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Udon Noodle Soup

Udon Noodle Soup
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Noodles are a main part of Japanese cuisine. Udon is a thick noodle that can be eaten in a soup or alone. This easy recipe can be added to with any topping you choose!
Udon Noodle Soup
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Noodles are a main part of Japanese cuisine. Udon is a thick noodle that can be eaten in a soup or alone. This easy recipe can be added to with any topping you choose!
Servings Prep Time Cook Time
2people 30minutes 30minutes
Servings Prep Time
2people 30minutes
Cook Time
30minutes
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Ingredients
Instructions
  1. To make the soup, bring the dashi to a boil over medium high heat. Once boiling, add mirin, soy sauce and salt. Bring to a boil again and then turn off and set aside.
  2. Then, boil 3 cups of water and add the udon noodles. Make sure to separate them out while they cook. Once they are separated, remove them from heat and place in a bowl of ice water to prevent them from continuing to cook.
  3. Place your broth in a bowl and ladle the noodles in slowly. Top your soup with sliced cucumbers, bonito flakes, sesame seeds, seaweed and green onion or anything else you want to add!
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Ramen Noodles with Pork

Ramen Noodles with Pork
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Servings Prep Time Cook Time
2people 15minutes 20minutes
Servings Prep Time
2people 15minutes
Cook Time
20minutes
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 450°F. Wash and dry the fresh produce. Heat a medium pot of salted water to boiling on high. Trim off and discard the root ends of the scallions; thinly slice the scallions, separating the white bottoms and green tops. Remove and discard the husks and silks of the corn. Cut the corn kernels off the cob; discard the cob. Cut off and discard the stem end of the eggplant; cut the eggplant into ½-inch-thick rounds. Peel and mince the ginger.
  2. Remove and discard any netting from the pork; pat dry with paper towels and season with salt and pepper on all sides. In a large pan, heat 2 teaspoons of oil on medium-high until hot. Add the seasoned pork. Cook, turning occasionally, 4 to 6 minutes per side, or until evenly browned. Transfer to a foil-lined sheet pan. Roast the seared pork 10 to 12 minutes, or until cooked through. (An instant-read thermometer should register 145°F.) Remove from the oven and transfer to a cutting board. Let rest for at least 5 minutes.
  3. While the pork roasts, wipe out the pan used to sear the pork. Add 2 teaspoons of oil; heat on medium-high until hot. Add the eggplant in a single layer; season with salt and pepper. Cook, flipping occasionally, 5 to 7 minutes, or until browned and tender. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Transfer to a plate. Wipe out the pan.
  4. While the pork continues to roast, add 2 teaspoons of oil to the pan used to brown the eggplant. Heat on medium until hot. Add the ginger and white bottoms of the scallions; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, 2 to 3 minutes, or until softened and fragrant. Add the corn, soy glaze, vinegar, demi-glace and 2 cups of water; season with salt and pepper. Bring to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, 4 to 6 minutes, or until thoroughly combined. Remove from heat. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  5. While the broth simmers, add the noodles to the pot of boiling water, stirring gently to separate. Cook, stirring occasionally, 2 to 3 minutes, or until tender. Drain thoroughly and rinse under warm water. Divide between 2 bowls.
  6. Find the lines of muscle (or grain) of the rested pork; thinly slice crosswise against the grain. Stir any juices from the cutting board into the broth. Divide the finished broth between the 2 bowls of cooked noodles. Top with the browned eggplant and sliced pork. Garnish with the spice blend, green tops of the scallions and microgreens. Enjoy!
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Cacio e Pepe

Cacio e Pepe
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We're sharing a delicious recipe for the easiest pasta ever, courtesy of our friend Lauren K. Stein of Fresh Made Simple. Learn how to make the traditional Italian dish, Cacio e pepe (which means cheese and pepper in Italian). Make sure you don't skimp on extra cheese!
Cacio e Pepe
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We're sharing a delicious recipe for the easiest pasta ever, courtesy of our friend Lauren K. Stein of Fresh Made Simple. Learn how to make the traditional Italian dish, Cacio e pepe (which means cheese and pepper in Italian). Make sure you don't skimp on extra cheese!
Servings Prep Time Cook Time
4servings 2minutes 15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4servings 2minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Instructions
  1. Cook half a box of angel hair pasta, strain it (saving 1 cup of pasta water) and add it back into your pot. Add the pasta water as needed to make the sauce creamy. Add in 1 1/2 cups of Pecorino Romano cheese, tossing with tongs until the cheese melts and the sauce is creamy. Add freshly grated black pepper to taste.
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Lemon Pappardelle Pasta

