After a 3 day weekend of enjoying family time and then working all day Monday at my grown up job, I have a lot of catching up to do at home. (plus the prom formal dress to complete) So last night I prepared a meal based on things that needed used in my kitchen. I had grape tomatoes and fresh herbs that were fading fast. Tomato sauce makings for sure!
I've developed my easy tomato sauce recipe over the years from various recipes and it's basically this:
One can of pasta sauce - usually Del Monte or Hunts (no meat)
One can of tomatoes and green chilies (if you don't like spicy, just use regular diced tomatoes)
One can of cream soup (chicken, mushroom or celery - use what you have in the pantry)
1/2 cup red wine (optional)
2 T Oregano
Herbs and spices - depending on what you have on hand and enjoy
Meat - ground turkey or beef - if you want meat sauce - left over meatloaf works the best
Last night I used a pound of ground turkey - because that's what I had in the house. I cooked the turkey in the pot with chopped onion and crumbled it up. Then I tossed the pasta sauce ingredients into the pot.
I added about 1 to 2 cups of grape tomatoes because they were slightly wrinkled and not pretty enough for a salad. I simmered it for a while.
Then I threw in the herbs. Oh fresh herbs! They make any food better. I used oregano, italian parsley, basil, thyme and garlic. I knew just smelling the herbs that it was going to be yummy!
I made my Easy Peasy Caesar Salad
Chopped romaine (and any other salad fixins' I feel like tossing in - I'm not a purest)
Ken's Lite Creamy Caesar dressing,
Fiesta fajita seasoning (I use this on everything, really I do)
Sometimes we add pepperocinis but last night we didn't
I sprinkled it with Lovera's Parmesan Seasoning (http://www.loverasmarket.com/)
Our bread was left over wheat sandwich rolls, split, spread with butter and garlic powder and broiled until they were toasty. (I use what I have on hand, that's what my Mama taught me)
I boiled wheat angel hair pasta and we were ready to eat.
So there you go, my "special" tomato sauce - I swear it gets rave reviews, especially with the fresh herbs added. I have enough left over for dinner tonight and we may eat again. My sweetie is not too picky, he's easy to cook for, and me, I'm just TOO happy to microwave a leftover meal now and then.
What do you cook when you need something easy? Do you cook meals based on what needs cooked before it ruins?
Much Love & Laughter,
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