I decided to try the “Quick Sauce” from Tony Danza’s cookbook Don’t Fill Up on the Antipasto. It was easy to prepare and takes about 30 minutes to simmer on the stove. It’s really just a basic pasta sauce but it was yummy. The recipe called for red wine but I substitued a scant 1/2 cup of vegetable broth plus a teaspoon of red wine vinegar. For the tomatoes, I use Caputo’s La Bella Romana San Marzano tomatoes. I also really like the La Bella Romana pastas, not to mention it’s only 99¢ a bag. For those of you not in the area, Caputo’s is grocery store chain in Chicagoland. I still haven’t found a store nearby that compares to Nino Salvaggio (where I used to shop when I lived in Suckigan….that’s Michigan for those of you not harboring rage against the state).
The cookbook, while obviously not vegan, has quite a few recipes that could be veganized and the memories behind the recipes were interesting to read. It’s a short cookbook with only 50 or so recipes but it is worth checking out at your local library. The sauce even reheated well the next day when I took leftovers for lunch.