Homemade marinara is almost as fast and tastes immeasurably better than even the best supermarket sauce — and it's made with basic pantry ingredients All the tricks to a bright red, lively-tasting sauce, made just as it is in the south of Italy (no butter, no onions) are in this recipe Use a skillet instead of the usual saucepan: the water evaporates quickly, so the tomatoes are just cooked through as the sauce becomes thick.

Classic Marinara Sauce

Every home cook should have a basic marinara sauce in their repertoire. Julia Moskin makes a simple recipe from Lidia Bastianich’s book, “Lidia’s Commonsense Italian Cooking.” Find more New York Times videos onYahoo Screen .

This makes enough sauce for three 12-oz. portions of pasta, but leftover sauce is a good thing. Freeze it for next time. Learn more here.

The Ultimate Bolognese Sauce

The Ultimate Bolognese Sauce Recipe by Mike Easton from Il Corvo in Seattle. This makes enough sauce for three portions of pasta, but leftover sauce is a good thing. Freeze it for next time. Learn more here.

Bechamel Sauce recipe from Mario Batali via Food Network

Bechamel Sauce

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Red Beans and Rice

This recipe can be prepared in 45 minutes or less. Deli cucumber salad and one of the new microwavable soups, such as savory lentil or spicy rice and bean, make great side dishes. End with purchased fresh fruit salad.

Caesar vinaigrette - no egg; olive oil        Caesar Vinaigrette Recipe  at Epicurious.com

Red Beans and Rice

This recipe can be prepared in 45 minutes or less. Deli cucumber salad and one of the new microwavable soups, such as savory lentil or spicy rice and bean, make great side dishes. End with purchased fresh fruit salad.

Chai affogato - a light and simple, hot and cold dessert. cookieandkate.com

Chai Affogato (with Honey-Sweetened Coconut Milk Ice Cream)

Pasta with Grilled Artichokes

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Pasta with Grilled Artichokes: baby artichokes, dressed with olive oil and garlic, take center stage in this lemony dish.

Crawfish Pasta | SAVEUR

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From SAVEUR Issue Versions of this satisfying, cream-laced crawfish pasta are served at restaurants throughout Louisiana and Mississippi. The level of heat from hot sauce is left up to the cook. via Sandra Angelozzi

Mussels Neapolitan alla Marinara

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