There was definitely some deja-vu going on in the kitchen tonight. When I made up the menu this week, I chose recipes based on the ingredients we already had on hand. One of the items in the fridge that I wanted to use was pancetta. Pancetta is not easy to find around here, so I wanted to make sure it actually got used and didn't just sit there until it went bad and had to be thrown out (been there, done that - way too many times). The dish I ended up choosing for the pancetta - Fusilli with Creamy Pancetta-and-Pea Sauce - is similar to the Chicken-Ham Lasagna in that it too has pork and pasta with a cheesey sauce.
Tonight's dinner had a lot more flavor and was prepared in the same way that I said I would prepare the lasagna if I ever made it again. I much preferred the sauce for this pasta dish over the sauce for the lasagna dish - the garlic, onion and cream cheese added a lot of flavor and texture to the sauce. I did used quite a bit more pancetta than the recipe called for, so I'm sure this added quite a bit of flavor. This dish was a cinch to throw together and was good comfort food - I'd definitely make this again (and not the lasagna).
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