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Pork Rigatoni Ragù

This dish requires some effort on your behalf, but if you want something better than a jar of pasta sauce stirred into cooked pasta, learn how to make your own ragù sauce, and you will be able to make one of the most famous classic Italian dishes. This typical meal from Italy boasts so many incredible, fresh flavors. Rigatoni pasta, which is similar to penne, is used here, along with ground pork and your choice of either hot or sweet Italian sausage.

Vegetables also feature in the sauce, namely tomatoes, celery, onion, and carrot. Oregano, parsley and red pepper flakes are your trio of flavor accents, while some parmesan cheese adds the finishing touch. Italian cooks might cook the sauce for as much as 4 hours, leaving it to bubble away gently on the stove, but you can make it in just half an hour if you want. That half an hour will allow the flavors to soften and blend.

You can toss the pasta with the sauce and serve it that way or, if you prefer, spoon a ladle of the sauce on to a bowl of pasta, as you prefer. Offer extra freshly grated parmesan cheese on the side because some people would like to take some more. You can also garnish each bowl with a sprig of basil if you like, or even parsley. A fruity Italian red would would be nice with this. A side dish is not really necessary, although mixed baby salad leaves with extra-virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar are always welcome with such a dinner. Continue reading

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