What is the quintessential university students’ meal?
If you said Kraft Dinner or grilled cheese, you’re right. But there’s another one that you are missing: Pasta!
Most people just buy the sauce, buy the noodles, boil the water and badda-bing-badda-boom – pasta! Today, however, we are going to kick it up a notch. We’re adding veggies, chicken and home-made sauce!
Occasionally, we make our own pasta, too, but that would take away the convenience of the dish, so we went with store-bought whole wheat penne instead. 🙂 But back to the sauce…
It always makes us laugh at how people seem to shy away from making their own tomato sauce, it’s honestly the easiest thing! Not too many ingredients, not too many steps, and way less additives, preservatives and salt than store-bought.
Not to mention it’s bright tomato-y flavour and super-packed with vegetable goodness! 🙂 What’s better than that?
We added carrots to this one for an extra beta-carotene boost, but really, you can add almost any vegetable to tomato sauce and it will turn out delicious! We’ve been known to blend entire stir-frys right in!
This is a nice big recipe, too, so you’ll have lots in the fridge, which makes whipping together a yummy bowl of pasta that much faster! This edition contains carrots, broccoli, mushrooms, red peppers and frozen mixed veggies stir-fried in some olive oil and then tossed with the noodles and sauce (recipe below!). It’s healthy, it’s delicious, and it takes all of 20min to make, with minimal clean-up. The ultimate busy-person-on-a-budget type meal!
So here you go, folks! Easy, healthy, delicious home-made tomato sauce!
Basic Tomato Sauce
Total time: 40min
1 tbsp olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 medium white onion, diced
1/2 large carrot, diced
1 28oz can of tomatoes
1/2 c. tomato paste
1/2 tbsp oregano
1 tsp white sugar
1/2 tsp salt
pepper, to taste
Heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onions and garlic and cook, stirring frequently until onions have become tranxlucent.
Add carrots, tomatoes and tomato paste. Stir to combine and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 20min.
Transfer to a blender and blend until somewhat smooth. Return to the pot. Add remaining ingredients, bring back to a boil and simmer for 10 min.
Do you like tomato sauce? What’s your favourite quick and easy meal?