8/31/15 Scratch Made Veggie Ragu with Grilled Chicken & Cheese

Last night I made a home made tomato veggie red sauce with noodles and chicken Parmesan. It wasn’t too bad considering most of the ingredients were from the food bank last week. I used 3 different kinds of mushrooms, fresh tomatoes, garlic, and even some lasagna noodles for the carb component of the meal.

Here are some pictures of the mushrooms and garlic.

garlic and mushrooms I used for the sauce.
garlic and mushrooms I used for the sauce.
mushrooms and garlic
mushrooms and garlic

I made the ragu-ish sauce from blending garlic, mushrooms and tomatoes in the blender. Then adding some olive oil and seasonings and reducing it on the stove. Then I got some chicken thighs baked in the stove until white. I then made a pan of a layer of sauce then the lasagna noodles broken up then a layer of the rest of my homemade sauce. I also had added some diced tomatoes and diced mushrooms while it was cooking, so it was really flavorful and chunky, I was looking forward to eating it no matter how well the ‘oven ready’ lasagna noodles cooked. I covered the mixture and steam-cooked it on the stove for about 20-30 minutes and by a miracle the noodles were tender and cooked and tasted great.

Here are some pictures of the process.

before picture of organic chicken, tomatoes and some reduction I use.
before picture of organic chicken, tomatoes and some reduction I use.
my tomatoe sauce reducing
my tomatoe sauce reducing
the 'oven ready' noodles in the skillet..
the ‘oven ready’ noodles in the skillet..

I then took the baked chicken out of the oven and pan fried it with some Italian seasonings and fresh garlic cloves in a cast iron 2 at a time. They turned out really good. Then I arranged them into a pan and covered with mozzarella and some more Italian seasonings and a sprinkle of olive oil. I then broiled it until the cheese bubbled and blistered. It turned out really good and I cant wait till I get to go to the food bank again for more treasures!

Here are some more pictures of dinner.

garlic pan fried/grilled chicken
garlic pan fried/grilled chicken
broken up lasanga noodles cooked in homemade veggie red sauce
broken up lasanga noodles cooked in homemade veggie red sauce
chicken and noodle plated
chicken and noodle plated

 

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