I woke up in the middle of the night and thought I should post a recipe or two. So here's the next one - Easy Pasta Sauce!! It will go good with the sausage recipe I posted earlier.
This one is so quick you can start your pot of water for the pasta and then start the sauce, no need to simmer for hours- it won't improve the flavor:
2- 15 ounce cans of tomato sauce (or 1 - 29 ounce can) - be sure to only use tomato sauce that has NOT been spiced - it will ruin the flavor of it. I use Hunt's tomato sauce or S&W organic tomato sauce with no added spices.
1 - onion
2 - cloves garlic (or you can use the diced bottled garlic)
Crushed red pepper
Dried Sweet Basil (or fresh if you have it)
Dice the onion or even better run it through the food processor. Saute it on medium-low heat in a sauce pan in a tablespoon of EVOO. When the onion is almost completly opaque add the garlic and finish the saute. Don't add the garlic too early or it will over cook and possibly burn.
Add the tomato sauce, a teaspoon or less of salt (to taste), a teaspoon of sugar, and a tablespoon of dried basil, and crushed red pepper to taste - the more the better. These measurements are my best guess since I don't use measuring spoons. Sorry. Simmer on low heat until your pasta is cooked.
Follow the directions on the pasta box except stop cooking about 1 to 2 minutes early - this will give you perfect al dente pasta. Put the pasta in a bowl and cover it with the sauce and stir it all together - the pasta will continue to cook in the bowl. Top with a good Parmeggiano or even better a good Romano cheese and enjoy.
This should feed 6 with a pound of pasta for about 400 calories per serving. Or 4 at 600 calories per serving.
Next post I will give you a variation of this sauce. Just remember to watch you portion size and you will have a good meal and not too many calories.