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Cannabis-Infused Pasta Sauce

Nicholas Demski
pasta with bolognese in a frying pan topped with basil

A good pasta sauce can bring all of the comforts of home straight to your belly. Adding cannabis ups the health factor.

Pasta Sauce Recipe re-formatted from:  https://www.marijuanabreak.com/the-420-spaghetti-bolognese-recipe

Pairing foods with drinks, herbs, spices, and cheeses is a staple throughout the history of gastronomy. So it should come as no surprise that the infusion between a staple at the dinner table—pasta—and cannabis is an easy option for your first homemade cannabis-infused meal. Some people want to start out with the quick results and a short learning curve. In that case, they opt for coffee and cannabis. But we’re looking for something more substantive when we sit down for a proper meal.

To get you started, we’ve included a cannabis-infused pasta sauce that’s sure to be hit the first time and every time after.

A Delicious Cannabis-Infused Bolognese Recipe

Noodles join in to any meal of the day, depending on your culture. In Hong Kong, they frequently serve noodles for breakfast. In the West, noodles are more likely to appear on the dinner table under a beautiful bolognese, like this one.

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Ingredients

  • ½ tbsp. olive oil
  • ½ tbsp. canna oil or 1 tbsp cannabis butter melted
  • 2 medium onions
  • 4 rashers smoked bacon
  • 2 carrots
  • 2 celery sticks
  • 500 gm minced beef
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 x 400-gm tins of plum tomatoes
  • Small pack basil leaves
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 2 fresh bay leaves
  • 2 tbsp. tomato purée
  • 1 beef stock cube
  • 1 red chili
  • 125ml red wine
  • 6 cherry tomatoes
  • 75 gm Parmesan

Instructions

  1. Grate parmesan cheese; set aside.
  2. Finely chop the bacon, onions, carrots, celery sticks, garlic cloves, basil, and chili; set aside.
  3. Slice cherry tomatoes in half; set aside.
  4. Place olive oil and canna oil in a large saucepan over medium heat.
  5. Fry the bacon until crispy.
  6. Reduce heat.
  7. Add onion, carrot, celery, and garlic. Stir frequently until carrots soften.
  8. Increase to medium heat.
  9. Add the minced beef and fry until it’s brown.
  10. Add tinned plum tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, chopped basil, oregano, bay leaves, tomato purée, chili stock cube, and wine.
  11. Mix ingredients thoroughly.
  12. Bring to boil, then reduce to simmer.
  13. Cook covered for around one hour.
  14. Add parmesan to thicken the sauce.
  15. Serve over al dente pasta and enjoy!

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Luckily, cannabis infuses into any sauce you like, depending on your taste and tolerance. So if bolognese doesn’t suit you, you can also use it in a cream or blush sauce, or even just lightly on sauteed vegetables over pasta.

Reasons to Enjoy Cannabis-Infused Pasta Sauce

Here are a few good reasons — the triad of good health: physical, mental, and social well being.

Ease Your Pain For a Relaxing Evening

Cannabinoids help treat pain. A recent study looked at brain imaging of pain patients after taking THC. An area of the brain called the anterior cingulate cortex (ACC), rich in CB1 receptors, was the main site of action. All participants reported lower pain levels following administration of THC vs placebo.

THC is very effective for treating pain that is nerve related, like sciatica or other forms of neuropathy. CBD targets inflammation. If you suffer from auto immune conditions such as arthritis or fibromyalgia, make sure you chose a CBD-rich strain, like ACDC or Dutch Treat, for making cannabutter.

As a medical cannabis patient, making your own infused foods gives you greater control over dosing and pain management. If you are inviting friends over for dinner, especially for cannabis novices, be sure to never exceed 10mg THC for the meal. This will ensure that everyone makes it to desert.

It Take a Little bit of Elbow Grease

Robust flavors and effective medicine are the result of this labor of love.  Since the average person will burn 150 calories per hour making dinner, that’s a good bit of physical exercise plus it clears some room for your delicious pasta.

Being Social can Reduce Physical Pain

There’s evidence to suggest that cooking your own food is good for you. It involves math, fine motor skills, logistics, multi-tasking, and a creative mind. Furthermore, you know exactly what is going into your meal. After all, you’re not getting the unhealthy additives you’d find in a store-bought alternative. Invite some of your people to enjoy a meal with you, further adding to your pain relief and good vibe.

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Alternatives Meat Based Infused Pasta Sauce

Maybe you’re not a fan of bolognese. If it’s the meat, here’s a vegetarian option you might consider.

Ingredients

  • 8 oz whole-wheat fettuccine
  • ½ tbsp. canna oil or 1 tbsp cannabis butter melted
  • ½ tbsp. olive oil
  • 3 shallots
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 10 oz baby portobello mushrooms
  • 1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
  • pinch salt (optional)
  • pinch pepper (optional)
  • 1 large egg
  • ¾ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese; ½ cup for sauce, ¼ for garnish

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Instructions

  1. Mince shallots and garlic cloves; set aside.
  2. Slice portobello mushrooms; set aside.
  3. Reserve ½ cup of hot water; set aside.
  4. Drain noodles; set aside.
  5. In a large skillet, heat canna and olive oils over medium heat.
  6. Add shallots; cook until caramelized.
  7. Add garlic, mushrooms, red pepper, and seasonings; cook until mushroom are soft and browned.
  8. Meanwhile, cook pasta in a large pot of boiling water until al dente.
  9. Whisk the egg with cheese in a small bowl.
  10. Add pasta to mushroom sauce and combine thoroughly.
  11. Pour the egg mixture to the combination.
  12. Add the pasta water if necessary to thin the sauce.
  13. Top the sauce with the Parmesan garnish.
  14. Serve, enjoy, and relax!

If you’re thinking about including a cannabis-infused pasta sauce in your weekly meal schedule, make sure it’s well-suited to your diet. Remember that pasta is high in carbs, so not Keto friendly. Still, it can be a delicious part of a balanced diet. Tweak to your liking and get cooking!

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Nicholas Demski

I like to smash stigmas of all types. I'm a full-time single father, world-traveler, and an advocate for medicinal plants being treated for what they are: plants. You can follow my life's journey on the following platforms: Instagram @TheSingleDadNomad YouTube and Facebook: The Single Dad Nomad Blog: www.TheSingleDadNomad.com Also, feel free to have a look at my portfolio of work: nicholasdemski.contently.com

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