Sometimes, despite your best efforts to be incredibly unique, creative and inspiring in the kitchen, you just make something familiar. Something nostalgic. A dish that brings you back to the uncomplicated, carefree days of your youth. For me? That’s spaghetti and meat sauce.
I could eat this stuff everyday for the rest of my life with absolutely no shame. The beautiful bowl of chunky sauce and soft, delicate noodles may look like the stuff your mamma made you, but, unless she was vegetarian of course, it probably isn’t. Remember how I gushed about this amazing vegetarian sausage I found at the store? Well, it makes yet another appearance on this blog. Except this time it is not wrapped in lettuce, it’s covered in homemade chunky marinara (minus the meat, of course).
This dish just makes me feel good. I’m not worrying about calories or fat grams when I’m eating it. And I’m certainly not racking my brain for ways to make this trendy enough to be on a food blog. No no. When I make this? I just eat it. With a simple glass of wine. No TV. No phone. It sort of transports me back to those days not so long ago when I was just a kid sitting at her family’s dinner table.
Sometimes, a girl just needs that. A simple, healthy and filling dish that reminds her of times when shit wasn’t so complicated, so ridiculous, so exhausting. When the only concern was just how many scoops of ice cream she could have for dessert and whether or not she should bike around the block twice or just once. If you need a break from the computer, your phone and life, make this. Sit at your table in silence and savor every spicy, thick and incredibly flavorful forkful and enjoy that moment. Because really, you never know when you’ll have that again.
Want the recipe? Of course you do, it’s Monday. CLICK HERE FOR THE RECIPE! Just add your favorite pasta!
Nutritional information per serving (4 ounces pasta & 1/2 cup sauce):
Fat: 6.5 grams
Carbohydrates: 28.5 grams
Fiber: 3.4 grams
Protein: 11.6 grams
Weight Watchers Points: 6