Monday, June 9, 2014

Vegetable Pepperoni Bolognese

My daughter has been working so hard and such long hours that she hasn't had time to grocery shop and had no food to eat.  So, I got the phone call.  You know the one....I'm starving and I have no food.  I actually was low on food too since today was grocery shopping day so I cleaned out the fridge and made her this pasta. This takes less than 30 minutes to make.
 I diced some celery, carrots, onions and green peppers and sauteed them in a bit of olive oil.  I added about 3 minced cloves of garlic. This sauteed just a few minutes.  Sprinkle in 1 tsp. of oregano and thyme and sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. Add some sliced pepperoni, I used about 1/3 pound.

Next, dump in 1 large can of crushed tomatoes, 3 T. of tomato paste and 1 cube of beef bouillon.

Cook over low heat while you prepare the pasta.

I boiled some rigatoni in salted water for 7 minutes.  Do not overcook the pasta. Save 1 cup of the pasta water.

After draining the pasta, I tossed it with a bit more sliced pepperoni.

Just before mixing the pasta with the sauce, pour in the cup of pasta water and 1/4 cup of cream.  Stir this to blend.

Toss the pasta in the sauce and add about 3/4 cup of parmesan cheese.

Toss it all together.  The pasta is very hot so it melts the cheese.

Serve it topped with shredded fresh basil.