One of our favorite tricks for extending sauces to feed a few more people is a simple bag of carrots. Even though we're usually prepared for most meals we make, there are always times when we need to stretch a dish. This is an easy trick that yields extra tasty results!
We love the depth of flavor that carrots bring to a rich bolognese sauce, but we don't always have time for the slow cooking — and sometimes we need a bit of extra sauce, too. If you're in a hurry and find yourself shy of a few tomatoes (be it fresh or from a jar or a can), try busting out a bag of frozen carrots.
We toss the frozen carrots in our Cuisinart and pulse them until finely chopped (a blender will work as well, though you might need to do them in batches). Toss the grated carrots in your sauce and watch it bulk up right away. Not only does it add volume, it adds a little extra something that pairs nicely with tomatoes.
You can also do the same thing with frozen pearl onions. It's a super fast and tasty way to feed a few more people at a moment's notice and make your sauce for two stretch to feed four or more! You can of course do the same thing with fresh vegetables as well — but it's a little known fact that we're actually part rabbit, so our carrots get snacked upon quite quickly after returning home!
Do you have a quick fix for when your pantry appears more bare than you thought it was? Let us know in the comments below!
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