Dang. Another post with no pictures. When will I remember?! I actually have some pictures of other things I need to post but I wanted to do this one because it reaaalllyyy is ammaaaazing and SO healthy! Abby ate it for dinner and two days in a row for lunch! I don’t have a link for this one because I got from a magazine, so I’ll have to write it all down! Eek!
On a side note, after indulging in Nutella and Peep s’mores as late night snacks for a while, I tried a regular Hershey’s and marshmallow one this evening; the Nutella and Peep ones blow it out of the water! Just slather some Nutella on both sides of the graham cracker (only bake one of them) and plop a peep on there. Place it on a baking sheet under your oven with the broiler on low and there you have it. A NuPeela s’more. Doesn’t so much have a ring. And P.S. the NuPeela’s are not nearly as messy.
- 2 small onions
- 1 trimmed leek note: omitted
- 2 celery stalks
- 2 red bell peppers
- 2 zucchinis note: shred on box grater
- 2 carrots note: shred on box grater
- large pinch of oregano
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 small butternut squash note: omitted because I am forbade by the family to ever try to cook this again
- 4 14.5oz cans plum tomatoes w/juice note: i used 2 28oz cans of whole tomatoes
- 2 cups water
- salt & pepers
Chop or shred all your veggies, except Mr. Butternut. Ha, that didn’t seem nearly as funny as it whizzed across my mind to write. Heat a large saucepan (might want to use a pot; I used a 14in skillet..I think) and add a T of olive oil, followed by all the veggies. Add the oregano and bay leaves and cook slowly for about 20 minutes, or until everything softens (cause you’ll be blending it later). While that’s going on, peel Mr. Butternut, cut him in half, scoop out and discard the seeds; coarsely grate the flesh. Since I declined to include Mr. Butternut in my little soiree, I can only assume Mr. Oliver means to grate him on the box grater as well. Add it to the veggies. Add tomatoes, 2c water, salt & pepper. Bring to a boil and then simmer for about 30 minutes. Take it off the heat, fetch out your bay leaves (easier said than done), and let the sauce cool before placing it into your blender. IF you’re COOL enough to have an immersion blender, use that. Top with freshly grated parmesan cheese. EASY PEASY.
Ok, not entirely. The prep work does take some planning when you have small children, but even that went quickly. And I’m pretty sure I’m just going to grate all my vegetables from now on. So much easier than chop chop chopping away. Especially with my knives. I tossed it with some penne pasta and there was dinner. BUT, the sauce is seriously delicious and jam packed full of vegetables. My four year old loved it. I actually think it would make a terrific manicotti or lasagna sauce too. And another bonus?! This is a double batch, so freeze the other half for later! :)