'italian' on Serious Eats

Braised Long Beans With Tomatoes, Garlic, and Mint

If you ask me, people don't overcook their vegetables often enough. The truth is, vegetables can sometimes be absolutely delicious when cooked until there isn't a trace of crispness left. In fact, some vegetables practically require long cooking—like these long beans braised in tomatoes, which are best only after you've cooked them to death. More

Like Mushroom Pizza? We're Gonna Take You to Funghitown

You know what's really not awesome? The mushroom pizza from NY slice shops, where you get a few pieces of canned or fresh mushroom on top of a slice of reheated pizza. I hated mushroom pizza as a kid, and I'm sure I'm not alone. But I've been taken on a one-way trip to Funghitown, and now that I'm here, I can only look at my past self in pity. Here's how to get there yourself. More

Zucchini Is a Terrible Pizza Topping! (Unless You Treat It Right)

I love a good summer zucchini, but it's not the most exciting vegetable out there. It's bland, it's watery, and, for these reasons, it makes a terrible pizza topping. Every zucchini-topped pizza I've had in the past has been a watery disappointment. If there's one thing I love, it's being not-disappointed. So I made it my goal to come up with a technique for topping pizza with zucchini that really works. More

Lemon-Marinated Tuscan-Jewish Fried Chicken

Tuscany and fried chicken: two things that are almost universally loved, but otherwise have very little to do with each other. Or do they? Turns out there's an awesome fried chicken dish that comes to us straight from the Jewish community of Tuscany, featuring meat that's brined in lemon juice with garlic and spices, then fried in a simple coating of flour and egg. More

Love Italian Food? 5 Essential Cookbooks for Your Collection

Many cookbook authors have endeavored to capture the spirit of la bella paese for anglophone readers, but only a handful of Italian cookbooks have truly succeeded in transforming our country's culinary landscape. These are the voices and volumes that stand out, the essential, inspiring, reliable texts you want on your bookshelf above all others. More

Mushroom Ragù

This deeply flavorful sauce, made from both fresh and dry mushrooms, tomatoes, white wine, and aromatic vegetables, is so hearty, you won't believe it contains no meat. It's delicious on pasta or polenta. More

Smooth and Creamy Polenta

There are a lot of rules people say you need to follow to make polenta, like using a wooden spoon, stirring in only one direction, adding the polenta to boiling water, and stirring constantly. Forget those. What's really important is using the right ratio of liquid to cornmeal and cooking the polenta long enough for the cornmeal to properly hydrate and cook. More

10-Minute Fresh Ricotta Gnocchi Get a Spring Makeover With Asparagus and Prosciutto

A few weeks back I showed you that you can make fresh ricotta gnocchi in less time than it takes to boil a pot of water. With a little practice, I've gotten it down to under ten minutes (8 minutes 53 seconds, to be precise). But the great part about this recipe is that it serves as a suitable base for a huge variety of sauces and flavors. For instance, last week a friend of mine brought over some delicious first-of-the-season fresh asparagus which we combined with prosciutto and an easy cream sauce to make a delicious impromptu (and fast!) meal on the spot. More

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