Well I have another dinner and a movie combo for you (which, like the “Read it, Eat It” I think will become a regular feature). For today’s “Dinner n’ a Movie” I a featuring a holiday favorite, the movie Elf!
This is one of my favorite Christmas movies! I watch it every holiday season (some years more than once) and still laugh out loud every.single.time.I.watch!
For the dinner, I made a meal inspired by Buddy the Elf’s favorite food: spaghetti with maple syrup!
No, my version isn’t quite like Buddy’s. I didn’t pour maple syrup right over my pasta, but instead made a homemade sweet marinara sauce, sweetened with (yup you guessed it) the maple syrup!
Served up with some meatballs, a side salad and some Coke, this meal and date night was one of the best eva!
One Year Ago: Eggnog Martini
Two Years Ago: Rise and Shine Coffee Cake
Three Years Ago: Almond Macaroon Brownie Bars
Buddy the Elf's Maple Syrup Spaghetti (a.k.a. Sweet Marinara Sauce)
By Heather H of Kitchen Concoctions: www.kitchen-concoctions.com
Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 20-25 minutes Makes about 2 ½ cups
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 small onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 (28 ounce) can tomato sauce
1 (28 ounce) can petite diced tomatoes*
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
3-5 tablespoons pure maple syrup or brown sugar (add to desired sweetness)
Spaghetti, cooked according to package directions, for serving
Heat oil in a large sauce pan over medium heat. Add onions and cook for 2-3 minutes or until translucent. Add garlic and cook 1 minute more. Stir in tomato paste and cook for 2-3 minutes.
Stir in remaining ingredients. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes. Taste and adjust seasonings if necessary.
Serve hot sauce over prepared pasta.
*Note: For a less chunky sauce, replace diced tomatoes with an additional can of tomato sauce.