Feeding a family of seven with distinctly varying palates can be challenging. I've always said that I refuse to be a short order cook, preparing multiple meals for various family members to please their tastes. So instead I look for meals that can easily be customized, and pasta is always a great choice.
For the pickier members of the family, whatever pasta is on the menu tossed with a little butter and grated Parmesan-Reggiano is sure to please. And for the rest of the family, a delicious meat sauce, like this pasta alla bolognese, is always a winner. Pair it with this copy cat Olive Garden Salad for a real feast!
Traditionally, a bolognese sauce is simmered for hours to achieve its complex flavor. Hours to prepare a meal it typically not a luxury I have though, so I've cut my take on this classic down to just over 30 minutes of cooking time.
I also opted to use ground pork instead of ground beef for added flavor. Did you know that you can substitute ground pork in any recipe that calls for ground beef? Such an easy way to break out of a meal rut!
I like to serve my quick bolognese sauce over orecchiette pasta, but spaghetti, penne and fettuccine are all great choices, as well. However you serve it, there are sure to be smiles all around!
Now, our family has always been a fan of pork, but here's a reason to love it just a little bit more... I discovered that the Ohio Pork Producers Council (OPPC) has donated more than 750,000 meals of nutritious pork to Ohio food banks since 2009. Pretty amazing, huh?
What's more -- YOU can help Ohio food banks receive additional donations of pork by watching this cute "Pork from Fork to Farm" video produced by OPPC. For each view, OPPC and its partners will donate one pound of ground pork to Ohio’s food banks.
I hope you'll take a moment to view this video right now!
Need a few more ideas for using ground pork? Check these out:
- Lasagna Soup by Shugary Sweets
- Sweet and Spicy Pork Lettuce Wraps by Wenderly
- Cilantro Soup with Hominy and Pork by Cooking With Caitlin
- Ginger Teriyaki Sliders by Lucrecer
Disclosure: I received compensation from the Ohio Pork Producers Council for the time and effort spent creating this post. However, my participation in this program is voluntary and my opinions are my own -- always have been, always will be.