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.
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!
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.
Dana and I were organizing our cabinets the other day and we found our pasta attachment for our kitchen aid mixer. Looking at it, we knew what our next recipe was going to be. We are making fresh pasta. This recipe is an all-purpose flour based pasta. I would have loved to make a semolina flour based pasta, but I was unable to find semolina flour at any of my local stores. I have some on order. I will make a semolina pasta soon!
Sometimes we have a remainder meal. What is that you ask? Well it is a meal using the remaining ingredients of all of the other cooks. Throw the ingredients in a pot and serve. Goulash is my perfect remainder meal. For this meal we had a bunch of remainders lying around. We had 1/4 box … Read moreGoulash – The remainder meal!
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
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
A couple of weeks ago Chris over at NibbleMeThis made Spaghetti and Meatball Pot Pies. They were ingenious! If you have never been to his blog, I would definitely check it out. He is a master with a grill. His Pot Pies have stuck in my mind for a while now and I decided to make my … Read moreBaked Ziti Pot Pies
I like to keep fresh produce lying around, but it spoils so quickly. So I have determined a few ways to keep fresh produce on hand but have it last as long as possible. First tip, cherry tomatoes. They keep for a long time and you can use them for everything from sandwiches to pasta. … Read moreChicken, Spinach and Tomato Pasta
Dana’s favorite meal of all time is baked ziti. I have never made it, so I decided to tackle it. I used a basic marinara sauce and then went from there. My first problem was that the local grocery stores did not carry ziti. They carried penne and rigatoni. I opted for the bigger rigatoni … Read moreBaked Ziti
I received my Christmas present a tad bit early from my soon to be in-laws. They got me the KitchenAid pasta roller and cutter attachments. Basically the perfect gift for a food blogger. I have been wanting to make pasta from the minute that I unwrapped the present. Luckily within a few minutes I was … Read moreHomemade Noodles a la KitchenAid
My CSA comes with unlimited basil each week. Therefore, I have been making a ton of pesto. I love the fresh taste of pesto. After a few tries, I found that the best pasta for pesto is Cellantani. It is a spiral macaroni pasta with rigati grooves in the outside. The spiral along with the … Read moreGrilled Chicken over Cellantani Pesto
I was looking for a meat free dish the other day and Dana suggested manicotti. I have had this stuffed shell dish, but have never attempted to make it. So here is my attempt and ultimate success. They were delicious. The cheese and spinach stuffing was the best.
Served with a basic marinara these manicotti were awesome.