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Need a hearty Sunday night meal idea

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We are having some friends over for dinner on Sunday and I want to do something hearty, warm, and comforting that I can do ahead (both couples have young kids, so stirring risotto won't work). Only requirement is that it NOT use an oven, as ours is currently off line. I'm bored with chili, and the hubby is not a big stew guy - does anyone have any other ideas?

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  1. Nothing like a big ole batch of homemade spaghetti and meatballs simmering in a nice marinara. Throw in a salad and you've got a meal kids and adults will love.

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    1. re: Michael

      Hee, hee. Didn't see your post when I posted mine. Seems that we were thinking of exactly the same meal!

      1. re: Luisa

        And I whipped it up last Sunday!!

    2. How about Spaghetti alla Bolognese? The bolognese/meat sauce can be cooked ahead of time; in fact the longer it simmers (1-2hrs) the better it tastes. Make it thick and meaty and top it with freshly grated cheese. Then all you need to accompany it is a nice crisp salad.

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        curiousbaker

        Chicken paprikash?

        1. Gumbo and all you will need to do is make some rice to go along with it.

          1. Chicken Parmesian, garlic bread, Italian salad.
            Easy, fast, and so good.

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            1. re: Bobfrmia

              I just realized most recipes for Chicken Parmesian call for an oven. I do it all in a skillet. Just bread and fry the breast, dump the sauce over them and simmer, hit em with the cheese and you're done.