I had a mishap unpacking my groceries, as I opened the trunk of my SUV my grocery bag came crashing out and the new sauce I wanted to try splattered all over my garage floor. I thought I’d cheat a little, make a pasta, add a few spices to it… dinner would be quick! Well it was a great plan but now I had to make my own sauce. So I quickly sauteed 3 minced garlic cloves in tablespoon of olive oil, with a ½ tsp of red pepper flakes. I chopped up a cup of shitake mushrooms (caps only) and 1 small diced onion, added that to the garlic. I cooked for approx. 2-3 minutes until the onions were translucent. I then added 1 pound of grass feed ground beef and browned. My next addition was a large 15 oz can of San Marzano crushed tomatoes, 1 cup of fresh grape tomatoes cut in half, ½ cup of heavy cream, 1/3 cup of vodka, 1/3 cup grated parmesan, 2 tablespoons of chopped fresh basil. I let this simmer for about 20 minutes. I boiled my pasta; I used Barilla Cellentani, a twisted pasta that I love. The final step was to mix the pasta and sauce and serve.
Everything I used in this recipe was something I had in the house… I just made it up as I went along. This is the way a fast meal works in my house. I don’t always follow a recipe but rather work from scratch with whatever I have on hand. It usually turns out and it’s fun to play with what you have in the house. Enjoy, remember you can make changes, additions or subtractions… have fun with it!