Hero Ingredient: The miso’s earthy, salty savoriness beautifully balances the egg yolks’ rich flavor, making this recipe hearty without feeling heavy.
Hero Ingredient: While surprisingly polarizing in terms of taste, the health benefits of mushrooms can’t be denied, and when they’ve taken a spin in a sauté pan with a good glug of olive oil, you might even be able to make the most mushroom-averse diner change their tune.
Hero Ingredient: Simple sauces can sometimes fall flat, but the addition of nutmeg brings a hit of quintessential fall flavor while lending a welcome mix of warmth and spice to this streamlined dish. Consider this recipe the equivalent of sliding into your softest, coziest fall sweater.
Hero Ingredient: This ragù owes its slow-cooked flavor to the addition of sambal oelek, an easy-to-find Indonesian chile paste that provides complex heat and tastes like you’ve gone to the effort of cooking with fresh chiles—minus the protective gloves.
Hero Ingredient: The base of this sauce requires a heavy pour of cream, and with chicken and parmesan added to the mix, this comes dangerously close to being a nap-inducing dish. But stirring in a heaping cup of diced tomatoes cuts the richness of the cream, and the final result is beautifully balanced while still feeling incredibly indulgent.
Hero Ingredient: Lemon enhances the pesto’s herby zing. Using both the juice and the zest gives this pasta the purest citrus flavor, brightening up every beautiful bite.
Hero Ingredient: Trimmed and chopped bites of broccoli rabe give this otherwise mostly monochromatic dish visual interest while balancing out the salmon’s richer flavor.
Hero Ingredient: Bon Appétit called it: Almonds are the new breadcrumbs. While definitely a bold statement, this recipe makes perhaps the most convincing argument. We’d never say no to a little crunch.
Hero Ingredient: While the strong licorice-like flavor of raw fennel turns many otherwise adventurous diners off, here, you’re caramelizing the hardy herb until it’s delectably golden and sweet. Garnish your dish with a few fennel fronds and you’ll have a show-stopper on the table for everyone to enjoy.
Hero Ingredient: The red pepper flakes diversify the dish’s flavor and bring a welcome bit of heat.
Hero Ingredient: Tahini is showing up more and more as a go-to base for all sorts of sauces—and for good reason. The subtle sesame flavor makes itself known while also being light enough to let the other ingredients shine.
Hero Ingredient: Lentils are the real MVP here. They give bite and body to the sauce, and when simmered with tomatoes and just a few seasonings, the result is an impressively-filling vegan substitute for this traditionally meat-based dish.
Hero Ingredient: Is there anything walnuts can’t do? Given a blitz in the food processor with the softened eggplant, the walnuts add bulk and body to this super satiating sauce.
Hero Ingredient: Browning the butter results in a complex flavor that’s nutty and not overwhelmingly strong, sealing the deal on this autumn-inspired dish.
Hero Ingredient: A touch of dijon mustard gives just enough acidity and punch to the cashew cream sauce, making it hard not to dive into your leftovers spoon-first.