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The tomatoes are ripe and the temperatures are hot so it’s a perfect time to make this no-cook pasta sauce from Bon Appetit. Blitz tomatoes, garlic, hot pepper flakes and salt in a food processor, then add cherry tomatoes, olives, capers and oil. When the pasta is ready, add it to the sauce, along with some parsley and butter.

Avoiding Additives and Preservatives

I used President’s Choice green olives stuffed with garlic and Unico capers; both are free of additives. Use butter that contains only cream, without colour added.

Spaghetti with no-cook puttanesca sauce

Ingredients:

2 beefsteak tomatoes (about 1 lb./454 g), halved crosswise, seeds removed

2 garlic cloves, finely grated

1 tsp. (5 ml) crushed red pepper flakes

2 tsp. (10 ml) kosher salt, plus more

1½ cups (375 ml) cherry tomatoes, halved

1 cup (250 ml) Castelvetrano or other green olives, crushed, pits removed

2 Tbsp. (30 ml) drained capers

¼ cup (60 ml) extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling

12 oz. (340 g) spaghetti

¼ cup (60 ml) finely chopped parsley

3 Tbsp. (45 ml) unsalted butter, cut into pieces

Preparation:

Pulse beefsteak tomatoes, garlic, red pepper flakes, and 2 tsp. (10 ml) salt in a food processor until smooth; transfer sauce to a large bowl and mix in cherry tomatoes, olives, capers, and ¼ cup (60 ml) oil.

Cook spaghetti in a large pot of boiling salted water, stirring occasionally, until al dente. Drain pasta, reserving ¼ cup (60 ml) pasta cooking liquid.

Add pasta, parsley, and butter to sauce. Toss vigorously with tongs, adding a splash of pasta cooking liquid or more as needed to create an emulsified sauce that coats pasta. Divide among bowls and drizzle with more oil. Serves 4.

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Whether it’s from the farmers’ market, the supermarket or your own back yard, there’s nothing like a big bunch of fragrant basil. While this wonderful herb is at its peak, whip up this luscious pesto from Bon Appetit to freeze or use right away as a pasta sauce.

Avoiding Additives and Preservatives

Make sure the pine nuts do not contain additives and the butter contains only cream, with no colour added. Genuine Parmesan is additive-free.

Adding butter makes the sauce even more luscious.

Pasta with pesto

Ingredients:

½ cup (125 ml) pine nuts

3 oz. (85 g) Parmesan, grated (about ¾ cup/185 ml)

2 garlic cloves, finely grated

6 cups (4.5 L) basil leaves (about 3 bunches)

¾ cup (185 ml) extra-virgin olive oil

1 tsp. (5 ml) kosher salt

2 tbsp. (30 ml) unsalted butter, cut into pieces

¼ cup (60 ml) pasta cooking liquid

12 oz. (340 g) dried spaghetti or other long pasta

Grated Parmesan for serving

Preparation:

Preheat oven to 350° F (177° C). Toast pine nuts on a rimmed baking sheet, tossing once halfway through, until golden brown, 5–7 minutes. Transfer to a food processor and let cool. Add cheese and garlic and pulse until finely ground, about 1 minute. Add basil and place the top back on. With the motor running, add oil in a slow and steady stream until pesto is mostly smooth, with just a few flecks of green, about 1 minute. Season with salt.

Do Ahead: Pesto can be made 1 day ahead. Top with ½” oil to prevent browning. Cover with plastic wrap, pressing directly onto surface, and chill. You can also freeze it.

Cook 12 oz. dried pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water, stirring occasionally, until al dente. Drain, reserving ½ cup (125 ml) pasta cooking liquid.

Place pesto and 2 Tbsp. (30 ml) unsalted butter, cut into pieces, in a large bowl. Add pasta and ¼ cup (60 ml) pasta cooking liquid. Using tongs, toss vigorously, adding more pasta cooking liquid if needed, until pasta is glossy and well coated with sauce. Season with salt.

Divide pasta among bowls. Top with finely grated Parmesan. Serves 4.

