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After the construction of our pallet table yesterday, we were very hungry. I didn’t really do anything to help build the table, but watching someone else work can be exhausting. I decided to whip up a batch of my almost famous pasta sauce for 2.0, hoping he would think I had been very busy in the kitchen as he sawed, drilled and hammered in the hot sun. (Truth be told, this sauce is incredibly easy to make, and once you’ve chopped your ingredients it pretty much makes itself. Shhhhhh.) Our first meal upon the newly constructed table would be a hearty linguine covered in sauce. I figured the table would be sturdy enough to handle the load.
I make my own pasta sauce. I don’t buy that crap in a can. My sauce is similar to the one my mother used to make when we were growing up. It’s never the same twice – sometimes it has meat, sometimes it doesn’t. Sometimes I add wine, sometimes I just drink it. The veggies depend on what’s on hand. Originally, I thought about calling it: Crap From the Refrigerator Sauce, but it turns out people don’t find that particularly appetizing. People want to believe you made a special trip to the markets and hand-picked each ingredient with that particular guest in mind. So, in order to make people feel super special I now call it: Movita Made This Especially For You Pasta Sauce.
It’s not a thick sauce. It’s a bit runny. It’s all those good-for-you veggies in there. It’s a fresh, summery kind of pasta sauce. Sop up the extra goop with a piece of bread. Live a little.
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Movita Made This Especially For You Pasta Sauce – movita
- olive oil
- 1-2 medium-sized onions, diced
- 2-4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 yellow zucchini, diced
- 1 green zucchini, diced
- 1 pkg mushrooms, chopped
- 1 green pepper, diced
- 1 yellow, red or orange pepper, diced
- 2-3 cans tomatoes – diced, crushed, or whole (whatever you prefer, break up whole tomatoes as you are cooking with a spoon)
- spices to taste – I use italian seasoning, basil, oregano, red pepper flakes, salt, pepper
- tiny bottle red wine or red wine to taste (optional)
- other possibilities to throw into the mix: celery, fresh tomatoes, ground beef, fake meat, bacon
Throw a couple of tablespoons of olive oil into a dutch oven. Cook the onion and garlic over medium heat for a few minutes, allowing them to become soft and fragrant. Add in the other chopped veggies and cook for several minutes, letting the veggies get softer. Add your spices – don’t be too heavy handed, you can add more later. Add the canned tomatoes. Add the wine. Simmer for a long time. Add additional seasonings if so desired. Serve over pasta and top with parmesan cheese.
If you want to make this a meat sauce, start by browning the meat and then proceed as above.