Rice and Lentils with Crispy Onions (Mujaddara)

Published September 1, 2014.

Our new method for frying onions delivers crispy, ultrasavory results that make this fragrantly spiced Middle Eastern classic—and many other dishes—richly satisfying.

Tagliatelle with Artichokes and Olive Oil

Published September 1, 2014.

Pasta paired with artichoke hearts is an Italian favorite. We’d love it, too, if we didn’t have to trim, steam, and extract the hearts.

Sauteed Corn with Cherry Tomatoes, Ricotta Salata, and Basil

Published September 1, 2014.

There are many ways to cook fresh corn, but few produce rich, complex, sweet flavor. We kept experimenting until the right method popped up.

Pasta Frittata with Sausage and Hot Peppers

Published July 1, 2014.

Throwing together eggs and last night’s pasta is one way to make this dish. But for the ideal—a creamy interior encased in crispy strands—skip the leftovers and start from scratch.

Singapore Noodles

Published July 1, 2014.

The trademark of this Hong Kong stir-fry is its bold curry flavor, but all that curry powder creates a dusty texture. Time for a little innovation.

Rice and Pasta Pilaf

Published May 1, 2014.

How do you get rice and pasta to cook up fluffy and tender in one pot? With a good soak.

Fusilli with Ricotta and Spinach

Published May 1, 2014.

To successfully combine ricotta and spinach outside pasta (instead of stuffed into it), you need to know when to add the cheese.

Pasta alla Norcina

Published January 1, 2014.

In Italy, the star of this creamy pasta dish is handmade sausage from a tiny Umbrian village. Where does that leave the rest of us?

Quinoa Pilaf with Herbs and Lemon

Published January 1, 2014.

Could we turn this superfood into a dish we’d really want to eat?

Rigatoni with Beef and Onion Ragu

Published November 1, 2013.

We knew that the meat in this Neapolitan gravy would add big savory flavor. What we learned in the making was that the other key player—the onions—would, too.

Summer Pasta Puttanesca

Published September 1, 2013.

A bumper crop of sweet, ripe tomatoes can brighten the pungent flavors of this Italian classic—or leave the noodles drowning in a waterlogged sauce.

Brown Rice Salad with Jalapenos, Tomatoes, and Avocado

Published July 1, 2013.

When we set out to create bold-tasting salads full of contrasting flavors and textures, we stumbled on a whole new—and better—way to cook brown rice.

Pasta with Pesto, Potatoes, and Green Beans

Published July 1, 2013.

This classic dish comes from the Liguria region of Italy, where pasta and pesto are paired with a surprising ingredient: potatoes.

Foolproof Spaghetti Carbonara

Published March 1, 2013.

An overload of fat makes a smooth, stable sauce for this classic Roman pasta. But could we dial back the fat and still have a velvety consistency?

Wild Rice and Mushroom Soup

Published January 1, 2013.

For a rich, earthy, nutty-tasting soup, we had to figure out how to make its signature ingredients do more than just add bulk.

Pasta All'Amatriciana

Published January 1, 2013.

To perfect this controversial Italian dish, we looked to a staple of the American larder.

Fresh Pasta Without a Machine

Published May 1, 2012.

Pasta made from scratch delivers eggy-rich ribbons with springy yet delicate chew. But what if, instead of a pasta roller, you have only a rolling pin?

Spaghetti al Vino Bianco

Published March 1, 2012.

We’d heard about pasta cooked in red wine, but its tannic flavor and gray color left us cold. Could white wine come to the rescue?

Pasta with Broccoli Rabe and Sausage

Published November 1, 2011.

To fine-tune this classic combination, we first needed to tame broccoli rabe’s bitter edge.

Ragu alla Bolognese

Published November 1, 2011.

Our goal was the richest, most savory interpretation of this famous meat sauce. But how many meats did that require—and would the dairy have to go?

Potato Gnocchi

Published September 1, 2011.

What's the secret to transforming two heavyweight ingredients-flour and potato- into featherweight dumplings? It comes down to the simplest of strategies: precision.

Lentil Salad

Published September 1, 2011.

The key to creamy but firm lentils lies in the relationship between legume and salt.

Vegetable Lasagna

Published September 1, 2011.

Ever made a vegetable lasagna that wasn't laden with watery vegetables and dry, grainy patches of cheese? Neither had we.

Spring Vegetable Pasta

Published May 1, 2011.

When the original primavera method took hours—and produced washed-out vegetables and stodgy sauce—we found inspiration in an entirely different classic.

Indonesian-Style Fried Rice (Nasi Goreng)

Published May 1, 2011.

Replicating the complex flavors of this Southeast Asian staple took some thoughtful shopping. But the real challenge was producing firm grains of rice without the usual overnight chill.

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