This is a recipe for a pasta I made a couple weeks ago while we had dinner with my mum in law.
This is what you will need:
- 2 small onions, diced
- 3-4 cloves of garlic, chopped
- 2-3 tbsp capers
- 1 bag penne pasta
- 4-5 ripened vine tomatoes, diced
- Ground beef or vegetarian equivalent. (We are vegetarian, so we use Veggie sausage. I think it’s the Go Lean brand.)
- 1/2 cup ricotta cheese
- 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
- I cheated and used a bit of marinara sauce out of a jar. I used about 2 cups.
- sea salt and black pepper to taste
Chop and saute the onions and garlic in 2 tbsp olive oil. Don’t let it brown.
Add in the sausage and separate. Saute until browned. Vegetarian sausage took me about 3 – 4 minutes on low-medium heat to get a good browning.
Throw in the tomatoes, and saute on medium low heat until kind of stewy. Probably about 5 minutes?
Add in some pasta herbs like oregano, dried basil, thyme. Whatever you like. Dried basil and thyme are my go-to herbs and favourite tastes.
Once the tomatoes are pretty stewed and watery, add in the marinara and reduce heat to low. Let simmer for 5 minutes. Then add in ricotta. Mix thoroughly. Mix in capers, and then simmer for 4-5 minutes.
Sauce should look like this when you’re done. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Serve over a bed of penne pasta, and garnish with pepper and Parmesan cheese.
For dessert, I chopped up chilled bananas and strawberries and doused them with agave nectar.
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