Mario Batali

F&W Star Chef " See All F&W Chef Superstars Megachef Mario Batali shares the cooking technique everyone should know, his favorite cookbook and a key shortcut to cooking an impressive meal for a crowd. What's your most requested recipe?Our lasagne Bolognese or our tortellini en brodo both capture the greatness of Italian seasonal tradition. Although they require a lot of time and handwork, they're not too difficult technically. What's your favorite cookbook of all time?Lynne Rossetto Kasper's The Splendid Table captures all of the real stuff in Emilia-Romagna, my favorite part of Italia. What's one technique everyone should know?Everyone should know how to make a basic pasta dough. What's one great entertaining tip?Make it more about product than technique: Source a crazy good ham, or search out the very best polenta and make it the star of the dish.
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Pantesco means "in the style of Pantelleria," an island off the coast of Sicily. Capers grow well there, so they are a major source of flavor in the sauce. Fast Weekday Pastas
White Clam Pie
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Pouring balsamic vinegar over fruit is a secret from the kitchens of Modena, the Italian city where the vinegar originated.Plus: More Dessert Recipes and Tips
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The zucchini flowers add a peppery fragrance, but they can be omitted if you can't find them at the market. If you've got your grill going for other dishes, by all means use it to toast the bread.Plus: More Appetizer Recipes and Tips
The zucchini flowers add a peppery fragrance, but they can be omitted if you can't find them at the market. If you've got your grill going for other dishes, by all means use it to toast the bread.Plus: More Appetizer Recipes and Tips
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In Spain, chuletillas de cordero (teeny lamb chops) are about the size of lollipops. Before grilling the succulent chops over a fire at Valdubón vineyard in the Ribera del Duero wine region, Mario Batali rubbed them with a mixture of rosemary, lavender, sugar and red wine vinegar, which gave them a wonderful herbal tang.More Lamb Recipes
Pepato, a semidry sheep's-milk cheese studded with black peppercorns, lends salt and spice to the pleasant bitterness of the grilled endives. If you can't find it, substitute shavings of Pecorino Romano or ricotta salata.Plus: More Vegetable Recipes and Tips
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Almond Mint Salsa
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Toss the leftover salsa with macaroni or any tubular pasta, adding a little of the pasta cooking water to thin out the sauce.Plus: Pasta Recipes and Tips