Recipes from Today’s Show: Go-to Rigatoni Meal

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TODAY on MHTV: You want to make dinner fast but you also want to make it taste good. A quick-cook meat sauce poured over rigatoni is a snap and packed with flavor thanks to diced mortadella, a slow smoked Italian sausage. For a little green veg, I’m making lightly steamed shaved broccoli topped with a few red pepper flakes, a side from one of my MSLO food editor colleagues, Kris. For dessert, a smooth, creamy mocha panna cotta can be made in advance and is served cold. More from the show.

Get the recipes from this episode:

Rigatoni with Rapid Ragu

Kris’s Shaved and Steamed Broccoli

Mocha Panna Cotta

Get the recipes from the 11:30 a.m. ET show:

Elegant Weeknight Meal

Watch ”Mad Hungry with Lucinda Scala Quinn” Mondays at 11:30 a.m. ET/10:30 a.m. CT, Tuesdays through Fridays at 11 a.m. ET and 11:30 a.m. ET on Hallmark Channel.

  • Marjie Sikora March 15, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    I thoroughly enjoy this show. Keep up the good work.

  • Patty White March 15, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    I’m mad for “Mad Hungry”! I only wish I had these recipes 20 years ago when my family was young and at home. I tried the flat chicken roast, and it was easy and delicious. Now when my family show unexpectly and “mad hungry”, I’ll have these quick and delicious recipes at my finger tips. Thanks Lucinda.

  • Wendy bennie March 15, 2011 at 5:31 pm

    Dear Lucinda
    Just a quick note to say thank you for your brilliant book. I have two 21 year olds who come home from university tired bad and mad hungry. So far they have loved Cuban style pork, lasagne, meat balls and egg and bacon bagels.. Hooray you have made my life a little bit easier and meal times have become a pleasure. Many thanks. Wendy Bennie England.

  • Marcy March 16, 2011 at 1:07 am

    I can’t tell you how much I love your show! I have tried several recipes and I look forward to all new episodes. If I can make a suggestion (rather a request), I would love to see more shows like the freezer meals, pantry meals, or meals for two. Presently, it is just my husband and me at home. We are both professionals and so I would like recipes that work with a busy schedule but are creative and fun. Although, I must say I also love your big family style recipes too; they really help when we entertain or visit my family back home. Again, I love the show and wish you the best.

  • Schoning March 16, 2011 at 9:57 am

    Dear Lucinda,
    I cannot torture my family with heavy cream. Could I make the Panna Cotta with low fat or skim milk? Won’t be the same rich feel, but since there is gelatin is should same firm up the same way. Please advise! Your show is the best.

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