A Sunday of Preparation: Wine & Pasta Sauce


Sundays in our house are often a day of rest and prepa­ra­tion. This Sunday was no dif­fer­ent. We had a bunch of toma­toes from the CSA that we needed to use so we decided on mak­ing some roasted veg­etable pasta sauce. It’s really easy, but takes a while so its per­fectly suited to Sundays. I roasted the toma­toes along with an onion, a bell pep­per and 10 cloves of gar­lic. After every­thing was chopped quickly in the food proces­sor and sim­mered for a few hours with fresh basil, rose­mary, oregano, cayenne, thyme and salt & pep­per. This ended up being the base for a quick spinach, mush­room and chick pea pasta dish we had for din­ner tonight. Keep read­ing for more pictures.


Along with our pasta sauce mak­ing Sunday we also started our annual wine mak­ing. This year we are mak­ing an Australian Shiraz. This will be the 4th year we’ve made wine. We give it out to close friends and fam­ily as hol­i­day gifts. In about a month and a half if all goes well we’ll be bot­tling it.


Above, that’s 6 gal­lons of wine pre-fermentation. Below is the juice with plain and toasted oak being stirred under the surface.


I’m sure I’ll be writ­ing more about the wine in the future as there’s a lot more that needs to be done with it. Until then, we’ll be drink­ing wine from our liquor store down the street. What are some of your favorite wines?

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  1. Posted September 5, 2009 at 7:31 pm | Permalink

    Wow, I just wanted to tell you how GORGEOUS your food pho­tos are. I’m jeal­ous. I love tak­ing pic­tures of what I eat, too, but com­pared to you I am even lower than amateur…sigh…

  2. Posted September 8, 2009 at 8:06 pm | Permalink

    Very nice prepa­ra­tion to cel­e­brate hol­i­days. Pasta Sauce looks very deli­cious and it’s good match for wines. Thanks for this won­der­ful blog.

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