Cooking with an Italiennium: Pasta al forno con animale

A recipe.

Why? Because my Nonna doesn’t cook anymore and my parents don’t understand the internet. So, I decided to take what I learned on Sundays and make it my own/bring it into the 21st (but pre-millennial) century.

The ingredients.

~1 can diced tomato
Favorite pasta sauce (store bought or home made)
~1 pound ricotta cheese
a few pounds of assorted cheeses (mozzarella, and similar)
as much hard cheese as you can afford (parmasean, reggiano, asiago, or similar – to taste)
a lot of ground animal meats (beef, veal, and similar)
(Spicy) Italian sausages
Cubed stewing meats (optional)
Eggs (optional)
1-2 pounds elicodali, rigatoni, pennoni, or other large cylindrical pasta
olives/sundried tomato (optional – to taste)
oil/spices to taste (black pepper, various “Italian” herbs)
onion/garlic/zucchini or similar vegetable (optional – to taste)

The scientific method (the recipe).

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