I’ll be highlighting books that I am reading (or re-reading) on all sorts of topics this year — Douglas
While there are a few familiar recipes from my own pasta repertoire here, there are also a host of new recipes that I have already added to my “To Try” list. We are a half-Italian family by both blood and culture, so pasta is an important part of our diet and something we enjoy immensely. While I have some go-to recipes we make every month or so, it is always great to add a few new ones to the rotation.
Here are some of my favorites from Back Pocket Pasta…
- Buttery Basil Pesto with Linguine
- Sicilian Escarole and Sausage
- Creamy Zucchini and Sausage
- Easter Ham Carbonara (Just like the author, we always have plenty of leftovers)
- Pretty “Parslied” Spaghetti
- Tuscan Kale “Caesar” Pasta
- Fusilli Alfredo (with NO cream, as it should be (LAUGH))
- ..and many more!
As much a mindset as it is a cookbook, Back Pocket Pasta shows how a well-stocked kitchen and a few seasonal ingredients can be the driving force behind delicious, simply prepared meals. Pantry staples—a handful of items to help you up your dinner game—give you a head start come 6pm, so you can start cooking in your head on the way home from work. For instance, if you know that you have a tin of anchovies, a hunk of parmesan, and panko bread crumbs, you can pick up fresh kale to make Tuscan Kale “Caesar” Pasta. Or if you have capers, red pepper flakes, and a lemon, you can make Linguine with Quick Chili Oil. With genius flavor combinations, a gorgeous photograph for every recipe, and a smart guide to easy-drinking cocktails and wine, Back Pocket Pasta will inspire you to cook better meals faster.
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