What’s one of your New Year’s resolutions? Does it include experimenting more in the kitchen? If so, Giada De Laurentiis has just the spices and pantry staples you’ll want to pick up and cook with immediately, from lip-puckering, Italy-grown cherries and elevated, punched-up tomato sauce to anchovy filets and an umami spice kit you only wish you’d tried sooner.
Rigatoni Alla Silana Spice Kit
Up first, a spice kit that’ll elevate any meal: the Rigatoni Alla Silana Spice Kit. Mix this blend of earthy dried mushrooms, eggplant, onions, garlic and parsley with water, olive oil, your favorite tomato sauce, and any short pasta for a quick-and-easy weeknight meal.
These aren’t your average cherries. Amareno cherries are sour, they’re chewy, they’re world-renowned, and, as De Laurentiis puts it, they’re “unmistakably elegant. The Food Network host and chef recommends stirring a spoonful of the cherry-flavored syrup into a glass of Prosecco. Genius. Buy: Fabbri Amarena Cherries (2-pack) $37.49
Pomodorino Di Corbara
These fresh, vibrant tomatoes are a welcome addition to any pasta dish. “Sweeter than any other variety you’ll ever try, these adorable gems shine in a super-simple tomato sauce simmered with some salty, umami-packed parmesan rinds to balance out their intense natural sugars,” De Laurentiis says.
Look no further for the best anchovies; they’re Armatore’s anchovy filets, which are caught off the Amalfi coast. According to De Laurentiis, “they’re all you need to take a simple pizza to the next level, or try them layered under fresh chopped tomatoes for a craveable bruschetta.”
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