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Cooking for carnivores

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Cooking for carnivores

saacnmama | Jul 19, 2012 06:50 PM

When I make pasta for my son and myself, he likes pesto and I might make myself a tomato sauce, or sprinkle on some feta or Romano. I often set out a bowl of olives. I am a vegetarian and my son is fine with eating pasta this way.

We are looking forward to some dear friends visiting and want to feed them well. The husband is a bit of a foodie, and does all the cooking in their house. The daughters are 8 & 12. I have no idea what they like to eat or if they are picky. I figure the safest way to go is buffets--make your own pizzas one night, mixed grill the next, lay out all the fixin's for burritos another night...

But my question now is about pasta. If I lay out the toppings we usually eat with pasta and then add a bowl with browned chuck and/or meatballs, will that work, or does the meat need to be cooked with the sauce so the flavors blend? If the latter, then how long do they have to cook together? Can I make my usual tomato with onions,garlic & basil and just pop some beef in there at the end, or do I need a whole second pot in which the tomatoes and beef bubble away together for a long, long time?

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