'One Pot' meals offer less complicated cooking

The Scottos are known for their delicious dishes, but say cooking doesn't always need to be complicated. These four recipes provide a variety of taste, without forcing you to pull off a circus act in the kitchen.

Beef short rib stew
Servings:

Four to six servings

Ingredients

    • 1 cup olive oil
    • 1 cup all-purpose flour seasoned with salt and pepper
    • 8 pounds short ribs of beef, cut 2 inches wide
    • 6 ounces pancetta, diced (about 1 cup)
    • 1/4 cup chopped garlic (about 3 to 4 cloves)
    • 1 cup chopped onion (about 1 onion)
    • 1 cup red wine
    • 3 quarts beef stock
    • 1 cup chopped carrots (about 2 carrots)
    • 8 small Yukon Gold Potatoes, left whole
    • 1 cup chopped fennel (1 trimmed bulb)
    • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Preparation

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Italian wedding soup
Servings:

Six to eight servings

Ingredients

  • For the meatballs

    • 1/2 pound ground veal
    • 1/2 pound ground chicken
    • 1 cup dried bread crumbs (store-bought are fine)
    • 1 egg
    • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
    • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
    • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
    • Pinch of pepper
    • 2 tablespoons cold water
  • For the soup

    • 1/2 cup olive oil
    • 1 cup diced onions
    • 2 tablespoons chopped garlic
    • 2 quarts chicken stock
    • 2 cups diced carrots
    • 2 cups diced celery
    • 1 cup diced zucchini
    • 1 pound escarole, chopped
    • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
    • Salt and pepper (to taste)

Preparation

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Risotto with shrimp, gorgonzola and parmesan Cheese
Servings:

Four to six servings

Ingredients

    • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
    • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
    • 1 small onion, finely diced
    • 3 cups vegetable stock
    • 2 cups Arborio rice
    • 1 pound large shrimp, cut in half
    • 3/4 cup crumbled gorgonzola cheese
    • 1 cup grated parmesan cheese
    • Salt and freshly ground black pepper (to taste)

Preparation

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Sweet italian sausage with peppers, onions and potatoes
Servings:

Makes six servings

Ingredients

    • 1/2 cup olive oil
    • 6 sweet Italian sausages
    • 4 large Idaho potatoes, sliced 1/2 inch thick
    • 2 medium onions, cut into 2-inch wide strips
    • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
    • 1 red bell pepper, cut into 2-inch wide strips, seeds removed
    • 1 green bell pepper, cut into 2-inch wide strips, seeds removed
    • 1 yellow bell pepper, cut into 2-inch wide strips, seeds removed
    • Salt and pepper

Preparation

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