Tonight I created a yummy dish utilizing leftovers, a pantry staple and a few things picked fresh from the garden. When I looked around tonight thinking about what to make for dinner I remembered I had about 11oz of ground beef in the freezer left over from homemade burgers earlier this week and a small amount of Italian sausage from making homemade pizza a few days ago. I also a had a small amount of fresh picked grape tomatoes from the garden. I got to thinking and instantly knew I could make a meat sauce. I also knew I had a whole plethora of fresh herbs from the garden at my disposal. Here is a quick and simple recipe.
The left overs I had were 11oz of lean ground beef and 1 1/2 Italian sausage links
On hand I had fresh genovese basil, oregano, greek oregano, thyme and garlic. I always try to use fresh herbs when possible. Obviously if you dont have all or any, dry herbs can be used.
In a saute pan I browned the ground beef in a little olive oil with fresh garlic. When the beef was browned I I crumbled in the sausage.
At this point I put a pot of water on and once it boiled I added some rigatoni I had in the pantry. Obviously a recipe like this can be altered in many ways and you can choose what ever kind of pasta you have or prefer.
After wiping the saute pan clean I added some Olive Oil, chopped fresh herbs, grape tomatoes and a little salt. I sauteed them over a low heat until the skins of the tomatoes began to crack.
Once the garlic began to brown and the tomato skins cracked, I added a can of tomato sauce puree. I added a dash of salt and a pinch of salt to taste as well as a dash of cracked red pepper flakes. Using my wooden spatula I also applied pressure to the tomatoes to break them down a little further. After that I added the meat to the sauce and allowed it to cook for a few minutes.
After the sauce began to simmer I removed it from the heat and used it to top off my rigatoni. After adding a small amount of fresh Romano cheese on top I had a perfectly De-Lish dinner!
Have any other ideas for making a dish with these ingredients?