The truth is, I love a good pasta dish and especially all the cheese on top. So when SELF decided to put chef Giada De Laurentiis on our December cover, it was with the understanding that she would show us how to eat healthy and love every bite during this season, when it's more fun to pull on a big sweater and not worry about fitting in every cardio session. The holidays, after all, center around family and traditions, and more often than not that means food! Hearty, tasty, fattening and carb-a-licious food. Like pasta!
Well, last month I met Giada in sunny So Cal, and she not only taught me how to make one of her easiest and freshest dishes, the Orecchiette with Mini-Chicken Meatballs you'll see here, but also to share her philosophy on pasta and eating in general. She believes in eating what you love but not overdoing it, and in focusing on fresh ingredients that pack a wallop of goodness in every bite.
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