earlier in the week. I tossed it in the sauce and, after tasting, rejoiced.

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A big bowl of hot pasta, each strand perfectly coated in a creamy sauce, is perhaps the perfect comfort food. If you're not so hot on dairy - or it's not so hot on you - this meal may seem sadly out of your reach. Fortunately, there is a very easy way to make a rich and luscious, pasta-coating sauce without using a single drop of cream or a single pat of butter.

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I can't remember a Christmas dinner without a lasagna on the table. This is largely due, in part, to watery sauce with pasta and cheese sort of floating in it, but it's also just always been there (paired with an overcooked rib roast, of course). That meal, the last big holiday meal for many families, deserves better.

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Gnocchi, if you haven't met them before now, are dumplings made from boiled potatoes, which are then formed into a dough of sorts, usually by adding flour and egg. Though more traditionally served as an appetizer, they have become a popular featured dish owing to their incredible versatility. Here's a delicious homemade recipe suitable for the laziest of chefs.

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If you're obsessed with pasta (I am!), then you know there's a marked difference in texture and taste between fresh and dried noodles. But while I'd always assumed that fresh was better than dried, it turns out that isn't the case, and sometimes shelling out for fresh pasta isn't worth it -- which is very good news for us budget-minded carbo-loaders.

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Baked pasta is a low-prep dish, which makes it perfect for a busy weeknight when you just don't have the time to spend an hour or two chopping produce and cooking over a hot stove. But to get the perfect, saucy, delicious baked pasta dish without having to cook the pasta first, you have to follow one key trick.

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The most time-consuming step in making fresh pasta isn't making the dough, but taking that dough and getting it into noodle-shapes. To make a bowl of fresh, rustic pasta without touching a rolling pin (or pasta machine) all you need to do is grab your box grater.

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Eating a vegan diet seems straightforward: avoid eating animals and things that come from animals, like dairy, eggs, and honey. But there are a few, seemingly vegan products out there that contain sneaky animal byproducts you may not have even heard of.

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The perfect romantic meal should be easy to prepare, easy to clean up, and not so filling that you're too weighed down to enjoy other, uh, activities. A steak dinner is never unwelcome, but it's a bit heavy, and you don't want to smoke up the house or fret about overcooking a rib eye. Luckily, there a bunch of dishes you can make to wow your sweetie, even if you're not quite Top Chef Material.