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Tuesday, December 11, 2007

What is your comfort food?



I received this tag from Monaco last week. Like him, I had to do it a later date because I had to do several tags before this... lol.

"what is your comfort food / drinks and why is it so? grab a picture of it and post it if you may. enjoy!"

If Monaco's top comfort foods are Sinigang na Baboy and Hamburgers, mine is pasta. Whether it's macaroni, spaghetti, fettucine or linguini I feel the warmth and comfort of my home whenever I have one.

And since it's pasta, I tried to master several pasta recipes like, spaghetti bolognese, lasagna, baked macaroni, canneloni, seafood marinara, pesto and beef stroganoff.


(photo & recipe courtesy of e-rcps.com)

SPAGHETTI BOLOGNESE

1 lb. ground round
1 (15 oz.) can whole tomatoes
1 (15 oz.) can tomato sauce
2 med. onions
5 garlic cloves
6 or 7 lg. mushrooms
1 green pepper
2 tsp. ready to use oregano
2 tsp. ready to use basil
1 bay leaf
1/2 tsp. dry thyme
Fresh ground pepper to taste
1/2 c. olive oil
1 lb. spaghetti
Parmesan cheese, grated
Extra virgin olive oil
Peel and chop onions, garlic cloves, mushrooms and green pepper. Put large skillet on burner and heat olive oil on medium high setting. Add onions, garlic, mushrooms, and green pepper. Fry for 5 minutes or until onions turn clear and garlic starts to smell strong. Pour all ingredients into a bowl and reserve for later.
Return skillet to heat and add ground beef. Fry until browned and break apart into small clumps. Returned fried vegetables to the skillet. Add whole tomatoes and chop them up. Add tomato sauce, oregano, basil, bay leaf, thyme and ground pepper. Mix ingredients well. Cover skillet and turn heat down to simmer. Simmer for 30 minutes.
Bring a large saucepan of salted water to the boil. Add spaghetti, a little at a time. Stir and add extra virgin olive oil to avoid sticking. Cook for 10 minutes or until just cooked through (no hard white center). Drain and run cool water through spaghetti. Transfer to a bowl and add a tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil and a half cup of grated Parmesan cheese. Mix well.
Remove sauce from stove and pour into a bowl. Spaghetti bolognese is now ready to serve.

I'm tagging Queeny, Forgetfulone, Lynn, Eastcoastlife and, Serena.

9 comments :

Serena said...

Hi there Liza,

My tag is up though it is not a "dish".

Serena
Comfort Food

MONACO said...

thanks for doing the tag liza. I'll keep that recipe and the link too, just in case. I don't really cook nowadays. I used to, when I lived alone on an out of town assignment years ago, out of necessity. but now thatm I'm back home mom's cooking is definitely way, way better!

Kelly Malloy said...

Yummy! I love pasta too!

forgetfulone said...

My tag is up! Thanks!

Juliana RW said...

I love spaghetti also :D

Queeny said...

Thanks for the tag, Liza. Unfortunately, my comfort foods come in packages, like M&Ms, tootsie rolls, pastries, etc. Still, I'm willing to give this some more thought and post the tag later.

PS. Your dish looks de-lish!

eastcoastlife said...

Thanks for the tag. I'll do it after taking photos of my comfort food. hehe...

Sandy Carlson said...

I read the names of foods that are exotic to me and enjoy the pictures of them on blogs, but how I wish I could prepare and enjoy them here!

Thanks for that recipe! That's one I will try.

nyumix said...

Hi there, Just drop by to have more friends. But i found good recipes for my favorite food. Thanks for sharing.

 
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