Are you a fan of hearty Italian cooking? Do you love pizza and pasta? Well we’re big fans of Italian cuisine and pizza and pasta are our favorites, specially those with marinara sauce!
Sure we have our favorite Italian restaurants both here and abroad. But nothing beats home cooking! And a bowl of spaghetti is comfort food at its best.
Pastas and pizza have 2 basic ingredients; dough in the form of noodles or crust, and sauce. So making it at home should be easy, specially since you can buy pasta, crust, and sauces dried, frozen, or bottled from any grocery store. But why settle for boxed sauces (or pasta or crust) when making it from scratch is so simple?
Ok maybe making pizza dough is a bit time consuming and so is making pasta, but the sauces, well that’s pretty easy! (If you want to make homemade pasta check out my review of the Philips Pasta Machine). Marinara
One of the easiest and most versatile sauces is Marinara Sauce. You can use it for pasta, think spaghetti marinara; pizza, think Margherita; sandwiches, think meatball subs; and as a dip, think fried mozzarella sticks!
So today I’ll share my Basic Marinara Sauce Recipe. Believe me it’s super easy!
I use canned Fire Roasted diced tomatoes to give it that homemade taste. Sugar cuts the acidity of all those diced tomatoes so don’t leave it out even if you think it’s weird. And lastly I add some spice with crushed red peppers, yes, the the stuff you sprinkle on your pizza; you can add the tablespoon or more if you like spicy or omit it if you don’t.
Basic Marinara Sauce Recipe
Purée diced tomatoes in a blender, you will have to purée in 2 batches
Heat olive oil in large pot
Sautée garlic for about a minute, do not allow them to brown or even burn as it will make sauce bitter
Add Italian seasoning and crushed pepper, mix well
Stir in salt, sugar, and bay leaf
Let boil then turn down heat to low
Simmer sauce for about an hour
Serve over pasta or use in pizza and sandwiches, or as a dip
You can brown ground meat then add marinara sauce to make a meat sauce
You can also use it in your favorite pasta dish like Chicken or Eggplant Parmesan and spread it on your lasagnas!
Store in mason jars or sealed plastic containers in the refrigerator for about a week. Or store in freezer safe containers in your freezer for about 3 months.
Whatever you use this Marinara Sauce for, enjoy!
Asparagus is one of my favorite vegetables. It’s high in fiber, vitamins, and minerals; and low in calories and sodium. It’s a versatile vegetable that can be used as a side dish, appetizer, or as a main course ingredient, think stir-fry!
Here’s one of my favorite asparagus recipes. These Asparagus Pockets are tasty, easy, and look impressive. They’ll make a great appetizer at a party, specially during the holidays. They’re so easy to make, you can whip them out in less than an hour. Guests will think you spent hours preparing them!
Here’s my recipe, hope you love them as much as we do!
– 24 Asparagus tips – washed and trimmed to about 8” long
– 2 cans refrigerated crescent dough
– 1/2 shredded Parmesan cheese
– 1 Egg – beaten
- Pre-heat over to 375 degrees
- Prepare asparagus
- Unroll crescent dough – dough is pre-cut into 8 triangles and unroll as 4 sets of triangles together forming a rectangular piece
- Separate rectangles – Do not separate it into triangles – you should have 8 rectangles with a diagonal line scored from one corner to the other
- Press the scored line together to form a smooth rectangle
- Place 3 asparagus tips diagonally across the dough – from corner to corner
- Sprinkle about 1/2 tsp of cheese over asparagus
- Fold free corners over each other to form the pocket. Top and bottom of asparagus should peek out. Check picture above.
- Place each pocket on a parchment covered baking sheet.
- Brush each pocket with beaten egg.
- Bake in oven about 20 minutes or until dough is golden brown.
- Remove from oven and serve hot or warm.
- Makes 8 pockets.
Sinangag, or Garlic Chinese fried rice, could be a fashionable Filipino breakfast, typically served with a dish on high and a drizzle of vinegar sauce. Don’t have a abdomen for rice and garlic within the morning? No problem! This dish is additionally wonderful for lunch or as a facet for dinner.
I have few Asian recipes that are pretty pitiful for a blogger United Nations agency claims to share “the better of the most effective from round the world”. However, you’ll be happy to understand that I arrange on remedying that from currently on, beginning nowadays with this Filipino classic! So even supposing I classified this instruction during this blog’s breakfast assortment, I see it additional as a dish. I generally add some types of macromolecule, like diced chicken or cut, and it works as a full meal!
If you’re a breakfast of champions sort of girl/guy and love rice within the morning, then by all suggests that, relish your early garlic cooked rice! Simply check that to brush your teeth once or that job meeting is going to be terribly fascinating as no one can want to get about to you. ? I am captivated with their individual single-serve cups. Seriously, it doesn’t get from now on convenient than that! However wonderful it’s that you just get to customize this instruction and build some for one? (Although you ought to positively build a minimum of some for two, as a result of I guarantee you won’t resist going for seconds or thirds!)
The cups cook in exactly sixty seconds and area unit nice if you wish a transportable meal or snack. No additional blaming being busy for your habit of meal skipping! If something, you get to cook a garlic Filipino fried rice your Minute Rice Single Serve Cup, combine in your favorite ingredients and eat straight from the cup.
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8 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
4 cups Minute Rice Single Serve Cups, cooked according to instructions
1/3 cup vegetable oil, divided
Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
1 scallion, thinly sliced, for garnish
1/3 cup vinegar
1/4 teaspoon crushed red chile flakes
1 cloves of garlic
Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
1. Heat 1/4 cup of oil in a large skillet, over medium high heat. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant and golden, about 1 minutes. Remove a little bit of the garlic (1 tablespoon) and reserve.
2. Add the cooked rice and cook for about 5 to 8 minutes, breaking up any large clumps, until rice is getting crispy in some places. Season with salt and pepper and transfer to a serving dish or individual plates.
3. In that same skillet, heat the remaining oil over medium high heat. Swirl the pan to evenly coat the surface. The pan is ready when the oil becomes shimmery and very loose. Crack each egg into a measuring cup and gently tip it into the skillet. You can crack the eggs directly into the skillet if you prefer. Cook the eggs until the whites are set and the yolks are done to your liking. Season with salt and pepper.
4. Place the eggs on top of the rice, garnish with the reserved garlic and sliced scallion and serve immediately, with the vinegar sauce on the side.
FILIPINO GARLIC FRIED RICE (SINANGAG)