Happy Valentine's Day! My sweetie and I met for lunch, but I thought it would be nice to cook a special meal for all of us last night. I made spaghetti and meatballs. Homemade sauce... A little bit of this and that. When I have time, I love to add ingredients until getting just the right combination. No recipe required. (Which also means we will never ever have this exact sauce again. Hopefully, by recording the ingredients here, I'll be able to get close! )
I started by sautéing 1diced onion in 1Tbsp coconut oil. Does that sound crazy? I thought I would try it. Not at all coconut-y like you might think. Just a hint sweet.
After that came: 2 cloves of minced garlic, 1 small can tomato paste, and 1(28oz) can of petite diced tomatoes.
1/2c Red wine. (Merlot)
1 bay leaf, 1/2 tsp basil, 1/2 tsp oregano, and 1/2 tsp parsley.
1 tsp sugar.
A dash of salt and pepper.
After trying the sauce, it tasted too acidic. It still needed something.
1 Tbsp of honey
1 more Tbsp of honey.
I added a pack of al fresco Tomato and Basil Chicken Meatballs. (My son loves these!)
I also added 1/2 c water.
Then let everything simmer on very low heat for two hours.
By the time my hubby came home from the office, our home smelled delicious!
We served a salad and The Bread with the spaghetti. (My daughter made the bread all by herself!)
*we like linguine noodles with spaghetti sauce.
I'm curious... do you experiment with recipes? I've tried so many new recipes over the past year and it has been fun, but I also love to create my own things with whatever I have on hand. My grandmother could do that. We would stop by for a quick visit and she would invite is to stay for lunch or dinner. She would always say "I don't have anything fancy." By the time she called us to the kitchen, there would be a feast on the table. She was always so modest about her cooking. I would love to walk into her warm cozy kitchen again and enjoy a meal she prepared!
I hope you all had a wonderful Valentine's Day! When I was counting my blessings yesterday, I counted you all! Thank you for stopping by my blog so often! I know some of us will never meet in person, but I truly believe friendship can span computer cables and I am grateful for that!