Rob Struven is definitely one great guy and definitely one talented tattooer. He also happens to have his shop, Garage Ink, in the heart of Napa Valley, California. Napa Valley is a destination spot for foodies and wine connoisseurs as the area is known for wine making and California cuisine, notably the world-famous French Laundry and Morimotos. And Garage Ink is a tattoo oasis within this food and wine mecca. So it was only natural that I would want to write about Rob and his love for food!
Rob has a gluten allergy, so his diet can be pretty specific. It is interesting to cook for special diets or turning classic dishes into suitable dishes for specific diets. Rob is an inspiration to anyone who has to make the best out of eating a restricted diet. I always see him getting creative and it never looks as if what he is eating is boring or flavorless. What a fun and rewarding challenge!
Rob’s wife, Ginger (who is of Italian decent), was kind enough to give me an old family recipe to share with your guys today. She has done an amazing job transforming this family heirloom recipe into something gluten free and organic. Go Ginger! Please read on and check out this delicious recipe for gluten free and organic spaghetti with meat sauce, you wont regret it!
Gluten Free, organic spaghetti and meat sauce
1 pound ground beef
1 medium yellow onion
1 large bell pepper or 2 smaller ones
2 14oz jars diced tomatoes or fresh tomatoes if available
8 oz crimini mushrooms
7 oz jar tomato paste
4-6 large garlic cloves
4 tps worcestershire sauce
2 tsp sugar
2 tsp chili powder or more if you like heat
1 tsp salt or to taste
2 tsp pepper or to taste
2 bay leaf
Fresh shaved or grated parmesan cheese
Brown ground beef with minced garlic, drain.
Sauté bell peppers and onion in olive oil.
Combine meat, bell peppers and onion in large pot. Add tomatoes, tomato paste, worcestershire, all spices and mushrooms.
Simmer on very low heat for approx. 3 hours, stirring frequently. Tastes even better the next day!
Serve with any gluten free pasta, spaghetti squash or zucchini “noodles”.
Top with parmesan. enjoy!
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Cheers and enjoy!