Pasta Bolognese

I've tried for years to find the perfect bolognese recipe and THIS. IS. IT. PEOPLE. My husband is not a bolognese fan himself and he requests this recipe quite frequently...

Serves 6 - 8

What You Need...

2 Tbsp Olive Oil

1.

1 lb of Ground Beef (The Less Fat the Better)

2.

4 Tsp Minced Garlic

3.

1/2 Tsp Crushed Red Pepper Flakes

4.

1 1/4 Cup of Dry Red Wine (Merlot, Cabernet, Pinot Noir)

5.

28 oz Can of Crushed Tomatoes (San Marzano)

6.

2 Tbsp Tomato Paste

7.

1/4 Tsp Nutmeg

8.

Fresh Basil

9.

1/2 Cup Grated Parmesan

10.

1Tbsp Dried Oregano

11.

1/4 Cup of Heavy Cream

12.

1 Tbsp Kosher Salt 

13.

1 1/2 Tsp Pepper

14.

Pasta of Your Choice, Mine is Spaghetti

15.

How To Prepare...

Heat Olive Oil in Large Skillet 

1.

Once Oil is Hot, Add Garlic, Oregano and Red Pepper Flakes 

2.

Add 1 Cup of Red Wine (Save the Other 1/4)

3.

Add Crushed Tomatoes, Tomato Paste, Salt and Pepper

4.

Bring to a Boil then Lower Heat and Simmer for 10 Minutes

5.

Cook Pasta According to Box

6.

While Pasta is Cooking, Add the Nutmeg, Basil, Cream and Remaining 1/4 Cup of Wine to Sauce

7.

Simmer Sauce for 8 - 10 More Minutes

8.

Add Pasta and Parmesan to Sauce

7.

Filet Mignon and Marinade

Is there anything worse than a dry steak? In my opinion, besides Isis (and like a ton of other things), there is nothing worse. If you're looking to splurge on some steaks, this marinade recipe is THE BOMB and will make your steaks so flavorful.

Serves 4 - 6 Steaks

What You Need...

Filet Mignon, I Usually Get 2 inch Thick Filets (Whole Foods and Fresh Market)  

1.

1/3 Cup of Soy Sauce

2.

1/3 Cup of Lemon Juice

3.

1/2 Cup of Olive Oil

4.

1/4 Cup of Worcestershire

5.

1 Tbsp Minced Garlic

6.

2 Tbsp Italian Seasoning

7.

1 Tsp Pepper

8.

1/2 Tbsp Salt

9.

Pinch of Red Pepper

10.

How To Prepare...

Combine Soy Sauce, Lemon Juice, Italian Seasoning, Salt, Pepper, Olive Oil, Garlic, Worcestershire, and Red Pepper in a Large Zip Block Bag

1.

Using a Fork, Stab the Filets so the Marinade can Seep in

2.

Marinade for 2+ Hours, You Can Even Marinade Overnight

3.

Let Filets Sit at Room Temperature for 30 Minutes Before Grilling

4.

Grill to Desired Temperature. I like my Filet Medium Rare (Make Sure Grill is AT LEAST 400 Degrees and Grill 3 - 4 Minutes Per Side--For Medium, Grill 4 - 5 Minutes)

5.

Honey-Soy Asian Salmon

Almost everything is better when cooked Asian-Style. This recipe is light, easy to make and perfect by itself or on a salad. 

Serves 4 - 6

What You Need...

Salmon Filets, De-Boned

1.

1/4 Cup of Honey

2.

2 Garlic Cloves, Minced

3.

2 Tbsp Soy Sauce

4.

1 Tbsp Rice Vinegar (Asian Isle)

5.

1 Tbsp Sesame Oil

6.

1 Tbsp Grated Ginger (Asian Isle)

7.

1 1/2 Tsp Sriracha

8.

2 Green Onions, Thinly Sliced

9.

1/2 Tsp Sesame Seeds

10.

How To Prepare...

Preheat Oven to 375 Degrees and Line a Baking Sheet with Aluminum Foil

1.

In a Mixing Bowl, Whisk Honey, Garlic, Soy Sauce, Rice Vinegar, Sesame Oil and Sriracha

2.

