Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Empty Cupboards

So, the other day, I said I was going to make some yummy spaghetti sauce...well, as it turns out, I really didn't have any of the right ingredients. Augh! That ALWAYS happens to me! Unfortunately, when I get it in my head I want to make something, I usually just try to use whatever I have to make it work. This time, surprisingly enough, it turned out pretty well! The recipe called for crushed tomatoes, and I had only stewed and diced. So that's what I used. Also, who knew that stewed tomatoes had onions, garlic and celery in them!?!? They smelled great--even if it wasn't exactly the flavor I was going for... Here's my hodge-podge recipe. It's sort of a keeper, but I'll definitely be stocking up on crushed tomatoes!

Londa's Hodge-Podge Sauce
1 small can stewed tomatoes
1 small can petite diced tomatoes
4 steamed carrots
1 pound lean ground beef
1 small diced onion
Salt and pepper
1 tsp. each of Oregano and Basil (more to taste)
1 tsp. minced garlic

Brown the beef and onion. Drain off fat.
In another pot, combine carrots and tomatoes. Use a hand blender to puree mixture. (Yes-that was sort of a hassle...)
Add beef and seasonings. Salt and pepper to taste. Simmer until mixture thickens.
Serve over whole wheat or whole grain pasta. Top with grated
parmesan cheese. (& don't forget to buy the crushed tomatoes next time!)