Lemon Pappardelle Pasta
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There is something so amazing about this simple dish. All it requires is a few simple ingredients, fresh lemon juice being the most important, and you have a meal that feels freshly delivered from Italy! Don't be afraid to add extra cheese or pepper.
Lemon Pappardelle Pasta
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There is something so amazing about this simple dish. All it requires is a few simple ingredients, fresh lemon juice being the most important, and you have a meal that feels freshly delivered from Italy! Don't be afraid to add extra cheese or pepper.
Servings Prep Time Cook Time
6servings 10minutes 8 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6servings 10minutes
Cook Time
8 minutes
Instructions
  1. Cook the pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water until tender but still firm - approximately 4 minutes for fresh pasta or 8-10 minutes for boxed pasta.
  2. Meanwhile, whisk the olive oil, cheese and lemon juice in a large bowl.
  3. Drain the pasta, reserving 3/4 cup of the cooking liquid. Toss the pasta in the lemon sauce, adding in 1/4 at a time of the reserved cooking liquid until all of the pasta is moistened. Season with salt and pepper. Garnish with lemon zest and chopped parsley and serve hot!
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Fresh Homemade Pasta

Fresh Homemade Pasta
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Once you try a homemade pasta dish, it will be hard to go back to your usual boxed pasta. This recipe calls for eggs and flour but feel free to add in a dash of olive oil for taste or water if you find your dough to be too dry. Pair it with our Nonna's pasta sauce for your next family meal!
Fresh Homemade Pasta
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Once you try a homemade pasta dish, it will be hard to go back to your usual boxed pasta. This recipe calls for eggs and flour but feel free to add in a dash of olive oil for taste or water if you find your dough to be too dry. Pair it with our Nonna's pasta sauce for your next family meal!
Servings Prep Time Cook Time Skill Level
6servings 10minutes 5minutes
Servings Prep Time
6servings 10minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
5minutes 30 minutes
Ingredients
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Mound the flour in the center of a large wooden board or counter top. Make a well in the center of the flour and add the eggs, olive oil and salt.
  2. Using a fork, beat the eggs together slowly beginning to incorporate the flour; starting with the inner rim of the well. As you expand the well, keep pushing the flour up to retain the well shape (do not worry if it looks messy).
  3. When half of the flour is incorporated, the dough will begin to come together. Start kneading the dough, using primarily the palms of your hands. Once the dough is a cohesive mass, set the dough aside and scrape up and discard any dried bits of dough.
  4. Continue kneading for 10 minutes, dusting the board with additional flour as necessary. The dough should be elastic and a little sticky to the touch. (If you press your finger into the center of the dough it regains its shape).
  5. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and allow to rest for 30 minutes at room temperature before using.
  6. Sprinkle a baking sheet generously with flour (note: at this point aim to keep everything well-floured to prevent the pasta from sticking to itself or the roller as you work. If the dough starts to feel sticky as you roll it, sprinkle it with flour. Also sprinkle flour on any pasta you're not working (rolled, cut or otherwise) with and keep it covered with a dishtowel). Divide the dough into four equal portions. Dust the portions with flour and cover with a clean dishtowel.
  7. If you're using a pasta machine, set it to the thickest setting (usually marked "1"). Flatten one piece of dough into a thick disk between your hands and feed it through the pasta roller. Repeat once or twice. Fold this piece of dough into thirds, like folding a letter, and press it between your hands again. With the pasta machine still on the widest setting, feed the pasta crosswise between the rollers . Feed it through once or twice more until smooth. If desired, repeat this folding step. This helps to strengthen the gluten in the flour, giving it a chewier texture when cooked.
  8. Begin changing the settings on your roller to roll the pasta thinner and thinner. Roll the pasta two or three times at each setting, and don't skip settings (the pasta tends to snag and warp if you do). If the pasta gets too long to be manageable, lay it on a cutting board and slice it in half. Roll the pasta as thin as you like to go. For linguine and fettuccine, you can normally go to 6 or 7 setting.
  9. Cut the long stretch of dough into noodle-length sqaure sheets, usually about 12-inches. If cutting into noodles, switch from the pasta roller to the noodle cutter, and run the sheet of pasta through the cutter. Toss the noodles with a little flour to keep them from sticking and gather them into a loose basket. Set this basket on the floured baking sheet and cover with a towel while you finish rolling and cutting the rest of the dough.
  10. To cook the pasta immediately, bring a large pot of water to a boil, salt the water, and cook the pasta until al dente, 4-5 minutes. To dry, lay the pasta over a clothes drying rack, coat hangers, or the back of a chair, and let air dry until completely brittle. Store in an airtight container for several weeks. To freeze, either freeze flat in long noodles or in the basket-shape on a baking sheet until completely frozen. Gather into an airtight container and freeze for up to three months. Dried and frozen noodles may need an extra minute or two to cook.
  11. If you don't have a pasta machine and you want to cut it by hand -- don't worry, it can be done! Divide the dough into four pieces and mimic the action of a pasta roller with a rolling pin. Roll as thin as possible, lifting and moving the dough constantly to make sure it doesn't stick. Sprinkle the dough generously with flour and then gently roll it up. Use a very sharp chef knife to cut the roll cross-wise into equal-sized noodles. Shake out the coils, toss with flour, and proceed with cooking.
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Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

