pasta & rice

Pasta or rice dishes.

Mexican lasagna

Total time
1 hour, 40 minutes
Yield
6 servings

This is one of the recipes that came to Arizona from Mexico; probably based in the typical quesadillas - corn tortillas filled with meat, cheese, or vegetables, and baked - also very popular. Corn tortillas are used in place of the traditional lasagna sheets.

Spaghetti carbonara

Total time
30 minutes
Yield
5 servings

Though far from the most exotic pasta recipe, spaghetti alla carbonara - more or less literally translated as 'spaghetti as that of the charcoal maker' - is a great mid-way step between that and just plain marinara. Essentially spaghetti with eggs and bacon, it is simple to make and delightful to eat.