Not Your Grandmother’s Lasagna Recipe Ideas for the Home Cook

Lasagna Recipe Ideas

When you think of a hearty, ooey-gooey pasta dish that will feed an army, lasagna may come to mind. Traditional lasagna you’re used to eating combines layers of tomato sauce, cheese, and meat.  While the classic recipe is delicious and comforting, you may want to get more creative in your own kitchen. Lasagna, traditional or not, can be intimidating to make. Cooking and assembling this dish is a labor of love, but is it too complicated for the home cook? Absolutely not! All you need is your choice of sauce, pasta, and a filling. Don’t want cheese? Swap it for pesto. Lasagna is the perfect food to tailor to your dietary needs and preferences.

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Soffritto: What You Should Know About the Cornerstone of Italian Cuisine

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Soffritto is the first step to creating many hearty, delectable Italian dishes. It requires time and precision, but in the end, the time you spend chopping vegetables and cooking them in healthy fat is worth it. A traditional soffritto will add depth of flavor to just about any dish you create. Learn more about the authentically Italian dish here.  

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How to Cook Perfect Al Dente Pasta Every Time

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Does mastering the perfect al dente pasta feel like a never-ending science experiment? Sure, getting the water boiling and plopping your pasta in is the easy part. It’s the timing that throws you off, right? Well, you’re not alone.
Learning how to cook it correctly can be a bit tricky as it comes down to several factors, including the type of pasta and the timing in the pot. And, there’s a big difference when it comes to cooking dry or fresh pasta.

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5 Expert Tips on Being an Authentic Italian Cook

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You know when you get that craving for Italian food. One where no other type of cuisine will suffice. Whether it’s a simple pasta dish or a big old pizza pie, there’s nothing better than a hearty, homemade Italian dish. But, have you ever wondered why it tastes so good? And, what can you do to get that authentic Italian taste at home? Check out our top tips to become an expert, authentic Italian cook at home.

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Not All Cheese is the Same!

Not all Cheese is the Same - Spizzico

… Nor would we want them to be! From a delightfully rich Gorgonzola to a creamy ball of fresh mozzarella, there’s something to love about every type of cheese. Especially when they’re included in our favorite Spizzico dishes. But, not all cheese is created equal. Let’s take a look at where some of the most popular Italian cheeses come from, how they’re made, and the best way to enjoy them.

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5 Dishes to Try That Aren’t Pizza

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It goes without saying that pizza will always remain a top contender among the world’s most popular foods. Truth be told, we have no qualms about eating it every night. But, sometimes it’s fun and necessary to venture out of the confines of our typical takeout order. After all, pizza and spaghetti barely scratches the surface of Italian delicacies and dishes. And, even though leaving your cheesy comfort zone is never easy, your taste buds will appreciate the variety. Here are 5 Italian dishes to try that aren’t pizza (but are still equally delicious).

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Why Calzones Are Seriously Underrated Deliciousness

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The calzone, which amusingly translates to “pant leg”, began its origins in Naples, Italy in the 1700’s. It is typically a half-moon pocket of dough filled with ricotta and mozzarella cheeses and other pizza-like meats and veggies. Sounds delicious, right? Of course it does. So, why is the calzone often overlooked? Let’s take a look inside the seriously underrated deliciousness of the calzone.

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The 411 on Yummy Pizza Crusts

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In a world full of unprecedented moments – and more time spent in our kitchens than ever before – pizza is the great equalizer. Whether it’s pick-up from your favorite Italian restaurant (ahem, Spizzico) or homemade with leftover ingredients in the refrigerator. Happiness is just a slice of pizza away. So, share a memorable experience and get the kids involved while they learn to cook, mix, and measure ingredients! Before you get started, we’re breaking down the 411 on yummy pizza crusts below.

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More Tips to Making Pizza at Home (Part II)

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Perhaps it’s time to take your pizza obsession up a notch and make it right at home this go around. It’s not too expensive, it doesn’t take too much time, and there aren’t too many ingredients to deal with. Pizza is versatile – there is no limit to the kinds of creations you can make with delicious sauce, toppings, and cheese combinations. With some imagination, the possibilities of making pizza at home are endless. What’s more fun than that?

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