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This recipe from Bon Appetit comes together quickly, making it an ideal weeknight supper. Marinate pork tenderloin in a chile-ginger-garlic-soy sauce while you chop the vegetables. Sauté the pork in batches, which will allow the pork to brown instead of steam, and set aside. Cook the carrots (I used red pepper instead) and then add the greens and toss until they wilt. Serve over steamed rice and top with a vinegar-soy-sesame oil dressing.

Avoiding Additives and Preservatives

I used Simply Natural Organic Sriracha, tamari instead of soy sauce, Eden brand sesame oil and Marukan rice vinegar. I used hot pepper flakes for a garnish instead of gochujang.

Marinate the pork

Stir fry pork in batches until seared and tender

Stir fry vegetables and add kale; heat until it wilts slightly

Spicy pork bowl with greens

Ingredients:

1 1¼-lb. (567 g) pork tenderloin

3 Tbsp. (45 ml) hot chili paste (such as sambal oelek)

2 Tbsp. (30 ml) light brown sugar

1 1″ (2.54 cm) piece ginger, peeled, finely grated

1 garlic clove, finely grated

3 Tbsp. (45 ml) soy sauce, divided

2¼ tsp. (12 ml) toasted sesame oil, divided

3 Tbsp. (45 ml) vegetable oil, divided

Kosher salt

2 medium carrots, peeled, thinly sliced

1 bunch collard greens or Tuscan kale, ribs and stems removed, leaves sliced

1 Tbsp. (15 ml) seasoned rice vinegar

Steamed white rice, thinly sliced scallions, and gochujang (Korean hot pepper paste; for serving)

Preparation:

Freeze pork tenderloin until firm around the edges, 30–45 minutes.

Combine chili paste, brown sugar, ginger, garlic, 2 Tbsp. (30 ml) soy sauce, and 2 tsp. (10 ml) sesame oil in a resealable plastic bag (or medium bowl if you aren’t feeling the plastic). Thinly slice pork with a long sharp knife. Add to marinade, seal bag, and knead to thoroughly coat. Let sit at least 10 minutes and up to 2 hours.

Heat 1 Tbsp. (15 ml) vegetable oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high. When oil is very hot, add half of pork in a single layer; season very lightly with salt. Cook, undisturbed, increasing heat to high if needed, until dark brown underneath, about 1 minute. Toss pork, breaking up with tongs or a wooden spoon, and continue to cook, tossing, until cooked through, about 1 minute more. Transfer to a plate. Repeat with another 1 Tbsp. (15 ml) vegetable oil and remaining pork (you may want to briefly remove skillet from heat when adding more oil so it doesn’t spatter). Wipe out skillet.

Heat remaining 1 Tbsp. (15 ml) vegetable oil in skillet over medium-high. Add carrots and cook in a single layer, undisturbed, until beginning to soften and brown underneath, about 2 minutes. Add collard greens and toss to wilt. Cook, tossing occasionally, until vegetables are crisp-tender, about 2 minutes.

Combine vinegar and remaining 1 Tbsp. (15 ml) soy sauce and ¼ tsp. (1.25 ml) sesame oil in a small bowl.

To serve, divide rice among bowls and arrange pork and vegetables over. Top each with some scallions and a spoonful of gochujang; drizzle with dressing. Serves 4.

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This excellent recipe from Bon Appetit is great Sunday dinner comfort food. Grind coriander and fennel seeds, combine with citrus zest, oil pepper flakes and paprika and rub the mixture over the chicken. Roast the chicken in water, wine, tomato paste and garlic. While the chicken rests, strain the sauce and pour over the chicken and potatoes. Cook’s note: I used regular paprika instead of smoked paprika. Be sure to add water partway through roasting to keep the sauce from evaporating.

Avoiding Additives and Preservatives

Check the spices to make sure they don’t contain colour or anti-caking agents. I used a white wine from Frogpond Farm with a sulfite count of less than 10 parts per million and Imagine Organic chicken stock. The No Name and Unico brands of tomato paste are additive-free.

