If your forays into the kitchen often take on the flavors of Italy, you're not alone. Italian cuisine is hugely popular in the U.S. and abroad. Pizza and pasta are basic Italian dishes that can be reimagined a thousand different ways. You may like yours from the take-out joint down the street, or prefer the options available on the frozen aisle of your local market. If you're really, really lucky, your own Italian nonna (grandmother) does the honors by hand.
If you aren't fortunate enough to have an Italian grandmother to give you some pointers on making moist meatballs or prepping the best al dente pasta, we're happy to oblige. Step into our cucina (kitchen) and we'll share five essential tips that will make Italian night at your house more flavorful. We're adding a 21st-century twist: These suggestions will make meal prep quicker and easier, too.