Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Compost Spaghetti Sauce

This "recipe" was inspired by one of my favorite blogs, Cupcake Project. Of course, Stefanie made Compost Cupcakes, but why couldn't I make Compost-Something-Else? A compost recipe is basically a mixing and matching of your favorite items in a batter/sauce/etc...So I thought about the ingredients I had around the house already and improvised.

Here's what I came up with...

Compost Spaghetti Sauce
  • olive oil (for sauteing)
  • 1 shallot, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 24 oz jar of spaghetti sauce (I used a store-bought Cabernet Marinara sauce)
  • 1/4 cup basil pesto
  • 1/4 cup ricotta
  • dash of hot sauce
  • salt & pepper (if necessary)
1) In a large skillet, warm the olive oil over high heat. Add the shallots and the garlic and cook until tender, about 3 minutes.

2) Add the spaghetti sauce and stir. Allow the sauce to heat up for a minute or two.

3) Add the pesto into the sauce and stir. Allow the sauce to simmer for a few minutes.

4) Add the ricotta and stir. Allow the sauce to simmer for a few minutes (yes, again).

5) Throw in a dash of hot sauce and salt and pepper, if you think the sauce needs it (mine didn't).

Ladle over some pasta and you're ready to go!

I realize that I didn't really provide very many instructions for this recipe/process, but it's really super simple. The next time you want to pump up your spaghetti sauce (or just get rid of items that are chillin' around your kitchen), you can make your own personalized version of this.


  1. nice to find you via Coco Cooks ( a good friend). Never even thought to put ricotta in a ragu sauce (except for lasagna); so I suppose it's the same concept!

    Bren @ flanboyanteats.com

  2. Thanks Bren. It's always great to meet new people and fellow bloggers. Thanks for the comments!