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Kid-Friendly Penne Bolognese

This recipe combines both beef and pork with penne pasta to make a winter warmer of a dish, which will appeal to everyone, young and old alike. In addition to the meat and pasta, you will find vegetables, oregano and garlic in this dish, along with tomatoes and beef bouillon. The penne Bolognese is served with parmesan and basil leaves as an attractive garnish, and every bite boasts wonderful Italian flavor.

Cooked from Fresh is Always Best

Although there might be easier ways to make a Bolognese dish, namely popping open a jar of readymade Bolognese sauce, our aim with this recipe is to show you how easy it can be to create the Bolognese sauce from scratch. It is mainly a case of stirring the ingredients together and allowing the sauce to simmer for an hour while the flavors combine. If you want, you can prepare everything ahead, and spoon the pasta and sauce into a baking dish. Add some cheese on top and refrigerate until required, then you can just bake it for 30 minutes at 375 degrees F, or until the dish is piping hot.

Bolognese sauce often pairs with spaghetti but if you want the flavor of the sauce but you prefer pasta to long ribbons of spaghetti, go ahead and try this recipe, because it works really well. Use another pasta shape if you prefer, like rigatoni, pasta spirals or macaroni. You can stick with only beef or only pork if you do not want to use both meats, and even sneak in some finely chopped carrots. Continue reading

Crockpot Fettuccine Bolognese

This is a great recipe to make if you really want to savor those typical Bolognese flavors, because the slow cooking really blends and brings out the taste of this dish. Instead of having to tend to the sauce for hours, you will be able to leave the slow cooker alone, to do its job, and get on with other tasks.

If you plan to be out all day, simply prepare this a day beforehand and then you can switch the crockpot on the following morning, and enjoy this for your dinner that evening. There are more ingredients and steps in this recipe than in some similar Bolognese recipes, but it is well worth making because the flavor is exquisite. Our recipe suggests serving the Bolognese sauce with fresh fettuccine, but you can use another type of pasta if you prefer, or perhaps some spaghetti. Another idea is dried pasta, which is also fine.

This recipe needs to be made in steps, so first you will puree the vegetables then cook them with the pancetta and garlic. Next you can brown the meat and then add other ingredients to the mix, like red wine, herbs and tomatoes. The crockpot takes care of the rest of the cooking, and the only other things you need to do is skim off any fat which rises to the top, stir in a little milk for a creamy finish, and cook your pasta. This makes such a lovely dinner and it makes a change from traditional spaghetti Bolognese without being too different. Continue reading

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Christine Szalay-Kudra

Hi I'm Christine, and I am happy you are visiting. Food is a large part of our family's lives, and we love to try new dishes, especially Italian food which offers so much freshness and flavor, whether you are making a classic Italian dish like lasagna or pizza, or experimenting with new appetizers, entrées or desserts from Italy.

Even if you are brand new to this cuisine, you will be able to find all kinds of tempting recipes here. I have been collecting classic Italian recipes, all conveniently in one place, along with unusual recipes from Italy plus some dishes inspired by Italian cuisine.

When the weather is cold, a baked pasta dish or juicy pork or veal recipe might be ideal. During the summer months, an Italian salad might be your dish of choice. We have vegetarian recipes, Italian soups, and even tips on how to work with Italian ingredients for the best results, whether you are making lasagna, gnocchi or an Italian casserole


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