I am not going to lie. Last week was a frozen pizza, take out pizza, delivery pizza and leftover pizza kind of week. No one around here is complaining but here’s why…we added this gem of a bike to our lifestyle and decided to change things up as well as challenge ourselves a bit. Boy is it working. We talked about how we can do our part to help reduce in our lives and we came up with this. We are parking our car unless it is more than 10 miles or a dangerous ride for the kids (only once so far). Last week alone, the kids and I logged over 80 miles. So pizza it was until I got the energy to move.
Easing into simple meals reminded me of this delicious and oh so easy red sauce. My kids are crazy about pasta so it is a meal we can all enjoy. With only 4 ingredients, it is possible to not have to head to the grocery store for those missing ingredients. When relying on a bike for those trips, it is something to think twice about!
So, thankfully I was safe with my stash and was able to whip this up in no time. I only had a red onion, oh well. I had crushed tomatoes, oh well. I had basil left over from another recipe and garlic on hand always! I dumped all this into the blender and came up with a fresh sauce ready to cook minus all those extra ingredients like sugar, oil, preservatives…that you find in prepared sauces.
So when it’s done blending, it may look a little more orange and watery than you are used to for red sauce. No worries, once it cooks down, it will be a rich red color and thick as you like. Adding the toppings is a bonus too. For me, it’s whatever I have in the fridge but you may like to plan a little more than that.
While the sauce is cooking, I use that time to cook the noodles and veggies I will serve with the dish. You don’t have to watch this sauce and I think I actually only stirred it once or twice the whole time it was on the stove. If it gets a little too thick, simply add a little water (1/2 cup at a time) or red wine would be nice too. I cook this with a lid on the pot so it doesn’t reduce too quickly.
This is also a great recipe to make a double batch and freeze. It’s delicious on pasta, for dipping, over grilled polenta, in stuffed peppers and on rice. I’m sure you can think of a few more too! So, here’s a sauce for those “I’m so tired of pizza but I can’t possibly peddle one more inch.” kinds of nights. I would love to hear your ideas or see your pictures when you make this sauce. Happy cooking!