Monday - Homemade Meat Sauce and Spaghetti
Only the sauce was homemade! Not the pasta... But I swear this winter my goal is to perfect homemade pasta! Last night I was just craving easy comfort food so this was my go-to. The trick to a great homemade meat sauce is to allow it to simmer for a couple hours. If you want to eat at 7:30, it should be in the pot by 5:30. Also, never add water! Use wine, use butter, never water.
Tuesday - Paella (Minus the Shellfish)
Since I'm allergic to shellfish, my paella is just chicken, chorizo, and veggies. Sometimes I'll add a heavy white fish, something that will hold its shape like swordfish. For me, the most important part is the chorizo! A high-quality, spicy chorizo makes a world of difference.
Wednesday - Chicken Piccata
Ina's recipe is the BEST for this! It's a bit labor intensive, and definitely takes longer than 30 minutes. But if you have the time, trust me when I say it is worth it! I serve mine with angel hair pasta al dente, with just a little EVOO and lemon on top, and jarred artichokes (in oil). Toss the artichokes in the cooked pasta on low heat until they're heated through.
Thursday - French Onion Soup with Butternut Squash Risotto
Can you tell I'm ready for fall?? My awesome big brother bought me these cute little cast iron crocks that are perfect for french onion soup (thanks Col!) and since I'll serve Wednesday's dinner with a loaf of sourdough bread, I'll use the leftovers for the soup! I'll also follow Ina Garten's recipe for butternut squash risotto.
Also, I wanted to share this BuzzFeed post if you need a little food-inspiration or you're in a cooking rut!