Special of the Day~ Pasta Party!

Fettucine with Easy Alfredo

08 Oct Special of the Day~ Pasta Party!

Sydne George Special of the DayCooler temperatures of fall bring cravings for comfort food, and what better way to roll out a warm welcome home than with the smell of something satisfying simmering on the stove?

A recent gathering of the CMR cross country team at our house provided the opportunity to whip up an array of sauces to serve over hot cooked pasta to fuel up the team. The plan for Project Carb Load was to keep it simple and prep as much as I could ahead of time, which worked out well.Stirring up the Italian Meat Sauce, the Sweet Marinara Sauce and the Easy Alfredo Sauce the morning of the party meant little was left to do later, except cook up the pasta just prior to our guests’ arrival.

Having three different sauces to choose from and setting everything out buffet-style helped to cover any specific dietary need bases and roasting a variety of colorful vegetables with olive oil and oregano provided a hearty topping for the meatless Sweet Marinara Sauce. When all was said and done, I could have easily sold more Italian Meat Sauce and cooked a bit more spaghetti, but combined with the fresh fruit and beautiful breads the kids brought, there was more than enough for all to eat.

Why not make one or two or stir up all three sauces and host a pasta party of your own this week?
Simmer up some sauce and satisfy your comfort food craving with this week’s Special of the Day~ Pasta Party! and recipes for Italian Meat Sauce, Sweet Marinara Sauce and Easy Alfredo Sauce. Happy cooking!

Spaghetti with Italian Meat Sauce

Spaghetti with Italian Meat Sauce

Italian Meat Sauce

Recipe by Sydne George

(makes about 2 quarts of sauce)
2 tbsp. olive oil

1 medium sweet onion, chopped

5 pounds mild Italian sausage

1 tsp. Kosher salt

¼ tsp. freshly ground pepper

Two 29-ounce cans tomato sauce

14.5 ounce fire roasted tomatoes

2 tbsp. dried oregano

¼ cup (packed) fresh basil leaves, minced

Heat olive oil in a large Dutch oven or other heavy saucepot over medium-high heat. When hot, add chopped onion, and cook, stirring occasionally until softened. Add sausage and cook until browned and cooked through. Add salt, pepper, tomato sauce and tomatoes and simmer, for at least 30 minutes. Run a potato masher through the sauce to break up the sausage. Add oregano and basil and simmer for an additional 15 minutes. Serve hot over cooked pasta of your choice.

Enjoy!

Farfalle with Sweet Marinara and Roasted Vegetables

Farfalle with Sweet Marinara and Roasted Vegetables

Sweet Marinara Sauce

Recipe by Sydne George

(makes about 2 quarts of sauce)
2 tbsp. olive oil

1 medium sweet onion, chopped

1 tsp. Kosher salt

¼ tsp. freshly ground pepper

Two 29-ounce cans tomato sauce

14.5 ounce fire roasted tomatoes

½ cup red wine vinegar

1/3 cup brown sugar

2 tbsp. dried oregano

¼ cup (packed) fresh basil leaves, minced

Heat olive oil in a large Dutch oven or other heavy saucepot over medium-high heat. When hot, add chopped onion, and cook, stirring occasionally until softened. Add salt, pepper, tomato sauce and tomatoes and simmer, for at least 30 minutes. Add red wine vinegar, brown sugar, oregano and basil and simmer for an additional 15 minutes. Serve with roasted vegetables over cooked pasta of your choice.
Enjoy!

Fettucine with Easy Alfredo

Fettucine with Easy Alfredo

Easy Alfredo Sauce

Recipe by Sydne George

(Makes 1 quart)

¼ cup butter

2 cloves garlic

3 tbsp. flour

1 ½ cups chicken stock

1 cup heavy cream

1 cup Parmesan cheese, grated

Melt butter in large saucepan over medium high heat.

Add garlic and cook until soft.

Whisk in flour until smooth.

Whisk in chicken stock and bring to a simmer, cooking until slightly thickened.

Add cream and cheese and stir until smooth.

(Thin with additional chicken stock, if thinner consistency is desired.)

Season with salt, to taste.

Serve hot over cooked pasta of your choice.

Enjoy!

Sydne George is a food journalist specializing in recipe development, food writing and food photography. She can be reached at sydnegeorge@hotmail.com . Sydne’s recipes from “Special of the day” are archived at sydnegeorge.com.

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