For the month of May, Hometown Harvest issued a real food challenge #HH30Days. As someone who loves non-processed foods I was pumped for this one. It also gave me a great excuse to try out new recipe ideas.
This is a recipe I have been wanting to try on my own since I first had it over at my best friend’s house. It is simple enough to make, but at the same time you have to season everything just right or you’re not cooking like an authentic Italian mama. And with 100% Italian family waiting to try my go at it, I wanted to make sure I used nothing but the best ingredients.
Lucky for me Hometown Harvest was delivering another bag full of organic goodness including some Yukon Gold potatoes.
Add to that organic meat, seasonings, and of course lots of garlic and you have a meal that lasts several days or you could freeze some to save for those nights when you’re in a bind to get dinner ready.
- Garlic Cloves- Chopped
- Small Onion- Chopped
- 5-6 Potatoes- cut into bite size pieces (I used yukon gold)
- Grape Seed Oil
- 1-2lbs ground beef
- Either 1 small can OR 1/2 of a large can of crushed tomatoes
- Seasonings (salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, parsley, basil) all to taste
- Locatelli Pecorino Romano Grated Cheese (you will end up using a lot of this in the water to give it that nice flavor as well as a garnish)
- Pasta shells
- Sauté onions and garlic in oil
- Once the garlic starts to sizzle, add potatoes and continue to sauté
- Add crushed tomatoes and then fill pot with water (this becomes the juice)
- Season the water with all the above seasonings, including the cheese, to taste.
- In a skillet season (I use garlic powder) and then fry the beef.
- Drain beef and then place it into the pot.
- Cook until potatoes are done.
- While the meat and potatoes are simmering, cook pasta according to package
- Combine, top with more Locatelli cheese, and enjoy!
- The meat can be ground turkey, chicken, venison, really whatever your preference is.
- If you cannot find crushed tomatoes in a BPA free can, buy diced and chopped the contents in a blender, or leave it diced if you prefer the chunks.
- Olive oil can also be used in place of Grape Seed.
- Locatelli is a brand of Pecorino Romano cheese. In my biased opinion it is the best. But no worries if you can't find that brand, any Pecorino Romano will work.