Italian

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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Recipe: Skillet Eggplant Parm — Quick and Easy Vegetarian Dinners

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Here is how you do eggplant Parmesan on a weeknight. This twist on the classic is just as comforting as the original, without any of the fuss. There's no frying involved and the whole dish comes together in just one skillet, meaning less mess and less cleanup — both of which are always a win. You still get those crispy, crunchy breadcrumb bits, lots of sweet, garlicky tomato sauce, and all that gooey, melty cheese. Served alongside pasta or simply with a good amount of garlic bread, this Italian-American favorite has never looked better.

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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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Recipe: French Onion Frittata — Quick and Easy Breakfast Recipes

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This is the frittata to keep on call when you need a breakfast recipe that's dressed to impress. It's a mash-up of frittata and French onion soup that is pure comfort food. The eggs are loaded with all the best parts of a really good bowl of French onion soup, from the rich, velvety caramelized onions, to the gooey, melted Gruyère, and even cubes of toasted bread studded throughout the eggs.

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Recipe: The Best Pesto Chicken Salad — Quick and Easy Lunch Recipes

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Over the years I've perfected a version of homemade pesto chicken salad after ordering it countless times at any number of restaurants. It pairs fresh pesto with sun-dried tomatoes with shredded chicken — the ideal preparation for catching all the bits of herbs, cheese, and nuts that makes this recipe the best.

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Recipe: A Last-Minute Ravioli Casserole — Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinners

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If you like light, lemony pastas as much as I do, this easy casserole — and I mean so easy it all come together in one baking dish — is going to be your jam. Ravioli straight from the freezer goes into a trusty baking dish with a sauce of white wine, broth, garlic, and thyme. It magically thickens up during baking with the help of cornstarch. Topped with thinly sliced lemons, it all bakes together into a luscious casserole that requires zero stove time and can be assembled in the time it takes the oven to heat up. Scatter some peas from the freezer on top and you now have a pasta casserole that took very little effort, but yields some amazing results.

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