Easy Italian Meals

Who doesn’t love Italian food? The gravy, made from scratch and simmered for hours; the involtini: stuffed, rolled beef, chicken or pork that’s sliced and pan-fried; and chicken parmesan: breaded chicken with melted cheese and red sauce. What a feast! And here’s a little secret: You don’t have to be a chef to whip up the following recipes. They’re simple, full of flavor, and will have you running for seconds.

Pasta With Spicy Garlic Meat Sauce

Serves 4


1 pound cavatappi pasta (these are hollow corkscrew shapes that hold up well with a hearty meat sauce)
1 ½ pounds spicy Italian sausage4 cloves garlic, minced finely
24 ounces spaghetti sauce of your choice
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons pepper

First, make the sauce.

Remove the sausage from its casings and discard them.

Crumble the sausage into gumball-size bits into a large skillet along with the minced garlic, salt, and pepper.

Brown the sausage over medium heat, stirring frequently to make sure the mixture doesn’t burn.

Once the sausage is thoroughly cooked, lower the heat to low, and add the spaghetti sauce. Stir and cover.

Second, cook the pasta according to box directions. Drain well and place on a serving platter, then top with the meat sauce.