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Garden Vegetable Ragu

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Tasty Kitchen Blog: Garden Vegetable Ragu. Guest post by Georgia Pellegrini, recipe submitted by TK member Laurie McNamara of Simply Scratch.

There’s nothing like ending a hard day of work with a healthy dish your family will surely find irresistible. This Garden Vegetable Ragu from TK member Laurie is especially perfect for a hearty yet meatless. They’ll never guess it’s actually (gasp!) good for them!

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Garden Vegetable Ragu. Guest post by Georgia Pellegrini, recipe submitted by TK member Laurie McNamara of Simply Scratch.

To make it, you will need: olive oil, butter, diced onion, sliced zucchini, sliced yellow squash, carrot (peeled and grated), minced garlic, tomato sauce, diced can tomatoes, dry red wine (e.g. Merlot), sugar, basil, oregano, italian seasoning, parmesan cheese, salt and pepper.

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Garden Vegetable Ragu. Guest post by Georgia Pellegrini, recipe submitted by TK member Laurie McNamara of Simply Scratch.

After heating the olive oil and butter in a Dutch oven over medium heat, add the veggies and sauté until golden brown.

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Garden Vegetable Ragu. Guest post by Georgia Pellegrini, recipe submitted by TK member Laurie McNamara of Simply Scratch.

Pour in tomato sauce and canned diced tomatoes.

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Garden Vegetable Ragu. Guest post by Georgia Pellegrini, recipe submitted by TK member Laurie McNamara of Simply Scratch.

Add the red wine …

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Garden Vegetable Ragu. Guest post by Georgia Pellegrini, recipe submitted by TK member Laurie McNamara of Simply Scratch.

Season with the dried herbs, salt, pepper …

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Garden Vegetable Ragu. Guest post by Georgia Pellegrini, recipe submitted by TK member Laurie McNamara of Simply Scratch.

And sugar.

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Garden Vegetable Ragu. Guest post by Georgia Pellegrini, recipe submitted by TK member Laurie McNamara of Simply Scratch.

Stir, cover, then reduce heat to a simmer for 35-40 minutes. Finally, add half of the Parmesan. The red wine sauce will thicken as it cooks.

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Garden Vegetable Ragu. Guest post by Georgia Pellegrini, recipe submitted by TK member Laurie McNamara of Simply Scratch.

Boom! A chunky, savory sauce you can serve over pasta, rice, even spaghetti squash if you really want to increase the nutrition factor. Thank you, Laurie! For other hearty recipes that are sure to please your loved ones, visit her blog Simply Scratch.

 
 

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Garden Vegetable Ragu

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Difficulty: Easy

Servings: 8

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Description

Comfort food made healthy… who knew? It’s so hearty you won’t even notice it’s all vegetables!

Ingredients

  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1 Tablespoon Butter
  • 1 whole Medium Onion, Diced
  • 2 whole Small Zucchini, Trimmed And Sliced Into Half Moons
  • 2 whole Small Yellow Squash, Trimmed And Sliced Into Half Moons
  • 1 whole Medium Carrot, Peeled And Grated
  • 2 cloves Garlic, Minced Or Pressed Through A Garlic Press
  • 1 can (28 Oz. Or Two 15 Oz.) Tomato Sauce
  • 2 cans Diced Tomatoes (15 Oz. Cans)
  • 1 cup Good Dry Red Wine (like Merlot)
  • 1 teaspoon Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Dried Basil, Or More To Taste
  • 1 teaspoon Dried Oregano, Or More To Taste
  • ½ teaspoons Italian Seasoning (or More To Taste)
  • Kosher Salt And Black Pepper To Taste
  • 1 cup Parmesan Cheese, Divided
  • Optional Add-ins Listed Below (Italian Sausage, Sliced Mushrooms)

Preparation Instructions

Heat a tablespoon of olive oil and butter in a very large, deep skillet or a Dutch oven on medium heat.

Once hot and working in batches, sauté the onions, zucchini and yellow squash until soft and slightly golden. Remove to a bowl after each batch. When done, add all the vegetables back into the skillet, including the carrot and the garlic. Cook for 1-2 minutes. Pour in the tomato sauce and the diced tomatoes. Add in the cup of red wine. Season the sauce with the sugar, dried herbs, a little salt, and a lot of black pepper. Stir, cover and reduce heat to simmer for 35-40 minutes. Lastly add the half cup of Parmesan (reserve the rest to garnish), taste and adjust seasonings if needed.

Serve over pasta or prepared spaghetti squash.

Optional Ingredients:
1/2 to 3/4 pound of Italian Sausage; for a spicy and meaty ragu. If preparing this with the Italian sausage… Brown up the ground sausage, remove it from the pan, then sauté the onions, squash etc in the sausage renderings, adding olive oil if needed.

8 ounces of fresh mushrooms, which you will slice and saute with vegetables.

Parmesan Cheese Rind; just throw the cheese rind in while sauce simmers and remove it before serving.

 
 
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There’s so much to say about Georgia, we don’t know where to start. Leaving Wall Street for the French Culinary Institute, followed by a stint at the Gramercy Tavern and La Chassagnette in France, her passion for food and food traditions are evident and inspiring. Visit her site at Georgia Pellegrini, where you’ll find more recipes, photos, learn all about her wonderful books Girl Hunter and Food Heroes, and enjoy her latest adventures.

 

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Nina on 2.10.2014

There are so many food blogs these days and everyone of them has a theme. Some are affordable meals, some are healthy meals, etc. Each one however has only one theme, either it is healthy but expensive and complicated, or its quick to prepare but very fatty.

This blog however is suitable for everyone as it covers all the bases. The food is healthy, easy for anyone to prepare, affordable ingredients, variety or recipes; making this the holy grail of blogs.

These recipes are simple and yet delicious by allowing the ingredients to shine.
From one chef to another, your work is respected and appreciated.

Anne-Marie on 2.8.2014

This is for dinner tonight! Yummmmm

Laurie {SimplyScratch} on 2.7.2014

Looks great Georgia! Thank you for sharing this recipe… it’s one of my favorites!

lena on 2.6.2014

This looks positively delicious! And easy!!! I looked at the ingredient list and thought, too many. But it’s basically chopping, dropping & simmering. Easy, cheesy! Oh, and the cheese!