Tips-y Tuesdays: An Upgrade to Store-Bought Tortellini or Ravioli

We are in that time of year when you might be getting some cooking fatigue. One of my standbys from my single days that is still something I make regularly involves store-bought tortellini. You can do it with any stuffed pasta shapes you might come across.

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Pasta with Sausage and Peas

It isn’t a crazy idea to put ground sausage and pasta together, but sometimes it is nice to have a bit of a recipe to follow for inspiration. You can certainly play around with this idea a bit. I liked the rosemary and tomato paired with the sausage.

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Modified Italian Wedding Soup

We had a super rainy and chilly January here and I was trying to make all of the comforting foods I could find. Soup is top of the list.

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Pasta with Sausage, Kale, and Walnut Gremolata

This was a recipe that had foods I wasn’t sure my family would like, all put together. The Fudgelet is sometimes funny about lemon, and he hasn’t had much in the way of nuts. Then K doesn’t enjoy kale. At all. But, I also want to make sure that the Fudgelet gets a variety of foods since even if K or I don’t like something, he might. I have tried cooking regular kale for K before, but never this type and I thought it might be better for him since part of his issue with kale is the curly texture. This is smoother and seemed closer to spinach.

What do you think they thought?

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Sausage Risotto with Balsamic-Roasted Shallots

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.

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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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