Sunday, May 30, 2010

Babysitting adventure

We had my 3 nieces over last night while my brother and sister in law went to a wedding. So what to do with 4 girls age 10 and under? Make fresh pasta for dinner of course!

Chris and Hannah kneading the dough.
pasta making

Then the girls got to take turn on the pasta machine.
pasta making
pasta making

Here are the girls about to attack the pasta.
hungry girls

This one was too little to help making the pasta. So she just helped to eat it (sans sauce since I was holding her.)
yum, pasta

I swear Miss T was around somewhere. She was just so excited to have her cousins around that she couldn't stay still for pictures. We all also had garlic bread to go with the pasta. And just in case that wasn't enough carb, I made almond butter cookies and Chris made chocolate pudding for desserts. This is what they looked like full of sugar.
girls gone wild

This is the sauce I threw together while the pasta was being made. The girls seemed to like it, so I know it had to be pretty good.

Creamy Pasta Sauce

1 - 1 1/2 lb ground turkey
1 med onion
10-12 baby carrots (that's all I have in the fridge)
5 cloves garlic
1 28oz can crushed tomato
1 12oz jar spaghetti sauce
1 tsp each dried oregano, basil, and thyme
1 tsp sugar
2 tsp fish sauce
6 oz cream cheese
salt and pepper to taste

Pulse the onion, carrots and garlic cloves together in the food processor until finely chopped. Saute the mixture in a 3 quart saute pan in olive oil over med-high heat. Cook until the onion is transparent, add the turkey and cooked until it's brown. Add the crushed tomato, spaghetti sauce, and dried herbs. Simmer sauce together for about 30-40 minutes. Add the fish sauce, sugar, black pepper and cream cheese. Add more salt to taste if needed.

I know, fish sauce may seem to be an odd ingredient to add to a spaghetti sauce. It worked just like anchovy to give the sauce a deeper flavor, which I never seemed to keep around.

2 comments:

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smoochkins said...

Good news! Foodista is inviting you to attend this year's International Food Blogger Conference in Seattle on August 27-29! There also are sponsorships offered that you can take advantage of! For more information, check this page out.

Hope to see you there! Keep on blogging. :-)