NYT Cooking: This is a great do-ahead dish. I made two of them for a dinner party during a very busy week; I roasted the eggplant one day, made the sauce another, assembled the lasagnas quickly on the morning of my dinner party and refrigerated them until
Craig Claiborne and Pierre Franey brought this recipe to The Times in when a properly-made risotto was still a relatively new dish for the home cook It would make a wonderful meatless main dish or as an accompaniment to roast chicken or grilled steak.
Simple Bolognese : Giada De Laurentiis' meaty pasta sauce is made all in one pot. Be sure to break up any large clumps when sauteing to fully incorporate the meat with the tomatoes, basil and parsley. via Food Network
There is nothing fancy or complicated about this luxurious pasta dish – it's glorified macaroni and cheese, really – but it is delicious and deeply satisfying. (Fun fact: Jackie O was a fan.) (Photo: Craig Lee for The New York Times)