Victory Dinner

Hello there, blog world!

I wanted to post earlier, but I left my camera at home.

And this post would not be very interesting without pictures.

I want to share with you my first attempts at pasta sauce. I’ve never made tomato sauce in my life, but for some reason, I really wanted to try last night. You see, I was sure it was going to be a special night and a victory dinner would be in order.

So it was time to get to work.

First I cooked up 1 yellow onion and some garlic in just a bit of extra virgin olive oil.

Then I chopped up the cherry tomatoes I received in my CSA, as well as a couple of over ripe tomatoes I had in the fridge. I let them drain a little bit.

Then I added them to the onions and garlic. After they were mixed up, I lowered the temperature a smidge and walked away. It’s simmer time.

After about 30 minutes, it had thickened up. I added some rosemary, as it was just about the only appropriate spice I had in my kitchen. It really should’ve been chopped up better than that, but I got lazy. Oops. I let it simmer for another 10 minutes or so.

While it was simmering, I cooked up some whole wheat spaghetti.

I drained the spaghetti over a bed of spinach, in order to wilt it….a tip learned from Caitlin in her 15 Minute Pasta Salad recipe.

Voila! Whole Wheat Spaghetti with Spinach and Homemade Tomato Sauce.

I was pretty amazed at how easy making my own pasta sauce was. It was the same kind of surprise that I got last week when I figured out how to make applesauce. It’s making me think that I’ve been making this cooking thing out to be so much more difficult than it really is!

Tonight I had the same thing, but dressed it up with a couple of items I picked up from Trader Joe’s on my way home:

I cooked up a Garlic Herb Chicken Sausage and added it to my leftover spaghetti+sauce. Then I topped it with a little cheese. I took a picture of this masterpiece, but somehow, it deleted itself. Seriously. It isn’t on my camera. Mystery.

Dinner was accompanied by:

I had never had Trader Joe’s garlic bread before, but let me tell you…it was about a billion times better than I expected it to be. Normally, frozen garlic bread doesn’t have much flavor, but this bread was so good. A little cheesy. Perfect.

Now, it is time for me to sit around and veg. It’s only 7:50pm, and I already feel like heading to bed. Between work and celebrating the GIANTS WINNING THE PENNANT, I have just tuckered myself out!

(That’s right, my victory dinner was in honor of the Giants. I’m a dork. Don’t worry. 7 more games, and you won’t have to hear baseball out of me until spring!)

I thought tomato sauce would be difficult to make…but it turned out to be easy.

Have you ever thought a meal would be difficult to make, but then found out it was a snap?

8 thoughts on “Victory Dinner

  1. “It’s making me think that I’ve been making this cooking thing out to be so much more difficult than it really is!”

    –> what have I always told you? ^_~

    Pasta sauce was one of the first things I made when I started experimenting with cooking way back when. I am really picky about sauce and never liked any of the commercially available ones, so even when I bought jarred sauce I would add it to sauteed onions & garlic and re-season it myself before using.

    I always finish my pasta off in the pan with the sauce before plating, to ensure maximum flavor absorption and distribution.

    I find most things are a lot easier than they seem, so I’ve come to expect it when cooking. If you twisted my arm for examples I’d say yogurt and homemade pastas, I suppose. I think it’s a lot less common to find something difficult to make. Macarons stick out in my mind as a good example of that.

    1. Well, to give me credit, it’s not like you can go from frozen bagel bites chef to Julia Child overnight! It takes time to build skills and confidence! πŸ˜‰

      Homemade pasta seems terrifying. I don’t like to work with dough, as I don’t have a mixer and I also have no counter space to work on.

      1. True, but you first started going from frozen bagel bites to quick, healthy meals a few years back.. so it seems like a good time to start getting some confidence. ;D

        Dough is not so bad. I think it’s fun and therapeutic, actually. I have never had a mixer and probably never will, so it’s all done the old fashioned way for me.

        My counter space situation is not much better than yours, but I make due with what I have. Sometimes that means propping a cutting board over the sink or kneading in a big bowl.. but eh. No big.

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