These sophisticated dishes come together with 10 items or less (and still manage to pack in the flavour).

You won’t find any novel-length lists of ingredients here: just simple, sophisticated dishes that come together with 10 items or less (and still manage to pack in the flavour).



Ribollita is a hearty Tuscan soup that’s made to resuscitate stale crusty bread. Toast slices (with garlic butter, olive oil and/or cheese, if you like) or leave untoasted, whole or torn into pieces on top of the soup like a crouton, or nestled into the bottom of the bowl with the soup ladled overtop.


Seared Tofu with Greens and Crispy Chickpeas

Mild tofu takes on flavours well, so tossing it with chili powder and cumin, a curry blend or your favourite dry barbecue rub before roasting is always a good idea. Starting it in a hot pan will give it a crispier edge; otherwise you could roast it along with the chickpeas, as long as you don’t crowd the pan, which would keep it from getting crisp.


Braised Pork Shoulder with Cheesy Polenta

Braised pork shoulder with polenta seems fancy and complicated, but requires little effort; the oven does all the work of breaking down tough pork shoulder, rendering it incredibly tender and flavourful, and a pot of creamy polenta is easier than oatmeal, coming together in under five minutes.


Spicy Peanut Dan Dan Noodles

These spicy noodles are named for the pole—or dan dan—street vendors used to carry the ingredients for the dish. It’s usually spicy, and often made with peanut butter or sesame paste.