Every once in a while I get creative with the refrigerator contents. Last evening I had some frozen butternut squash I had cut up and cubed a couple days previous. Usually I roast this in a 400 degree oven with a little salt and pepper and olive oil for about 15-20 minutes but I decided to try something different.
I had also a 1/2 pound of ground beef. And I had a half jar of Barillo (12oz.) tomato basil sauce. I took about a cup of butternut squash and simmered it in about a cup of water for about 15 minutes on top of the range.
When it was soft I poured off the water and smashed it into a pulp and dumped in the Barillo sauce. When I recover unused commercial sauce like this I often put a couple tablespoons of water in the jar to rinse the bottom, I poured this in as well. I added a pinch to a quarter teaspoon of red pepper.
I sauteed the ground beef with a little olive oil and rinsed it in a colander when it was browned. This removed some of the grease left from the saute. Cheryl has a hard time with any sort of greasy food. She likes it but about an hour later it gives her a lot of indigestion.
I added this to the sauce and let it simmer gently with the lid on for about 20 minutes.
While that was happening I got the water going for 4 ounces of spaghetti. When that was ready I plated it up.
I sprinkled a bit of grated Parmesan cheese on top.
She pronounced it good.
The picture at the top is not mine. It is from fitmencook.org. How cool is that? Perhaps I am a closet fit man. (smiley face here)