Thursday, September 16, 2010

Home-made pasta like Mama's

I love my Mom's pasta, but since I don't live close I have to make my own. I took my Mom's old recipe and added my own twist to it. I usually make it different every time, depending what I have I have in the house. Here is what I made this time;

Start by cutting and cleaning out 2 small squashes

Lay flesh down on a tin foil covered pan with approximate 2 table spoons of water on the bottom. set oven to 375• and bake for about 30 mins or until skins Start to shrivel or edges become golden.
While that's baking, chop a onion (white or yellow)

Into small chunks and add to heated pan with extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)

Let cook for about 5 mins, tossing occasionally.
Next chop up whatever veggies you have on hand; in this case I had zucchini, peppers & tomatoes. I have also added other yummy veggies in the past such as: mushrooms, celery, eggplant, carrot, corn or baby corn, etc first start with the veggies that take the longest ie: the zucchini

Slice and add to pan along with chopped garlic ( I always use the tub from Costco as per another post)

I love garlic so I HEAP it on!!!

Mix together and let that simmer for a few minutes.

Next chop up hot peppers, sweet pepper and tomato. Stir and let simmer again for about 5-7 minutes

While this is simmering, open a can of diced tomatoes and add 1 teaspoon of sugar and let sit for a few minutes. The sugar cuts down on the acidic tomatoes and helps the taste not be so tart.

Once your squash is done, peel it;

Than chunk it and add it to veggie mix. Some people do not roast there's first, and peel or cut peel off when raw, that is WAY to hard for me, I do it the easy way :)

After adding squash, add canned tomatoes (that had sugar added) and mix. Let simmer for a few minutes again. Add fresh basil or dry if you don't have fresh (about a teaspoon) and optional sea salt and pepper

Next add in your favourite sauce; mine is by far Classico. I usually use the "spicy red pepper" but didn't have any left, so red wine it is! Their "vodka sauce" is super good too, my Bro and SIL (Sis-in-law) got me on that one!
I like to let the mixture simmer on low heat for at least an hour, that way all the flavors really mix well.

With about 20 minutes of cooking time left, I grate fresh parm cheese and cook the noodles

Than once it's all cooked, add cheese, sauce and noodles and you have some goooooood eats! If you like your food spicy, add more peppers, chilly flakes, or hot sauce! Yum yum!

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