Rigatoni with Lemony Kale-and-Pecorino Pesto
This easy kale pesto pasta recipe from chef Chris Cosentino isn't just healthier than the traditional basil pesto pasta—it's also absolutely delicious.
Seared Bison Strip Loin with Juniper and Fennel
Chris Cosentino spices his bison strip loin with juniper, since juniper berries often grow where bison graze; the bison can also be replaced with a beef strip loin. For putting a good crust on a juicy steak, Cosentino says, "A hot stone is awesome!" Sometimes known as cooking a la plancha, the method requires heating a smooth stone or cast-iron griddle over hot coals, creating a surface ideal for searing, no oil required. Pizza stones work well here.
Beef Brasato with Pappardelle and Mint
Chris Cosentino braises beef shank and oxtail in red wine to make a brasato he serves with house-made mint pappardelle. Instead of oxtail, the dish uses just beef shank. Fresh pappardelle from a store replaces the house-made kind.
Spaghetti with Anchovy Carbonara
Chris Cosentino adds briny flavor to his pasta with cured tuna heart. He shaves it on right before serving. This recipe calls for anchovies, rather than the tuna heart Cosentino uses. Egg yolks form a silky sauce.
Lemon-and-Fennel-Roasted Lamb with Polenta
Chris Cosentino serves roasted lamb necks with polenta cooked in a combination of sheep-milk whey and whole milk. At home, marinated boneless leg of lamb is tender and incredibly delicious alongside creamy polenta with mascarpone.
Skillet-Charred Cherry Tomatoes with Basil
Chris Cosentino remembers charring tomatoes when he was a line cook under chef Mark Miller at Red Sage in Washington, DC. "Mark always said, 'It needs fleck,'" Cosentino says, referring to the blackened bits on the skins. "The fire brings out the sweetness in the tomatoes."
Red Wine Bagna Cauda with Crudités
This garnet sauce is Chris Cosentino's take on the classic Piedmontese anchovy-and-olive-oil dip, enriched here with red wine. Italian for "hot bath," bagna cauda is served warm with crudités. This version, with both oil-packed and marinated anchovies, doubles as a terrific sauce for grilled meat.
Yellow Wax Bean and Radish Salad with Cannellinis
For a crunchy, summery salad, Chris Cosentino tosses yellow wax beans, radish slivers, red onion slices, cannellini beans and fresh basil in a simple vinaigrette. To save time, you can also substitute canned cannellinis for the dried ones here.
Mixed Grill with Rib Eyes, Sausages and Bacon Chops
At his cowboy picnic at Prather Ranch, Chris Cosentino served copious amounts of meat, including Italian sausages, Prather's rib eyes, and "caveman" bacon chops, large cuts of pork that include the chop and a piece of the belly. Ask your butcher to cut the pork chops from near the shoulder, leaving the belly meat attached.
Grilled Marrow Bones with Rosemary-Lemon Bruschetta
Chris Cosentino uses the phrase God's butter to describe rich, decadent bone marrow. Here he serves it alongside grilled toasts rubbed with rosemary and lemon. For a more potent herbal flavor, singe the rosemary sprigs on the grill for a few moments before rubbing the toasts.
Chris Cosentino serves this puree of burrata (cream-filled mozzarella) with his bison strip loin, a combination he calls "Italian cheesesteak." Buffalo mozzarella can also be substituted for the burrata. The sauce is a luxe match for any grilled meat.
Stone-Fruit Panzanella with Zabaglione
A classic Italian panzanella (bread salad) combines juicy tomatoes and bread cubes. Here, Chris Cosentino swaps in stone fruits like apricots and peaches for the tomatoes. Then he pushes the dessert over the top by dolloping the "salad" with an airy zabaglione, a frothy sauce of egg yolks whipped with sweet dessert wine.