If you are tired of buying pasta sauce on sale only to have it take up too much room and sit half-used in the fridge until it is too old to be consumed — c’mon, we’ve all done it — then you will love this inexpensive, space-saving, easy-to-make, light and delicious sauce!
Here’s what you’ll need:
1 Large pot
1 Knife and 1 Can opener
1 Tablespoon or Heaping spoonful of quality tomato paste (as in soup spoon, not a small, coffee spoon)
2 Tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
2 Cloves of fresh garlic, each cut in half
1 Teaspoon of basil and/or oregano
1 Pinch of salt, or to taste
1 Twist of black pepper, or to taste
1 small squirt of natural sweetener, such as agave nectar, maple syrup, or honey — or a teaspoon of sugar
1/4 to 1 Cup of boiling water, depending on your preference
16 oz of cooked pasta
Additional vegetables and toppings for the pasta
1. Have all of the ingredients ready.
2. Put the pot on medium heat, and once hot add the two tablespoons of the olive oil.
3. Then add the heaping spoonful of tomato paste. There should be about 3/4 of the can left over.
4. Let the paste sit for about one minute and then whisk it into the olive oil.
5. Then add the garlic, basil, salt, pepper, and sweetener.
7. Let the sauce cook while stirring for about three minutes. Make sure it doesn’t boil so that the olive oil doesn’t burn.
8. Slowly add the boiling water while whisking to combine it with the tomato paste and olive oil.
9. Let the sauce simmer for another minute before turning off the heat.
10. Carefully toss the pasta into the pot and stir gently to coat as desired.
11. Add additional ingredients that you think would be great, such as corn, spinach, TVP (textured vegetable protein), parmesan, and/or meat.
11. Put pasta into nice bowls and serve!
How yummy is that?! Do share!