It’s a quick, fresh pasta sauce kind of evening.
Two sweet onions chopped
Five cloves of garlic minced
Two thirds of a container of grape tomatoes cut in thirds
One fresh red bell pepper, chopped
One can of tomato paste – 6 ounces
One can of crushed tomatoes -28 ounces
Kosher salt to taste
One fresh bay leaf
Fresh basil, oregano, and flat leaf Italian parsley chopped – as much as you want. I like a lot of fresh herbs in my sauce
1- 16 ounce package of organic Angus ground beef
1 dash or two of good balsamic vinegar
Extra-virgin olive oil
I toss a little extra virgin olive oil in the bottom of my pasta sauce pot. I add the onions garlic, fresh tomatoes, and one chopped fresh red bell pepper.
I sweat the vegetables down a little with a dash of kosher salt, and then I tossed in the hamburger. I allow the hamburger to cook down, next tossing in the herbs.
Next a small dash or two of balsamic vinegar before I add the canned tomatoes and paste.
I bring everything up over medium heat (stirring often) to close to a boil and then I reduce to simmer cover and let simmer for an hour or hour and a half.
I serve over whatever pasta I happen to have on hand . Tonight it will either be spaghetti or whole-wheat linguine.
I dust each bowl of pasta with some grated Parmesan cheese when I serve
Keeping it simple, this dinner is best with a fresh salad – right now I have some wonderful looking arugula and romaine that I picked up at the local farmers market.
It’s what’s for dinner in my house this evening. Try this sometime and I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!