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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: Honey-Roasted Sprouts with Lentil-Quinoa Pilaf — Quick and Easy Vegetarian Dinners

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Brussels sprouts and honey might not be the most obvious pairing, but once you've tasted this spunky little food combo, you will not look back! The sweetness of the honey perfectly tempers the mustardy undertones of the sprouts. Combined with this nourishing, spiced quinoa and lentil pilaf, this is a hearty salad bowl you will crave time and time again.

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Recipe: Orzo with Caramelized Fall Vegetables & Ginger — Quick and Easy Vegetarian Dinners

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I love orzo — its plump, chewy grains so much like rice, but on a grander scale and with the tenderness of pasta — but I don't cook with it often enough, which seems silly, given how fast it can be. So I mused over what I would really like to eat right now and came up with all the fall vegetable flavors. Onions, garlic, mushrooms, sweet potato — preferably dark and caramelized, built from the ground up in one big skillet, browning, caramelizing, and sautéeing until you're left with a big pile of chewy orzo and dark, delicious fall vegetables.

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Recipe: Tomato Rasam — Quick and Easy Weeknight Soups

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Tomato rasam, also known as the "sniffle-kicking" soup, is a tomato-based soup from the south of India. There's enough garlic in a bowl of it to kill a cold (and several vampires); the pepper, asafetida, cumin, turmeric, and tomato will help clear up any inflammation in the sinuses. Leftover soup will keep in the freezer for up to a month, so don't hesitate to make extras for those days you feel a cold coming on.

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Recipe: One-Pot Weeknight Beef Stroganoff — Quick and Easy Ground Beef Recipes

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Beef stroganoff, with its tender pieces of beef and mushrooms swimming in a savory cream sauce, is one of those comforting dishes that just begs to be served over a bed of mashed potatoes, noodles, or rice. This version hits all the same notes, but is decidedly much more weeknight- and budget-friendly. Savory ground beef is cooked with mushrooms, onions, and noodles all in one pot, then held together by a tangy, creamy sauce for a dinner you can make in under an hour.

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Recipe: One-Pot Weeknight Beef Stroganoff — Quick and Easy Ground Beef Recipes

(Image credit: Joe Lingeman/The Kitchn)

Beef stroganoff, with its tender pieces of beef and mushrooms swimming in a savory cream sauce, is one of those comforting dishes that just begs to be served over a bed of mashed potatoes, noodles, or rice. This version hits all the same notes, but is decidedly much more weeknight- and budget-friendly. Savory ground beef is cooked with mushrooms, onions, and noodles all in one pot, then held together by a tangy, creamy sauce for a dinner you can make in under an hour.

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