Spicing Up Your Pasta! (Win $100 Gift Card)

CONTESTS | | September 1, 2011 at 10:38 am


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By now you know I am a Ragu “Mom’s the word on Dinner” ambassador and over the next few months I will be sharing ideas with you and doing some a lot of learning too. Changing up a meal can change up the mood. I am in a bit of a funk and was thinking of actually painting my lounge this long weekend. Food, though, is much easier to kick up a notch. Sometimes when you say pasta people conjure images of a bland and boring meal whilst I just believe it to be like a canvas for anything you want it to be. Whether a casserole, soup, sauce or sweet dish – pasta has the ability to morph as you desire.

When I heard about spicing up your pasta I wanted to share what I would do to spice up pasta: surprise – it is actually SPICE! I can’t help it, it runs through my veins – I spice up everything. Whether it is my chai or food I like to pep it up. I also love to know my spice and normally buy them whole. To spice up pasta I like to give the Ragu tomato sauce a little bit of sizzle.

Here’s what I used:

  • 2 garlic minced
  • 1/2 red onion – diced
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 small cinnamon stick
  • 1 cup of Ragu tomato sauce
Here’s what I did next…
I saute the onions in the oil until translucent, then add the garlic which roasts for a minute. Then I add all the rest of the ingredients except the sauce. I let the spice roast only for a quick minute, else it would burn, and then add the Ragu sauce. Heat through and turn off the heat. Now you can use this sauce for anything from veggies, meat or as is.

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