Garlic & Onions

Recipe: Brown Butter Parmesan Pasta — Quick and Easy Vegetarian Dinners

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There is something eternally satisfying and soothing about buttered pasta. Toss warm strands of spaghetti with a pat of rich butter and a sprinkle of grated Parm and you've got an ultra-comforting meal that comes together in minutes. Use that as inspiration, then up the ante with nutty brown butter, golden toasted panko, and a double dose of cheese and you've got a comforting dish that's fancy enough for when friends pop over.

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Recipe: Summer Vegetable Gratin — Quick and Easy Vegetarian Dinners

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When it seems like summer markets are being overrun by zucchini and tomatoes, it's time for a summer vegetable gratin. Layered with onions and garlic and topped with a mixture of buttery breadcrumbs and Parmesan cheese, this baked vegetable dish is the anecdote to one more zucchini salad. The vegetables bake into tender bubbly submission, melting them into a rich medley of summer freshness.

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Recipe: Garlic Basil Shrimp Farrotto — Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinners

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I first discovered farro when I was living in Italy and longed to incorporate something nutty and grainy into my pasta- and bread-loaded diet. With brown rice nowhere to be found, my only choice was the nubby grain, which I quickly learned to love. I've been eating it in grain bowls, as a simple side dish, or as a hearty salad ever since. Now comes this risotto, or I should say farroto.

Made with farro instead of the traditional rice, the result is a whole-grain version of one of my favorite dishes, which serves as a well-rounded meal with the addition of shrimp. It's earthy, with a nice chew that balances the creaminess, yet bright, thanks to fresh garlic, basil, and lemon juice.

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How To Make Frozen Garlic Bread — Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn

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Garlic bread is one of dinner's simple pleasures. It comes together quickly and easily, and the results are always super satisfying, yet a huge market still remains for frozen garlic bread from the supermarket. If you've never bought a box to stash in the freezer, you may be wondering, why bother?

Here's the thing about frozen garlic bread — not only is it a comforting little shortcut for your busy life, but good frozen garlic bread is also totally crave-worthy in its own right. Frozen garlic bread takes full advantage of every inch of surface area on a slice of bread by slathering it with rich garlic butter that basically fries the bread in the oven. Plus, with garlic bread in the freezer, you can make a single slice (or two) whenever the craving strikes.

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Recipe: Chickpea and Cheddar Quesadillas — Quick and Easy Lunch Recipes

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If your lunch struggle involves coming up with veggie-friendly options that are filling, easy to make ahead, and a breeze to eat at your desk, this wrapped quesadilla stuffed with cumin-scented chickpeas, gooey melted cheddar, and scallions was made with you in mind.

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Recipe: Geraldine’s Mellow Tomato Sauce with Brie — Quick and Easy Vegetarian Dinners

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For the most part, watching Instagram stories is always a good idea — especially since it brought the idea for summer's most amazing tomato sauce to life. Had I not been scrolling through my feed, I never would have seen this simple, must-make tomato and Brie sauce that managing editor Geraldine pulled together for a fast and fancy midweek dinner. It's the kind of no-cook sauce made with the ripest, juiciest summer tomatoes in mind. They're chopped and tossed together with torn sweet basil, a few glugs of good olive oil, and chunks of creamy, pungent Brie that melt into the sauce when hot pasta hits the bowl.

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