Thursday, November 14, 2013

Easy Organic Pizza/Pasta Sauce

As a busy mom, I am always on the lookout for easy meals. One of my favorite things to cook is pizza. I originally made my dough from scratch but used canned pizza sauce. Needless to say, the canned pizza sauce was missing something. Recently, I started to experiment and found, what I believe to be a tasty and easy to make sauce. I also use this with pasta.

What you need (please note that these are estimates since I don't really measure things when I cook.):

1 Jar of Trader Joe's Organic Spaghetti Sauce

1 Can of Tomato Paste

1-2 teaspoons of minced garlic (I use the already minced garlic that comes in a jar.)

1 tablespoon of basil

1-2 teaspoons of chipotle chili powder

Toss it all in a sauce pan and heat it on medium-low heat for about 15 minutes, stirring frequently. For an extra lazy night, just toss the cooked pasta and any meat you want in the sauce pan and heat it a little longer.

TIP: I cook my dry pasta and ground beef in bulk. Then I put them in freezer bags and freeze them until needed. On the day of use, after I thaw them out, I simply add sauce or put them in a casserole.

Looking for a great pizza dough recipe? I swear by this book.  Pizza: More than 60 Recipes for Delicious Homemade Pizza. One of the authors, Tony Gemignani, is a five time world pizza tossing champion.

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