Tuesday, May 31, 2011

What’s in my pantry? Spaghetti Sauce

Whether your favorite brand in a jar, or the outstanding canned marinara from Trader Joe’s, spaghetti sauce can be for so much more than just pasta.  Use it to cover sautéed chicken breasts and/or eggplant slices for a parmigiana, top refrigerated pizza dough with it for a quick and easy pizza appetizer, or turn it into a hearty soup. Here’s my stand-by Italian Tortellini Soup…one run-through TJ’s and you have all the ingredients you need:

Italian Tortellini Soup
makes 12 servings
1 pound Italian sausage, casings removed
1 medium onion, chopped
2 t. olive oil
2 large garlic cloves, minced
1 28 oz. can of Trader Joe’s Tuscano marinara sauce (or your favorite Marinara sauce)
1 28 oz. can tomato sauce
1 28 oz. can tomatoes
1 32 oz. container Vegetable or Chicken stock
½ c. dry red wine
2 T. Italian seasoning
1 large zucchini, quartered and slicked
2 bags Trader Joe’s dried tortellini (or your favorite frozen tortellini)
Saute sausage in a large stock pot over medium-high heat until cooked through, crumbling with the back of a spoon, about 10 minutes.  Transfer to bowl.  Meanwhile, in separate pot, cook tortellini until done, approximately 12 minutes.  Drain and set aside.  Add olive oil, onion and garlic to stock pot, saute until translucent over medium heat, about 3 minutes. Return sausage to pan.  Add all tomato products, stock, wine and seasoning.  Simmer 20 minutes.  Add zucchini, cook for 10 minutes.    Add cooked tortellini and simmer another 10 minutes.  Serve with grated Parmesan cheese.

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