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Friday, February 26, 2010

Spaghetti with Blush Sauce

Pasta is such a versatile food! It comes in a variety of shapes and sizes so there is no end to the meal possibilities. It can be served either hot or cold with a variety of sauces, used as the main course or as a side and as a meatless meal. Pasta is easy to cook, usually boiled or baked. It is an excellent meal stretcher as well. In general sauces tend to be tomato, cream or milk, oil or butter, or gravy based. This results in a lot of possible sauces!

spaghetti with blush sauceBlush Sauce

A béchamel sauce (white sauce) forms the basis of cheese sauces for pasta and white gravies. This is one of the easiest sauces to master. Melt about 2 tbsp of butter in a sauce pan. Slowly stir in about 2 tbsp of unbleached flour. Stir until nicely combined then continue stirring while slowly adding 2 cups of milk. Continue cooking and stirring until sauce thickens. Season with salt and peper.

I used 2 cups béchamel sauce and 1 cup roasted tomato sauce to make a blush sauce. A blush sauce is a great way to use up left-over tomato sauce that there isn't enough for a full meal. This is a unique, yet richly flavoured sauce ideal for spaghetti. As you can see the sauce is almost pink hence the name. I topped the pasta with the sauce then sautéed vegetables and served with cluster buns for an easy, tasty meatless and frugal dinner.


1 food lovers commented:

A Year on the Grill said...

looks great