I enjoy cooking, I grew up on home cooked meals and Sunday Suppers. NYC can make you so lazy that you head out to the corner store for a cup of tea. Takeout is King here. You can pretty much eat any international cuisine at any hour of the day and not have to travel more that 15 blocks.
One of my New Year goals is to get back to cooking and doing more meal prep. Living in NYC we have a small kitchen and no dishwasher which can make cooking a major project. If you live here and friends invite you for dinner and they don't have a dishwasher - they are going to be your friends for life. One Pot Pasta is something I have discovered recently on Pinterest. It's great when you are craving pasta or want a quick home cooked meal. It also keeps your dirty dish count low.
I have made a few recipes using the basic "One Pot Pasta" formula. From simple pasta with sauce, creamy Alfredo sauce with leftover chicken to the lamb bolognese recipe I'm sharing in this post.
Lamb Bolognese : One Pot Pasta
1 pound organic ground lamb (could use ground beef as well, or half of each)
1 pound spaghetti
2 cups tomato sauce or crushed tomatoes depending on the consistency you want
4 cups of water
2 teaspoons bouillon
1 large carrot chopped small
1/4 large onion chopped
1 clove garlic
Pot large enough to cook one pound of pasta + lamb
Sauté Garlic, onion and carrot until browned. Then add ground lamb, season with salt and pepper. Usually I find the lamb to drain off a lot of fat so I will spoon some of the oil out and discard that.
Once lamb is cooked add pasta, water, Tomato sauce and bouillon. Break apart the pasta and stir so it doesn't clump together. Add oregano, basil and bay leaf to taste. Cover and let Cook 8 minutes. Once the pasta has been cooking for 8 minutes, you will need to uncover and stir it frequently while it cooks for 5 more minutes. For a total of 13 minutes total cooking time.
Once cooked cover and let sit for 3-5 min off heat and then serve.