A Top NYC Chef Shares the $2 Grocery Store Pasta Brand She Swears By

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From Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner… Life! by Missy Robbins with Carrie King/Rizzoli Publishing.

While we love nothing more than dining out at a five-star restaurant (and getting the high-end treatment), it's simply not possible to eat that way every night. But how do you bring that elevated flavor and luxury dining experience back home? The answer is simple: quality ingredients. And the good news is that they don't have to be expensive—just ask top chef Missy Robbins. After a career of more than 20 years as an executive chef in professional kitchens, Robbins finally embraced the joy of cooking for herself at the age of 42. She documents this personal journey (and self-discovery) through food in her new book, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner… Life!

"I came up with this book before Lilia (my Italian restaurant in Brooklyn) even opened," says Robbins. "I was cooking a lot at home during my time off, and these are the recipes that represent what I was cooking with friends and when I was traveling. It was a natural progression for me to write this book. I wanted to tell the story of this finite period of time in my life." The experience proved to be life-changing for Robbins. "I've learned that just like in cooking, I need balance in my life to stay healthy in mind and body," she adds. "I think it keeps me more focused and has made me a better leader in general because I am happier."

Ahead the head chef shares her secret to creating healthy meals at home, including her foolproof pasta hack, her favorite grocery store pasta brand, and two exclusive recipes from her new book—one that requires zero cooking.