Roasted Garlic Pasta Sauce

November 18, 2013 By: Megabeth Category: Other, Recipe

9761946096_a047e2b893_oThe balsamic vinegar and hot sauce in this recipe told me that I had to try it. I was going to make an eggplant parmesean later in the week and wanted a homemade sauce to go with it. I let this sauce simmer on the stove one night, popped it in the fridge and it was still perfect the next day.

What’s not to like about a recipe that lets you squish tomatoes…with your hands? When you do it, though, hold your hand way down in the pot, otherwise you’ll have tomato juice on your stove, on your counters, on your floors, on your walls and on yourself. Don’t ask me how I know…

Recipe: Roasted Garlic Pasta Sauce

Summary: A flavorful and versatile pasta sauce.


  • 1 onion (large, chopped)
  • 3 tbsps extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 1 1/2 tsps salt
  • 1 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp hot sauce
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper (crushed)
  • 1/4 tsp italian seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp dried basil
  • 56 ozs italian plum tomatoes (whole, with liquid)
  • 3 whole roasted garlic (heads, cloves removed from peels)


  • In a large saucepan, saute the onions in the olive oil over medium-high heat until soft and golden – about 6 minutes.
  • Add the minced garlic and cook stirring for 1 minute. Add the tomato paste, salt balsamic vinegar, hot sauce, crushed red pepper, Italian seasoning, and basil and cook for 1 minute.

Roasted Garlic Tomato Sauce

  • Add the tomatoes, crushing with your hands as you place them in the pan with their juices. Stir to combine well and bring to a boil.

Roasted Garlic Tomato Sauce

  • Reduce the heat to a slow simmer and cook for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Add the roasted garlic cloves and stir to combine.

Roasted Garlic Tomato Sauce

  • Continue to simmer for 30-45 minutes longer until the flavors have come together.
  • Serve over your choice of pasta.

Preparation time: 15 minute(s)

Cooking time: 1 hour(s) 15 minute(s)

Diet type: Vegetarian

Smoky Black-eyed Pea Hummus

December 31, 2012 By: Megabeth Category: Snacks/Appetizers

Ring in the new year with some “good luck” black-eyed peas just served up a little differently.

This hummus gives regular black-eyed peas a twist by turning them into a smoky hummus. I threw in some Greek yogurt to add a little more creaminess and added a twist of flavor by using cashew butter. Tahini or a little creamy peanut butter could also work. But, the cashew butter gave it a more robust flavor that I was looking for.

This hummus is incredibly easy to make; just throw it in a blender and you’re good to go.


Mexican-Style Rice Casserole with Corn, Sour Cream, and Cheese

September 04, 2009 By: Megabeth Category: Main Dishes

This recipe is inspired by one that appeared in Madhur Jaffrey’s World Vegetarian. You can prepare this dish ahead of time, store it in the fridge, then heat through when you are ready to serve. This casserole creates and interesting consistency, once you lift it out of the pan, it separates and becomes more of a hearty rice dish. It also works well reheated as leftovers.

I used a bourbon chipotle hot sauce in this version and it added a nice smoky flavor to the dish. You can just choose your favorite hot sauce and season to your liking.

Mexican-Style Rice Casserole with Corn, Sour Cream, and Cheese
by Megabeth

6 cups rice, cooked (made from 2 cups dry rice)
2 Tablespoons olive oil
1 medium red onion
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 4-oz can fire roasted green chilies
1 t cumin
1 t chili powder
dash cayenne pepper (or to taste)
1 3/4 cups corn kernels (from fresh corn) 1 1/2 cups fat free sour cream
1/2 cup fat free Greek yogurt (or just use a total of two cups of sour cream)
Flavored hot sauce, to taste (I used about 2 Tablespoons of a mild flavored bourbon chipotle hot sauce)
1 1/2 lightly packed cups grated cheddar cheese

Put oil in saute pan over medium heat. Add onions and garlic and saute until onion is translucent (about 3 minutes). Add chilies, corn, spices and stir. Cook a few minutes to start heating up the corn for about a minute or two. Take mixture off the heat and let it cool off.

Mexican-Style Rice Casserole with Corn, Sour Cream, and Cheese

In another bowl add cooked rice, sour cream, and hot sauce and stir to combine. Stir the cheddar cheese into the mixture.

Mexican-Style Rice Casserole with Corn, Sour Cream, and Cheese

Put mixture into 2-quart square baking dish (or 3-quart casserole dish).

Mexican-Style Rice Casserole with Corn, Sour Cream, and Cheese

Bake for 45 minutes at 350 degrees until heated through.

Mexican-Style Rice Casserole with Corn, Sour Cream, and Cheese

Mexican-Style Rice Casserole with Corn, Sour Cream, and Cheese

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