Wednesday, December 3, 2008

No-Fuss Pasta Sauce

There is no need to spend $3-$5 on a jar of pasta sauce. Instead, opt for a can of tomatoes ($1.19), 2 cloves of garlic (pennies), 1/2 of an onion (maybe $0.15), and splash of olive oil (again, maybe $0.30). The key is--no fillers, no hidden "flavors!"
First off, start a pot of water for your whole-wheat pasta of choice. In a heavy skillet saute' sliced onions over medium heat. Allow them to become carmelized (brown, but not burned). While that is cooking, mash up your garlic and chop up 5 tomatoes or open up a can of diced tomatoes. Add the garlic to the pan for 3 minutes. Add the tomatoes, and allow to simmer until your pasta is ready. Drain your pasta and add directly to the sauce and toss. Top with chopped herbs and Parmesan cheese for some added color. Feel the need for protein? Add in a can of white beans, chopped chicken, or lean chicken sausage. Again, a 10 minute meal! Isn't that better than driving to the nearest fast food restaurant?

1 comment:

CGS said...

I'm all about 10 minute meals...I have several I can make in at least under 20 minutes. I think we should bump Rachael Ray out and move on it. =)

Tonight I was going to make a brocolli stir-fry for dinner (after spending all day doing my Christmas baking, which is not nearly as fun by yourself) and I went to dump the meat in the hot pan with olive oil. The plastic part at the bottom of the meat package fell in first and melted on the pan and the meat. So we had to get Chinese takeout. (And Mat had to take mine back because my brocolli and beef was still pink. Ewww!) Lesson learned - be more careful next time!