Sunday, November 8, 2009

Last Minute Dinner Plans, No Problem!

Last minute dinner plans made easy....

You can't go wrong with a quick fresh red sauce and pasta. Add a tossed salad to the mix and you are good to go. I usually buy my canned tomatoes by the case when they go on sale so that I always have them in stock. This has come in very handy due to quite a few impromptu dinners with guests.

Red Sauce
- Fresh sliced garlic
- Canned stewed tomatoes or fresh chopped tomatoes
- Olive oil
- Sea salt
- Basil chopped if fresh
- Oregano
- Pinch of sugar

1. Saute the sliced garlic in the olive oil, add the tomatoes, seasonings and pinch of sugar.

If you want a bit of a heartier dish add some chopped onions, sliced mushrooms and toss in a few home-made meatballs. (when you make the meatballs make extra and freeze them so you have them ready to go for the next time you want them)

Last night we used a penne pasta, but capellini works great as well.
Toss together a salad with mixed greens, walnuts, feta cheese, chopped red pepper and top with a nice balsamic vinaigrette.

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