With Genius Recipes correspondent Kristen off for a few months trying to raise a genius newborn, we're revisiting the column's Greatest Hits with brand-new videos—and hearing from a few special surprise guests. Wish her luck! (And keep sending those tips.)
There are good pastas and then there are great pastas and then there are Genius pastas. Sometimes this title is bestowed thanks to an ultra-creative swap (like Tony Kim’s “Cacio” e Pepe, which forgos cheese and calls in miso instead). Other times, it’s because you flip a technique on its head (like Ina Garten’s roasted-not-simmered vodka sauce). And other times still, it’s because the recipe is superiorly simple.