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The Internet Can’t Get Enough of This 3-Ingredient Instant Ramen Trick
Recipe Review
It's supposed to make your ramen broth taste like it's been simmering for hours.
Apr 28, 2021
I Tried This Brilliant “Egg Pocket” Trick for Making Breakfast Sandwiches
I Tried It
Everyone knows that anything with pockets is better — dresses, skirts, cardigans, AND sandwiches.
Feb 25, 2021
I Tried the Wooden Spoon Trick for Boiling Pasta Water, and Was Surprised by the Results
I Tried It
It's part science, part magic.
Feb 3, 2021
5 Tips That Will Help You Make a Perfect Souffle Every TimeSkills
Many folks are scared of soufflé. And I get it. You hear stories all the time about a soufflé collapsing or simply not rising in the first place. If you’ve never seen anyone else make a soufflé, it can seem a little daunting to tackle the task from a simple recipe. But really, truly I am here to tell you that it’s absolutely do-able. Not only is it do-able, it’s something you can easily master on an average old weeknight.
Dec 31, 2020
How to Be a Cook Who Is a Pro at Pasta and Noodles
Kitchn Cooking School
There's a whole world of delicious (and approachable!) techniques and ingredients out there.
Oct 8, 2020
3 Reasons to Save *the Whole Pot* of Pasta WaterSkills
Beyond sauce!
Oct 20, 2020
Here’s How to Pack a Grilled Cheese Sandwich That’s Still Warm for LunchSkills
Because some days, you just gotta have grilled cheese.
Oct 20, 2020
We Tried 5 Methods for Cooking Dried Pasta and the Winner Is Alton’s Go-To
Skills Showdown
The verdict is in. We've been cooking pasta all wrong.
Oct 15, 2020
The Simple Solution to Saving Your Pasta Water Every Single TimeSkills
Quit throwing that magic water down the drain!
Oct 6, 2020
What’s the Difference? Light Rye, Dark Rye, Pumpernickel, and MarbledSkills
As bread bakers, the differences between these four breads has been a real source of confusion for us. They often seem to be used interchangeably in restaurants, bakeries, and even some cookbooks. It’s quite distressing to expect one kind of bread and wind up with something completely different, we think! So is there a difference?We would argue that, yes, there is definitely a difference. Or at least there should be!
Oct 7, 2020
5 Steps to the Perfect Bowl of PastaSkills
How boring is it that I learned the secret to making perfect pasta in Italy? Yes, fresh made pasta is amazing, and no, that’s not the technique I’m about to share with you. (Now that you know I’m not going to talk about fresh made pasta, are you a) disappointed, b) disgusted, or c) totally excited, because pasta should be easy?) My friend’s Italian husband Peldi taught me the five steps to a perfect bowl of pasta: Use the biggest pot you have.
Sep 30, 2020
The 3rd Step in Teaching My Kid to Cook: The Art of Grilled CheeseSkills
My sons are smart. They figured out how to make grilled cheese sandwiches on their own, but they were discerning enough to notice the sandwiches made by their parents were far superior. And they wanted to learn our secrets. We’ve had years of practice, and we agree that if there’s one thing we can teach our children, it’s how to make an excellent hot sandwich, any time of day, from breakfast to late-night snack time. Let’s start with breakfast.
Sep 30, 2020
The Tips My Teenager Should Know for Making Soup from ScratchSkills
Homemade soup is easy, and it’s always comforting. Whether or not my kids reach for the occasional can of soup, I want them to know how to make an economical, easy version from scratch, so they can have a healthy meal any day of the week. I like to make my own stock. (True story: I recently requested my fish in a restaurant be decapitated before it was cooked, so I could take home the raw fish head to make stock. Delicious!
Sep 30, 2020
How I Taught My Teenager to Make Pasta into a MealSkills
My kids love pasta. When they found out I was writing this series, one of the things they wanted to know was how to make pasta into a meal. Pasta is a great one-pot meal, and the possibilities for it are endless. My lucky, lucky children learned how to boil pasta from an Italian, in Italy. We spent a few weeks there one summer. We stayed with a friend, and ate everything in sight. If the kids loved pasta before, they were connoisseurs after.
Sep 30, 2020
How I Use Pasta to Fight Pickiness in My KidsSkills
How often do you introduce new foods to your kids? If I’m being completely honest, my family falls into these deep seasonal ruts with dinner vegetables and it looks a lot like us eating broccoli once a week from January through April. Then when the markets overflows with radishes, spring greens, and asparagus, I want to go wild with new (or forgotten) vegetables. It can be frustrating to see tiny noses turn up at vegetables they loved last year but haven’t seen in months.
