We've been enjoying a cool and sunny weather these past few days .......
According to the Observatory , we're going to have a long cold winter .....
Not good for making ice cream , I'll tell you ! lol
But good for the warm and hearty meals that you can't wait to scarf down while it's piping hot ......
Congee immediately comes to mind but I got a can of pasta sauce that's calling my name ^____^ ''
So , pasta it is ....
This is a spin from Martha Stewart recipe , though I used pasta sauce instead of tomato sauce and added some tomato ketchup so it doesn't look like your typical bolognese sauce . Maybe it's not bolognese sauce at all ; mine is more saucy , no pun intended heh ! and spicy as well ......
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 small carrot , peeled and grated , about 3/4 cup
1 rib celery , chopped , about 1 cup
1 large red onion , finely chopped
1/3 pound ground beef
1/4 pound ground pork
2 cups canned peeled whole tomato
2 tbsp tomato paste
coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
2 tbsps heavy cream , optional
1 pound fresh rigatoni
***** I used 2 cups of pasta sauce , 1/4 cup tomato ketchup , 1/2 cup water , 300 grams ground pork , 3 rashers of bacon , generous teaspoon of chili flakes , 1 tsp oregano , a handful of chopped cilantro , some brown sugar and penne instead of rigatoni . I cooked my sauce for about 30 minutes .
* Heat olive oil in a large saucepan , over medium high heat and add , carrot , celery and onion , cook for 2 minutes . Add the beef and pork , until meat in nicely browned , 15 to 20 minutes . Add tomato sauce , paste and 1/4 cup water and season with salt and pepper . Cover and cook , stirring occasionally for an hour .
* Meanwhile , boil pasta until al dente , drain . Add heavy cream if using and stir to combine . Serve immediately over pasta .