Family Dinner: Simple Pasta Sauce

In a previous post, I mentioned that I love the tradition of making a homemade meal for my family almost every night of the week.

One of my favorite things to make is pasta. I prefer to use tomato sauce because my daughter is a huge fan, and it makes me happy to see her eat a large meal for dinner. She’s pretty skinny for a little one, and I do my best to keep her healthy. She is just so active, and she burns a lot of calories. I mean, she eats a lot during the day, but she doesn’t gain weight very quickly. I guess she will be thankful for it later in life.

Anyway, I am not a big fan of regular canned or jarred pasta sauces, so I like to make my own. It’s not really from scratch. I don’t use fresh tomatoes, or anything, but I think my end product tastes pretty delicious. My family really loves it, so I guess I’m doing something right.

For those of you interested, here is the recipe I use for a regular size batch of pasta:

Simple Tomato Sauce

Ingredients:

2 8 ounce cans of plain tomato sauce (I like to use the Cantadina brand)
1 tsp. salt
2 tsp. ground pepper
2 tsp. onion powder
2 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. dried oregano
1/2 tsp. dried thyme

Directions:

In a sauce pan, combine the tomato sauce, salt, ground pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, oregano, and thyme. Use a whisk to stir the sauce so that the spices don’t clump together. Bring the heat up to medium, and cook for about ten minutes. Be sure to stir it often because sometimes the thicker tomato pieces can separate.

With pasta, you want to cook it until it’s almost done, strain the water out, then add it to the sauce to finish cooking. In general, the last two minutes of cooking should be done in the sauce to ensure that all the nooks and crannies of the pasta.

Finish with a bit of dried parsley and some parmesan cheese. This pasta sauce will be sure to please even the pickiest of eaters. I hope you enjoy!

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