Sep 30, 2020
The Art of Serving Pasta for Dinner, According to MomsSkills
As a parent, I love pasta more than I ever thought possible. I keep plenty in the pantry and it solves many dinner (and lunch, and occasionally breakfast) dilemmas. Got a picky eater? Pasta. Trying to introduce a new food? Pasta. Just need a dinner that everyone will love so the dinner table is quiet? Pasta! There is a subtle art to making a pasta dinner that is tasty enough to satisfy grown-ups without alienating tiny diners.
Sep 30, 2020
My Hack for the Easiest Pizza FridaySkills
And it's not calling out for delivery.
Sep 10, 2020
The 3-Cheese Formula for Better Homemade PizzaSkills
You really can't have too much of a good thing.
Sep 8, 2020
8 Glorious Ways to Use Pizza Dough — Besides Making Pizza!Skills
It's not just for pizza, okay?
Sep 4, 2020
The Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Making Pizza at Home
Pizza Week
You can make exquisite, crave-worthy pizza in your own kitchen without much more than some mixing bowls, a sturdy sheet pan, and your oven.
Sep 7, 2020
15 Incredible Upgrades for Frozen PizzaSkills
Frozen pizza can be a super satisfying meal with just a few upgrades.
Aug 17, 2020
The Brilliant, Low-Effort Way to Always Have Pizza at a Moment’s NoticeSkills
Bonus: It supports your local businesses!
Aug 14, 2020
Alton Brown’s Weird Trick for Cooking Pasta Actually WorksSkills
A recent Reddit thread unearthed a pasta-cooking hack courtesy of Alton Brown — and it’s going to turn your life around.
Aug 5, 2020
Upgrade Boxed Mac and Cheese with AvocadoSkills
This combination is asking you to take two of life’s greatest pleasures — macaroni and cheese and avocados — and bring them together in cheesy, creamy harmony. When you’re running low on ideas for a fast and truly enjoyable dinner, this quick mac and cheese hack is the one to turn to. Avocado adds an extra dose of creaminess to your mac and cheese without actually throwing in any more cheese or milk — although that is always an option.
Jul 17, 2020
The Secret to Plumper Hot Dogs from the GrillSkills
You just need 10 seconds and a knife!
Jun 11, 2020
Alton Brown’s Unusual Method for Cooking the Best Burgers EverSkills
Alton Brown said that if the world was about to end, he would calmly walk into the kitchen and make this cheeseburger.
May 27, 2020
The Secret to Grilling Burgers That Are Always Tender and JuicySkills
Follow these guidelines for juicy, never-dry burgers.
May 22, 2020
This Simple Trick Is the Secret to Foolproof Cacio e PepeSkills
Making such a basic pasta seems like it should be easy, but there’s a lot that can go wrong.
Feb 22, 2020
How To Velvet Chicken for Stir-FrySkills
You can even use it with pork or steak.
Jan 29, 2020
This $2 Ingredient Makes the Creamiest Pasta SauceSkills
See you later butter and cream.
Jan 11, 2020
Why I Only Use Sourdough Bread When Making French Toast CasseroleSkills
Brioche is great, but not when I'm cooking for a crowd.
Dec 23, 2019
5 Rules of Airplane Snacks, According to a Flight AttendantSkills
It’s true that you can actually get a good meal, maybe even a great one, with wine pairings to boot, on an airplane — that is, if you’re flying first class. For main cabin passengers, it’s another story altogether. Airlines have whittled down their complimentary onboard options to a selection of itty-bitty packets of peanuts and pretzels — and that’s if you’re lucky.
Dec 17, 2019
Do Good Kosher for Passover Noodles Exist?Skills
Q: Has anyone found good Kosher for Passover noodles? Years ago Manischewitz had great egg noodles, but now I can’t find anything that doesn’t taste awful. I even tried making some from scratch, which was a total disaster. Sent by try2cope The Gefilteria’s Jeffrey Yoskowitz: I think we need a quick intervention. Why do you want noodles for Passover?
Dec 17, 2019
These 5 Slow Cooker Recipes Need Only 5 Ingredients and a GlanceSkills
Welcome to Snapshot Cooking, the home of Kitchn’s easiest recipes. These mini recipes are so simple you can practically cook from the before-and-after snapshot itself. If you’re on the market for a new winning chicken dinner, say hello to five brand-new contenders. These set-it-and-forget-it meals require just five ingredients, and the slow cooker basically does all the work for you. Sounds too good to be true, right?
