It seems that the possibilities for a delicious meal are endless when you have some good chunky red sauce on hand.
My favorite thing about making things from scratch is the fact that I have complete control over the ingredients that go into what I am eating! This means no long list of supposedly edible items that I am unable to pronounce, but rather healthy and wholesome real food! I also really believe that when you make things from scratch you are also able to save a lot of money, which is always what we are aiming for.
My easy, go to tomato sauce is simple and can be used in so many different ways (forget the pasta….for now).
1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
1/2 onion diced
3 cloves garlic minced
1 can diced tomatoes
Salt pepper and herbs to taste! I use about 1 tsp dried oregano, 1 tsp dried thyme, and 1 tsp dried basil. However, as always, if you have access to fresh herbs USE THEM!!
A splash of balsamic vinegar (2 tbsp)
Saute the onion in the olive oil and add the garlic. Throw in you tomatoes, followed by herbs/salt/pepper and vinegar. Allow to simmer. Feel free to puree if you like a smoother sauce.
This is totally all to taste. Adjust as you see fit and until it tastes good to you!.
Some Ideas of what to do with it
1. Toss with spaghetti squash and spinach and pair with your favorite sausage (I had chicken and apple sausage!)
2. Add some vegetables (peas, spinach, mushroom….whatever you have on hand) to the sauce and crack some eggs in and bake the eggs in the sauce. Pair with a crusty piece of bread, dipping into the beautiful running yoke and soaking up all that delicious sauce!
3. Toss with quinoa, ground turkey and roasted brussels sprouts (my new favorite vegetable…I simply do not understand why they have such a bad name.)
Really just add it to anything and you will be happy!