Carbs for the soul !

Forget chicken soup.. What makes me warm and cozy inside is a bowl full of carbs.
It’s no shame in admitting that I am on a quest to lose those last “8” and yes not “10” but “8” pounds. but a bowl of carbs will not KILL me.. Instead it’ll just leave me satisfied and I think we all need some carb-love sometimes.. Don’t you think ?

Here’s a recipe for a quick fresh tomato sauce loaded with veggies and herbs served over a bowl of …. wait for it …. Spaghetti.. yummm… It’ll warm you up and make you feel all snug in your pants the next day.. but c’mon , run an extra mile.. 🙂

It’s so worth it …. Buon Appetito..

To Serve 4

About 2-3 fistfuls of whole grain Spaghetti (Whole grain just has more fiber so it’ll fill you up faster)

2-3 cloves of garlic smashed
1 small white onion chopped fine
4-5 ripe tomatoes – crushed or pulverized
2 firm tomatoes – chopped fine (I like my sauce chunky)

2-3 Tbsp capers
2-3 Tbsp black olives sliced
1 cup of baby portobello mushrooms – wiped with a wet paper towel and chopped up
1 small zucchini chopped
1 small yellow squash chopped

1/2 cup of red wine (optional BUT strongly encouraged: They lend to the tomato taste.. somehow !)

A handful of fresh basil leaves – chopped fine
A handful of fresh mint leaves – chopped fine

OO – about 3-4 Tbsp
Salt and pepper to taste

Fresh Parmesan or Romano cheese grated as desired

Make Spaghetti according to package instructions.
Keep aside. Save some of the pasta water. You’ll use it in the sauce.

For the Sauce

Heat up the OO in a heavy bottom pan.
Add the garlic and saute till golden brown.
Add Onions and cook till translucent.
Add the pulverized tomatoes.
Cook the onions and tomatoes till the tomatoes reduce in size and start losing water.
Add the chopped up tomatoes and the rest of the veggies. (including the capers and the olives).

Cook for about 7-8 minutes on med heat and then add the wine.

Add about 2 cups of the Pasta water.

Slow the heat down and let simmer for about 20-25 min.

Let the salt and pepper rain and add the herbs towards the end.

Add the cheese and let the sauce rest for about 2 hrs at room temperature.
Serve over pasta or dunk some hot bread into it.

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