Short ribs braised with plum tomatoes, red wine, sun dried tomatoes, herbs and olive oil. This is real food. This is righteous food. This is the kind of sauce that will make even carb-watchers ditch their diet for one night.
Because of the spinach and tomatoes in this dish, I'm considering it health food. But really, wouldn't it be fabulous to come home to this sauce at the end of the day? All you'd have to do last minute is stir in cooked pasta and thawed spinach.
Using salsa rather than tomato sauce in this recipe really adds a Mexican punch. All the favorites are here: refried beans, browned ground beef, cheese, sour cream and taco seasoning. Just layer everything in between no-boil lasagna noodles and turn on the slow cooker, and dinner will be ready by the time the family is home in the evening.
Not only is this sauce fabulously versatile, it is super inexpensive (just $.40 per serving)! Pour everything into the slow cooker and set it on low. The slow simmer will concentrate the tomato's flavor as it gently mixes with fresh garlic, dried oregano and basil.
Tortellini are like perfect, little Barbie pillows stuffed with soft, savory cheese. While this recipe calls for cheese tortellini, you can use any type of tortellini you like. Also, if you prefer a vegetarian dish, skip the beef.
Toss any vegetables that you love into this dish: mushrooms, diced bell peppers, spinach, summer squash. You could even add cubes of extra firm tofu for extra protein. Your family will never miss the meat in this dish.