Monday, March 24, 2008

Vegetable pasta sauce - chunky, wholesome, homemade

What I like about making my own pasta sauce - I get to choose what goes into it, including amount of sodium! (less)...and including amount of beer!(more!) Remember, I've done that "booze-d" sauce? Gosh, I have taken such a long hiatus from Sweetnicks - ARF/5 a day. Glad to be back after October'07 post on seafood cabbage rolls.


For this homemade chunky vegetable pasta sauce, I get to bite on real chunky vegetables. Homemade pasta sauce is really easy (ok, I know Trader Joes has got irresistable $1.99 Traditional Marinara Sauce). Hmmph...its more of a choice and not about the price.

Chunky Vegetable Pasta Sauce
Ingredients: Sliced celery, sliced carrots, sliced onions, minced garlic, celery leaves chopped finely, dried oregano, dried basil, canned whole tomatoes, salt and pepper, chili pepper flakes

Directions: Heat some olive oil, add onions to saute. Then add celery and carrots and fry lightly. Add tomatoes and crush/mash them in the pan. Add some stock or water and allow sauce mixture to simmer. Salt and pepper to taste. Add celery leaves then finally, the dried herbs. A bit of chili pepper flakes if you like it a bit spicy.

This homemade sauce matches well with ground beef or seafood, your preference.

The sauce can also be prepared in excess and stored in the fridge for 3-4 days.

Need I say more? Look at the bright vivid colors, and wholesome ingredients - get ready!

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