Boo ya. Dinner was great tonight! When Nick came in he said, “Wow! What’s for dinner? It smells like STEAKS!” I have no idea what he was sniffing, I assume the roasting tomatoes? Anyway, I crafted this based on a mash-up of three recipes I’d read earlier today. Since I’m not feeling super snuffy, I was craving something hot, with a hint of spice, that was also healthy to help my body kick this cold! So naturally something with tomatoes in it makes sense, right?
Tomato X 3 Pasta
3 – 4 Roma Tomatoes
4 Cloves Garlic (made it medium garlicky, if you don’t like a lot of this flavor, you can add less)
1/2 to 3/4 a Package of Spaghetti (I like more sauce to pasta ratio, plus I tend to cook for two, with leftovers desired for lunch the following day.)
Sun Dried Tomatoes
5 Tbs Tomato Sauce
1/4 Cup Fresh Basil
1/4 Raw Cashews
Pinch Red Pepper Flakes
Salt & Pepper To Taste
Preheat oven to 425 Degrees. Cut tomatoes in half, place in a tin foil lined dish (helps with clean up!) drizzle with olive oil, salt & pepper, then pop in oven.
Get your pot filled with water and on the stove, starting to get hot for your spaghetti
In a Cuisinart, put cashews, basil, & tomato sauce. Blend until smooth set aside.
In a large pan, add a tablespoon or so of olive oil, minced garlic, and red pepper flakes. Let cook on lower heat, just so that the garlic starts to soften and suffuse the oil. Then add your sun dried tomatoes. I like the kind packed in oil because I like to use the oil for sauteing and dressings, but you can always opt for the plain ones and rehydrate them in a bit of hot water before using.
Tomatoes will look like this when done:
Add them, juices that run off and all, into the Cuisinart, and blend until smooth. Then add to the pan with the garlic and red pepper flakes and let cook over light heat while your spaghetti cooks. Sauce looks like this:
When spaghetti is al dente, drain, and dump right into the sauce, mix, turn off heat, cover and let sit for about 5 minutes before serving. I served with one of my favorites–steamed green beans with lemon and salt on them.
The dinner was super nourishing and while I don’t feel 100% healed, I do feel well fed, and that’s something! 😉 I’d give this a solid 8 out of 10, but am not sure how to improve it. Time will tell if I start craving this again.
It is amazing how certain flavors take me back to my childhood. Cashews are one of these sorts of tastes. My grandpa (Pop) and grandma (Nana) always had these amazingly huge cashews on hand as part of their secret stash of goodies. Pop would always share some cashews with me when I’d go to over to their house for the day. Additional loot included HUGE (and I mean HUGE) dates (seriously, where’d he even find these?), candied apricots, and halva. My cousin and I still talk about these food yummies, since they were an important part of our experience with our grandparents. Though the grandparents have since long passed, I was right back in their kitchen tonight, as I snacked on the raw cashews that went into this sauce. I was instantly feeling and re-experiencing the four year old me, marveling at these gigantic cashews, basking in the loving glow of my Pop’s face, as we nibbled, together.
Food is amazing, isn’t it?