Thursday, January 27, 2011

Cooking Class today

Today we start a new semester with our cooking class.  I have elven 8th graders and they seem taller than me!  We are doing simple pasta sauce....making it from the items we have on hand.  Good canned tomatoes, fresh garlic, onions, basil, olive oil....served with pasta.  Then we can take it up a notch from that by adding carrots, celery, onions, tomatoes, tomato paste and cream-yum. 

Simple Sauce
olive oil
1 can of whole skinned canned tomatoes- 28 oz can
1 T. fresh minced garlic
1/2 onion diced small
2 t. sugar
several leaves of fresh basil
a handful of fresh parsley chopped
1/2 can of anchovies
handful of purple olives chopped
1 lb of pasta-cooked

Start with a bit of olive oil in your pan and let it heat up.  Add the onions than the garlic on top and cook till soft and fragrant.  Place your tomatoes in a large bowl and squish them up with your hand till they are all broken apart.  Add them to your pan.  Stir everything together and let it come to a hard boil.  Turn down and simmer for about 5 minutes.  Add the sugar and stir, then add the rest of the items.  Stir and heat everything up.  Dump your cooked drained pasta into the pot and stir around.  Simple Sauce Pasta!

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