Italian

Three Authentic Italian Tomato Sauce Recipes, From the Modern World to the Ancient

Three Authentic Italian Tomato Sauce Recipes, From the Modern World to the Ancient

Some call it sauce, and those that call it gravy are wrong. I’ll get some flack for taking a position in this Italian-American debate, but that’s what I grew up calling it. In Italy, it’s called ragu (for a meat sauce) and salsa (for a […]

How to Make the Best Chicken Parmigiana (or eggplant, or beef, or veal)

Chicken Parmigiana is good as an entree or as a sandwich made with two slices of garlic toast.

Best Salad Dressing Recipe (low-cal option too)

Best Salad Dressing Recipe (low-cal option too)

We get the most compliments for this basic salad dressing recipe. And even our (almost) no-calorie version gets raves from our guests.

Easy Weeknight Pasta From The 19th Century

Easy Weeknight Pasta From The 19th Century

Sometimes you need a recipe like this to remind you how easy perfection can be.

The Best Meatball Recipe

The Best Meatball Recipe

This authentic Italian recipe makes the juiciest and tastiest meatballs, with a golden crust.

Eggplant Parmesan Light (Low Calorie)

Eggplant Parmesan Light (Low Calorie)

You won’t miss the calories in this healthy dish made with an authentic Italian carrot sauce.

6 (Pretty) Easy Desserts to Make for the Holidays

Italian Christmas Pudding, Rum Balls, and Chocolate Bark are super easy to make and the other three are just easy.

Italian Christmas Pudding

This is a quick and easy version of a classic Italian dessert called “Zuppa Inglese,” popular in Northern Italy.

Amaretti Cookies (Macaroons)

Amaretti Cookies (Macaroons)

These cookies have only three ingredients but taste great, better than store-bought versions.

Steak Pizzaiola (In a Slow Cooker)

This is one of my favorite recipes from the weekly Dorm Room Chef series I produced for the Boston Globe.

Antipasti Platter: Assemble and Serve

Consider these Italian tapas: appetizers before a full meal or delicious snacks for an intimate cocktail party.

Nepitella and Mushroom Spaghetti

Nepitella and Mushroom Spaghetti

This is quick and easy to make: perfect for a weeknight.

Quick Tomato Sauce

Quick Tomato Sauce

From a nineteenth-century, classic, Italian cookbook, it doesn’t get any more authentic than this.

Chard Stuffed with Risotto and Mozzarella

Guests at our house said this was one of their favorites.

Torta d’patata

Torta d’patata

This is a very thin and savory potato cake from northern Italy.

Ma’s Stuffed Peppers

This is an easy recipe and the kids like them too. Don’t forget the ketchup!

AI (Asian-Italian) Chicken Wings

AI (Asian-Italian) Chicken Wings

Here’s something different and guaranteed to be addictive.

Quick, Easy Nutella Cookies

Quick, Easy Nutella Cookies

You can make these at a moment’s notice and are great to bring to a party. But watch out: they’re addictive.

Recipe Videos From Boston’s Best Chefs

These are some of my favorite recipes from the weekly Dorm Room Chef series I produced for the Boston Globe.

Sartu di Riso: One of the Best Dishes, Ever

Sartu di Riso: One of the Best Dishes, Ever

It’s like a giant, luxurious, but surprisingly light, arancini.

Chickplantasagna is Born

Chickplantasagna is Born

This is eggplant, chicken, and zucchini layered with cheese, like a lasagna.

Tuscan-Style Fried Sage Leaves

Tuscan-Style Fried Sage Leaves

The light batter is reminiscent of tempura: another example of the similarities between Asian and Italian cuisine.

Caponata, aka: Sweet and Sour Eggplant

Caponata, aka: Sweet and Sour Eggplant

This is delicious by itself as a side dish or when mixed with pasta.

Stuffed Zucchini Flowers The Way My Mother Made Them

Stuffed Zucchini Flowers The Way My Mother Made Them

Light, crisp, delicate and delicious.

Mushrooms Stuffed With Nepitella Pesto

Mushrooms Stuffed With Nepitella Pesto

Nepitella is a cross between basil and mint and pairs perfectly with mushrooms.

Stracciatella Soup

Stracciatella Soup

This is also called, “Roman Egg Drop Soup.”

Pumpkin Gnocchi in an Almond Cream Sauce

Pumpkin Gnocchi in an Almond Cream Sauce

This is a sweet, savory, gooey piece of heaven.

Marco’s Fuscilli

You can make this dish as fast as it takes you to boil a pot of water.

Patata Ball In Tomato Sauce

Patata Ball In Tomato Sauce

This makes a great first course or can be served as a side dish.

Meal Plan: Blending French, Italian, Old and New in Southern France

Meal Plan: Blending French, Italian, Old and New in Southern France

Here’s a meal plan that will work for vegetarians and meat eaters.

Parmesan Basket With Risotto or Rice

Parmesan Basket With Risotto or Rice

This is sure to impress your guests. It’s easy and quick to make, but don’t tell them that.

Pasta Carbonara (aka: Breakfast Pasta)

Pasta Carbonara (aka: Breakfast Pasta)

Bacon, eggs and cheese. This is Italian comfort food at its most rustic.

Gnocchi Di Pollo E Patata Soup

Gnocchi Di Pollo E Patata Soup

This is chicken and potato gnocchi soup from the classic nineteenth century Italian cookbook, The Art of Eating Well, by Pellegrino Artusi.

Stuffed Artichokes

Stuffed Artichokes

Learn how to make and eat this classic Italian side dish.

Vegetable Lasagna Masterpiece

This recipe creates a vegetable lasagna like no other: a rich spinach mixture, covered with velvety noodles, and topped with a light tomato sauce and cheese.

Tomato Sauce (Basic Recipe)

Tomato Sauce (Basic Recipe)

This is based on my mother’s Italian tomato sauce recipe and can be used on most anything that calls for tomato sauce.

Pane alla Cioccolata (Chocolate Bread)

Pane alla Cioccolata (Chocolate Bread)

Don’t let the name fool you. This bread is not too sweet. It goes great with morning coffee or an after-dinner glass of red wine.

Meal Plan: Julia meets Bruna

Meal Plan: Julia meets Bruna

This makes a great hearty meal in the winter.

Christmas Befana Cookies

Christmas Befana Cookies

These sweet biscuit cookies are from the Garfagnana mountain region of Tuscany.

The Best Ribollita Soup Recipe

The Best Ribollita Soup Recipe

Also known as “Tuscan Bean Soup,” this is a real crowd pleaser and one of the most requested recipes.

Prized Recipe: Chicken with Polenta

Prized Recipe: Chicken with Polenta

When I was a boy, this was my favorite dish to eat at my grandmother’s house.

Roasted Vegetable Napoleons

Roasted Vegetable Napoleons

This vegetarian dish will please even the most ardent meat lover.