Like many of my favorite Italian dishes, some combinations can be so incredible simple,

that the resulting flavor is nothing short of remarkable.

Like this

Linguine Al’Alloro

It looks like a modest, unimposing linguine Al’Alfredo…..

Al Lauro

But the addition of a handful of bay leaves steeping in the reducing cream adds an unexpectedly depthy-herbaceousness,

and slightly peppery quality to the sauce.

It’s like what your childs’ linguine Alfredo want’s to be when it grows up.

Also today:

Casarecce, in a spicy clam and tomato sauce.

Pappardelle, allla Bolognese.