Rigatoni with Sausage and Fennel

This is a great make ahead dish and looked mediocre before baking it, even if you don’t have to according to Ina.

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Spaghetti Pie (take two)

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.

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Ina’s Weeknight Bolognese

I made this sauce around Halloween time because it sounded good, easy, and worked with our schedule of many activities. I was able to make the sauce one night while baking that night’s dinner. This way, we had easy sauce ready to go with some pasta. We ended up having enough for a few nights because this made a lot of sauce and we don’t go nuts with our sauce. I opted out of adding the Parmesan and basil to the sauce directly, until I was ready to serve. I also had some without and didn’t miss it. We liked how the sauce was rich in flavor from the beef and wine, but was still a bit sweet from the tomatoes. And, because you use crushed tomatoes, there is no blending needed so you could make this while a baby was sleeping! (That means I am saving this for future meals, too.)

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Tomato Sauce with Olive Oil, Chopped Vegetables, Rosemary, and Pancetta

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.

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Beef Pot Roast Braised in Red Wine

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.

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Pasta with Sausage, Asparagus, and Lemon

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.

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Bolognese Focaccia with Bacon and Parmesan

Another bread recipe for you. This time, it has bacon in it! You don’t see it, you don’t feel it in the texture…but you taste it. If you don’t tell people it’s there, they will still be able to taste the extra savory bits in it.

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This is different from a normal focaccia that you might buy at a store. It is extra crisp on the outside, and the flavor is really interesting because the seasoning is almost all inside the dough, and not on the top.

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