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Foolproof Italian Dinner Party Menu

Foolproof Italian Dinner Party Menu

The crisp December air has us reaching for warming, comforting dishes—and these recipes could not be more crowd-pleasing. In fact, we’d happily serve (and eat) this menu every Sunday, all winter long. Plus, both cooking and cleanup just got much easier (and decidedly more elegant) with the introduction of our gorgeous new nontoxic, nonstick, dishwasher-safe goop cookware.

Some of the recipes take time (sausage ragu gets better as it simmers, and focaccia, though dead easy to make, needs a couple of hours to rise properly), but we promise none are difficult and all are delicious. So this weekend, set aside a few hours for stress-free cooking and rave reviews, especially if you serve this affogato for dessert.

  1. Marcato Atlas 180 Pasta Machine
    Marcato Atlas 180 Pasta Machine goop, $150
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  2. La DoubleJ x Laduree Dessert Plates, Set of 6
    La DoubleJ x Ladurée Dessert Plates, Set of 6 goop, $340
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  3. Nude Glass Dimple Elegant Red Wine Glass, Set of 2
    Nude Glass Dimple Elegant Red Wine Glass, Set of 2 goop, $74
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  4. Best for Pasta

    “Most home cooks make the mistake of not cooking pasta in a big enough pot,” says goop food director Caitlin O’Malley. “This one is brilliant because it’s large enough to let the pasta move freely and easily.”

    goop Home 5QT Covered Casserole
    goop Home 5QT Covered Casserole goop, $150
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Chicory Salad with Caper and Anchovy Dressing

Photographer (throughout): Ryan Robert Miller
Food Stylist (throughout): Caroline Hwang

Chicory Salad with Caper and Anchovy Dressing

We love the bitter greens that start popping up in farmers’ markets this time of year, and this bright, punchy vinaigrette complements them perfectly. Our go-to green for this is escarole, but if you can’t find it, a mix of endive, arugula, and radicchio is delicious, too.

  1. Chef’n Citrus Juicer
    Chef’n Citrus Juicer goop, $25
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  2. Mepra Dolce Vita 2-Piece Salad Set
    Mepra Dolce Vita 2-Piece Salad Set goop, $180
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  3. Microplane Premium Classic Zester
    Microplane Premium Classic Zester goop, $15
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  4. Fresh Microgreens Make Any Salad Better

    Hamama MICROGREEN STARTER KIT + BAMBOO FRAM
    Hamama MICROGREEN STARTER KIT + BAMBOO FRAME goop, $79
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Roasted Cherry Tomatoes with Burrata and Grilled Focaccia

Roasted Cherry Tomatoes with Burrata and Grilled Focaccia

Let’s be honest, anything involving burrata is going to be good, but this dish—which combines the creamy cheese with blistered cherry tomatoes, grilled focaccia, and a drizzle of syrupy aged balsamic vinegar—is pretty exceptional. If you don’t have time to make the focaccia, buy some.

  1. Hawkins New York Oak Cutting Board
    Hawkins New York Oak Cutting Board goop, $100
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  2. Atelier Saucier Rainbow Twill Napkins, Set of 4
    Atelier Saucier Rainbow Twill Napkins, Set of 4 goop, $66
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  3. Smithey Ironware Co.
            No. 12 Grill Pan
    Smithey Ironware Co. No. 12 Grill Pan goop, $220
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Focaccia

Focaccia

For anyone intimidated by the idea of making your own bread, this focaccia recipe is a perfect place to start. It’s easy to make, comes together in just a few hours, and is still incredibly impressive. Use any leftovers for sandwiches or to make incredible croutons for salads. If your kitchen is cold, let the dough rest above or next to the warm oven.

  1. Baroncini Import & Co. Sicilian Extra Virgin Olive Oil
    Baroncini Import & Co. Sicilian Extra Virgin Olive Oil goop, $60
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  2. Nordic Ware Baking Sheet Set
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  3. goop x Social Studies Salad Plate
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  4. goop Home Oval Roaster
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Sausage Ragu with Orecchiette

Sausage Ragu with Orecchiette

This ragu gets better with time, so cook it for as long as you can. We usually try to do at least two hours.

  1. Gefu Ravioli Pasta Maker Case
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  2. Zwilling Garlic Press
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  3. Richard Brendon Georgian Lillies Reflect Teacup & Saucer Set
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  4. Richard Brendon Dipped Shallow Serving Bowl
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  5. Caraway Ceramic Cookware Set
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  6. Estelle Regal Flute, Set of 2
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  7. Flamingo Estate Three Sisters Candle Set
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