Nov 21, 2019
5 Pastas That Instantly Fancy Up Weeknight DinnerSkills
Try these! You may find a new go-to noodle.
Oct 17, 2019
Try This No-Boil Method for Prepping Ready-to-Eat Pasta Days AheadSkills
Make pasta more delicious — and have it ready when you are — without boiling.
Sep 18, 2019
10 Ways to Turn Frozen Meatballs into an Easy Weeknight DinnerSkills
Keeping meatballs stashed in the freezer makes last-minute dinners a breeze.
Sep 12, 2019
5 Easy Ways to Mess Up Instant Pot Pasta (and How to Avoid Them)
Mistakes to Avoid
Did your pasta turn into a giant sticky ball? We can help.
Sep 6, 2019
You Can Hack Your Oven to Make Restaurant-Style Pizza — Here's HowSkills
You may never order delivery again.
Aug 21, 2019
A Midwestern Pizza Chain Perfected Hawaiian Pizza with 2 Strange Ingredients
Kitchn Love Letters
It's a *lot* better than the original (and the original is pretty good)!
Aug 21, 2019
I Tried This Viral Reddit Tip for Reheating Pizza and Things Got UglySkills
"Perfect pizza, like it just came out of the oven," was the promise.
Jul 30, 2019
5 Ways to Make Dinner with Pizza DoughSkills
A ball of store-bought pizza dough can help you make dinner. On busy weeknights, its versatility and convenience just can’t be beat. And while you can obviously make great pizza from pizza dough, the truth is that you can make a whole lot of great things beyond pizza from the dough. Here are five ingenious ways to turn a one-pound ball of pizza dough into dinner. A sandwich is one of the easiest dinners around.
Jul 24, 2019
Your Guide to Picking the Best Noodles for Any Type of SoupSkills
In all their many forms, noodle soups are comforting and seriously delicious. But sometimes they can also prove a little confusing, especially when it comes to choosing the best type of noodle to add to your soup. Pasta or egg noodles? Soba or rice noodles? Wonder no more! Here’s your guide to picking the best noodles for any type of soup. While similar to traditional pasta, these noodles contain a higher egg-to-wheat ratio. There are two varieties of egg noodle.
Jul 24, 2019
A Week of Freezer-Friendly Meals from Casey BarberSkills
We don’t eat like normal people around here. Oh sure, we eat recognizable food — we’re not 3D printing our meals or anything — but because of the particular needs and demands of our jobs, our schedules are a little out of whack. I work from home as a food writer, recipe developer, and photographer; he works during the evenings as an editor for a major online sports media company. There’s always a ton of food (and leftovers!
Jun 9, 2019
5 Suppers for Two with Supermarket ShortcutsSkills
Cooking for two has its pleasures and its difficulties. One of the great things about my and my husband’s current situation is that we tend to eat whatever we want, whenever we want, wherever we want. I can try out new recipes on a whim, using flavors and ingredients from around the world, and though I may get the occasional raised brow from my husband, the freedom is exhilarating. Every day is different. But we still have our own challenges, even after all these years.
Jun 9, 2019
Good Question: Who Invented Penne alla Vodka?Skills
Dear Kitcheners,Paula Franzese (a lecturer with a company that gets future lawyers ready to sit for the bar exam), claimed in a lecture that her father invented Penne alla Vodka while working as a chef in an NYC restaurant in the 1970s. Could this be true? Does anyone know who invented the dish? When? Where?thanks, Sarah (photo: accompanies a Penne alla Vodka recipe at Williams-Sonoma.
Jun 6, 2019
It’s Pi Day! 10 Savory Pies, Quiches, and Pasties You Can Pack For LunchSkills
It’s March 14, and we all know what that means, right? It’s Pi Day! (March 14 = 3.14. Get it?) Every year we like to use this as an excuse to pull up pi(e) recipes from our archives, but this year we’re forgoing the sweet in favor of the savory. Even better: all of these pies, quiches, and pasties would make great lunches. So here’s to infinite pie possibilities!
Jun 6, 2019
What Are the Most Commonly-Used Casserole Dish Sizes?
