Here’s another meal I made to use up leftovers from my pantry. This time I used a bottle of Merlot I’ve been using for cooking for a couple of months, canned tomatoes with balsamic vinegar and basil and bottled parmesan cheese. It was surprisingly delicious and so easy to make. I had more than enough Merlot so the sauce came out richly flavored. This had plenty of garlic but I still stashed a head of garlic in my luggage at the last minute!
Preparation was easy, just browned some Italian sweet sausages and threw in almost a whole head of peeled, crushed garlic. Then I threw in a can of crushed tomatoes with basil and balsamic vinegar. I let that stew for about half an hour and found my remaining 1/8 bottle of cooking merlot and threw that in. At the last minute, I checked for seasoning like salt and pepper and more basil. Then I mixed in a batch of cooked spaghetti noodles and served hot. Since I was out of wine, we had this with beer and sat down to a World Series ballgame on TV.