Drinking my afternoon coffee it got me thinking. Sometimes when I go into a grocery store or walk into the market I see all these fresh vegetables and the variety of meats and I try to think about what I could make with all of this. The thing is that when I don’t write a shopping list and I walk into the market or into the grocery store and stand there like a complete fool trying to figure out what to make. That right there is the dumbest thing I do. Why? well, let me tell you why, the fact is that when you do that you most likely end up buying a large variety of groceries, and when you get back home you’ve forgotten all about what you where thinking when you bought it and you feel lost and try to google your brains out to figure out what to make. This happens to me more than I like to admit, but lately, I’ve been trying my best to plan everything ahead that way I avoid putting myself in that position Because the fact is that finding out what you want to make and buy in a grocery store or at the market can end up being super expensive and you regret it afterward. So the tip of the day would be to always be prepared when you go to the grocery store. Another grocery store “problem” I’ve experienced often is that sometimes when I do have a list and I need every single thing on the list equally as much, then suddenly the main ingredients to a dish I’m making that week is sold out. I don’t have a car all though I’m planning to get my license in the near future. Which makes it harder to go to another grocery store to get my ingredient. Then I’m standing there, I take a deep breath and go for a stroll with my shopping cart around the grocery store trying to get inspired to come up with a new dish. Sometimes it takes a lot longer than I first thought, other times a new dish magically comes to me right away. This makes me think of all the food shows on TV like Master chef, top chef, chopped and American next Iron chef types of shows. I wonder how they manage to figure out what to make out of all the ingredients they have to choose from in such a small amount of time. That may be the reason I’m a writer and not a top chef or master chef material.
But, something I really love to do is to dive into my families old cookbooks and find the hidden recipes of my childhood. My mom is an open cookbook, in fact, she knows all the family secret recipes. One day I will write them all down and make a paper-written family cookbook. I do love it when I’ve determined to make a new dish and I rush to the grocery store to get everything I need and they actually have every single ingredient I need, then I go home and come up with this cool new recipe that tastes just right. Normally it takes me more than one try to get a new dish right, but sometimes I’m lucky and I get it right the very first time. I love it when all the good flavors get together and it turns out so good you want to eat this every day for the rest of your life, then you get tired of it, and once you make it again a while later it’s just as good as the first time you made it and tasted it. What a wonderful universe the cooking world is. In a lot of ways, it’s similar to my writing world. When I’m writing I’m diving into a new world every day, let my creativity loose and see where it take me. Cooking, making new recipes, improve old recipes and to cook in general also require a lot of creativity and it’s like diving into a new world, a world of flavors and how you can turn a simple boring store-bought marinara sauce into the new, magical, well-flavored sauce you would want to make more than once. My everyday life is all about diving into different realities and it’s an amazing world to live in. I love to cook and I love to write, but I could never in a million years trade away my writing life. Writing books is the best thing ever, and I love every bit of it. It’s hard, it’s challenging yet incredible and you learn something new every day.
Today I’m posting my very own recipe on a great meat-sauce for pasta originated from Tuscany with a hint of the Andersen magic so to speak.
1 pound ground beef
24 oz. Canned tomatoes
2-3 TBS Tomato paste
3 sticks of celery
1 large onion
2-3 large carrots
EVOO ( Extra virgin olive oil)
Tuscan spice blend ( Can be replaced with Italian seasoning mix)
All around spice blend ( Can be replaced with McCormick Culinary Barbecue Spice)
Red chili flakes
4 cloves of garlic ( Can be replaced with 1 chopped shallot)
Fresh parsley ( Chopped)
1 teaspoon of powdered beef broth
Pasta of your choice
Grated Parmesan ( optional)
How to make Hetty’s family meat sauce for pasta;
- Start by washing the vegetables, finely chop up the carrots, celery, and onion. Add a good amount of olive oil into a large pot, when the oil starts to heat up add the vegetables into the pot. Finely chop up 3 cloves of garlic and add them into the pot. season with salt and pepper. Let it saute for about 10 minutes.
- Add some butter into a skillet, when the butter has melted add in the ground beef. Add one minced clove of garlic. Season with basil oregano, all around spice blend, Tuscan spice mix, pepper, and chili flakes. When the meat reached a golden color, are properly cooked, add the meat into the pot and mix it in with the vegetables and let it cook for additionally 5 minutes.
- Add the 2 cans of tomatoes and the tomato paste. Mix it all well together. Let it cook for about 20 minutes, then add one teaspoon of powdered beef broth. Then let it cook for additionally 35 minutes.
Serve this on top of your favorite pasta, you can easily serve it up with a salad and some garlic bread on the side if wanted. If you have any leftovers of the sauce you can easily put it in the fridge and serve it the next day, or you can put it in the freezer and easily heat it up and cook some pasta on the side for a rainy day. Another tip is that you can make the sauce the night before to make it easy for dinner the next day, or you can simply freeze down all of the sauce and save it for a rainy day. This pasta meat sauce is perfect for any day or night of the week.
I really love this recipe, and my family does too, it’s perfect for a rainy day, a hot summer day out in the backyard or as a comfort dish on a rainy and foggy fall day. I hope all of you love this recipe as much as we do.
I’m saving half of today’s sauce for a perfect leftover idea for another day this week that I’m really looking forward to sharing with all of you.
I hope all of you are having an amazing Wednesday and I hope to see y’all back here tomorrow for a new post.