Saturday, July 11, 2009

your dinner

spaghetti and meat sauce. some might call it the ultimate comfort food. i call it gooder than hades. there are a LOT of versions. all of them different and delicious. here is the one i use most.

are those ears frying in a pan? no but they sure do look like it don't they? it's pancetta aromatizing the olive oil to make the sauce seem like it has cooked for hours. once the pancetta is crispy take it out and drain it on paper towels.

next i take a leek, 2 carrots and 2 stalks of celery (leafy tops included if you got em) and 2 big cloves of garlic or 3 small ones and pulse them in the food processor until it looks like this...

then fry that shit up in the pancetta oil until it starts to caramelize. (btw the pancetta is eaten by me at this point or you can crumble it back into the sauce, but i feel it is WAY better utilized in my mouth this way than in the sauce)


next take 1 lb of organic, grass fed ground chuck and add it to the vegetables. yes you can use any meat or combination of meat, i.e. sirloin, veal, pork whatevs.



once it looks like this...



add these... 1 14 oz. can whole tomatoes crushed by hand, 1 cup of red wine, 1/2 a can or 2 tbsp. of tomato paste.

simmer for about 40 minutes until thickfreakness occurs.


on deck...rosemary sourdough bread smattered in butter, fresh garlic, and parmigiana.


pasta. hmmm...do i go brown rice or white rice pasta? it's the weekend, let's indulge and go WHITE!! btw..i have it on the highest authority from here that tinkyada rice pastas are the best. no gummy, soggy noodles here. just yummy.


plated and ready for consumption. look at that cheesy, toasty bread!



with extra cheese if you please!


and now for something green..


nicolas is doing tricks for some...him's sitting up. him's nice.


done and done.

5 comments:

MsSmart said...

Oh that looks delicious. Why thank you, I was hungry. Who is the real chef - you or Mr. Nicolas?

The Townhouselady said...

Wowie Zowie. That's one of my favorite meals as well. My meat sauce recipe is very with the exception of the pancetta step. I'm def. adding that to my repertoire.

Nicholas is a honey. He'd so be getting some of mine. That's for darn sure.

I made up a huge batch of pulled pork today (They had the giant pork shoulders on sale BONUS!). Then made tacos with it for sinner tonight.

Mama B said...

Delicious!

Sarah Klassen said...

De-licious! :) nicolas is beyond cute! How can you resist that face?

Tiina of LiviaConcept said...

nicolas, little sweetheart :)