I really dislike throwing out food, but on occasion I am guilty of needing to toss some things that I didn’t use. And that bothers me.
I’ve really been trying to not do that anymore, so I’ve been more observant of my schedule along with the food in my fridge. Sounds odd I know, but what I mean is; if I have a busy week and I have a lot of perishables, I may end up freezing things or I make a one pot dish with as much of the food as I can.
This sauce was a perfect example. I have several half full boxes of various pastas in my pantry. I had a partial jar of marina sauce along with some veggies in my fridge so I decided to make a pasta sauce.
I started with the marina sauce, put that in a pot and turned it on low. I had about 6 roma tomatoes that were not really good enough to slice and use in anything so I blanched them for a minute or so in boiling water. Peeled them, removed the seeds and tossed them in the marina.
I also had a rind of parmesan cheese in the freezer, I put half of that in the sauce. Added pepper, a little salt, Italian seasoning and garlic powder. I had a little leftover red wine, I know I know, how is that even possible!! But I did, so I poured some of that in the sauce as well.
Then I found some black olives so I chopped them up and tossed them in too. I left that simmer on low for about 30 minutes, stirring often, then I tossed in some chopped zucchini and a handful of spinach.
Next I started the pasta.
And the next thing I knew dinner was done. I topped the pasta with some freshly grated parmesan cheese, opened another bottle of wine and I was good to go!
What meals have you made by cleaning out your fridge?