Q: A lot of my favorite casserole recipes call for all sorts of dish sizes. Any thoughts on how to modify the recipe or what to do with the leftover that you can’t fit in a pan that’s too small?I’d love to be able to fit a dozen shapes and sizes into my apartment kitchen, but space doesn’t allow. In that vein, any suggestions as to which two sizes are the most used?Sent by cfelliniEditor: cfellini asked this in the comment thread on this casserole recipe.
Jun 5, 2019
Speck to Salami: A Quick Guide to Cured Meats
Normally, I stick with plain old ham and cheese sandwichesAll deli meats are cured in the sense that they are cooked and can be eaten cold. But meats that have been cured using classic methods of drying, brining, and salting will win in any taste test. Their flavors are deep and concentrated, while their textures are silky and tender.
Jun 4, 2019
Cooking Tip: How to Cook Dried Udon Noodles
Fresh udon noodles are thick, chewy, and delicious. Frozen udon noodles are very nearly as good. But dried udon noodles cooked like spaghetti in boiling water are notoriously sub-par. If dried is all you have access to, don’t give up hope! We recently learned of a different kind of cooking technique that might help!In How to Cook Everything Vegetarian, Mark Bittman describes a way of cooking dried udon that we’d never heard of before.
Jun 4, 2019
Perfectly Cooked Beans: Leave the Cover On or Off?
We picked up this tip in a blurb at the end of a recipe in one our favorite cookbooks, A New Way to Cook by Sally Schneider:If you simmer beans in an uncovered pot, they will end up firmer and more intact. This perfect for dishes where you really want the beans to keep their shape without smooshing, like salads and pasta dishes.
Jun 4, 2019
What’s the Difference? Gnocchi di Patate, Gnocchi alla Romana, and Gnocchi Parisienne
When we think of gnocchi, our mind jumps straight to those soft little potato dumplings served in a lot of Italian cooking. But did you know there are actually several different kinds of gnocchi, each one very different from the next?There are three main kinds of gnocchi that we see called for in recipes and on restaurant menus:Gnocchi di Patate – This type of gnocchi is featured in a lot of Northern Italian cuisine and is probably what most of us actually know as gnocchi.
Jun 4, 2019
This 1 Ingredient Ensures You'll Never Make a Dry, Crumbly Veggie Burger Again
It also doubles as the best-ever burger topping. Can you guess what it is?
Jun 3, 2019
Simple, Cheap, and Vegan, Too? Poor Man’s Parmesan
We wish we’d discovered this one back during Vegan Week! The Italians might call this topping “poor man’s parmesan,” but toasting bread crumbs in olive oil until they’re golden and crispy sounds pretty rich to us. Who knows? We might ditch the parmesan altogether.We’re not sure that poor man’s parmesan was ever intended to actually simulate cheese or convince your taste buds that it actually is cheese.
Jun 4, 2019
The Best Tips from the Pizza Nerds of Reddit
From bread to burgers, if there’s a dish over which people can obsess, there’s likely a thriving community for it on Reddit. The subreddit r/Pizza isn’t just about people who love pizza — r/Pizza is a place for pizza disciples.
Jun 3, 2019
Sorry but Cauliflower Pizza Crusts Might Not Be That Healthy
Remember a few years ago, when your Paleo-eating, Crossfit-obsessed friends invited you over for cauliflower crust pizza? And as you forced a smile through one damp, flavorless mouthful after another, you thought this will never catch on. Um, yeah, it seems to have actually caught on. Trader Joe’s and Costco both sell their own cauli-crusts, California Pizza Kitchen has made it a permanent menu addition, and even my fave local pizza joint offers it as a semi-regular special.
May 30, 2019
What’s the Difference Between Udon and Soba Noodles?
I’ve been to a lot of Japanese restaurants where the noodle soups have an option of udon or soba noodles. While they’re both Japanese noodles and are sometimes used interchangeably, there are quite a few differences between the two. Here’s what you need to know! Udon noodles are made by kneading wheat flour, salt, and water. These white noodles are sold dried, fresh or frozen. Dried udon noodles can vary in thickness and can be quite dense.
May 30, 2019
A Guide to Vietnamese Noodles
If you’ve been to Vietnam or even just the noodle aisle of your neighborhood Asian market, you might have been overwhelmed by the sheer variety of noodles available. Which ones are good for a stir-fry? Which should you buy fresh, and which are better dried? What even is the difference between all of those white, gray, translucent, and yellow noodles?
