A recipe for your pasta sauce or jar sauce

Easy Baked Pasta

This Easy Baked Pasta is a changeable recipe. Use your favorite meat sauce or marinara, or try my gravy, or use a jar of marinara, and even make it vegetarian. It’s easy to change up.

The dish in this picture was made with my Italian gravy rich with meat and meat balls. The only ingredients I added to my gravy were the cheeses and pasta. Just layered in this oblong baking dish without much significance in what layer goes first.

Now I am going to give you ways to change this up, add meat or vegetables, add your sauce or jar.

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A Rich Meat Sauce

Italian sauce or Gravy the Old Fashioned Way

Italian Sauce or Gravy The Old Fashioned Way

 

The cooking time is lengthy but a slow cooker works well if it is large enough. I like to cook this recipe on a weekend when the weather has me pretty much trapped at home. The warmth and smells from the kitchen are comforting. And my family loves it.

After cooking for some hours the gravy rests so any excess fat can be skimmed off the top. Sunday it is ready for either spaghetti and meatballs, rigatoni, or lasagna. If there is any gravy left over it is frozen to be used for that quick meal during the week … Or maybe this November when I cook my recipe of bracciole for Marc or Ed.

But what about those jarred sauces! Most are not meat sauces as this is but marinara. There are some very good ones out there … Some being sold on behalf of the TV chefs we know. Giada used a jarred sauce to prepare one of her grandfather’s favorite holiday recipes. I have used the brand she used many times. And it is very good. When I use these jarred sauces it is usually not alone … Adding wine, olive oil, finely chopped tomatoes or meatballs to not only extend it but to give it an extra oomph. I do watch for certain ingredients on the label and am cautious about the sodium level.

It’s just nice, if you have the time, to make this from scratch.

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Simply Italian

Including My pantry pasta recipes

Simply Italian

Just loving all things Italian! I was fortunate enough to be able to take a trip to Italy some years ago. And while there took a class in Italian cooking, specific to the region.

Marignolle was a farm house in Florence made over into a lovely hotel. The class held there was for a dinner meal, start to finish. The simplicity of this recipe, their recipe, doesn’t take away from the elegance of this dish … Beautiful presentation, light but not in taste … And pairing with a nice Chianti … It just doesn’t get any better.

I’ve included here some recipes of my own, too. My family, specifically Will, likes to call these Pantry Pasta Recipes because almost all ingredients are in the pantry. These recipes, too, are simple, quick and delicious. I hope you will try mine or branch out and invent some of your own.

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A Perry Family Recipe

Grandmother Rose’s Version

Portuguese Marinated Pork Vinho d’ alhos

Portuguese Marinated Pork Vinho d' alhos

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Strong smells of garlic, wine and pickling spices 
when roasting this pork dish took me back in time.

As my brother and I climbed into his 55 Chevy we were both complaining that we had to go to grandma’s for dinner. Again! After all, it was a school night. 

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A Perfectly Simple Recipe

Salmon Fillet With Balsamic Glaze

Salmon

Treasures from the sea were never found on my plate when I was growing up. Well, unless it came from a tuna can. Except for my Grandmother Rose our family was just not into what the ocean had to offer with the exception of crab for my dad and brother. Even grandma repeating fish is brain food didn’t change the menu. Today, there is nothing welcomed like a nicely prepared ocean fish.

Summer is almost over but there is just enough time for one more succulent salmon recipe. This recipe is revised from one printed in the July 2001 Bon Appetit Magazine. It has an impressive presentation whether you are cooking for a crowd or for one.

Thank you Dora for suggesting this recipe so many years ago for me to prepare for Marc, and for taking the recipe from the barbecue to the oven. Marc did enjoy salmon cooked this way. Or was it Ed? Dora and I worked together for years in research. We disagreed more than agreed except about food. Remembering our high tea in Phoenix. Or was that Pasadena? Apparently, I’m not remembering.

Miss you Dora.

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