Like most of you, I really don't have the energy to make elaborate meals when I get home from work. In fact, even on my days off, when I have more time to spend in the kitchen, I still aim to create recipes that are quick & easy. I've never been a terribly patient person, and though it may be true that "the devil is in the detail", I'll take a tasty 15 minute meal over an elaborate 45 minute one any day of the week (if I'm the one cooking, of course!)
This recipe comes from that mindset, and I hope you'll feel inspired to spend 15 minutes throwing it together.
Though I follow a largely Plant-Based diet, I do enjoy some high quality meat from time-to-time. I used a local ground bison, entirely free-range & grass fed.
VEGAN TIP: If you're not a meat eater - simply skip the bison steps, and add 1/4 - 1/2 cup raw cashews to your blender. This will make the sauce rich & creamy! When I make this version, I always go a little heavy on the garlic & black pepper because I love the spicyness!
Quick, Fresh Tomato Sauce with Bison
Makes enough sauce for 2 large servings.
1 package whole grain pasta of choice
1/4 pound ground bison
3 ripe Roma tomatoes, roughly chopped
1 tablespoon tomato paste
3 tablespoons + 3 tablespoons water
1 small sweet onion, finely diced (or, about 1 cup from a larger onion)
2-3 cloves garlic, finely minced, to taste
1 cup fresh basil, thinly sliced
3/4 teaspoon salt
black pepper to taste
Bring a large pot of water to boil. Add your pasta to boiling water and cook pasta according to package directions.
Meanwhile, heat a large skillet to medium. Add the finely diced onion + 3 tablespoons water and sauté for a few minutes, stirring often, being careful not to burn it. When the onion is beginning to soften, add garlic and continue to saute until the onion is translucent.
Add sauteed onion & garlic to a blender with chopped tomatoes (including skin and seeds), 3 tablespoons water and tomato paste. Blend until smooth.
Now add ground bison into the hot skillet and cook through.
Pour the sauce from the blender into the warm skillet, stir, and bring to a simmer. Stir in the salt & pepper and let it cook for a couple of minutes, watching closely.
Once the pasta is done cooking, rinse and drain it. Add the drained pasta back in the pot and now gradually add pasta sauce until your desired amount is achieved. Stir in fresh basil and serve immediately.
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