Needs2know, if I’m feeling particularly ballsy at the supermarket tomorow, I will make my sauce from scratch. My parents used to do this, but they use the canned stuff now. They used to use tomato sauce, tomato paste, a bit of brown sugar (lee, I know, I never understood it either. They say the sauce is too acidic for them otherwise. Eh. ) and italian seasonings. It tasted better, somehow, then.
I was thinking of mushrooms and spinach, and my mom is REALLY pushing for veggies, but I decided against it this first time. If it’s good, and a “do again” recipe, then I’ll add them next time.
I splurged and bought a hard slab of parmesano reggiano for $10/lb. Damn stuff better be good. grumble $17 alone on cheeses for this dish! It better come out good or else!
lee, I had the darndest time finding decent sausage out here in Hawaii. And by the time I got to most stores, they were either sold out or closed. sigh So I decided to use ground pork and ground beef. Hope that works.
Rachelle, happy 500 posts! I think I’ll go for your salad suggestion. There was a recipe I found on the Internet for caesar salad, and it sounds great! I wanted bread too, but my half-Italian friend said that traditionally, bread during the first course, pasta, is a no-no. Or so her Italian mother says. I’ll bow to tradition this time.
And who says you can’t have Italian on consecutive nights? I sure would!
Thanks for the replies, everyone. I’ll let you know how it turns out. Meantime, keep the hints coming!! It’s at least 14 hours till dinnertime!