Monday, July 12, 2010

spaghetti ohs

My carnivore is part Italian. However, he could eat Italian full time. I don't feel the same. I mean, a girl needs a cheese enchilada every now and again. Don't get me wrong, I love a good garlic noodle dish as much as the next gal, but I can only have it so many times a week before I get tired of it. In fact, when the carnivore and I went to Italy a few years back his only request of me was that I didn't say, "but we just had Italian food last night."

I do have to admit that Italian food is easily adjustable for our mixed diet family. I can whip up a batch of vegetarian friendly four cheese lasagna or pesto pasta or even spinach gnocchi and the carnivore is satisfied too. As such, Italian food often makes an appearance at our dinner table. 

But the go to staple Italian dish I serve has to be spaghetti. Whenever my mother-in-law is in town the carnivore has her make massive amounts of her "gravy" so that he can freeze it and have it later. This works great for me. What's easier than pulling out ready made meat sauce (and when I say meat I mean it - there is ground beef, sausage, meatballs - you name it, it is in there)? But, even if it weren't on hand this is still easy to prepare.

Start with a large pot of salted water for your spaghetti and bring it to a boil. In the meantime, begin to make a marinara (or buy a jar of your favorite sauce). Combine either a can of crushed or diced organic tomatoes with a small can of tomato paste. Add in a bit of water and any fresh herbs you have on hand - like parsley, basil, and oregano. Then some garlic powder, kosher salt and ground pepper to taste. I also like a bit of red pepper to kick it up. Simmer this in a sauce pan. Then in two separate skillets brown ground beef and ground soy crumbles in a bit of olive oil. Once the water is ready, boil your pasta. Then drain it and toss with olive oil, salt and pepper. Add half of the marinara to both skillets. Grab two bowls and top a good portion of pasta with either sauce and grated parmesan. Serve with a bit of crispy garlic bread and enjoy!

(And just a tip for you moms-to-be and new moms out there - this is a great freezer meal. Simply store the sauce in freezer safe containers and reheat whenever. It is simple enough for your significant other to do this while boiling some pasta and baking some garlic bread, especially when the other option is changing a dirty diaper!)

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