Flat-leaf Italian parsley is best in this simple pasta preparation. But if there is only curly parsley available at the store, don’t hesitate to substitute it for the flat-leaf version. Slideshow: More Pasta Recipes
Parsley and basil go especially well with the southern Italian staples garlic and olive oil. Substitute others herbs such as dill, cilantro or mint for a more renegade—but equally delicious—variation. Slideshow: More Pasta Recipes
Grating the beets is the key to this streamlined version of borscht. For minimal hand-staining, wear kitchen gloves when handling the beets. A box grater works well for grating, but a food processor with the grating disk makes super-quick work of the grating. Slideshow: More Warming Soup Recipes
The key to the biggest flavor in the pepper-spiked dumplings is to grind the pepper right before adding it to the dumpling dough. If you like a strong pepper kick, grind the pepper as coarsely as possible.
Cooking the onions, ancho chile, aromatic thyme and chicken together is an effortless way to prepare a sauce as part of a one-pot meal. The mild chile sauce could also be pureed with an immersion blender. Slideshow: More Chicken Thigh Recipes
Be sure your spices are fresh when making this easy Indian chili. If the spice jars have been lounging in a drawer for years, consider buying new ones. Vibrant spices make a big difference. Slideshow: More Chili Recipes
When using yogurt, be sure to stir the contents of the container first, as the yogurt tends to separate over time. Whole milk yogurt is ideal here, but low-fat or non-fat yogurt would also work. Slideshow: More Chicken Recipes
Change the nature of this grilled chicken recipe by varying the kinds of chile powder used. Ancho chile is chocolate-y and mild; chipotle is smoky; Mexican is spicy and bright. Slideshow: More Chicken Recipes