Garlic bread, pasta and Amanda’s Famous Red Sauce
Brandan did not eat red pasta sauce for about a decade. He just did not like it. This all changed however when we moved to Cairo and a) discovered that Alfredo sauce/non red sauces are SUPER expensive and b) I made a batch of my red sauce for him. I think it’s safe to say he likes red sauce now, as we eat it at least twice a week.
-One jar of Heinz tomato paste (3 LE here, or 50 cents.) We keep a nice stockpile in the kitchen at all times.
-After emptying tomato paste into heating pot, fill jar with water, replace lid and shake until all paste is off the inside of jar. Add water to pot.
-pepper, salt, curry, cinnamon
-One cup of shredded cheese
-1 tablespoon of honey
-One diced onion
-3 kofta logs. (I don’t really know what to call these, but we buy frozen kofta here that kind of look like little sausages. We get rice kofta, which is compacted, flavored rice that sorts of has a meat taste to it, but serves as a nice sauce filler.) Sautee until they are no longer frozen and slightly hard on the edges. Cut up and put into pot with sauce.
-1/4-1/2 cup of flour, depending on how thick you want the sauce.
-1/4 cup of sugar
-1/2 cup of butter
Heat until cheese and butter are melted and everything is nicely stirred in and heated up. Pour over whatever noodles you want and devour.
I melted butter in a pot and added in sprinkles of garlic and salt. Spread over pieces of bread, add shredded cheese and put in oven for 5 minutes.
We make our noodles a little fancy here in Cairo (maybe. also they just taste really good this way.) Boil water, add whatever pasta you want, let cook. Pour off extra water and keep over heat. Crack and egg and mix into noodles, letting it cook on top of them. Make sure to stir! Add in 1/4 cup butter and a few shakes of garlic and pepper. Stir! This way, the noodles already have nice flavor before adding sauce, and when you put them in the refrigerator, the noodles don’t dry out as much and taste delicious even cold.
Lazeez aui! (very tasty!)