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Fresh Tomato Sauce

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A basic tomato sauce can be at the heart of so many great meals: pizza, pasta dishes, sauteed vegetables and soups, just to name a few. Take advantage of the summer harvest to stock your freezer with this sauce and you'll be one...

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Butternut Squash Lasagna

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This rich, delicious pasta uses no-boil noodles and butternut squash for a supremely healthy and yummy lasagna. Get Catherine Newman's quick and easy recipe here.

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Cheesy Chicken and Tomato Bruschetta Turnovers

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These irresistible chicken turnovers are quick & easy to make, and filled with cheesy, tomato-ey goodness. Perfect for appetizers or a main course. Get Anne Coleman's delicous recipe here.

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Italian Pasta Salad

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Pasta salad is one of my favorite summertime meals. The versatility is never ending so it's always new, but always easy. Add a loaf of crusty bread and fresh lemonade or iced tea and you have a terrific beat-the-heat dinner. Making pasta salad is so simple and this formula will help you on your way to being a pasta salad expert.

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Basic Basil Pesto

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Simplicity reigns in this traditional sauce—just basil, garlic, cheese and olive oil. Our one modification?

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Mock Risotto

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Risotto is hardly effortless fare, what with all that stirring over a hot stove. But instant brown rice and creamy Neufchatel cheese can make a nutty, rich, stand-in version that's sure to be a family favorite.

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Pear Risotto with Prosciutto & Fried Sage Leaves

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Heady with ripe pear and laced with the delicate saltiness of prosciutto, this creamy risotto goes well with any roast meat or poultry. Any Parmesan cheese can be used but we recommend Parmigiano-Reggiano because its superior...

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Caprese Salad

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Summer-ripe tomatoes and fresh mozzarella need only a sprinkling of fresh herbs, salt and pepper to shine in this simple summer salad.

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Creamy Polenta

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This easy polenta takes only a few minutes of stirring before it’s left to cook on its own to creamy perfection. If you have leftovers, chill them overnight in a greased pan, slice into slabs, brush with canola oil and broil...

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