Sunday Pasta Sauce is a Tradition for a Very Good Reason.
This recipe is 100% pure comfort food for me. On average, I get in the mood for a slow cooked tomato based pasta sauce every couple of months. Probably more often than that, now that I think about it. And I make different variations – meatballs, sausage, etc.
I enjoy everything about the whole process. The browning of the meat, the slow simmer of the sauce which causes the aroma to drift throughout my whole house. No rushing. Letting the food take its time to arrive at that perfect sweet spot. And yeah, I almost always make it on a Sunday. The day where I bring the week to a close and regroup for what comes next. The day when I most need comfort. This isn’t the day I take on complex cooking. It’s a slow and steady type of cooking day.
My favorite rendition of this sauce is made with pork ribs. I love tomato sauces with pork. There’s something about the flavor of pork, slow cooked in crushed tomatoes, that brings out the very best in a tomato sauce. I don’t think it needs much else. No onions or other vegetables. Only garlic and fresh basil are necessary to finish off the sauce and I’ve made it that way many many times.
But I happened to have some of my Miso Mushroom Butter in the freezer and couldn’t imagine that it would not be delicious added to the sauce. The butter contains cooked mushrooms and onions, miso, gochujang, and butter. How could this not be good in the tomato sauce?
I waited until the very end before whisking in about 2/3 cup of the softened Miso Mushroom Butter. Of course, the sauce instantly changed. It took on a very silky quality of texture and the flavor mellowed, became richer and more nuanced.
I normally sprinkle a lot of pecorino on the finished dish, but this time around it didn’t need nearly as much. The Miso Mushroom Butter gave it some of the saltiness and depth of flavor normally provided by the cheese. I still added the cheese, but in a lesser quantity. Chile flakes were the finishing touch.
Yep, this was just what I had in mind for my Sunday dinner. While we’re not religious people, we do have traditions. One of these traditions is that we watch British TV on Sunday nights. This started years ago and it’s become almost sacred. There’s something so reassuring about British TV shows. Perfect for Sunday nights. The segue from a simple comforting meal to feet up in front of the “telly” is how we do Sunday nights. It’s the best.