Well, it's Day Four of Kittie's new job - and it's going well so far! I'm missing not being too busy to check out as many blogs as I would like - not to mention posting here. But hopefully it will settle down over the next few days and I'll work out a new routine!
Update! Since my last edit (it was originally Day Three!), I have been told I am going to be moved onto another new project - to make better use of my talents... I didn't realise you got IT Project Cooks!! ;)
In the little time I have today, I thought I would pass on this great pasta dish. As you may have guessed, I've had a bit of a thing about caramelized onions recently - I keep making up big lots of them then chucking them into various dishes! Nom nom nom... my favourite so far was the chicken and caramelized onion risotto... nom nom nom!
This started out as a what-can-I-make-without-leaving-the-flat dish... Armed with a bag of Ikea meatballs, a bag of banana/ echalion shallots, a tin of tomatoes and an excuse to open a lovely bottle of red, I stormed the kitchen, banged together a few pots, and 45 minutes later sat down to a lovely bowl of...
Add meatballs/ pasta to stretch this up to 4!
Woo hoo - two weeks in a row! This is my effort for this week's Presto Pasta Night - hosted by Ruth at Once Upon a Feast. Hang on - oh no it isn't... This week it is instead being hosted by Kevin at Closet Cooking!!
- Ikea meatballs (ok then, make 'em from scratch if you're feeling energetic!)
- 400g tin chopped tomatoes
- 150ml red wine
- 1 red bell pepper, chopped
- 6 echalion shallots, caramelized with a touch of balsamic - see here for details!
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- Fresh oregano, chopped (from my garden!)
- 2 Bay leaves (Also from my garden - it survived the snails!)
- pasta to serve - I used some barollo linguine (which is why is looks a funny colour!) but I didn't enjoy it too much and won't buy it again!
In a pan, heat a glug of olive oil and lightly fry the garlic for a minute or so. Add the tomatoes, wine, oregano, bay leaves and bell pepper.
Simmer for 20 minutes until the sauce has deepened to a dark red, and the raw tomatoey smell has gone.
Season to taste
Finish the Sauce...
Add the meatballs and continue to cook until they are cooked/heated through.
Add in the caramelised onions and combine well.
With a sprig of fresh oregano and the pasta of your choice!