May 30, 2019
5 Ways to Eat More Rice Noodles
Fresh or dried, slurped or twirled, rice noodles are a great way to fill out a meal. They add texture and fun, no simmering required. What’s not to love? Here are five ways to eat more rice noodles this summer. Make a stop into your local Asian or Vietnamese market, and head for the refrigerated section first. If you’re lucky, you’ll find packages of fresh white rice noodles labelled bánh phở or bún, often translated to English as rice vermicelli.
May 30, 2019
My Favorite Way to Work More Veggies into Pasta Night
Here's my go-to method.
May 27, 2019
Katie Lee’s Smart Tip for Making Pasta Salad in a Hurry
“Resting time” in recipes is the bane of my existence. I’m a big fan of instant gratification, and I’m constantly forgetting to leave time for things like letting the meat rest or waiting for the cake to be completely cool before attempting to frost it. My puddings are always full of little fingerprints because I’m constantly poking them to see if they’re set yet, even though the recipe says they’ll need another three hours.
May 24, 2019
The Pioneer Woman’s Surprising Secret for Making Sliders
If I could ask the Pioneer Woman one question, I would probably ask her where she got her hand-painted orange KitchenAid. And if I got a second question, I would definitely ask her about sliders. Sliders just seem like they’d be her thing. Ree Drummond’s whole oeuvre is cowboys and classic Americana, so a very good burger has to be in her wheelhouse, and sliders are just regular burgers, but tinier and more adorable.
May 24, 2019
A Giada-Approved Shortcut for Better Pizza at Home
If there’s anyone who knows about making pizza at home, it’s Giada. Which is why she’s the first to admit that it’s not always a super-fast answer to getting dinner on the table. But she has a smart tip that’ll change that. From one of her recent newsletters: If you don’t have time for making dough, don’t despair!
May 24, 2019
The Biggest Mistake Americans Make When Cooking Pasta, According to Giovanni Rana
You’ve been making pasta for yourself since college or maybe even high school or earlier, right? You probably have a million (or at least a dozen) pasta dishes in your repertoire that you can make without even thinking about it. What if you’ve been making one big mistake this whole time, though?
May 24, 2019
Neil Patrick Harris Has a Hilariously Weird Tip for Making Pasta
If you’ve never made homemade pasta before, you might assume that it’s a lot of work and just opt for the boxed stuff instead. At least, that is, before you find out that all it takes is two ingredients (flour and eggs), a little elbow grease, and a sense of humor. Allow me to explain.
May 24, 2019
An Ingenious Pasta Tip from the New Pasta World Champion
Watching cooking competitions on television like Chopped is one thing, but actually being in a real kitchen stadium and seeing, smelling, and even tasting what the chefs are making? File that under amazing. I just attended the Barilla Pasta World Championship in Milan, Italy, and saw 18 chefs from around the world compete in the ultimate carb-cooking contest. The championship is the Olympics in pasta cooking, complete with lots of patriotic flag waving and a gold trophy for the winner.
May 24, 2019
Everything You Need to Know About High-Protein Pasta
Plus, three grocery-store brands that actually taste good.
May 24, 2019
Trust Me: You Should Be Grilling Frozen Pizza
Get ready for a charred, crispy crust and bubbling, caramelized cheese.
May 21, 2019
5 Mistakes to Avoid When Making Pasta Salad
Pasta salad, when assembled correctly, is sublime. A great pasta salad is the star of any backyard barbecue or picnic potluck. All too often, though, it is subject to mediocrity, thanks to too much mayo, squishy pasta, and not enough salt. Don’t make these common mistakes! Let this be the year you master the perfect pasta salad. The wrong pasta type or size can make pasta salad soggy, slimy, or just plain hard to eat.
May 16, 2019
Dry Pasta vs. Fresh Pasta: What’s the Difference?
In these days of “fresh is better,” wouldn’t it seem like fresh pasta would be preferable to dried pasta? After all, fresh pasta is often locally-made and uses, well, fresh ingredients, while dried pasta is shipped over long distances and has been sitting on shelves for an unknown period of time.But not so–like red and white wine, like soft and hard cheeses, like the West Coast and the East Coast, neither kind of pasta is superior to the other.
May 3, 2019
What Should We Make With This Blue Cornmeal?
A friend just got back from a trip to Arizona and brought us a pound of this blue cornmeal. We love its gritty texture and earthy smell, and we can’t wait to cook with it!The package comes with a tortilla recipe, but we’re wondering what other possibilities are out there. Any ideas?Tamales were our first thought, though we’re not sure if the cornmeal is ground fine enough. We might try running a cup through our food processor to see if we can get a finer grind.
May 3, 2019