I doubled this recipe so I could have a freezer meal for me and my family once Violet arrived. So when it came time for dinner, all I had to do was boil some pasta and reheat the sauce. It is just like a tomato sauce, but the roasted vegetables lend a certain sweetness that only roasted vegetables can. The flavor is more complex than a regular tomato sauce. Layers of different flavors.
Like my picnic table? It was our little weekend project a few weeks ago. Okay, strike that, reverse it. It was Ethan's project. I wanted a bright color for the table and it turned out just how I wanted. Of course, we love eating outside, until the mosquitos make their arrival in a few weeks. Eating outside makes for less mess and no cleaning the floor after wards. Looks like we can have couscous now! Cause I will tell you what, you are bananas for feeding children couscous if you aren't outside. Bananas.
4 tomatoes (medium or large, doesn't matter), quartered
2 carrots, peeled, halved lengthwise and cut into 2 inch pieces
2 zucchini, halved lengthwise and cut into 2 inch pices
1 green bell pepper, seeded and quartered
1 onion, peeled and quartered
4 garlic cloves, peeled
3 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
3/4 tsp kosher salt
A few grinds black pepper
1/2 tsp dried basil
1/2 tsp Italian seasoning blend
1/4 tsp fennel seed
1/8 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
1 14 oz can tomato sauce
1/2 lb spaghetti, cooked according to package directions
Freshly grated Parmesan cheese for serving
Set oven to 400 degrees. Pile all vegetables onto a baking sheet. Add olive oil, vinegar and all seasonings on top. Toss gently with your hands until all vegetables are coated in oil and seasonings. Spread in a single layer. Place baking sheet in the oven and roast for 40 minutes, tossing with a spatula halfway through.
Once vegetables are softened and lighted browned, remove pan from the oven. Scoop all vegetables and any liquid into the bowl of a food processor. Process until smooth. Pour vegetable mixture into a large saucepan over medium heat and stir in tomato sauce. Bring to a light boil and simmer for 10 minutes. Serve sauce over cooked spaghetti and garnish with Parmesan cheese.
Yields 6 servings.
Served with this: Some garlic bread that was most desirable and quite simple. All it was was my garlic herb compound butter spread onto some white bread slices and then topped with additional Parmesan cheese, just a bit. Then I put the slices on a baking sheet and then under the boiler for a few minutes. Result: toasty, buttery, garlicky, herbalicious.
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If you are wondering if Violet slept all night for the first time over the weekend, she did.