Meet Mary – she’s a friend of mine who also served as a roommate over the summer.
Mary has a problem. She is obsessed with Panera Bread’s Broccoli Cheddar Soup. She was eating it at least 3 times a week while she lived with me. I suggested Mary learned to make Broccoli Cheddar soup at home. It would taste better, be better for you (although still unhealthy) and be cheaper. What follows in the recipe we came up with to save her from Panera’s evil hands. This recipe will have less photos than usual because I lost a few of them. I apologize for that. Will Mary like the homemade soup as well? Check out the rest of the recipe to find out…
The are certain things I make that I have many recipes for. These recipes are usually for foods that go with a lot of different side dishes or combine in many ways as a main dish. One of these such recipes is for grilled chicken. Depending on if it’s going on a salad, a sandwich, or anything else I’m making I tend to add different flavors to my grilled chicken. This recipe is my girlfriends favorite that I make. She will eat it on anything. This recipe has a little kick to it from some Hungarian Paprika which I use a lot because of my roots. I will come back and post more of my different grilled chicken recipes in the future.
I decided to share another recipe that builds on the tomato sauce we already made. If you haven’t made that tomato sauce a store bought one will work fine. I like big flavors and that’s what I focused on for these recipe. I actually had someone once tell me these were “meatloaf” meatballs. One day I will come back to this and show you how to stuff the meatballs with cheese.
It’s ok to simply combine the pasta + sauce and serve but there is a better way. When prepared properly you will get a better taste out of your dish. It also gives you an extra opportunity to add additional flavors to your dish and give your food a more restaurant quality. Best part is how quick and easy it is.
To me all pasta sauces should be made from scratch. It doesn’t matter if its tomato, alfredo, pesto, vodka, or any other kind of sauce. Fresh pasta sauce makes all the difference in the world when working with pasta. The preservatives put into these (canned) sauces edit the flavor dramatically. I like my sauce without high fructose corn syrup. What’s nice about a homemade tomato sauce is how versatile it is. You can add virtually any spice or vegetable to it (popular choices are celery, carrot, onion, garlic, bell peppers, and mushrooms). This makes tomato sauce from scratch a great healthy choice (and a good way to trick kids into eating their vegetables). Since this is my first tomato sauce being posted (and the first recipe in general) I am going to keep it basic. This garlic tomato sauce is fantastic over pasta with meatballs. If you aren’t a big garlic fan don’t worry. If you cut it down it still tastes great.