Here I am with another risotto recipe trying to convince the Fudgelet that risotto is delicious. K and I really liked this, and the Fudgelet ate it, but he was still complaining some. I don’t get it…he likes rice and sausage, he likes them together, and he likes congee which is basically a Chinese version of risotto. Oh well. Anyway, the adults loved it and he ate it regardless.
This is a great make ahead dish and looked mediocre before baking it, even if you don’t have to according to Ina.
First off, today’s post is brought to you by Pi Day! 😀 Happy 3-14!
I’ve made spaghetti pie before and enjoyed it, but this time I had learned from last time. I added more black pepper (I probably could have added more, even), and I used my food processor for the cheese! This recipe is super easy and simple, but grating all of that cheese can take forever. I decided to give it a whirl (pun intended) and it was awesome. Grating and clean-up was faster than grating the cheese by hand, for sure.
It’s fun looking through my Marcella Hazan cookbook and finding new simple recipes to make that taste good. This one has vegetables built in, and because they are chopped rather than diced, they remain fresh tasting in the sauce. The pancetta adds a bit of flavor and meat to the dish, if you or your family members (ahem, K) require that in a meal. If not, you can make the same dish without the pancetta. This dish is also toddler-friendly with the fun pasta shapes and easy to chew vegetables.
If you are tired of beef cooked slowly in a pot…then move along. I haven’t tired of it yet, and love finding new recipes that riff on a classic.
This was a recipe I partially sketched out ahead of time, and partially did in the moment. It was a nice, light dish that was filling but perfect for a warm day. If you don’t have asparagus, you could swap in a different vegetable such as broccoli. I would recommend steaming the broccoli first, then adding it in near the end.