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How to Make Memories at Home

In this episode, chef Scott Conant will show you how to make a flavorful meal with what's in your pantry and how to care for yourself in times of uncertainty. You'll learn how food can create memories and provide comfort when we need it most. Scott is joined by Strategic Education, Inc. — Capella University, Strayer University and Sophia's parent company — CEO Karl McDonnell with what he's been working on to encourage and equip students for success on their educational journey.

How to Make Memories at Home

Make the Dish: Pasta with Neapolitan Genovese Sauce


TIME: 25-50 minutes

Pasta with Neapolitan Genovese Sauce

6-8 servings


  • 1 lb. any dried pasta of your choice
  • 3 lb. onions, julienned
  • ¾ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 each stalk celery, julienned
  • 1 each carrot, julienned
  • 1 ½ lb. stew cut beef, sliced ¼" thin slices
  • 1 ½ cup dry white wine (about ½ bottle)
  • As needed, beef stock/broth
  • ¾ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • As needed, kosher salt


  1. In a large cooking pot, heat ¾ cup of olive oil with onion, celery, carrots and beef for 2 to 3 minutes with some salt on medium heat.
  2. Add white wine, then cook the meat and vegetables with a lid on for about 45 minutes stirring occasionally so the bottom doesn't burn.
  3. Remove lid and start to caramelize vegetables by adding a bit of beef stock when the mixture gets a little dry.
  4. Bring 4 quarts of water to a boil with 3 tablespoons of salt for the pasta. Cook the pasta 80% of the way (if the directions on the box says 10 minutes, cook it for 8 minutes) and add it to the beef mixture. Add some of the pasta cooking liquid and the other ¾ cup of olive oil to create an emulsion.
  5. Take the pasta off the heat and add grated parmesan cheese mixing it well with a wooden spoon.
  6. Serve immediately.


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Chef Scott Conant has frequently appeared on the Today Show, Good Morning America, and The Rachael Ray Show among others. He has been a recurring judge on Chopped for over ten years, which is consistently one of Food Network's highest rated programs as well as host of Best Baker in America seasons 2 and 3. Most recently, Scott became the host of Food Network’s dessert-themed spinoff, Chopped Sweets that premiered this past February. Scott Conant is a humble, passionate, and award-winning chef, business owner, husband, and father. For more about Scott Conant visit

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