Tuesday, April 8, 2014

My Favorite Pasta Sauce

This has got to be my favorite sauces of all times. I used to have it almost every Thursday growing up and had to do some bartering with my little Italian grandma for the recipe. I made this again this past Sunday for our first wedding anniversary and my husband loved it, even took leftovers to work with him. If my hubby likes it, your hubby will like it, I promise! :)

Amazing Pasta Sauce

For best results allow sauce to simmer for one to two hours. Also the olive oil, bay leaves and brown sugar are a must! I highly recommend doubling the recipe and freezing half for a later use. This makes a thicker sauce that really sticks to the pasta noodles.

1/4 cup butter
3 TBSP olive oil
1 onion, finely chopped
4 cloves garlic, finely chopped or crushed
1 (28 oz) can crushed tomatoes
1 (8 oz) can tomato sauce
2 TBSP brown sugar
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1 tsp Italian Seasoning
1 tsp basil
1/2 tsp oregano
2 bay leaves 
1/4 cup white wine (optional - but oh so good)
freshly grated Parmesan cheese (optional)

1. Saute onion and garlic in the butter and olive oil for 2-3 minutes.
2. Add everything else and simmer for 1 to 2 hours.
3. Remove bay leaves before serving
4. Serve over pasta
5. Sprinkle lightly with Parmesan Cheese (optional)

Leftovers can be frozen and used in future meals. 

As you can see I served my pasta with meatballs. 

Saturday, March 29, 2014

It's been a long winter so I took a couple months off to relax with my family and just play with different recipes and such but I'm back so be sure to stop by later this week for new recipe additions!

Monday, January 6, 2014

Opa! Greek Salsa Chicken

I'm a lover of all things Greek but I'm particularly fond of Greek food...yum! Whenever we go out to eat and I have the chance to find a great Greek restaurant I'm always ordering Chicken Souvlaki or a Greek Salad. The only thing different about today is I'm going tackle Greek food myself. I thawed my chicken breasts overnight and wanted to try something a little different this time around so why not allow my wonderful family to experience the food I've become so fond of.

Greek Salsa
4 oz crumbled feta cheese
1 cup halved grape tomatoes
1/2 cup pitted kalamata olives, halved
1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
1/4 cup red onion, small diced
1/4 cup Homemade Greek Salad Dressing (Recipe Below)

Greek Salad Dressing
1 tbsp minced garlic
1 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice (1 lemon)
1/2 cup olive oil
1 tbsp lemon zest
2 tsp Greek Seasoning (I use Jane's Krazy Mixed-Up Greek Seasoning)

Measure all ingredients in small jar with lid and shake - it's just that simple.


Preheat oven to 400°

In a medium sized bowl, combine feta, tomatoes, olives,onion and parsley. Pour 1/4 cup of Greek Salad Dressing over salsa, toss gently. Cover with plastic wrap and chill in refrigerator until ready to use.

For Chicken Breasts - sprinkle both sides with Greek Seasoning (I used Jane's Krazy Mixed-Up Greek Seasoning), black pepper, and a little kosher salt and pan fry 2-3 minutes on both sides.

Line a baking sheet with foil, spray with cooking spray and place chicken breasts in a single layer and bake for 20-30 minutes or until juices run clear.

Prepare your side while chicken is baking - I made Couscous using chicken broth instead of water and I loved it.

When chicken is completely baked, plate each chicken breast and spoon Greek Salsa over each piece.

We had Couscous with just a splash of Greek Salad Dressing as a side. When the chicken was gone - we mixed the remainder of the salsa over the Couscous and it was amazing!

Greek Salad Dressing slightly adapted from Simply Scratch