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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Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.
One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.
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.
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.
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.
Marinara and other tomato based pasta sauces aren't too difficult to make on your own, but sometimes you don't have the time. This super simple trick can make a jar of the store-bought stuff taste like you've been working on it all day.
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.
Bechamel is a simple white sauce that can serve as a base for cheesy macaroni, creamy queso dip, white lasagna and all sorts of gratins. It's deceptively easy to make, and the above video can walk you through it.
Starchy pasta water is often incorporated into sauce to silk-ify the texture and help it stick to the spaghetti. The more starch, the creamier the sauce. You can use this principle to take your plate of pasta to a dreamier place, and "super starch" it by adding a handful of semolina flour to the cooking water.