Well, let's keep it at the three and a half, I guess, lol I'm not much of a lasagna person, as I don't care for cheese, but I use a really tasty sauce, (don't think it's available in the States) and mozzarella and some parmesan. (the shaker kind) Basil and oregano in with the canned sauce, only, and that's it for the sauce.
4?! That's up there. I have done the spaghetti and meatball thing at times. But I feel that, like Mexican food, it all usually has the same basic flavors. Dishes just look different or have a different wrap or different type of pasta. Do you know what I mean?
Well yes, in a way. It's one of the reasons I like Italian food - at it's core it's basic and easy and I often only use a couple of pots. But it will only taste the same as other, similar things I make if I put the same stuff in and heat it similarly.
Nobody wants to eat vaguely similar stuff all the time so I change the ingredients, add some or take some away, use different meats, veg, herbs, etc, etc.
There are limits of course and if Italian or Mexican food isn't a favourite and is repetitive feeling like that is perfectly understandable.
But look! :)
Pan fried chicken and mushrooms and onions, some lemon juice, a white sauce with white wine, parsley and basil, pan fried green beans. Oil the pasta when drained and heavy on the salt and pepper for it. And now I want to go play in the kitchen....
What a great answer MrW. I do cook with stir fry regularly, and finding the right moment to add mushrooms and other vegetables so they don't lose their crisp was a tricky thing to figure out. Thank you, nice answer.
I don't know how I get by actually. I became a vegetarian and am still learning how to put things together. Just made stuffed mushrooms for the first time...so yummy. Very tired of eating the same things over and over again. Same food, different day...boring. Wish I could eat salad, it would open up a whole new area of eating well.