Crush coriander and fennel seeds

Rub spiced oil into chicken

While the cooked chicken stands, strain the sauce

Citrus-and-chile-rubbed chicken with potatoes

Ingredients:

1 3½–4-lb. (1.6-1.8 kg) chicken

Kosher salt

1 Tbsp. (15 ml) coriander seeds

1 Tbsp. (15 ml) fennel seeds

Zest of 1 small orange

Zest of 1 medium lemon

¼ cup (60 ml) extra-virgin olive oil

1 Tbsp. (15 ml) mild red pepper flakes (such as Aleppo-style, Maras, or Urfa)

1 Tbsp. (15 ml) smoked paprika

¾ cup (180 ml) low-sodium chicken broth or water

½ cup (125 ml) dry white wine

1 Tbsp. (15 ml) tomato paste

4 garlic cloves, crushed

2 lb. (907 g) medium Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled

2 Tbsp. (30 ml) finely chopped parsley

Preparation:

Pat chicken dry with paper towels and season generously inside and out with salt. Tie legs together with kitchen twine. Place on a rimmed baking sheet and let sit 1 hour at room temperature.

Preheat oven to 425° F (218° C). Coarsely grind coriander and fennel seeds in spice mill or with mortar and pestle. Transfer to a small bowl and add orange zest, lemon zest, oil, red pepper flakes, and paprika; mix well. Pat chicken dry with paper towels, then rub all over with spiced oil.

Whisk broth, wine, and tomato paste in a cast-iron skillet or 3-qt. (2.8 L) enameled cast-iron baking dish to combine. Place chicken in the center and scatter garlic cloves around. Roast chicken, turning pan halfway through and adding an additional ¼ cup (60 ml) water if pan looks dry, until chicken is golden brown and an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of breast registers 155° F (68° C), 50–60 minutes (temperature will climb to 160° F/71° C as chicken rests). Transfer chicken to a cutting board and let rest 45 minutes.

Meanwhile, strain liquid left in pan through a fine-mesh sieve into a heatproof measuring glass or small bowl; discard anything in sieve. Taste; season sauce with salt if needed. Set aside.

Place potatoes in a large pot and pour in cold water to cover by 1 inch (2.54 cm). Add a large handful of salt and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until potatoes are fork-tender, 25–30 minutes. Drain and transfer potatoes back to pot.

Cut potatoes into large pieces (or, if you can handle the heat, break up with your hands). Pour reserved sauce over potatoes. Add parsley, season with salt, and gently toss to combine.

Place chicken on a platter and serve potatoes alongside. Serves 4.

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This recipe from Bon Appetit is easy to make, quick and tasty. Blitz hot peppers, garlic, fish sauce, salt and oil in a blender and toss with raw shrimp. After the shrimp have marinated for a few minutes, cook them in a hot pan until cooked through and slightly charred. Add basil and toss until it wilts.

Avoiding Additives and Preservatives

Cock brand fish sauce has no preservatives. Look for frozen shrimp with no additives. If buying fresh shrimp, check to make sure it has not been treated with a preservative.

Marinate shrimp in mixture of chiles, garlic, fish sauce, salt and sugar

Stir fry shrimp until cooked through and beginning to brown

Toss in basil, stir until it wilts and serve

Ingredients:

3 hot chiles, such as jalapeno, coarsely chopped

6 garlic cloves, smashed

¼ cup (60 ml) sugar

2 Tbsp. (30 ml) fish sauce

1 tsp. (5 ml) kosher salt

4 Tbsp. (60 ml) vegetable or grapeseed oil, divided

1 lb. (454 g) large shrimp, peeled, deveined

2 cups (500 ml) basil leaves (about 1 bunch)

Lime wedges (for serving)

Preparation:

Blend chiles, garlic, sugar, fish sauce, salt, and 3 Tbsp. (45 ml) oil in a blender until smooth. Transfer marinade to a medium bowl and add shrimp; toss to coat. Let sit 10 minutes.

Heat remaining 1 Tbsp. (15 ml) oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high. Just when oil begins to smoke and working in batches if needed, add shrimp, leaving marinade behind, and cook, turning once, until lightly charred around the edges, about 1 minute per side. Remove pan from heat. Add basil and toss vigorously until basil is wilted.

