Category Archives: Sauce

Alfredo Sauce

Mmmmm the delicious white sauce for fettuccine and pizzas is a fatty, comfort food that we all love. I must say store bought has no comparison after making your own sauce. My mom used to make this frequently for anything and everything that needed a white sauce. It is quite the staple that has a multi-purpose.

Enough said, let’s get it cooking!

Ingredients:

  • 1- 8oz block of cream cheese
  • 4 tbsp sweet butter
  • 2 tbsp EVOO
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cups heavy cream (any milk works, but the thicker the milk the thicker the sauce)
  • Dash of salt and pepper
  • Garlic salt to taste
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese
  • Fettuccine noodles
  • Chicken or shrimp

In a large sauce pan melt butter, EVOO and cream cheese together over med-low heat. Stir in minced garlic and heat for 1-2 minutes before adding cream, salt and pepper and garlic salt. Stir well and simmer for 5 minutes whisking the whole time. Add parmesan cheese.

Cook noodles according to package directions. If adding meat, add now and serve with warm bread. :)

Spaghetti Sauce

Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

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There is nothing quite like homemade sauce!

I grew up with homemade spaghetti sauce. I’m not sure there was ever a time we had store bought. My mom cooked a lot and this was part of it. I remember a typical spaghetti night would include homemade bread and salad. My sister and I would always make a “spaghetti sandwich” where you take bread and top it with a large pile of spaghetti and somehow grip it with all ten fingers and manage to take a big ‘ol bite out of it. We were convinced it makes the spaghetti taste even better, though that seemed impossible, we believed in the possible. :)

My girlfriend told me she has never made her own sauce and to my dismay I was really shocked. She is pretty good at holding to no additives and preservatives that this comment really shocked me. Especially because it is super easy to make and can simmer all day long to deepen the flavors and smell the house with a delightful aroma for hours.

So since she informed me that she has never made her own sauce I thought I really needed to share the easiness to this delightful meal.

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb ground beef or turkey
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1-16oz can olives, chopped
  • 2-6oz can tomato paste
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tbsp parsley
  • 2 tsp oregano
  • Dash of garlic salt
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • ¾  tsp sugar (to taste, but add a little at a time as you can’t undo the sweetness)

In a pot cook onion, garlic and ground beef until no longer pink. Add olives, tomato paste, water and diced tomatoes.

Add seasoning at this point; if you are using fresh herbs add now. If you are using dried seasoning the trick is to place the dried seasoning into the palm of your hands and rub together. This reactivates the flavor in dried seasoning leaving the meal with more vibrant flavors. Stir well and let simmer on low for 2-4 hours.

When you are ready to eat, serve in a bowl or plate over pasta and with garlic bread and salad! Enjoy!

Homemade Pesto

Let’s be honest here…. all week long I’ve been overwhelmingly tired with no excuse. Because of this, I haven’t wanted to step foot into the grocery store. I’ve literally taken anything possible from our empty fridge and turned them into gourmet meals. Okay maybe not gourmet but definitely into something delicious.

 

I’ve not really wanted to cook or bake all week either until yesterday I was on this baking, cooking high and accomplished a lot. I made the granola for the week, homemade pancake mix to have on hand, pita bread, coffee cake and gyros for dinner. I was very productive and it felt good.

 

Tonight was another one of those nights, I decided I would utilize the leftover meat from last night’s gyros and pitas and make homemade mini-pita-pizzas. Pesto is always delicious to me on pizza and I have my fresh herbs out back that would work perfect for this.

 

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups fresh Basil (I used sweet, licorice, and blue spice basil)
  • 1 cup fresh Parsley
  • Handful of fresh rosemary
  • 2 TBSP minced garlic
  • ¼ cup EVOO
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • Freshly grated parmesan cheese

 

Puree in a food processor and store in a mason jar or use immediately. Great for dipping, pizza, and pasta.

Cilantro Spread

This delicious spread was created tonight specifically for a warm salami sandwich and realizing I wasn’t in the mood for a sandwich while making the spread. I decided I would make some chicken nuggets as an easy go to dinner, along with some grilled fish. A pretty random meal actually, but wanted a little of both just because it sounded good. I must say it was delicious so much so that I decided I need to share this yummy spread.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Mayo
  • ½ cup chopped Cilantro
  • ¼ cup Taboulie

You can make your taboulie or buy it. If you make it you will have plenty for salads, crackers, or this cilantro spread. Taboulie is a wonderful, healthy snack and very versatile.

It was actually pretty incredible I almost had more cilantro spread than actual chicken nuggets. J You could pretty much use this on anything; fish, burgers, crackers, sandwiches and much more. Hope you enjoy.