A Day in the Life of a Wannabe-Chef
Ingredients, Instructions, Pairings and Table Setting:
Check out this from-scratch tomato & red wine sauce to try out tonight. Don’t want to make it from scratch- Hit your grocery store and grab a few cans of diced or crushed tomatoes, no judgement here! If you don’t want the alcohol content, substitute with red wine vinegar, cranberry juice or a chicken, beef or vegetable stock.
Pour yourself a glass of wine and get cooking. TGIF!
2 yellow onions, peeled and diced (about 2 cups diced)
2 Tbsp olive oil
5-6 cloves of garlic, minced (about 2 Tbsp)
2 Tbsp dried herbs (basil, oregano, rosemary, thyme, etc)
(If using fresh herbs, don’t add in until sauce is complete.)
1/2 cup red wine
12 cups peeled and seeded fresh ripe tomatoes
salt and pepper to taste
In a large soup pot, heat up the olive oil. Add the onions and cook slowly, on medium heat until they start to caramelize. They should be evenly brown and soft. Cooking them this way brings out the natural sweetness in the onions. Add the garlic and dried herbs and cook for 5 minutes. Deglaze the pan with the 1/2 cup of red wine and cook for 2 minutes more. Add the tomatoes and their juice and stir to combine. Bring to a simmer and cook on low, stirring occasionally for at least 2 hours, or longer depending on the water content of the tomatoes. The sauce should be thick with much of the water evaporated to concentrate the flavor (sometimes I let it cook 4-5 hours over a very low flame). Add salt and pepper to taste.
Yields about 2.5 quarts
Recipe from Former Chef.com- Click Here for full recipe and other recipes from the site.
Don’t forget to boil your noodles:
- Boil water in a large pot
- Add some EVOO and Salt to the pot
- Add noodles
Serve pasta with a full bodied red, acidic or sweet white, OR go with an amber ale.
I would recommend a Fat Tire Amber Ale or a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc.
Keep it simple-Pull some flowers from your yard, grab a bouquet at the local grocery store. Tie your silverware with string or anything you have laying around the house. Throw on a tablecloth if necessary. Keep it simple and pretty.
*Plates are hand-me-downs, string from Michaels, place mats from Marshalls, Flowers from Raleys, vases are old milk jugs from a flea market in Nashville, candles from the Dollar Tree.