Saturday, October 15, 2011

Grandmom's Pasta and Bobby's Sauteed Kale

To bring in fall, it called for a meal "stewing" on the stove. JW requested pasta, which is not typical.

I wanted to make my grandmom's pasta sauce, because it is so good and easy- but I didn't have "real" tomatoes- just crushed in a can. And to be honest, I think I like it better!

Spaghetti with Grandmom's Pasta Sauce:
2 cloves of garlic
1 diced onion
3 tablespoons of olive oil
1 lb of ground beef
1 can crushed tomatoes
1 can of tomato paste
5 drops of Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon of sugar (I used brown), basil, and oregano
2 bay leaves

Saute the garlic and onion in the oil for about 8 minutes. Add and brown the ground meat. (Drain off some of the fat, and keep it on reserve if you need to add more.)  

Add the tomatoes and spices, and let simmer for 30 minutes.

Sauteed Kale, with bacon:

4 slices of bacon, chopped

1 1/2 pounds young kale, stems and leaves coarsely chopped

1 tablespoon olive oil
2 cloves garlic, finely sliced

1/2 cup stock

Salt and pepper

2 tablespoons red wine vinegar

Heat bacon in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and cook until soft, but not colored. 

Raise heat to high, add the stock and kale and toss to combine. Cover and cook for 5 minutes. 

Remove cover and continue to cook, stirring until all the liquid has evaporated. Season with salt and pepper to taste and add vinegar.

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