Place Salmon onto Baking Sheet and Fold Foil Edges Inward Slighty

3.

Pour Mixture Over the Salmon, Covering Completely and Sealing Closed (I've Also Used this Recipe where I Let the Salmon Marinade First Instead of Pouring Mixture Over--Depends How Much Time You Have)

4.

Bake for 15 - 20 Min, Open Packet and Broil for 4 - 5 Minutes or Until Outside is Caramelized and Slightly Charred

5.

Garnish with Green Onions and Sesame Seeds

6.

BLT Pasta Salad

Where do I begin? I could write love songs about this fan favorite dish. This recipe is perfect for the lake, the beach BBQ's, picnics entrees, side dishes, and pretty much everything in between. Hell, I'd eat it for Christmas dinner! 

Serves 6 - 8

What You Need...

Box of Bow Tie Pasta

1.

1 Package of Applewood Smoked Bacon

2.

1 Jar of Ranch Dressing (I Recommend the Homestyle Ranch Found in the Cold Section Dressings by the Lettuce) 

3.

1 Bottle of BBQ Sauce (I Use Jim N' Nicks---They Sell it at the Grocery Now!)

4.

1 Package of Romaine Lettuce

5.

1 Package of Cherry/Grape Tomatoes, Cut in Halves

6.

How To Prepare...

Cook Pasta According to Box and Keep in Colander in Sink

1.

Cook Bacon Until Crispy, You'll Want it to Break Apart and Crumble Easily 

2.

In a Large Bowl, Add Lettuce, Tomatoes, and Crumbled Bacon

3.

Your Pasta Will Have Dried a Little, So Run Water Over it. Once Water is Drained from Colander, Add Pasta to Bowl

4.

Add Equal Parts Ranch and BBQ Sauce, Your Preference 

5.

Mix Together and Enjoy!

6.

Caico e Pepe

Caico e Pepe literally translates to cheese and pepper, which is basically all this recipe is. It is the easiest meal to make and can be enjoyed by the pickiest of eaters to culinary experts. 

Serves 6 - 8

What You Need...

Box of Pasta, I Recommend Spaghetti

1.

4 Tbsp Olive Oil

2.

Coarsely Ground Black Pepper (This is CRUCIAL) 

3.

Kosher Salt

4.

2 Tbsp Unsalted Butter

5.

2 oz of Pecorino Romano Cheese (About 1 Cup)

6.

How To Prepare...

Heat 3 Tbsp Olive Oil and a TSP of Black Pepper in a Medium Skillet on a Medium-low Heat, Until Pepper is Starting to Sizzle

1.

Cook Pasta Al Dente, About 1 Minute Less than the Box Instructs 

2.

Transfer 2 - 3 Tbsp Pasta Water to Skillet

3.

Stir in Butter and Mix

4.

Using Tongs, Lift the Pasta out of the Boiling Water and into the Skillet

5.

Add the Cheese and the Remaining Tbsp of Olive Oil and Stir with a Fork Until the Cheese is Completely Melted

6.

Seasons to Taste with Salt and more Pepper, Serve Immediately, THIS IS KEY

7.

Thai Peanut Pasta

Warning...extremely addictive...and best served chilled (keyword C H I L L E D)

Serves 8 - 10

What You Need...

Box of Spaghetti 

1.

1/2 Cup of Peanut Butter

2.

1 Tbsp Ginger (I Buy it in the Tube)

3.

1 Tbsp Minced Garlic

4.

1 Tbsp Sriracha

5.

3 Tbsp Soy Sauce

6.

1 Tbsp Fresh Lime Juice

7.

1/4 Tbsp Red Pepper Flakes

8.

1 Tbsp Rice Wine Vinegar

9.

1 Tbsp Sesame Oil and Peanut Oil

10.

1/4 Cup Brown Sugar

11.

1 Bunch of Green Onions

12.

How To Prepare...

Cook Spaghetti According to Box

1.

Whisk all Ingredients Except Onions in a Mixing Bowl

2.

Drain Pasta and Toss with Thai Peanut Dressing 

3.

Top with Green Onions

4.

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