Slow Cooker Beef Ragu with Pappardelle

Slow Cooker Beef Ragu with Pappardelle

The story of this Beef Ragu with Pappardelle started when Dana went up to a party in Brooklyn a couple of months ago.  The party was just around the corner from a pasta shop. Looking through the shop she spotted some of the best looking pappardelle around.  She had to buy it. Once she got home I was excited to try it out.  I wanted to make something to utilize the pasta to its fullest potential.  So I decided to make the ultimate comfort food, a Ragu!  To make it easy on me, I braised the beef in a slow cooker.  Set it and forget it.  It does not get any easier than that.

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Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs

Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs

My son loves meatballs. Therefore, we have them at least once a week in our house. Since we have them so much, I get a little meatballed out. So I decided to make a little twist on the traditional meatball. I stuffed them with soft and gooey mozzarella cheese. These mozzarella stuffed meatballs are amazing! They are a must try, and have become the go to meatball recipe for our weekly meatball meal.

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Homemade Marinara

Homemade Marinara

The basis for a majority of Italian recipes is a good marinara sauce.  I have experimented and created the ultimate homemade marinara sauce.  This sauce is delicious and quick to make.  In less than 40 minutes you can be eating.  It is tangy, but not tart.  It is well balanced for everyone from kids to grandpa.  It is a must have recipe for your repertoire.

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Penne Alla Vodka with Pancetta

Penne All Vodka

My wife Dana is a great cook and loves to dabble in recipes that center around Italian cuisine.  She previously made Rigatoni Alla Vodka, but she has improved on it by using pancetta.  Yep, she added bacon!  No wonder I married her. This is quite possibly my favorite meal of all time.  You have to try it!

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Three Cheese Manicotti

Homemade Manicotti

My wife Dana is from New York City! When we visit NYC, we like to purchase food items to bring back Virginia.  One of those food items is fresh pasta.  Our favorite is Manicotti.  You just can’t beat the flavor of the pasta, from the pasta stores in New York.  Since we haven’t been to NY in a while, our stash has run dry.  So I wanted to surprise Dana with some handmade Manicotti.  I must say the three cheese Manicotti was freaking fantastic.  Even Dana said it was the best that she had eaten.  That says a lot.

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Dana’s Chicken Marsala

Chicken Marsala

After spending a week in NY, I have been craving a good marsala dish, which is another popular choice in my good old stomping grounds of Queens.  That’s the one thing I miss the most about NY….the FOOD!  So, I am forced to recreate my favorites when I am craving a certain flavor!  Rex has … Read moreDana’s Chicken Marsala

Bill’s Shrimp Marinara

Shrimp Marinara

The Marinara Sauce from the other day is not Bill’s only specialty. My Father-in-Law also makes a mean Shrimp Marinara. This is a simple dish that utilizes his Sunday gravy. Sauteed shrimp and garlic mixed with awesome marinara sauce makes for a great meal. Bill’s Shrimp Marinara Peel and de-vein the shrimp.   Make sure … Read moreBill’s Shrimp Marinara

Bill’s Sunday Gravy (Marinara)

Bill's Sunday Gravy

My Father-In-Law Bill came down to visit a while back and he made some awesome Marinara.  It was so delicious, I had to get the recipe to share.  The Sauce had great color, texture and best of all – taste.  It is a simple recipe that uses the best ingredients.  The best types of recipes … Read moreBill’s Sunday Gravy (Marinara)

Quick Ragu Pasta

Quick Ragu Pasta

I know that when the average foodie hears the like of Rachel Ray they cringe, but I just tried a take on one of her recipes and it was pretty darn good.  As a man that likes to eat I will try just about anything once.  Granted I have tried a couple of her recipes … Read moreQuick Ragu Pasta

Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs

Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs

I had a block of mozzarella cheese sitting around, so I decided to stuff some meatballs. A lot of people ask how I come up with recipes. To be honest, most come out of necessity or based on what is left in the fridge. Mix and match and usually something good will come out. Mozzarella … Read moreMozzarella Stuffed Meatballs

Grilled Meatballs

Grilled Meatballs

I know it is hard to believe but sometimes I get cook’s block.  It is like writer’s block except I can not think of a single thing to make for dinner.  So earlier this week Dana requested something from chicken and something from ground beef.  I went to the store  and picked up the basic … Read moreGrilled Meatballs

Birthday Lasagna

Dana's Birthday Lasagna

This week Dana got a year older.  For her sake, we will not divulge the exact age.  However, her only request was to have lasagna made with beef and not Italian sausage.  So I whipped up some homemade noodles and put together her Birthday Lasagna.  It was a great little lasagna.  I may not be Italian, but I … Read moreBirthday Lasagna