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You know what gives me enormous pleasure? Finding quick and easy recipes that serve me well time after time, and allow me to get dinner on the table for my family with a minimum of stress and effort. Then there is another level of joy in a recipe that serves as a template for an infinite number of meals that follow the same basic plan, but can result in dozens of versions of this delicious dinner.

Pasta is the perfect springboard for such a notion — it’s inexpensive, always available, versatile, and easy to prepare. And with this simple recipe template, you will find yourself throwing together all kinds of fantastic pasta dinners, week after week, and weeknight dinner boredom will be but a distant memory.


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