Wookiee Hut Cuisine presents:
Quick 'n Dirty Tomato Sauce
by Kidan, Diana

The men of any galaxy learn how to cook not because they are gourmets or have discerning palates ... they are looking to impress the women of the galaxy! At least that's what Wes Janson tells everyone. And he also winks when he tells them how to make this very good and impressive tomato sauce. A touch of dill on the noodles makes it unusual and unforgettable. "Like me!" claims Wes!

But what of the moniker, when the sauce is not particularly quick or dirty? Wes called it that because he could fake ineptitude in the kitchen so his dates would feel compelled to "teach" him ... and he could show his "gratitude" during the 30 minute simmering time ... and food would be ready when he was hungry for it!

  • 1 lb / 450 g ground beef (or other ground meat)
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1½ cups chopped onions
  • 1 cup chopped bell pepper
  • 1 cup chopped green onion
  • 1 x 6 oz / 170 g can of mushrooms, drained (stems & pieces)
  • splash of white wine
  • 1 x 12 oz / 335 g can tomato paste
  • warm water, to fill the tomato paste can
  • 1 x 14½ oz / 405 g can diced tomato (recommended: petite diced)
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup red wine
  • ¼ cup parsley
  • 3 tablespoons oregano, dried
  • 2 tablespoons basil, dried
  • 2 bay leaves, dried
  • 1 lb / 450 g noodles
  • pinch of dillweed, dried (for the noodles)
Brown the ground meat in a large, hot skillet. Break up the lumps to cook the meat through. Remove from the skillet and drain the grease. Set the beef aside.

Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in the pan. Add the chopped onions and caramelize till browned. Add the peppers, mushrooms, and green onions and cook till browned. Then add the white wine, and cook till the wine reduces away. Add the cooked ground beef to the skillet and mix together.

Add the tomato paste (rinsing the can with the water), diced tomatoes, sugar, red wine, parsley, oregano, basil, bay leaves. Stir to combine and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer and let cook for 30 minutes.

Boil the noodles according to package directions. Drain and toss with 1 tablespoon of butter and the dry dill. Serve with the sauce.

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