Alexandra's Kitchen

Vegetarian

In less than 10 minutes, this radicchio pasta enters the pan, the silky sauce enveloping it along with the walnuts, parsley, and orange zest. Lots of fresh cracked pepper and shavings of Pecorino at the table completed the dish. // alexandracooks.com

Pasta with Radicchio, Gorgonzola and Walnuts

Friends, roasting polenta in the oven is a game changer — it frees up your cooktop and, more important, YOU. While the polenta bubbles away in the oven, you can sauté greens or poach eggs or steam broccoli or take a bath give the kids a bath, etc. No need to worry if the polenta is sticking to the pot, running out of liquid—in the oven it cooks slowly and evenly. It's the easiest thing in the world, and this time of year, I could eat it with everything // alexandracooks.com

Oven-Baked Polenta (A Miracle) with Poached Eggs

An overhead shot of a bowl of vegetarian cabbage soup in a bowl.

Favorite Cabbage Soup, Updated

A pot of vegetables ready to be simmered into broth.

Homemade Vegetable Stock

A bowl of vegan, one-pot lentil soup.

Favorite Lentil Soup: One-Pot, Vegan, Completely Delicious

A skillet filled with pasta carbonara.

Favorite Weeknight Meal: No-Bacon Pasta Carbonara Loaded with Greens

Chickpea Tagine with “Tomato Jam” and Roasted Delicata Squash

A quart container filled with cooked chickpeas.

How to Cook Chickpeas and Beans from Scratch: Brining Method

Here I've pickled peppers, onions, and fennel, and I've been tucking the mix into sandwiches, spreading it atop melty cheese toasts, and, as intended, sprinkling it over just-baked pizza. I imagine it would be fabulous with grilled bratwurst or in a Philly cheesesteak-style sandwich. // alexandracooks.com

Simple, Quick- Pickled Vegetables

A plate of oven-roasted cauliflower florets with parmesan.

Easy Parmesan-Roasted Cauliflower Florets Recipe

This roasted eggplant lasagna with sautéed greens uses tomato sauce layered between noodles, roasted eggplant rounds, sautéed Swiss chard, and a mix of parmesan and mozzarella. I've omitted the classic ricotta + egg layer here because I've never loved it, but feel free to add it. This is a recipe that can be tailored to your liking. // alexandracooks.com

Roasted Eggplant and Sautéed Swiss Chard Lasagna

Two quart containers filled with tomato sauce.

Marcella Hazan Tomato Sauce with Onion and Butter, Simplified

A bowl of corn pasta.

Melissa Clark’s Creamy (No-Cream!) Corn Pasta with Basil

A bowl of raw corn salad with tomatoes, feta, and basil.

Mark Bittman’s Raw Corn Salad with Tomatoes, Feta, Basil & Mint

A gif of uncooked ratatouille and roasted ratatouille.

Roasted Ratatouille = The Best Ratatouille

A bowl filled with the best one-pan baked ziti with a fork and napkin.

One-Pan Baked Ziti — A Miracle!

A bowl of curried corn soup.

Deborah Madison’s Curried Coconut Corn Soup

Overhead shot of corn soup with herb salsa.

Five-Ingredient Corn Soup with Herb Salsa

cucumber and green grape gazpacho

Green Gazpacho Soup

This kale and quinoa salad has a lemony-mustard dressing, dried cranberries that plump with the cooked quinoa, crisp celery, toasted almonds, and goat cheese. It comes together in a snap and has been a welcomed addition to the summer salad rotation. It also keeps well in the fridge for days, making it perfect for lunch-on-the-go or a picnic at the beach. I find it irresistible, and while it's a great side salad, it's nearly a meal in itself. // alexandracooks.com

Kale and Quinoa Salad from Love Real Food

A sweet potato and mushroom quinoa burger on a plate.

Sweet Potato and Mushroom Veggie Burger

This recipe for almond-sesame soba noodles with quick-pickled vegetables is really fun and super easy. It's also a good one to rely on in the summer — it's so refreshing — and, if you subscribe to a CSA or tend a prolific garden, it makes great use of all of those carrots, cucumbers, and radishes you may find yourself up to your eyeballs in. // alexandracooks.com

Almond-Sesame Soba Noodles with Quick-Pickled Vegetables

A whirl of sweet hydration is just what I need as hotter days move in or, as it turns out, even when they don't—I've been making this blueberry-almond smoothie every day, rain or shine, brisk or balmy. // alexandracooks.com

Healthy Blueberry-Almond Smoothie

This ‘nduja grilled cheese includes Wisconsin fontina, a great melting cheese, and basil pesto, to offer a fresh counterpoint to the richness of the pâte-like spread. In keeping with the Italian theme, I sandwiched the three ingredients between thick slices of ciabatta, whose porous crumb so nicely absorbed the flavors of the spicy ‘nduja and sweet, earthy fontina. Yum. // alexandracooks.com

‘Nduja Grilled Cheese with Wisconsin Fontina & Basil Pesto