Easy Pasta Sauce

We just threw this sauce together tonight for a pasta dinner. My boys loved it. Normally I’m pretty good with measuring quantities of spices, but this time we did just add a little of this and a little of that. So add your spices to taste and enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 5 – 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 small yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 – 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
  • 28-oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 15-oz can tomato sauce
  • 1/3 cup red wine (Whatever is on hand, I used a red blend)
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste
  • ½ to 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • black olives, chopped – to taste (I used about ½ of a can)

Directions

Heat large (deep) skillet over medium-high heat. Add EVOO, garlic, and onion, cook until onion is soft – about five minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the rest of the ingredients to the pan. Reduce heat and simmer for 45 minutes to an hour, stirring occasionally. Serve over your favorite pasta.

Quick & Easy Pasta

A simple pasta to make.

A simple pasta to make.

Wow. It’s been a while since I’ve been on here. Over a year! The good news is, over the past year this blog has been great for me to easily find some of my favorite recipes. I’ve also found some new ones to add as well. While we have our favorites, we try to find new dishes, too.

Here’s an easy pasta to make that is also pretty kid friendly. (Okay, my kids pick out the tomatoes, but they love the rest of the dish.) We love this as a main dish, but it would also make a great side as well.

Ingredients

  • pound of pasta (I like to use the rotini, aka corkscrew), cooked per package directions
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil (3/8 cup)
  • grape tomatoes, halved (I throw in a pack)
  • 1 cup crumbled Feta cheese
  • 2 tablespoons dried Italian seasoning (or ½ cup fresh herbs)
  • salt to taste
  • fresh ground pepper to taste
  • Optional add-ins: chopped red onion, kalamata olives, whatever strikes your fancy really.

Directions

Add all ingredients to hot pasta, and blend to combine. The cheese will melt a bit and mix with the olive oil and seasonings to create a nice dressing.