I owe all my cooking skills to my mom, she honestly is a phenomenal cook. I started learning how to cook when I was about 7. Whenever my mom was in the kitchen I was always there and I remember the first time she actually made me cook with her hands on because before she always told me “con la cottura si impara guadando” meaning “with cooking you learn by watching first” My mom made everything from scratch, nothing was ever store bought, from fresh pasta, to sauces, to fresh bread- she made it all by hand. The things I have learned from my mom are priceless, something I will forever hold near and dear to my heart and hope that I can pass on all that I have learned from her to my boys and their families (one day)
One thing she taught me was that any good sauce if made with fresh ingredients should take no more than 30 minutes. I think that’s why I generally can whip up dinner in under 30 minutes. She taught me to be creative with what we have, and to be honest I find I come up with some of the best dinners that way.
I think I’ve said this before, my kids love their Italian food and of course who doesn’t like pasta. This is one of my boys favorite and I load it with their 2 favorite vegetables. It’s quick and easy and trust me you and your family will love it!
1 jar of Passatta ( Crushed tomato)
2 cups chopped spinach
1 large Zuchiini (grated)
1/2 yellow onion, finely chopped
1 clove of garlic
salt and pepper to taste
fresh basil and parsley
1/2 cup water
- In a sauce pan, saute onions, garlic and grated zucchini for a few minutes.
- Add crushed tomatoes, water, salt, pepper and fresh herbs. Bring to a boil then lower heat to a light simmer.
- Simmer for 10-12 minutes ( uncovered). Add Spinach and let simmer for another 2-3 minutes.
- Serve with your favorite pasta.
( This makes enough sauce to serve with 1 pack ( 450g) of pasta)