Saturday, January 23, 2010

Bella Notte

Oh this is the night.....it's a beautiful night......and we call it bella notte.....look at the skies....they have stars in their eyes....on this lovely bella notte......

A few weeks ago I had a hankering to go to a popular Italian restaurant here in town. This particular restaurant specializes in “family style” fare like spaghetti with meatballs and lasagna. So we packed up the kids and grandma and off we went. It had been many years since I had been to this establishment and we had never taken our kids there. When the food arrived, I was quickly reminded why we do not frequent that restaurant often....Out of the bottle style spaghetti sauce. Booooring! There is just nothing that can replace a good old fashioned home made spaghetti sauce. Which brings on the following question...Spaghetti sauce or Pasta sauce? What do you call it?
The definition for Pasta Sauce:
spaghetti sauce: any of numerous sauces for spaghetti or other kinds of pasta wordnetweb.princeton.edu/perl/webwn
A tomato sauce is any of a very large number of sauces made primarily out of tomatoes, usually to be served as part of a dish (rather than as a condiment). Tomato sauces are common for meat and vegetables, but they are perhaps best known as sauces for pasta dishes.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pasta_sauce
Any of many sauces designed to be served with pastaen.wiktionary.org/wiki/pasta_sauce
The definition for Spaghetti Sauce:
any of numerous sauces for spaghetti or other kinds of pasta wordnetweb.princeton.edu/perl/webwn
A tomato sauce is any of a very large number of sauces made primarily out of tomatoes, usually to be served as part of a dish (rather than as a condiment). Tomato sauces are common for meat and vegetables, but they are perhaps best known as sauces for pasta dishes.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spaghetti_sauce
Quite frankly they look like they are the same thing. The way I figure it- if you call it spaghetti sauce you should serve it on spaghetti noodles (or should I call it spaghetti pasta- what is the difference between a noodle and a pasta??) And really, is it as cute to hear a child ask for "Pasta please"or "Pa-Sket-EE please"?
So, the moral of this post is to:
A) call it pasta sauce
B) call it spaghetti sauce
C) stay at home and make this very simple recipe instead of paying way too much for average sauce


Home Style Spaghetti Sauce

1 pound ground beef
1 1/2 cup onion, diced
1 cup bell pepper, preferably yellow or red
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup mushrooms,sliced
1/2 cup black olives,sliced
1 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
1 28 oz can diced tomatoes
1 cup zucchini, chopped *optional
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried parsley
1 bay leaf

In a heavy skillet, brown the ground beef together with the onion and peppers. Add the remaining ingredients and simmer for at least 30 minutes. I prefer to simmer for an hour,uncovered to thicken the sauce. Serve over spaghetti pasta and with fresh warm bread. YUM!

4 comments:

Cinnamon-Girl♥ said...

Your sauce looks so good - love the olives in it! I can't believe an Italian restaurant used jar sauce! They should be ashamed. In our house we just call it 'sawce' - with our NY accents.

KVA said...

I made this Sunday night and it was super yummy. I may try it with italian sausage instead of the ground beef for a variation. That's what we always used at my house growing up. Thanks for another recipe.

steff said...

Yum! I made this for dinner last night. I love the mushrooms and olives in it. I was wondering if you drain your tomatoes?

Steffanie

Sara said...

Thanks Reeni. KVA some people love the sausage-I go both ways, so glad you enjoyed it. Steff, thanks for making it-no greater compliment to me. I don't drain the tomatoes. I grew up with mushrooms and olives in my spaghetti sauce...maybe not everyone else did-glad you loved it.