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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Summer Spaghetti Sauce

Time for spaghetti sauce!  This is more of a concept than a recipe.  I like chunky sauces and have been known to go overboard with additions.  In the summer, I love to add fresh vegetables from the garden.  What winds up in the pot depends on what we have on hand.

Summer Spaghetti Sauce
1 jar of sauce - homemade, store bought, whatever you like and any/all/most of the following:

summer squash - sliced
onion - chopped or sliced
garlic - smashed
Roma tomatoes quartered.
mushrooms - whole or sliced
black olives - whole or sliced
sweet peppers - chopped in hunks
fresh oregano
fresh basil 
ground beef and/or Italian sausage OR chicken

Use a big heavy bottomed pot.  Cook the meat first, then saute the other stuff.  Add the sauce.  Simmer while you cook the pasta.  Summer Sauce freezes really well, so make a double batch for a day when you want to eat homemade but don't want to cook.

Tonight's version consisted of 2 leftover cooked chicken breasts, onion, garlic, red and green bell peppers, a small zucchini,  and fresh basil.  We made the sauce in the time it took to bring the water to a boil and cook the pasta.

This is one of the most effective ways I have found to get the family to eat a whole mess of vegetables without blinking.  Oh, and it tastes really good.

1 comment:

  1. LadyBehir/MaggieJuly 20, 2010 at 8:27 PM

    Can I come live with you? Sounds yummmmy.