Thank you to American’s Test Kitchen for sending me a copy of the “Six Ingredient Solution” cookbook to review!
I have been a big fan of America’s Test Kitchen for years. My brother-in-law first told me about them as he is a longtime subscriber to their sister-magazine, Cook’s Illustrated. Did you know their programs air on many PBS stations across the nation? Check out their website to find out when it airs in your area (or watch episodes online). Their basic cooking techniques, delicious recipes and product advice are terrific.
So when I was asked to review their latest cookbook, Six Ingredient Solution, I was excited for the opportunity. And it couldn’t have come at a better time—just before the busy school year was ready to start back up. I know I’m always looking for simple and delicious recipes that my family will love but that are easy to prepare and get to the table.
Flipping through the book, it’s probably no accident that I came across the BLT Pasta Salad.
They had me at bacon.
Actually, I love just about anything BLT flavored (remember my BLT Chicken Salad?) so I was ready to give it a go! I made this dish on a Sunday evening when I needed something simple yet satisfying. Frankly, I was a bit skeptical of the whole concept of six ingredients. Really, could food taste that great with only six ingredients? Well, this recipe not only delivered, it was a huge hit with my family!
Simple techniques to coax more flavor from the dishes are the key. In this recipe, one trick was to use the bacon drippings to sauté the garlic and tomatoes. And to use reserved pasta water for making the “sauce”—so smart!
Each recipe has a “Why This Recipe Works” section that explains how that additional flavor will be highlighted. And their Test Kitchen Tips are also a handy way to learn time-saving tips for making the most of my time in the kitchen. I shared this book with my sister and as she was flipping through she agreed those features were a great addition. What’s also neat are the Ingredient Spotlights. They take an ingredient from each recipe and tell you a little more about their history, how to shop for it, and why it works.
Whether it’s appetizers, soups, entrees, vegetarian main dishes or desserts, there is something for every occasion—and all with only six ingredients per recipe! I can’t wait to try out other recipes like the Mu Shu-Style Pork Wraps, Roast Pork Loin with Cilantro Sauce, Sausage and Tortellini Florentine Soup, or Lemon Tart. Honestly, there are so many great looking recipes I know I’ll be busy for awhile (you can check out the list of recipes by clicking here). Some recipes that caught my eye include these shown below:
You can purchase this book at many local book stores or online. I’ve added it to my new shop on my blog. Click here to view it (it is in the Quick & Easy cookbook category) I hope you’ll check it out!
Disclaimer: I did receive an advance copy of this cookbook but have not been compensated in any other way for my review. My opinions are my own.