Transfer shrimp mixture to a platter. Serve with lime wedges alongside. Serves 4.

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This baked pasta dish from Bon Appetit is a perfect weekend supper that will satisfy vegetarians and non-vegetarians. Roast eggplant and cherry tomatoes, combine with cooked spaghetti and a sauce of tomato paste, eggs and Parmesan, add capers and basil, press into an oven-proof skillet and bake. Cut into wedges and serve with a green salad.

Avoiding Additives and Preservatives

No Name tomato paste and Unico capers are additive-free.

Ingredients:

1 medium globe eggplant, peeled, cut into ½-inch (1.25 cm) pieces

2 pints (1 L) cherry tomatoes

8 garlic cloves, smashed

¼ cup (60 ml) extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for skillet

½ tsp. (2.5 ml) crushed red pepper flakes, plus more for sprinkling

Kosher salt

2 large eggs

2 Tbsp. (30 ml) tomato paste

4 oz. (113 g) finely grated Parmesan, divided

1 lb. (454 g) spaghetti

2 Tbsp. (30 ml) drained capers

½ cup (125 ml) torn basil, plus a few whole leaves

Cook eggplant and tomatoes until tender

The tomatoes should begin to burst

Combine tomato paste, eggs and cheese

Toss sauce with tomatoes, eggplant, cooked pasta and basil

Press mixture into oven-proof skilled and top with more basil and cheese

Baked pasta alla Norma

Preparation:

Preheat oven to 425° F (218° C). Combine eggplant, tomatoes, garlic, ¼ cup (60 ml) oil, and ½ tsp. (2.5 ml) red pepper flakes in a large ovenproof skillet, preferably cast iron. Season generously with salt and toss to combine. Roast, shaking skillet once or twice, until eggplant is tender and tomatoes burst, 25–35 minutes. Let vegetables cool while you prepare the pasta (watch out for the hot handle when you take the skillet out of the oven). Reduce oven temperature to 400° F (200° C).

Whisk eggs and tomato paste in a medium bowl until smooth, then whisk in about three-quarters of Parmesan.

Cook spaghetti in a pot of boiling salted water, stirring occasionally, until al dente. Immediately drain pasta in a colander and shake to remove excess water; transfer pasta back to pot.

Add cooled vegetable mixture to pot with pasta. Wipe out skillet and drizzle in a little oil; roll around in skillet to coat. Add egg mixture to pasta and toss vigorously with tongs until pasta is evenly coated. Add capers and ½ cup (125 ml) basil and toss again to combine.

Transfer pasta mixture to skillet and press gently into an even layer. Top with remaining Parmesan, a few whole basil leaves, and an extra sprinkle of red pepper flakes.

Bake pasta until surface is nicely browned, 30–35 minutes. Let cool 10 minutes before cutting into wedges for serving. Serves 8.

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This recipe from Bon Appetit is easy, tasty and pretty. Cook whole peppers in a hot cast iron skillet until they start to brown, then cool and slice. Return the peppers to the skillet with shallot, chile and thyme and set a whole chicken on top. Roast until the chicken is done and then serve the carved chicken over the beautifully soft and luscious vegetables.

Avoiding Additives and Preservatives

Everything in this recipe is additive-free.

Cook peppers until they begin to colour

Slice peppers and place in skillet with shallot and thyme

Top with whole chicken and roast

Roast chicken with bell peppers, lemon and thyme

Ingredients:

4 large bell peppers (any colour)

1 large shallot, thinly sliced

1 Fresno chile, thinly sliced crosswise

5 sprigs thyme, divided

Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper

¼ cup (60 ml) plus 1 Tbsp. (15 ml) extra-virgin olive oil

1 3½–4-lb. (1.6-1.8 kg) chicken, patted dry

1 lemon, halved

Preparation:

Place a rack in middle of oven; preheat to 425° F (218° C). Heat a large ovenproof skillet, preferably cast iron, over medium-high. Cook bell peppers in skillet, turning every minute or two, until blistered in several spots, about 5 minutes. (You aren’t trying to cook them, just get some color on them.) Transfer bell peppers to a cutting board and let cool slightly; reserve skillet. Stand a pepper upright and slice off sides, working your way around stem in 3 or 4 cuts. Pull out ribs and seeds; discard along with stems. Repeat with remaining peppers.

