I have been making homemade sauce since I was a little kid but it wasn’t until much older that I started eating and enjoying meat in sauce. This turns into more of a stew like consistency, so if you like you sauce to be a bit more thin, add a little water or broth.
You will need
1 whole yellow onion, diced
as much garlic as you would like ( I used jarred because I didn’t have any fresh)
2 cans of crushed tomatoes
1 or 2 packages of stew meat depending on how much you would like, I usually freeze my meat as soon as I buy it
1/2 cup red wine, preferably not a sweet wine
salt and pepper
red pepper flakes
sugar if needed
In a large pot, brown the meat for about three minutes on either side and then remove from pot and put aside.You can drain the liquid from the beef or not, I usually leave it and use a little less oil.
Coat the bottom of the pan in olive oil if you have decided to get rid of the juices from the meat, if you’ve left it just a little drop will do ya.
Add your diced yellow onion and cook until almost becomes translucent.
Once the onion is at that point, then add the garlic and cook together for a minute or two. It is very important to not let the garlic get darker than slightly tan. If garlic burns, it will ruin the flavor of whatever you are cooking.
Add the meat back to the pot and add the wine. Cook all of this together for two minutes.
Add the tomatoes and seasoning. If you prefer to not have a little spice, just skip the red pepper flakes. If you want it more garlicky, add some garlic powder.
Start small with spices!!!
Cover and cook on medium for 2 hours or until meat can be cut easily with a fork.
**Add basil and oregano if you’d like**
**Add sugar if too salty or bitter**
Don’t forget to check and stir the pot about every 20 minutes to make sure nothing is sticking to the bottom. There’s nothing worse than burning a really good pot or pan.
Serve over pasta, polenta, baked potatoes, or even eat it by itself!
In this chaos, we are all craving social interaction, but I’m also craving my family. My family is in New Jersey and New York and I’m in Boston and It’s been really hard being here and not with them.
The past couple of weeks, we’ve been doing family happy hour and family cooking lessons! We all come together on Zoom, nearly 15 of us, and cook eat together as a family.
This week, my grandma (the queen) taught us how to make gnocchi from scratch! I could not get over how easy it was because in my head it’s such a lengthy and difficult process. Literally all you need is two potatoes, 2 cups of flour, two eggs, and salt. In a quick 25 minutes, you have 4 servings of freshly made gnocchi.
Ahead of time, boil your potatoes. Do not peel or chop as they would become waterlogged. Cook until fork tender.
Remove from water and let cool.
Once the potatoes are cool enough, you’ll be able to peel the skin off with your hands.
Smash the potatoes with a fork until there are no chunks larger than a pea.
Sprinkle the potatoes with salt.
DO NOT ADD BUTTER OR MILK, this isn’t supposed to be “mashed potatoes”
Crack egg onto potatoes followed by a cup of flour
Start mixing all three together with your hands
If you find the mix too sticky, add a little more flour
Too dry? Add another egg
Once the dough is needed together, flatten it to a disc about an inch thick all the way through.
Cut into three equal slices and roll them to about a foot and a half in length
Cut into bite size pieces no bigger than an inch
If you’d like, you can roll the pieces on a fork to give it those signature lines, but I like mine smooth
Bring water to a boil and salt it
Add 7 pieces at a time so they don’t stick together
once they’re steadily floating, take them out and place them immediately into whatever sauce you have prepared so they don’t dry out.
Freeze whatever you don’t eat!
Pair with your favorite sauce or vegetable or soup for a hearty and soul warming meal.