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A Little Meat Goes a Long Way

A little meat goes a long way

If you've made it a goal to be more herbivore and less carnivore, these hearty recipes can help. Sure, there's meat in each, but here, prosciutto, bacon, even steak, play a supporting role; it's not the star. At fewer than two ounces, or as a tasty garnish, a little bit of meat goes a long way, and in these recipes, it's just enough.

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Asparagus Salad with Orange, Prosciutto & Pistachios

This pretty first course salad features plump asparagus and just a few slices of silky prosciutto, which is especially delicious in a bite with a shard of Parmigiano-Reggiano.

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Maple-Roasted Butternut Squash, Chard & Sausage Flatbread

Maple syrup flavors the squash and sweetens the vinaigrette in this dish. The fresh-tasting chard in combination with the savory, salty sausage and creamy ricotta on the flatbread is heavenly.

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Indian Summer Gratin

Crisp bacon adds a salty, smoky element to a golden gratin chock full of butternut squash, potatoes, and sweet corn.

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Creamy Chickpea Soup with Crisp Chorizo

Pleasantly nutty pureed chickpeas make for a nuanced soup that’s both rich and light at the same time. Crisp chorizo adds additional texture and a touch of heat.

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Pasta with Roasted Cauliflower, Arugula & Prosciutto

Here, bits of salty prosciutto mix perfectly with roasted cauliflower, sweet grape tomatoes and peppery arugula.

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Wild Arugula Salad with Salami Picante & Pecorino

Salami picante, a chorizo-like salami, provides a spicy counterpoint to the potent arugula, sweet shaved fennel and mellow, nutty pecorino in this salad.

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Yukon Gold Rush Grilled Pizza

Potatoes, garlic paste, Gruyère, and black olives come together to create a sophisticated pizza with just enough salty pancetta to satisfy.

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Creamy Orecchiette with Spinach & Prosciutto

Mascarpone, a soft, rich cow’s milk cheese, gives this pasta dish its creamy texture. Prosciutto is tossed in gently toward the end, adding a hit of salt and meaty flavor.

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Warm French Lentil Salad with Smoked Sausage

This dish works as well as a first or a main course. The smoked sausage (or kielbasa) is a tasty counterpoint to the more-plentiful meaty lentils.

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Corn Chowder with Scallions, Bacon & Potatoes

This hearty chowder uses just enough bacon to impart a smokiness that pairs beautifully with sweet summer corn.

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Linguine with Clams, Sweet Potato & Country Ham

Bright and comforting, this brothy pasta dish combines the down-home flavors of sweet potatoes and country ham (just an ounce per person) with the familiar Italian duo of linguine and clams.

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Onions Stuffed with Grilled Steak, Spinach & Feta

These onions are an unexpected change from stuffed peppers. The recipe, with its fragrant spices, golden raisins, and salty feta hit, is influenced by both India and Greece.

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