the Pence family cookbook

Recipes Tagged with “pork”

Spaghetti Casserole

main course beef pasta pence pork


  • 1 lg. onion
  • 2 sm. bell peppers
  • some ground beef or Italian sausage or ground pork
  • 1 pkg. sliced mushrooms
  • 2 jars standard spaghetti sauce
  • 1 lb. spaghetti
  • 1 container ricotta cheese (optional)
  • 1 container grated parmesan cheese


Sautee onion and bell pepper until translucent.

Add ground beef (or Italian sausage, or ground pork).

Cook until the meat is about ¾ cooked.

Add mushrooms and cook until mushrooms and meat are done.

Drain, if desired.

Add spaghetti sauce and simmer for 20-30 minutes.

While sauce mixture is simmering, boil pasta.

Add pasta to sauce and mix thoroughly.

Grease a 9x11 casserole dish.

If using ricotta cheese, add half of the sauce/spaghetti mix, then a layer of ricotta, and then the other half of the sauce/spaghetti mix. Otherwise, just add sauce/spaghetti mix to dish.

Bake, covered, at 350 degrees for 30-45 minutes.

Uncover, top with parmesan cheese, and bake for a few more minutes until bubbly.

Cynthia Pence

Forever Roasted Pork

main course fennel pork


  • 2 medium onions, peeled
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh sage
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 4 pounds pork leg or shoulder, at room temperature
  • About 1/4 cup fennel spice rub


Thinly slice the onions. Heat the olive oil in a large saute pan over medium heat until hot. Add the onions and a pinch of salt and pepper. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook for about 1 minute. Add the sage and cook until the onions cease throwing off water, about 3 minutes. Add the water, cover, and cook until the onions are very tender, about 10 minutes. Uncover and saute until the onions are very soft and the pan is dry again, about 2 minutes. Season well with salt and pepper.

Preheat the oven to 275 degrees. Peel back the pork skin and spread the onions directly on the fat layer. Fold the skin back over the onions and tie closed with kitchen string. Season well all over with the fennel spice.

Arrange the meat on a rack in a roasting pan (or using the Cocorico, see below) and cook until the meat is very tender, 6 to 8 hours. It is ready when it pulls away easily if picked at with a pair of tongs. It is often easiest to cook the meat overnight, or put it in the oven in the morning and let it cook all day. It does not need to be attended.

Michael Chiarello, Napa Style