The first dish I tried making was from a recipe I found a few weeks ago in the New York Times.  I left out the onions, and it’s basically a simple baked pasta, but it was good!  As evident by the above photo, it was difficult to snap a picture that didn’t make the food look gross.  


  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ¾ cup diced onions
  • 1 table spoon sliced garlic
  • 1 28-ounce can of crushed tomatoes
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 cup Sardinian sheep’s milk ricotta
  • 1 cup torn basil leaves
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan  cheese
  • 1 box penne
  • 2 tablespoons butter


  1. Boil a pot of salted water.
  2. Heat oil in a medium sauce pan heat over medium heat, add onions and saute until translucent; add garlic, and saute for another minute.  Bring tomatoes and red minute.  Bring tomatoes and red pepper to a simmer for 20 minutes.
  3. Cook pasta in water for five minutes, then drain.
  4. Place pasta in the man with sauce.  Stair until coated well.  Sprinkle ¼ cup of parmesan over pasta.  Turn heat off and add butter, basil, and ricotta.  Stir and pour in a 12"x9" baking dish.  Put remaining parmesan on top and bake in a 425* oven for 20-30 minutes until the top is crown and crispy. 

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