Sunday, 4 October 2015

Immunity Boosting Tomato Sauce with Mushrooms

… is the name that Angela Liddon gives this recipe. I'll just call it  My FAVOURITE Pasta Sauce.

 I seem to give points to a recipe that is easy to make, but tastes like it took hours. This one gets a 9/10. It really is fast, but it doesn't compromise on flavour. If you have a half hour- you've got this one on the table.

Note: I did make some changes to the recipe. I added about 3 rather than 6 tbs of tomato paste (we prefer a thinner sauce, with less intense flavour). And 1 tbs of chia seeds to thicken- just right.

I scrimped on the salt but we added it to our own dishes after. Next time I would add about 3/4 tsp. Also, the full amount of red pepper flakes for a little kick.

I didn't add the lentils.

For the noodles- This was the first time I've cooked zucchini noodles. For the first batch, I made them with the blade that produced the thinnest noodle, and cooked them about 6 minutes. They were basically mush after I drained them, so I just added them to the pasta sauce. The next batch had the bigger noodle blade, and cooked them for half the time. Perfect.

The dish is light and refreshing served on the zucchini. We both loved it!

 Recipe from Cookbook: Oh She Glows by Angela Liddon:

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 sweet onion, diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
8 ounces cremini mushrooms, sliced
1/2 cup packed fresh basil, chopped
1 (28 ounce) can diced tomatoes, including juices
6 to 8 tablespoons tomato paste
1/2 to 1 teaspoon fine-grain sea salt
1 and 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes or cayenne pepper (optional)
2 tablespoons chia seeds (optional)
1 cup cooked lentils (optional) (I used yellow peas)
  1. In a large saucepan, warm the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic then stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper then sauté for 5 to 6 minutes, until the onion is translucent.
  2. Stir in the mushrooms and turn heat to medium-high. Cook for an additional 5 to 10 minutes, until most of the liquid released from the mushrooms has cooked off.
  3. Add the basil, canned tomatoes and their juices, tomato paste, salt, oregano and thyme then stir to combine. Next, add the red pepper flakes, chia seeds, and split peas or lentils, if desired, and stir to combine.
  4. Reduce the heat to medium and simmer while stirring every so often. Cook for 15 to 20 minutes and serve over pasta.

I used 6 zucchinis to make enough pasta for the sauce.
Recipe from The Oh She Glows Cookbook

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