Today's Meatless Monday meal is a simple marinara sauce with spaghetti noodles. If you would like to make it a meat meal, then it would be easy to do by just browning some ground meat or Italian sausage to add to the sauce while simmering.
Ingredients: 2 cans whole tomatoes 1 can crushed tomatoes 2 teaspoons minced garlic (or 2 gloves fresh, diced) drizzle of olive oil 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese fresh basil (chopped) *If you have it. sprinkle of red pepper flakes salt and pepper to taste 1/4 teaspoon sugar 1 teaspoon onion powder 2 teaspoons oregano
Directions: In a large saucepan, drizzle enough olive oil to coat the saucepan thinly. Add your garlic and cook for a few minutes, but don't let the garlic get brown. Pour in your tomatoes and crush the whole tomatoes to the consistency of your liking. We like ours with a few chunks of tomato, so I just use a meat chopper to crush it while in the pan. Feel free to run it through the food processor, though. Add your seasonings and cheese and bring to a boil. Turn the heat down and let it simmer for 45 minutes. Serve with your favorite pasta.
*You could also grate carrots and celery into the sauce for more veggies!
Living in small town Oklahoma, I am married to the sweetest man you will ever meet. We have five young children, so I would now consider myself a professional juggler. I'm a wannabe crafter, cook, baker, and gardener. Some might call me crunchy. I'm okay with it.