This fast version of spaghetti and meatballs with red gravy is ready in less than 30 minutes, but you’ll be chopping, stirring and monitoring heat — actively working — from start to finish. You’ll be busy, but not frantic, and rewarded not only with the twirling of pasta in half an hour, but with the satisfaction that you made every second count. (Photo: Melina Hammer for The New York Times)

Spaghetti and Drop Meatballs With Tomato Sauce

This fast version of spaghetti and meatballs with red gravy is ready in less than 30 minutes, but you’ll be chopping, stirring and monitoring heat — actively working — from start to finish. (Photo: Melina Hammer for The New York Times)

Mark Bittman's Grilled Skirt Steak with Chimichurri Sauce Recipe | Food & Wine

Mark Bittman's Grilled Skirt Steak with Chimichurri Sauce

Mark Bittman's Grilled Skirt Steak with Chimichurri Sauce Recipe on Food & Wine. New York Times columnist Mark Bittman uses this tangy, salsa-esque Argentinean sauce as a complement to rich skirt steak.

NYT Cooking: Even vegetable stews can have more vegetables. This recipe adds a pound of kale -- that's right, a full pound -- to softened onions, carrots and celery, combined with beans and tomatoes. It's simply a matter of bringing the other vegetables together in a simmer, then adding the kale and topping with the toast. The whole dish bakes in the oven for a few minutes to%2...

Ribollita

NYT Cooking: Even vegetable stews can have more vegetables. This recipe adds a pound of kale -- that's right, a full pound -- to softened onions, carrots and celery, combined with beans and tomatoes.

7 Sauces That Taste Better Homemade - Ketchup, chimichurri, barbecue sauce, sweet-and-hot pepper relish, corn-and-tomato relish, teriyaki sauce, mayonnaise.

7 Sauces That Taste Better Homemade

barbecue sauce, sweet-and-hot pepper relish, corn-and-tomato relish, teriyaki sauce, mayonnaise.

Garlic Shrimp Mark Bittman's Way, hands down the best garlic shrimp you've ever had!

Garlic Shrimp Mark Bittman's Way, hands down the best garlic shrimp you've ever…

NYT Cooking: A summer pasta should be simple and fresh, ideally made with vegetables straight from the garden or market. Look for the best artisanal ricotta; top-quality ingredients make all the difference here.

Summer Pasta With Zucchini, Ricotta and Basil

NYT Cooking: Summer pasta A summer pasta should be simple and fresh, ideally made with vegetables straight from the garden or market. Look for the best artisanal ricotta; top-quality ingredients make all the difference here.

This banana bread from Mark Bittman's "How to Cook Everything" is really something special. One-fourth of the flour is whole wheat, which contributes a kind of depth you’d miss if it weren’t there. There are walnuts — not unusual, but again, you’d miss them if they weren’t there. And the key, secret ingredient, is coconut. (Craig Lee for The New York Times)

Mark Bittman’s Banana Bread

Mark Bittman’s Banana Bread Recipe - NYT Cooking. I made this with four bananas- recommend. Good cycling or hiking food.

NYT Cooking: Green sauce means different things to different cooks, but I like the Iberian interpretation best. It draws its color from parsley and its impact from chilies, scallions, and, mostly, garlic. I find it difficult to use too much garlic here, and have never really reached the outer limit; my recipe calls for six cloves, but twice that amount is not unreasonable. <br/><br/>Sh...

Mark Bittman’s Shrimp In Green Sauce

NYT Cooking: Green sauce means different things to different cooks, but I like the Iberian interpretation best. It draws its color from parsley…

Roasted Spaghetti Squash with Brown Butter, Sage and Walnuts

Roasted Spaghetti Squash with Brown Butter and Walnuts

Perfect Roast Beef Recipe from 'How to Cook Everything, the Basics: All You Need to Make Great Food', by Mark Bittman

Perfect Roast Beef Recipe Main Dishes with beef rib roast, garlic cloves, ground black pepper, salt, beef stock

NYT Cooking: This is the most minimalist eggplant Parmesan imaginable, really an eggplant gratin with tomatoes. (If memory serves me, that’s how they make it in Parma: no mozz, no meat.) You cook the eggplant in abundant oil. Yes, you can broil it or bake it, but I really think the taste of eggplant slices that have had oil boiled right through them is dreamy. Make a 15-minute%...

Mark Bittman’s Eggplant Parmesan

NYT Cooking: This is the most minimalist eggplant Parmesan imaginable, really an eggplant gratin with tomatoes. (If memory serves me, that’s how they make it in Parma: no mozz, no meat.) You cook the (Baking Eggplant Parmesan)

Mark Bittman's Savory Oatmeal with Scallions and Soy Sauce - OMG my new favorite food. Savory Oatmeal

Mark Bittman's Savory Oatmeal with Scallions and Soy Sauce

Savory Oatmeal-most Mornings, I Wake Up With A Major Salt Tooth And Would Prefer This Over A Muffin Or Scone.

These simple veggie burgers – just mushrooms, beans, garlic, oats, spices and soy sauce – come together in a snap. They're so hearty, even meatlovers will devour them. (Photo: Michael Kraus for The New York Times)

McBitty's Bean Burgers

Bean Burgers Make semi-veganism work for you. Once a week, let bean burgers stand in for hamburgers, leave the meat out of your pasta sauce, make a risotto the likes of which you’ve probably never had — and you may just find yourself eating “better.

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