I have belonged to an online cooking club for about 13 or more years now, called Brunch Bunch Kitchen, or BBK for short. We are a group of ladies from all over the United States who love to cook. We are spread far and wide, and have as many differences among us as there are miles between us. Most of us have met one another in person over the years, and have been friends for so long now that we not only discuss food, and how to cook, but we have shared our lives. One of our ladies, Jeanne, is Italian. She has shared so many wonderful recipes over the years. Last week she shared one of her Mama's favorites for sauce. And also, a broccoli dish that is so simple, yet oh so tasty. I made both today! I was alone for dinner. Mr. Sweet Life had a softball game, son Drew had church, so I dined alone. No checkered table cloth. No candles casting a soft glow over a dark room. And no one singing...When the moon hits your eye, like a big pizza pie...that's amore.........But it was gooooood! Thank you Jeanne. And thank Mama for sharing!
Here is the sauce that simmered all afternoon.
Here is the steamed broccoli that was drained and then chopped before tossing in melted butter, and bread crumbs mixed with parmesan cheese.
Here comes the bread crumbs and parmesan cheese, going into the broccoli that has just been coated with melted butter. And be sure to use the good stuff, not that powdered cheese in a can!!! Don't forget the course salt at this point. No pepper. Just a nice generous pinch of course salt.
Mmmmmm, it was sooooo good!
And here goes the sauce over the cooked pasta. Next time I will add Italian sausages and peppers.
Saute onion and generous amount of fresh garlic in olive oil. Add 1 pound lean ground beef and small amount of water, and brown evenly. Add two large cans crushed, good quality tomatoes, and one small can paste. To that, add three cans water from paste can. Season with course salt, and red pepper flakes to taste for heat. Add about 15 leaves fresh basil, chopped. Let simmer several hours.
Steam about 2 large broccoli crowns until barely fork tender. Discard water, and rough chop broccoli. Melt about 3 T butter in pan. Add broccoli back to pan. To this add 1/3 cup bread crumbs, and 1/4 cup good quality shredded parmesan cheese, and generous pinch of course salt. NO pepper. I used more broccoli, and so adjusted the amounts of other ingredients. DELISH!!
Kitchen was cleaned. Mr. Sweet Life's dinner plate was in the fridge waiting for him, when suddenly several cars were arriving at our house.....and lo and behold, the softball team came to our house to celebrate their victory!
Here is Brian, Drew's buddy, coming at me with a sweaty hug! : )
And then one by one, they all appeared, cooler in tow, to have some liquid refreshment, and talk about their win.
And the stories began......here they are on our back patio, you can only see half of them from where I took this picture from inside the house.