Family Dinner Secrets From Star Chefs


Pasta and protein

Top foodies spill their own tricks for getting family meals on the table—fast.

Giada De Laurentiis

De Laurentiis plans ahead. "I cook a variety of pasta in different shapes, along with a protein like turkey or lamb. I store each item separately so the flavors don’t blend.

At dinnertime, I simply select a pasta, a protein, and a fresh vegetable, add a bit of olive oil and heat."

Giada De Laurentiis is the host of Food Network’s Giada at Home and mom to 3-year-old Jade.

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