Spaghetti Carbonara is a classic. It usually consists of spaghetti noodles, bacon, eggs, cheese, and black pepper. However, many variations have come out of this simple dish, such as pancetta or guanciale instead of bacon, linguine or fettuccine instead of spaghetti, or the addition of ingredients like peas, onions, or cream; all highly controversial. This one is pretty straightforward and won't have you running to an Italian market for specialty pork or cheese.
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I love stuffed shells because of their versatility. The shell is a blank canvas, just waiting for your favorite filling. Do you like sausage and vegetables? Put them in the shell. What about buffalo chicken? Put it in the shell. Most savory combinations you can imagine would go well in a shell. Today we're doing the classic combination of spinach and artichoke, and adding chicken for extra protein. Of course there is also cheese... a lot of cheese.
Have a busy week coming up? Me too. Every commitment is something I'm excited about, but it doesn't leave much room for my usual planning, meal prep, and cooking time. It's weeks like these that call for something easy, something fast. In our house that usually means some sort of pasta. On the most unprepared nights, it means pasta with frozen meatballs. This recipe is slightly less embarrassing, and very delicious.
Ramen is something Tyler and I have recently gotten very into. We have a place by our house, Men Oh Tokushima Ramen, that has become our go to for cold, foggy evenings. Slurping down noodles and salty pork broth will take the chill off any day. Ramen is definitely one of the current popular food choices in the city, and many have their favorite spot, whose authenticity they will defend to no end. Although I admire the time and effort it takes to make the perfect pork bone broth for a great bowl of ramen, I'm not quite there yet. I have, however found a way to elevate my ramen packet to a delicious weeknight meal, sans MSG/sodium/chemical packet.