Polenta with Spicy Sausage RagùThis rich ragu (or sauce) obtains its umami from sweet carrot, onion, and pleasantly sharp fennel. Its deep flavors are livened up with two types of canned tomato working together to provide balance and depth. While this recipe has a spicy kick, you can temper it by using half spicy, half sweet Italian sausage (or
Mutti® Bolognese SauceThis big batch recipe makes enough to serve a crowd and freezes wonderfully. Freeze half right away and serve the other half for tonight’s dinner. Each half of the recipe easily serves six. Slow simmering is the key to developing the rich luscious flavor in this classic northern Italian ragú. Finely chopped pancetta, carrots, celery
Sardinian Pasta with Olives and Ricotta SalataA mosaic of sharp, bright flavors shine in this vibrant dish that comes together quickly. Starting the chili and garlic in cold oil helps bring out their aromatic qualities and infuses the dish with their essence. We used malloreddus pasta here, but any ridged pasta will hold up nicely to this bold sauce.
Mussels Fra DiavoloCrushed red chili flakes give this classic dish its fiery reputation. As the mussels cook, they open and release their natural juices, adding to the rich flavor of the tomato broth. Reducing the tomato and wine mixture before adding the mussels will ensure the broth has just the right texture.