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Katelyn’s Tomato Fettuccine

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I had the opportunity to watch my sister's girls since they didn't have school. A flexible schedule is definitely one of the things I love about working from home.

My sister dropped off the girls very early in the morning so they understandably hadn't had breakfast yet, but they were very hungry. I usually try to involve them in making meals (and/or setting the table) whenever I watch them, but this time, I thought I'd have Katelyn (the elder of the two) make breakfast all by herself. I told her what to do and how to do it and I made sure not to take over and not to do it for her. She made some really tasty Spinach and Jalapeño Havarti Omelets and I was surprised at how good they turned out.

Since breakfast was such a success, and since Katelyn was uncharacteristically eager to assist with cooking, I thought to take advantage of her newfound enthusiasm and have her make lunch too. Of course, I thought of something really easy that she'd be able to handle on her own – she actually made this from start to finish (even plated it) with no assistance. The only assistance I provided was through instruction and very minimal demonstration, if any.

So, here's a very easy recipe for Tomato Fettuccine – so easy, even a ten-year-old kid can do it. ;-) The girls also helped me write the recipe down after lunch, so it's in their words…

Katelyn's Tomato Fettuccine

Katelyn's Tomato Fettuccine

Ingredients:
½ package of fettuccine (900g package)
¼ cup olive oil
3 cloves garlic, mashed
½ large can of diced tomatoes
1 handful of parsley
½ cup shredded Italian cheese
1 pinch dry basil
2 pinches of oregano
3 pinches of sugar
fresh cracked pepper
sea salt

Directions:
Prep work
1.) Open can of tomatoes and separate half of the can into a container.
2.) Remove stems from parsley and wash it. Chop finely.
3.) Peel garlic, remove ends and mash garlic completely.
Tomato Sauce
4.) Heat a small saucepan.
5.) Put 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil in the saucepan and heat the oil.
6.) Add mashed garlic and fry until just before it turns brown.
7.) Add canned tomatoes quickly.
8.) Add salt, pepper, sugar, oregano and basil.
9.) Taste it to make sure that it tastes good. If not, add more of whatever it needs.
10.) Let sauce simmer on low heat.
Fettuccine
11.) Boil about 4 liters of water in a large pot.
12.) Once water is boiling, add 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil and 4 tablespoons of salt.
13.) Add fettuccine and boil.
14.) Mix right away and make sure they don’t stick to each other, nor to the pan.
15.) Throw one piece of fettuccine on the fridge – it’s ready when it sticks.
16.) Strain fettuccine in a large colander in the sink. Rinse with cold water.
17.) Rinse the pot then heat it to boil all the water away; add remaining oil to pan.
18.) Heat the fettuccine until it’s covered in oil and doesn’t stick; mix in the sauce.
Plating
19.) Put the fettuccine in a plate (a little bit at a time).
20.) Sprinkle with cheese and then with parsley. Eat!

Normally I prefer the taste of chopped garlic over mashed garlic, (yes, there is a big difference), but Katelyn was afraid to use the knife so I had her mash it using a mortar and pestle instead. Also, if you have fresh basil on hand, it's much better than dry basil. What I usually do is toss in a couple whole basil leaves in the tomato "sauce" and simmer, (they'll turn black with the heat so leave them whole), and then remove them before serving. You can then garnish the top with fresh chopped basil instead of parsley, or even use both.

Yes, it's a very simple recipe, but also very tasty. I'm very proud of Katelyn – she did a good job and it tasted great. The above is of one of three plates she served. Hopefully she'll make it at home for her mom one day soon…

And of course, a very special thank you goes out to Vanessa as well for setting the table, washing the parsley and helping us taste the sauce to make sure it was perfect! :-)