chemchok Posted September 22, 2004 Share Posted September 22, 2004 I'm getting sick of the same old grub, would appreciate some recipes from the fellow forum members. Even though I've lived with several people who were unable to boil water, I'm confident someone here must be able to cook a decent meal. Keep it simple and tasty. So to start off, I'll throw in my recipe for tomato sauce. An all-purpose tomato sauce is extremely versatile, easy to make, and will taste so much better than 99.9% of the premade stuff you'll buy off the supermarket shelf (like Prego/Ragu). TOMATO SAUCE ------------------- Ingredients (to serve 2 people): - 15 oz./425g can of tomato sauce (make sure there's salt already added to it - and any brand will do, Del Monte, Hunts, Goya, etc.) - olive oil - tablespoon of basil - tablespoon of oregano - teaspoon of parsley - 1-2 minced cloves of garlic (depends on your preference, start out with 1 if you're unsure) 1. Get a medium saucepan and add enough olive oil to have a relatively thin layer on the bottom. Heat it on a medium/low setting. 2. When the oil heats up add the garlic; sautee and stir it until it takes on a golden color and then *quickly* add the can of sauce **Note**: This is the only "critical" part of the recipe. If you let the garlic sit too long or don't stir it you will burn it-this will completely change the flavour of the sauce so have the can of tomato sauce ready to pour at your side. 3. With the sauce added, add the basil, oregano, and parsley. 4. Stir it well, then bring down the heat to a low setting, cover and let simmer for ~10 minutes, stirring occasionaly. That's it. Add to your favorite pasta or use it for baked ziti/lasagne. Suggestions: - If you don't like the amount or type of spices try something different (some grated pecorino romano or parmesan cheese is nice too). - For a meat sauce, brown a 1/2 lb. of chopmeat in a pan, then add to the sauce after step 3. - Cook some (as in ~4) strips of bacon, crumble/cut it up, then add it to the sauce after step 3. Toss a handful of frozen peas in at the same time. - Already cooked porkchops can also be thrown into the mix same as the two examples above. - You can make a ton of this sauce (just extrapolate the necessary ingredients off the recipe), freeze it, then pop it in the microwave whenever you need it. Hope someone finds this useful. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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