12 Favorite Recipes from 2012 – #1: Spaghetti al Vino Bianco

As we’re all wont to do this time of year about many things, I’ve been thinking a bit about my year in recipes and improvement as a home cook. Pretty much every year I resolve to do a better job of meal planning and incorporating healthier, whole foods into the mix. Attempting to keep that resolution led to adding a bunch of great recipes to my repertoire from culinary founts like 101 CookbooksFood52 and the incredible Cooks Illustrated (seriously, check out Cooks Illustrated—it’ll change your life).

Last January, I also made a related food resolution to join a CSA. Through Just Food, I found Flatbush Farmshare in my neighborhood and was treated to several weeks of fresh fruits and veggies, including some weird-ass but tasty crops like rapini, celeriac, and my favorite, donut peaches.

So in the spirit of all things 12 (dozens, dodecahedrons, …), I’ve rounded up my 12 favorite recipes from the year (featured here in no particular order, other than the one I remembered them) and hope you’ll check them out.

Spaghetti al Vino Bianco

1) Spaghetti al Vino Bianco*

Ok, I know it’s probably a cold day in hell when you have a bottle(s) of wine just “lying around,” but if you do find yourself in such a situation, this is your recipe. The pasta is cooked halfway in water, halfway in wine. There’s also pancetta and enough arugula thrown in to make you feel better about eating pasta with wine and bacon. It tastes so good, you’ll be impressed you made it yourself.

*This recipe is also available at Cooks Illustrated’s website, though you do have to create a trial account to access it. Alternatively, you can find it elsewhere on the ‘net.