Italian

How To Make Classic Chicken Alfredo Pasta: The Easiest, Simplest Method — Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn

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Chicken Alfredo pasta was my favorite "fancy" restaurant order as a kid — luxe sauce clinging to fettuccini topped with crispy chicken. It was about as close to macaroni and cheese and chicken fingers as a 6-year-old could get at any good Italian-American restaurant. Perhaps this is why most takeout Alfredo falls short for me — it's too entwined in my own culinary memories. Or it could just be that the rich sauce gets too cold and clumpy while waiting for delivery.

Hellbent on enjoying my childhood favorite from the comfort of my own couch, I set out to recreate the Alfredo of my memory (and I bet yours too — whether it was eaten at your family's favorite Italian-American restaurant or your local Olive Garden). We've eschewed the authentic "no cream" Alfredo for a reliable take on this classic that's just as creamy, garlic-rich, and fun to slurp up as you remember.

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Recipe: Creamy Vegan Mushroom Lasagna — Quick and Easy Vegetarian Dinners

I've definitely enjoyed some pretty great plant-based lasagnas at restaurants where the chef swap in vegetables for the noodles. But when I make lasagna at home, I want it to be as close as possible to the kind I grew up with. It has to be saucy and hearty, it has to spend some serious time in the oven, and, most importantly, it has to have noodles! This recipe checks all of those boxes and is just as delicious as the "real thing."













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This Easy Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore Is Calling Your Name — Delicious Links

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If you love chicken cacciatore but don't love having to watch it simmer on the stove, this recipe is for you. You can prep all the ingredients, add them to the slow cooker, go about your day, and come back to a delicious meal. And with garlic, onion, bell pepper, carrot mushroom, tomatoes, kale, olives, and herbs, this slow cooker chicken cacciatore is as hearty and flavorful as the stovetop version.

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Recipe: Slow Cooker Chicken Marsala — Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinners

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When was the last time you looked in the back of your liquor cabinet? Last week, when I pushed past the bottles of Bulleit bourbon and Gran Centenario tequila, I found some surprises including banana liqueur, black pepper-infused vodka, and an unopened bottle of Marsala wine. I pushed my previous dinner plans aside and resolved to put that bottle to use in a simple homemade chicken Marsala.

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Recipe: Tomato Tortellini Soup — Quick and Easy Vegetarian Dinners

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When it comes to comfort food, tortellini is a classic. What's not to love about bite-sized nuggets of pasta filled with cheese? Skip the usual sauce, though, in favor of cooking up a rich and creamy tomato soup that comes together in 20 minutes — perfect for busy weeknights!

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Recipe: Easy Bruschetta Chicken — Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinners

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In the hierarchy of appetizers you will find bruschetta, with it's juicy chopped tomatoes, sweet basil, and pop of tangy balsamic, firmly planted at the top of my list — especially now when near-perfect summer tomatoes are still hanging around. Bruschetta is far too good to be reserved for appetizers alone, which is why I'm adding it to my meal plan to give an otherwise boring chicken dinner a big upgrade. It's a meal that's easy enough to tackle on those nights you don't really feel like cooking.

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