Lately, Mom and I have been craving comfort food, especially vodka sauce. Instead of buying it at the Italian market (aah .. just the way Nonna makes it – cream, vodka and calories) we decided to make our own at home without vodka. Impossible, you say? Well it’s not because I made it, and it tasted awesome. (Not to toot my own horn or anything). The recipe was super-easy too.
- 1 1/2 cups white beans
- 2 cups marinara sauce
- Spices (I used black pepper and red pepper)
Mash the beans – or put them in a blender until they are no longer whole. Put them in a small pot along with marinara sauce and your favorite spices. Let the mixture warm up on medium heat. Once it’s simmering, pair the sauce with your favorite pasta.
So what do you have to lose? Calories?
** Mom note ** We’re not Italian, we don’t have a Nonna. We do enjoy eating Italian food. Lesli really enjoys cooking. She didn’t realize until I explained to her, that liquor is used when making vodka sauce “Nonna’s way”. Then I mentioned that most regular recipes use heavy cream, and she was ready to try something new. We had this “almost” vodka sauce on Monday night, aka Meatless Monday.
Remember to check with MsLatina for her Sabroso Saturday recipe, and links to recipes from other bloggers!