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Monday, September 7, 2009

Smart & Affordable Way To Cook.

 I love Italian food. It is not hard to cook an Italian meal and it will not break the bank. For example, you can cook meatballs and serve them with a good marinara sauce one day and save some to prepare a meatball sub later on during the week.

Marinara Sauce
Ingredients:
• 1 tablespoon oil
• 1 cup chopped onion
• 1 teaspoon minced garlic
• 1/2 cup good drinking red wine
• 1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
• 1 (28-ounce) can chopped tomatoes
• 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
• 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
• 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Directions:
Heat the oil in a large (12-inch) skillet. Add the onion and sauté over medium heat for about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for one more minute. Add the crushed and chopped tomatoes, wine, salt, and pepper. Cover, and simmer on the lowest heat for 45 minutes.

Meatballs
Ingredients:
• 1 pound ground beef
• 1 large egg, lightly beaten
• 1/2 cup dry bread crumbs
• Salt and freshly ground pepper
• 1/4 cup oil
                     
Directions:
Combine all the ingredients (except oil) in a medium bowl, and season with salt and pepper to taste. Heat the oil in large sauté pan over medium-high heat. Roll the mixture into 1 1/2-inch balls and fry until golden brown, but not cooked through completely. Remove from pan to a plate lined with paper towels.

Let's put together a meal! Combine meatballs and marinara sauce and simmer covered for about 30 minutes. Cook your favorite pasta and serve with meatballs and grated parmesan cheese.Want to be fancy? Sprinkle plate with fresh finely chopped parsley. 


Serve a meatball sub for a second meal. Stop at your local food store and buy some fresh sub rolls. Slice them, and add meatballs cut in half and topped with some of your sauce and shredded mozzarella cheese.
You can serve serve both meals with a fresh salad using your favorite salad dressing.

One helpful suggestion -  keep sauce in your freezer at all times. On a day that you don't feel like cooking or you don't have "time" to cook, you can have a home cooked meal served in no time with great reviews from family and friends.

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