After a hectic few months of holiday cooking, a chilly January called for a surplus of belly-warming meals. You whipped up pasta dishes like Rachael's Fettuccine Cauli-fredo and Pasta With Bacon and Butternut, plus pork chop dinners from both Rach and Emeril.
Rachael's New Year's Lentil and Farro Soup was another highlight, hitting the spot well beyond New Year's Day.
We predict these recipes will continue to be winter favorites, so you have our permission to keep on dishing them out this month, too! ?
Rach pulls together a hearty rosemary-infused chicken and veggie ragu that's just right for tossing with tubes of rigatoni.
Watch her make it in the video above!
GET THE RECIPE: Rachael's Chicken and Vegetable Ragu with Rigatoni
This simple supper from Chef Emeril Lagasse relies on quick-cooking pork chops for the base of complementary sweet-tart balsamic-glazed shallots.
With a rotisserie chicken filling, this casserole makes it onto the dinner table fast.
GET THE RECIPE: Rachael's Poppy Seed and Egg Noodle Casserole
This creamy and delicious pasta gets topped with roasted cauliflower seasoned with za'atar, a Mediterranean spice blend beloved for its big, bold flavors.
GET THE RECIPE: Rachael's Fettuccine Cauli-fredo with Roasted Za'atar Florets
Squash cooked in rendered bacon fat sets the stage for a simple skillet pasta "sauce" made using white wine, chicken stock and plenty of parmesan cheese.
GET THE RECIPE: Rachael's Pasta with Bacon and Butternut
These tender and flavorful meatballs are simmered in the sauce, never fried or roasted — and they're a favorite of John's (Rachael's husband)!
GET THE RECIPE: Rachael's Bucatini with Meatball Dumplings
Lentils mean good luck in the New Year, and every New Year's Day, Rachael makes some sort of braised lentils with sausage or a lentil soup — like this one!
"As with pasta that I add to soups, I make the farro on the side and add it to the soup in portions as it is served so it does not bloat or overcook in the soup," Rach says.
GET THE RECIPE: Rachael's Lentil and Farro Soup
Balsamic vinegar and pork chops bring out the best in each other, and this easy dinner recipe shows why they’ve become a pairing for the ages.
GET THE RECIPE: Rachael's Pork Chops with Sage, Cider and Balsamic Vinegar
Pro Tip: When pounding the chicken with the mallet, use smooth and firm but even strokes in a down and away motion to avoid tearing the meat.
GET THE RECIPE: Rachael's Bolognese-Style Chicken Cutlets
"In Italian, polpettone is a very large meatball or a meatloaf," Rach explains. "This recipe is fun, impressive and not as hard as you might think."
GET THE RECIPE: Rachael's Polpettone with Mortadella and Greens