Italian Favorites Revisited
Season 5, Ep. 504
Test cook Bridget Lancaster shows host Christopher Kimball how to make the ultimate Slow-Cooker Meatballs and Marinara. Then, Chris answers questions from viewers. Next, equipment expert Adam Ried reveals his top picks for oven mitts. Then, tasting expert Jack Bishop challenges Chris to a tasting of jarred spaghetti sauce. And finally, test cook Julia Collin Davison uncovers the secrets to making the best Spinach Lasagna.
The meatballs crumbled. The sauce lost its savor. A favorite dinner fell very short. Aren't slow cookers supposed to simplify things?
So you think that lasagna with no meat and no béchamel is missing something? Think again.
Obviously, they should prevent burns, but the best mitts should also be comfortable, dextrous, and durable.
Jarred pasta sauces are showing up on supermarket shelves with upscale twists: a dash of wine here, fancy olive oil there. Do these dolled-up sauces really taste better than standard jarred marinara?