Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Spaghetti and Better Jarred Sauce #WeekdaySupper

Do you have those evenings that are so busy you don't even have time to make a simple dinner?

Do you just want to give up and get drive-through meals?

Would you rather have a simple, cheap, tasty meal?

Here it is.

Better Jarred Sauce over Buckwheat Soba Noodles.

Better Than Jarred Sauce came about during our SNAP Challenge. We had less than $4 a day per person to eat a healthy meal. I planned a lot of simple dishes but none were as tasty as the homemade sauce and spaghetti dinner we had the first night.

This is a great recipe to make ahead and freeze. Then dinner is as simple as boiling water for pasta. My girls help make the mirepoix which helps them learn to chop and I get some assistance in the kitchen. Here is a short video Audrey made to demonstrate her chopping skills. In it we chopped mirepoix which is the base for this recipe.

Better Than Jarred Sauce

  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 carrot, chopped
  • 1 celery stalk, chopped
  • 1/2 to 1  medium onion, depending on your taste
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 28 oz container chopped tomatoes
  • 1-2 tbsp Italian Seasonings
  • 2 tsp salt
  • cracked black pepper
Heat oil in medium saucepan. Add onions, carrot, celery and saute until onion is translucent and veggies starting to soften. Stir in garlic and saute another 3-4 minutes. Add a little water to the pan if veggies start to burn before they are cooked. Add tomatoes and Italian seasoning and cook on low for 15-20 minutes. Place sauce in a blender or food processor and puree until smooth. Add salt and pepper to taste. 

At this point you can serve over your favorite pasta or divide the sauce into freezer safe containers. We like to make a batch of this on the weekends and keep a serving thawed in the fridge for quick meals. We freeze the rest for later. I boil up some Asian Soba noodles that cook in 5 minutes and we have a homemade dinner in less time than it takes to drive to a fast food restaurant. If you add leftover chicken or meatballs you can customize this meal to your family's taste. I like mine with smoked tofu but my family enjoys Italian meatballs on top. I get a large bag from the freezer section and heat up what we need. Add a salad or cook some frozen peas to make a complete meal.

For more easy #WeekdaySupper Meals check out what the others are bringing to the table this week:

Weekday Supper Menu for the week of December 23-27

Stovetop Pasta with Sausage and Peppers from Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks 
Pasta tossed with  bell peppers, spicy andouille sausage, fresh tomatoes, and herbs in a cream sauce.
Roasted Salmon Lettuce Wraps w/ Mango Salsa from Sue's Nutrition Buzz
Roasted Salmon Lettuce Wraps w/ Mango Salsa from Sue’s Nutrition Buzz 
Refreshing roasted salmon topped with a fresh mango salsa nesting in lettuce wraps make a healthy, low-carb weeknight supper.
Spaghetti and Better Jarred Sauce from In The Kitchen With Audrey and Maurene
Spaghetti and Better Jarred Sauce from In The Kitchen With Audrey and Maurene 
Keeping a container of this homemade sauce in your fridge means that your family can eat not only a simple meal on a busy night, but also a healthy one.  Adjust proteins for a custom meal any night of the week.
Spiced Pumpkin Soup from Happy Baking Days
Spiced Pumpkin Soup from Happy Baking Days
A warming, hearty soup with roasted pumpkin, butternut squash and plenty of Christmas spice.
Roasted Red Pepper Pasta from Alida's Kitchen
Roasted Red Pepper Pasta from Alida’s Kitchen
This delicious, creamy roasted red pepper pasta dish is made healthier with Greek yogurt.
Fore more quick & easy Weekday Supper recipes, click HERE.  Also, check out the Weekday Supper Pinterest Board.

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  1. What an adorable video and great recipe!

    1. Audrey had so much fun with the video. You can tell she is happy.

  2. It is so wonderful to see your girls in the kitchen! What a fun meal for a busy day.

    1. We are so happy to be blogging again. Audrey has been asking to make this video for months.

  3. I love sauces like these for pasta. Your girls are such a big help in the kitchen, Kris!

    1. I like that this is easy to make. My husband likes it on pizza and we use it for pasta.

  4. Yummm homemade sauce is the best!!! It's so fun to get the little ones in the kitchen...start 'em early! :)

    1. That is the point! I am looking forward to the day Audrey can make this for me!

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