Return peppers to skillet and add shallot, chile, and 3 thyme sprigs. Season generously with salt and black pepper and drizzle ¼ cup (60 ml) oil over. Season chicken all over with salt and black pepper and set on top of peppers. Place a lemon half and remaining 2 thyme sprigs in chicken cavity and rub skin all over with remaining 1 Tbsp. (15 ml) oil. Roast in oven until skin is golden brown and crisp all over and an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of breast registers 160° F  (71° C), 60–80 minutes. Remove from oven (be careful; handle is hot!) and let rest 15 minutes before transferring chicken to a cutting board and carving.

Just before serving, squeeze remaining lemon half over chicken and bell peppers. Serves 4.

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This delicious salad from Bon Appetit features grilled corn tossed with a spicy dressing, avocado, chile and cilantro. If you don’t have a barbecue, just cut the kernels from the cobs and sauté them in the butter until they are tender and beginning to brown. I served this right away, without chilling it for two hours, and it was great. It was also very good the next day, chilled.

Avoiding Additives and Preservatives

Make sure your butter does not contain colour and be sure to use fresh lime juice. I use Simply Natural Organic Sriracha.

Grill corn or remove kernels and saute

The corn is tossed with a honey-lime dressing

Grilled corn salad with hot honey-lime dressing

Ingredients:

3 ears of corn, husked

2 Tbsp. (30 ml) unsalted butter, melted

1½ tsp. (7.5 ml) kosher salt, plus more

Freshly ground black pepper

3 Tbsp. (45 ml) fresh lime juice

2 Tbsp. (30 ml) honey

1½ tsp. (7.5 ml) Sriracha

1 tsp. (5 ml) granulated garlic or garlic powder

1½ avocados, cut into ¾-inch (1.9-cm) pieces

1 serrano chile, thinly sliced

½ cup (125 ml) cilantro leaves with tender stems

Preparation:

Prepare a grill for medium-high heat. Brush ears of corn with butter; season with salt and pepper. Grill, turning occasionally, until kernels are very tender and charred in spots, 10–12 minutes. Let cool slightly, then cut kernels from cobs.

Meanwhile, whisk lime juice, honey, Sriracha, granulated garlic, and 1½ tsp. (7.5 ml) salt in a large bowl to combine. Add corn, avocados, chile, and cilantro to vinaigrette and toss to combine; season with salt and pepper. Cover with plastic wrap, pressing in direct contact with salad to prevent avocados from turning brown. Chill at least 2 hours. Do Ahead: Salad can be made 1 day ahead. Keep chilled. Serves 8.

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This fun recipe from Bon Appetit lets everyone assemble their own meal. Marinate shrimp briefly in a spicy sauce then quickly cook them in a skillet. Arrange the shrimp, cucumbers, herbs, lettuce and peanuts on plates and let everyone compose their own wrap. In addition to cucumbers, I used red pepper and radishes. I also used cilantro instead of mint.

Avoiding Additives and Preservatives

Sambal oelek typically contains additives, so I used Simply Natural Organic Sriracha. Check the sesame oil and nuts to make sure they are additive-free.

This recipe lets everyone assemble their own meal

Sambal shrimp lettuce wraps

Ingredients:

½ cup (125 ml) hot chili paste (such as sambal oelek)

¼ cup (60 ml) honey

¼ cup (60 ml) unseasoned rice vinegar

4 tsp. (20 ml) toasted sesame oil, divided

1½ lb. (680 g) large shrimp

Kosher salt

1–2 Tbsp. (15-30 ml) vegetable oil

2 Persian cucumbers, thinly sliced into rounds

Flaky sea salt

2 heads of Bibb lettuce, leaves separated, covered, chilled

½ cup (125 ml) mint sprigs

½ cup (125 ml) crushed salted, dry-roasted peanuts

Preparation:

Whisk hot chili paste, honey, vinegar, and 2 tsp. (10 ml) sesame oil in a small bowl to combine. Season shrimp lightly with kosher salt and place in a resealable plastic bag. Pour in half of marinade and seal bag. Transfer remaining marinade to a small bowl and set aside for serving. Let shrimp sit at room temperature, turning the bag occasionally to ensure even coating, 10–15 minutes.

