Hearty Eggplant & Baby Bella Pomodoro Sauce

Know those funky slap-in-the-face moments that are just like… “Uh what?”

Yeah. The ones that remind us that like a chunky vegetable sauce, life is actually a big blend of vivacious ingredients and only the dude who made it really knows what all is in the pot.

Those ones that make you stand there with a kinda dumb-looking, open-mouth expression, then say something like, “it sure is funny how junk changes,”  so you can try to cover your momentary stupid baboon face. You know.

And it is funny. It really is. Freaking hilarious at times.

I mean, we all know it. Whether or not you’re particularly psyched about it, something’s bound to change in your life at least a  bit every single day.

Like tastes change.

If my mother would have stuck a dish such as this in front of me 15 years ago… good God, I would’ve gone on a hunger strike until someone whipped out the Hungry Jack boxed potato flakes.

Those were my jam as 5-year-old.

But see now, I love my veggies. Love the fresh, the flavor and the fact that eating them makes me feel a lot better about consuming my weight in chocolate an hour ago.

Change.

And um, pants sizes change.

Like okay, yeah, I used to be a ballerina.

I didn’t eat and could do cool stuff on my toes.

Now, I guess you might say I enjoy eating. A lot. I’ll probably never again see the inside of a size 0.

And bless my soul if I could even touch my toes.

Change.

No doubt, change can be exciting. Change can be disturbing. Change can be downright terrifying.

But so long as we just bear in mind that these seemingly sneak-attack changes are gonna force us to realize important junk and ultimately,grow as a person… it makes the notion slightly more appealing.

Slightly.

You’ll get those realizations that leave ya sorta squeamish.

Like that old people are still real people with stuff going on besides being old.

And that you’re actually well on your way to joining them in the old people realm with old person agendas, old person tastes and old person metabolisms.

But then, you’ll get those other realizations.

The ones that make it all okay.

Like…  regardless of what the scale reads, chocolate always makes sense.

No matter what else changes, there will always be those beautiful people you can count on to see you through. And bring you chocolate.

And even if it looks a little chaotic and jumbled sometimes, life is definitely better taken fresh and saucy.

 

Rather than bland and flakey.

Fear not. Embrace the change.

Hearty Eggplant and Baby Bella Pomodoro Sauce

  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 large vidalia onion, chopped
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 1 small medium eggplant, diced
  • 6 oz baby bella mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 (14.5) ounce cans unsalted diced tomatoes, mostly drained
  • 4 ounces tomato paste
  • 1 Tbsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • a dash cinnamon
  • 3 cups fresh spinach, chopped
  • 1/3 cup red wine
  • 1/2 cup beef stock
  • 1/3 cup half and half
  • coarse sea salt and black pepper to taste

In a large pot, saute the garlic and onions in olive oil over medium heat. When translucent and fragrant add in the eggplant and cook for about three minutes. Next, stir in the mushrooms and continue cooking for 4-5 minutes. Add the tomatoes and bring to a simmer.

Stir in the tomato paste, then the sugar and seasonings. Add in chopped spinach. Next mix in the wine and stock, bring to a boil. Allow to cook 4-5 minutes.

Reduce heat, cover and allow to simmer 10-20 minutes. Stir in the cream and cook 5-7 minutes longer. Add salt and pepper  and adjust seasoning to taste.

Serve over pasta of your choice with fresh grated Parmesan or Romano cheese.

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