Red Sauces

Chicken Cacciatori

Posted by on Mar 13, 2014 in Chicken, Entrees, Recipes, Red Sauces | 0 comments

Chicken Cacciatori

1 chicken cut into parts (legs, thighs, breasts, wings) chicken-herb-rub to coat chicken (or simply use salt & pepper) 3 tablespoons butter, ghee, or coconut oil 1 large bell pepper (any color), chopped 1 medium onion, chopped 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped 3/4 cup dry white wine (optional) 1 (28-ounce) package diced tomatoes with juice 3/4 cup chicken broth (increase to 1 & 1/4 cups if omitting wine) 1/4 cup chopped kalamata olives (or 3 tablespoons drained capers) 1 & 1/2 tsps dried oregano 1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes 1/4 cup coarsely chopped fresh basil leaves,...

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Tomato & Leek Marinara

Posted by on Sep 26, 2011 in Pasta, Recipes, Red Sauces | 2 comments

Tomato & Leek Marinara

2 to 4 leeks, washed and sliced (see notes below) 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil 1 28-ounce package diced (or crushed) tomatoes a good handful of fresh sage leaves, roughly torn or chopped pure salt and pepper to taste pinch of crushed red pepper (optional) pasta of choice Boil water for pasta. Heat oil in a large skillet. Add the leeks and saute over medium heat just until they start to brown, 10 – 12 minutes. Do not let the leeks burn, or they will become bitter. Add the tomatoes, sage, salt (1/2 tsp, give or take), pepper, and crushed red pepper if using. Simmer until the sauce...

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Tomato Eggplant & Basil Sauce

Posted by on Aug 28, 2011 in Pasta, Recipes, Red Sauces | 0 comments

Tomato Eggplant & Basil Sauce

2 small (or 1 medium) eggplant (about 3/4 pound) 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil (divided) 2 garlic cloves, lightly smashed 3 medium, ripe tomatoes (about 1 & 1/4 lbs) cored and diced small 1/2 tsp pure salt freshly ground black pepper to taste 10 large, fresh basil leaves cut into thin strips 1/2 cup ricotta cheese (optional) 12 oz ziti or penne ______________________________________________________________________________________ Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Peel the eggplant and cut into 1/2 inch cubes. Place on a baking sheet (I like to line w/ parchment paper). Drizzle 2 TBSP of the...

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10-Minute Marinara Sauce

Posted by on Jun 19, 2011 in Condiments, etc..., Pasta, Photo Slide Show, Recipes, Red Sauces, Sauces, Gravys | 0 comments

10-Minute Marinara Sauce

2 TBSP butter or ghee 4 garlic cloves, minced or crushed 28 oz package crushed or strained tomatoes 1 cup water 1/2 tsp pure salt freshly ground black pepper to taste fresh basil or parsley, chopped (as much as you’d like) 1 – 2 TBSP extra virgin olive oil Warm butter or ghee over medium heat and saute garlic for 1 – 2 mins. Add tomatoes, salt and pepper. Add the water to the empty tomato container, swish it around (to collect the remaining remnants of tomato), and add it to the pot. Simmer for approx 10 mins. Stir in chopped basil, drizzle in the olive oil and...

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Quick Tomato Sauce

Posted by on Jun 16, 2010 in Pasta, Recipes, Red Sauces | 0 comments

Quick Tomato Sauce

1 28 oz package diced tomatoes 2 medium garlic cloves 1 tsp water 2 TBSP extra virgin olive oil 3 TBSP coarsely chopped fresh basil (or more) 1/4 tsp sugar (optional) 1/2 tsp plus 1 TBSP pure salt 1 additional TBSP extra-virgin olive oil 1/4 cup reserved cooking liquid (pasta water) 1 lb whole grain pasta Bring water to a boil in large pot, add 1 TBSP salt along with the pasta and cook until al dente. Meanwhile, crush garlic into a small bowl & stir in 1 tsp water. Heat 2 TBSP oil in a 10 inch saute pan over medium heat and saute garlic/water mixture until fragrant but not brown, approx...

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Red Wine, Red Bean & Portobello Ragout

Posted by on Apr 28, 2010 in Adzuki, Kidney, Legumes, Pasta, Pinto, Recipes, Red Sauces | 0 comments

Red Wine, Red Bean & Portobello Ragout

2 TBSP coconut oil, butter, or ghee 1 cup diced red onion 4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced 7 fresh sage leaves, chopped 2 large portobello mushrooms, washed, stems removed, caps sliced 1 tsp paprika 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (or more!) 1/2 cup dry red wine 1 (14 oz) can whole peeled tomatoes w/ their juice, chopped 1 (15 oz) can kidney beans (or pintos, or adzukis) 2 tsps tamari/soy sauce 1/4 cup gruyere cheese for garnish (optional) 2 TBSP chopped fresh parsley for garnish (optional) In a large saute pan over medium heat, warm the oil or butter until hot, but not smoking. Add the onion, garlic,...

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Penne w/ Tomatoes, Rosemary & Balsamic

Posted by on Apr 26, 2010 in Pasta, Recipes, Red Sauces | 0 comments

Penne w/ Tomatoes, Rosemary & Balsamic

3 TBSP extra virgin olive oil 1 medium onion, minced (or chopped) 1 tsp minced fresh rosemary leaves 1 28 oz package whole plum tomatoes, drained & chopped 1/2 tsp pure salt freshly ground black pepper to taste 1 lb whole grain penne or ziti 2 tsps balsamic vinegar Boil water for pasta. Heat oil in a large saute pan and add the onion, sauteing over medium heat until translucent – about 5 mins. Stir in the rosemary & cook for 30 seconds to release its flavor. Add the tomatoes, salt & pepper and simmer until the sauce thickens – about 10 mins. Cook pasta until al dente...

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Spaghetti w/ Tomatoes, Olives & Capers

Posted by on Apr 26, 2010 in Pasta, Recipes, Red Sauces | 2 comments

Spaghetti w/ Tomatoes, Olives & Capers

3 TBSP extra virgin olive oil 3 medium garlic cloves, minced or crushed 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes 28 oz package whole plum tomatoes, drained & chopped 1/2 cup good quality black and/or green olives, pitted & chopped 1 TBSP drained capers, rinsed 1/2 tsp pure salt 1 pound whole grain spaghetti Saute garlic & red pepper flakes in the oil over medium heat until the garlic is golden, about 2 mins. Add the tomatoes, olives & capers. Simmer over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until the tomatoes soften & the sauce thickens, about 15 mins. Add salt. Cook pasta...

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Zucchini Marinara

Posted by on Apr 22, 2010 in Pasta, Recipes, Red Sauces, Summer Squash | 0 comments

Zucchini Marinara

extra virgin olive oil garlic (about 4 medium cloves), minced 1 medium zucchini, shredded 1 (28 ounce) package whole, peeled, plum tomatoes salt (doesn’t need much – 1/2 tsp max) fresh basil – as much as you want (I use A LOT!) (I’d say at least 1/2 cup packed) freshly ground black pepper Generously coat the bottom of a medium pot with olive oil. Saute garlic over medium heat for 2 or 3 mins. Add shredded zucchini & saute another minute or 2. Add tomatoes, and once boiling, lower heat & let simmer uncovered for 30 mins. As it’s cooking, break up the...

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