Tuesday, March 17, 2009

What's For Dinner?

30 Minutes to get supper on the table?
You can never go wrong with Spaghetti and a tasty-herby sauce, some French Bread, and a simple salad.
It's a nice weekday meal, comes together in a snap, and always feels warming and filling if there's a chilly spring day.
Watch your portion size, or use Whole Wheat noodles.

Start some water to boil in a large pot.
Saute about half a pound of ground beef till browned, breaking it up with a wooden spoon (you can omit for meatless, or use sliced italian sausage instead),
add chopped onion and minced garlic, cook till transparent
and skim any accumulated fat.
Add a can or jar of your favorite prepared sauce....Classico or Hunts are both good brands. Adjust the seasoning to your liking, adding extra herbs if desired -- or give it a little zip by stirring in a frozen cube of homemade pesto (make some this summer, and you will have it on hand in the future).
You can wrap the bread in foil and warm in a 350 oven for a few minutes.
While the sauce simmers, Assemble a simple salad from what you have on hand in the crisper....
Cook and drain the pasta, serve with the sauce and parmesan cheese on the side.
Listen for the comments of "Molto Bello!!"