Remove shrimp from marinade, allowing excess to drip back into bag, and transfer to paper towels to drain. Heat 1 Tbsp. (15 ml) vegetable oil in a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high until shimmering. Working in batches and adding another 1 Tbsp. (15 ml) oil along the way if the skillet is looking dry, arrange shrimp in skillet in a single layer and cook undisturbed 2 minutes (the marinade will have darkened in colour and some of the sugars in it will have started to caramelize). Turn shrimp over and cook 30 seconds. Transfer to a platter.

Arrange cucumbers on platter next to shrimp; season with sea salt and drizzle with remaining 2 tsp. (10 ml) sesame oil. Arrange lettuce leaves and mint sprigs on platter so that each component is visible and easily accessible. Place crushed peanuts in a small bowl and set out next to platter along with reserved marinade (for spooning into wraps). Serves 4.

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This baked pasta recipe from Bon Appetit is perfect comfort food on a chilly fall night. You will need a few hours to prepare this dish, but you can make it ahead.

Avoiding Additives and Preservatives

I use Unico canned tomatoes. Check the ricotta, Parmesan and mozzarella to ensure they do not contain colour.

Make marinara sauce

Cook pasta shells

Pipe ricotta mixture into shells and layer over sauce

Top with more sauce and with mozzarella

Bake and then brown under the broiler

Stuffed shells with marinara sauce

Ingredients:

Classic marinara sauce

¼ cup (60 ml) olive oil

1 small onion, finely chopped

4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced

2 sprigs basil

2 28-ounce cans (796 ml) whole peeled tomatoes

Stuffed shells

12 ounces (340 g) jumbo pasta shells

2 large egg yolks

1 large egg

2 cups (500 ml) whole-milk fresh ricotta

3 ounces (85 g) Parmesan, finely grated, plus more for serving

¼ cup (60 ml) finely chopped parsley

8 ounces (226 g) low-moisture mozzarella, coarsely grated, divided

3 cups (750 ml) Classic marinara sauce, divided

Preparation:

Classic marinara sauce

Heat oil in a medium heavy pot over medium. Cook onion, stirring occasionally, until very soft, 8–10 minutes. Add garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until very soft, about 5 minutes; stir in basil. Add tomatoes, crushing with your hands as you go; season with salt and pepper and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat; simmer gently, stirring occasionally, until sauce is thick, about 1 hour. Season with salt and pepper. Let cool.

Do Ahead: Sauce can be made 1 week ahead. Cover and chill, or freeze up to 3 months.

Stuffed shells

Preheat oven to 375° F (190° C). Cook shells in a large pot of boiling salted water, stirring occasionally, until very al dente; drain. Run under cold water to stop the cooking and drain again.

Lightly whisk egg yolks and egg in a large bowl. Stir in ricotta, Parmesan, parsley, and 1½ cups (375 ml) mozzarella; season with salt and pepper. Transfer filling to a large re-sealable plastic bag.

Spread 1½ cups (375 ml) marinara sauce in a 13 x 9-inch (33 x 22 cm) baking dish. Snip off 1 end of plastic bag and, working one at a time, squeeze filling into shells, arranging them in a single layer in baking dish as you go. Top with remaining 1½ cups (375 ml) marinara sauce and remaining mozzarella. Cover pan tightly with foil and bake shells until sauce is bubbling throughout, 35–40 minutes. Let rest 5 minutes.

Carefully move rack to top of oven and heat broiler. Uncover pasta and broil until lightly browned on top, about 2 minutes. Sprinkle with oregano and more Parmesan and drizzle with oil. Serves 8.

Do Ahead: Pasta can be baked 3 days ahead. Let cool; cover and chill. Reheat, covered, at 375° (190° C).

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