Ah, pasta–that delicious treat that people love to have yet few want to dedicate the time it takes to make it. Of course, boiling the pasta is the easy part, but the delectable sauces covering the perfect noodles take time, something that most people do not have much of in modern society. However, the want is still there and the Food Network has has coined the term, “Shortcut Pasta Sauces,” and each one is as delicious as it is easy.
Lemon-Butter Sauce with Chiles
Begin this quick sauce by coating a pan with olive oil. Next, add chiles, lemon zest, and lemon juice to the hot pan. Add an entire stick of butter to this increasingly delectable sauce and allow it to melt alongside its savory and tangy counterparts. When melted and stirred together, add cooked linguine and Parmesan cheese for a weeknight meal that took less than twenty minutes to make.
Mushroom and Gorgonzola Cream Sauce
Coat a pan with olive oil and add assorted mushrooms, like criminis and portobellos. Season these underrated fungi with salt, pepper, and garlic before tossing. At this point, it is time to add the heavy cream, cooked fettuccine, and Gorgonzola cheese. Have we mentioned just how much we love the Food Network and their sinful hacks?
If you have ever read a traditional bolognese recipe, you are probably immediately discouraged by the amount of time it usually takes to make. Food Network’s shortcut, though, takes less than a half hour. Saute garlic in a pan coated with extra virgin olive oil. When the garlic starts to brown and you smell the beautiful aroma exuded by the Italian staple, add ground beef.
Once the beef is cooked, add about one cup of red wine. The next step is to add the stewed tomatoes and more garlic. Once the mixture begins to simmer, season with salt and black pepper. Cooked rigatoni, pasta water, Parmesan cheese, and basil add that extra pizzazz to this incredible sauce, but few would pass judgement if you simply ate it with a spoon.