Spaghetti with Chunky Tomato Sauce
30 minutes or fewer
Finely chopped mushrooms
give this healthful sauce a hearty texture.
- 8 oz. (2 cups) sliced white mushrooms
- 1 medium red bell pepper, cut into chunks
- 1 large leek, white part cut into chunks
- 2 Tbs. olive oil
- 3 cloves garlic, minced (1 Tbs.)
- 2 Tbs. dried oregano
- 2 tsp. dried thyme
- ¼ tsp. red pepper flakes
- 2 15-oz. cans diced tomatoes
- 1 ½ cups cooked chickpeas (or 1 15-oz. can, rinsed and drained)
- ¼ cup red wine
- 8 cups baby spinach leaves
- 8 oz. spaghetti
1. Place mushrooms, bell pepper, and leek in bowl of food processor. Pulse until ingredients are coarsely chopped.
2. Heat oil in large saucepan or stockpot over medium-high heat. Add mushroom mixture and garlic, and season with salt and pepper, if desired. Cook 3 to 5 minutes, or until vegetables are softened and most of liquid has evaporated. Stir in oregano, thyme, and red pepper flakes, and cook 30 seconds, or until fragrant. Add tomatoes, chickpeas, and wine, and season with salt and pepper, if desired.
3. Cover, and simmer 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add spinach, and cook 3 to 5 minutes more, or until spinach has wilted.
4. Meanwhile, cook spaghetti according to package directions. Serve spaghetti topped with sauce.
April 2010 p.24