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Wednesday, October 11, 2023

Lasagna Soup ala ~DKBB~

Lasagna Soup ala ~DKBB~
(original recipe from

Olive oil
1 yellow onion, chopped
2 cloves of garlic, minced
½ lb. ground beef
½ lb. Italian sausage
Pinch of oregano (and/or any other spices you prefer, such as Italian seasoning, basil, etc.)
Salt and cracked pepper  
2 Tbsp. tomato paste
2 cups marinara sauce
3 cups chicken broth
½ cup heavy cream
½ box of lasagna noodles
½ cup parmesan cheese or Parmigiana Reggiano
Rind(s) from Parmigiana Reggiano
¼ cup fresh basil, chopped
Ricotta cheese

Heat the oil in a deep pot over medium heat, add chopped onions and sauté for 5-7 minutes; add garlic, ground beef, sausage, salt, and pepper, along with any seasoning(s) you want; cook for another 5-7 minutes, until the meat is browned.
To the same pot, add the tomato paste, marinara sauce, chicken broth, heavy cream, and cheese rind; stir and bring to a boil.
Break the lasagna noodles into medium-sized pieces and add to the boiling pot; stir occasionally and let cook for around 10 minutes or until the noodles become al dente.
Once the pasta is al dente, add the cheese and stir; remove the cheese rind; serve in bowls, topped with dollops of ricotta and fresh basil.

Tuesday, October 10, 2023

Black Garlic Pappardelle Pasta ala ~DKBB~
(original recipe from

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1 lb. dry Pappardelle pasta
¼ c. olive oil (for the pasta and the pan)
¾ c. black garlic cloves (about 3 heads)
1-2 cloves (regular) garlic, minced (optional)
1 c. shallots, thinly sliced
1 c. dry white wine
5 Tbsp. unsalted butter
Kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste

  • Cook the past in a large pot of boiling, salted water until it’s al dente, 8 to 10 minutes (the pasta should be tender, but with a bite); drain the cooked pasta, then toss with a couple tablespoons of the ¼ c. olive oil and set aside.
  • If you need to, peel the garlic and roughly chop it, keeping it in relatively large chunks.
  • Coat the bottom of a large sauté pan with the remaining olive oil and place the pan over medium heat; add the shallots (and regular garlic, if you are so inclined) and cook until they are soft and beginning to brown (about 4 minutes); add the black garlic and toss with the shallots.
  • Add the wine and turn the heat to high, letting it reduce to about 1/3; add the butter and swirl the pan around until it’s melted in the wine; season generously to taste with Kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper.
  • Add the cooked pasta to the pan with the sauce and very gently toss everything together.