I am finally (!!!!) joining in on the Taste of Tuesday fun! I love to cook (and am apparently pretty good at it) but I am really bad at taking pictures while I am cooking/hate my iPhone pics/my apartment's kitchen is normally not very pretty. Regardless, I have some things up my sleeve for the coming weeks so stay tuned!
Today's recipe is for a very quick spaghetti sauce and cheesy (garlic) bread. I whipped this up after some trusty Pinterest searching (which, by the way, you should follow me! Click here to do so) and did a couple of modifications to fit what I was looking for. I adapted the sauce recipe from Gina at Skinnytaste (which is an awesome food blog - lots of healthy recipes that are family friendly) and the bread from a recipe submission website, Key Ingredient. When I say "adapted" in regards to the bread it is because I spaced and forgot to add the garlic to the cheese mixture. I added meat to the sauce because I was cooking for the boyfriend - next time I make this for myself I will make it without meat. The whole meal was boyfriend approved (even though I forgot the garlic on the bread!) and very quick. I think the most difficult part of making it was searching for the ingredients at my grocery store! Gotta love being on a college campus with limited shopping some days. That being said, everything turned out really well with what I could find on campus on a Sunday night!
Speedy Spaghetti Sauce
(can be made with or without meat!)
*Adapted from Gina at Skinnytaste
1 tsp olive oil
2 cloves of minced garlic (I used the kind from a jar)
2 15 oz. cans crushed tomatoes
1 small bay leaf (I omitted this)
1 tsp oregano (I subbed 1 tsp of pre-made Italian seasoning blend)
2 tbsp chopped fresh basil (I omitted this - our store was out but there is some in the seasoning blend!)
Salt and pepper, to taste
*1 lb ground beef (or turkey or Italian sausage, whatever!), if desired (possibly consider adding chopped onions to this!)
1. In a saucepan or pot, add 1 tsp olive oil and heat over medium heat. When hot, add 2 cloves of minced garlic and saute until golden. (Try very very hard not to burn this! Use medium heat, not high)
2. Add crushed tomatoes, salt, pepper, and herbs (either a seasoning blend or oregano and the bay leaf). Stir until combined.
3. Reduce heat to low, cover the pan/pot, and let simmer for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
4. After the sauce has finished simmering, remove from heat. Remove the bay leaf from the sauce (or don't, if you want to surprise your guests) and add the basil.
5. Adding meat: While the sauce is simmering, heat 1-2 tbsp of olive oil in a saucepan. Salt and pepper your ground beef (or turkey, etc) and add it to the pan once it's hot. Brown the meat, adding more salt and pepper as needed (I normally add more salt and pepper before I stir/flip the meat to brown the other, already seasoned side). Once the meat is fully cooked, drain off the fat and add to the sauce, stirring to combine.
*Served 2 people with leftovers.
Cheesy Garlic Bread
(awesome with or without garlic!)
*Adapted from Key Ingredient (which has a recipe to serve more people!)
1 small baguette (I used La Brea Bakery's French Demi Baguette - one of my faves!)
* You could also substitute slices of a larger loaf of bread if you wanted to
2 tbsp butter, melted
1 tbsp parsley
1 clove of garlic, minced
1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese
salt and pepper to taste (I used a sprinkling of each)
1. Preheat your broiler (I used the high setting).
2. Slice the baguette in half lengthwise.
3. Mix the melted butter, parsley, minced garlic, parmesan cheese, salt, and pepper together in a bowl.
4. Spread the mixture on each half of the baguette. Place the bread onto a baking sheet or a baking dish.
5. Place under the broiler for about 3 minutes (time will vary depending on your broiler - make sure you watch it otherwise it will burn!) until the bread gets crispy and warm and the cheese is bubbling, golden, and melty.
6. Let cool for about 3 minutes, slice, and enjoy! Garnish with some extra parm if you wish :)
Hope you enjoyed these recipes! Making this sauce was waaaay easier than I expected and much tastier than jarred pasta sauce (which is good in a pinch). I am addicted to the cheesy bread now and can't wait for another excuse to make it.