stuffed cabbage rolls

stuffed cabbage rolls
Stuffed Cabbage Rolls
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Some call it a Polish dish, many have has a Hungarian version... You might have tried them in Germany or Greece. While there are many variations, today I'm sharing my family's take on the dish.
Stuffed Cabbage Rolls
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Some call it a Polish dish, many have has a Hungarian version... You might have tried them in Germany or Greece. While there are many variations, today I'm sharing my family's take on the dish.
Servings Cook Time
6 2hours
Servings
6
Cook Time
2hours
Ingredients
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Melt roughly 2 tbsp of the butter. Add onion to sauté until semi-clear. Add garlic and sauté for about 30 seconds more. Add ground beef, 1 tsp of pepper, salt and mustard. Cook until the meat has browned. Add cooked rice and carrots mix. Remove from heat and set aside.
  2. Remove the core of the cabbage and place in boiling water. Boil for about 5 minutes. Peel softened leaves and set aside. If inner leaves are still tough, return to the boiling water until soften. Repeat until all leaves are removed.
  3. Melt remaining butter in sauce pan and add tomato sauce and remaining 1 tsp pepper. Allow sauce to simmer while you assemble cabbage rolls.
  4. Spoon filling onto the end of a leaf and roll, tucking in sides as you go. Repeat until all leaves are used. Please rolls into a greased casserole dish and spoon sauce over rolls.
  5. Place in oven for 30 minutes at 325 degrees.
  6. We love to serve the rolls with mashed potatoes. It's a hearty meal! To lighten it up, feel free to serve with salad or as a stand alone dish!
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Nonna’s Pasta Sauce

nonna's sauce
Nonna's Pasta Sauce
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Every family has at least one recipe that has been passed down and perfected through generations. It's the whole family's favorite meal...just the smell of it brings back memories, and the first bite always feels like home. For Stella (her mom Alexis is Tea's photo producer), that dish is her Nonna's Pasta Sauce. Stella, her mom (Alexis), dad (Rob) and brother (Marcel) traveled to Italy to learn more about their heritage and meet their extended family. While they were there, Nonna made her famous sauce with Stella. Now she shares the recipe with you, too!
Nonna's Pasta Sauce
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Every family has at least one recipe that has been passed down and perfected through generations. It's the whole family's favorite meal...just the smell of it brings back memories, and the first bite always feels like home. For Stella (her mom Alexis is Tea's photo producer), that dish is her Nonna's Pasta Sauce. Stella, her mom (Alexis), dad (Rob) and brother (Marcel) traveled to Italy to learn more about their heritage and meet their extended family. While they were there, Nonna made her famous sauce with Stella. Now she shares the recipe with you, too!
Servings Prep Time Cook Time
2-3 dinners 15 minutes 1.5hours
Servings Prep Time
2-3 dinners 15 minutes
Cook Time
1.5hours
Instructions
  1. First, boil the tomatoes. Leave them in just-boiled water for a few minutes. Then take them out of the water. The skins should slip off easily. Dice the tomatoes-and the other vegetables too.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a 5 quart pan. Add the sliced garlic, celery, onion and carrot. Saute for about 4 minutes, stirring ever so often.
  3. Add your diced tomatoes and the tomato sauce. If your mom has some red wine handy, add a glass to the sauce. Add the oregano, basil, thyme and rosemary. Take a break and let the sauce simmer for 90 minutes. Then add in chopped parsley.
  4. If you're a meat eater, add the hamburger and sausages. Stir occasionally. Cook pasta in plenty of boiling water. Add salt just before the pasta. Cook it al dente (cooked but still firm).
  5. Stir the pasta with the sauce. Add freshly grated Parmesan cheese at the table. The last step? Tu mangi! (That's Italian for "You eat!"). Nonna says this sauce keeps in the fridge for a week!
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