Sunday, May 15, 2011

Easy Homemade Marinara Sauce and Menu Plan

A couple months ago, I started making this recipe, and I use it often.  I make a big batch while I'm making pizza or another dish and freeze aprt of it in 1 1/2 portions so I can pull it out other nights.  After some experimenting, I decided I like the crushed tomatoes best because the sauce has more texture and flavor.  Its great as a pasta sauce, pizza sauce, and I even used it last week when I made sausage and pepper sandwiches.  A couple weeks ago, I boiled some pasta, added some panchetta, and voila!  a delicious, easy dinner.

2 large cans crushed tomatoes
4-6 large fresh basil leaves, chopped
4-6 cloves garlic, crushed
2 tbsp. fresh oregano leaves, chopped
1 tbsp crushed red pepper
1 tbsp fresh rosemary

Put tomatoes in large saucepan.  Cook on medium heat.  Add seasonings.  Simmer, uncovered for 20 minutes.  I find it doesn't need salt, but I often add a little bit of black pepper at the end.

Sunday: Pasta with steak, onions and spinach
Monday: Crunchy Garlic Chicken, Buttermilk Biscuits, caesar salad
Tuesday: Quinoa Pasta Taco Salad
Wednesday: Leftovers
Thursday: I have Open House for work, so I'm eating there.  The boys are on their own!
Friday: Homemade Pizza with homemade sauce

Wraps with deli meat (ham and buffalo chicken this week)

waffles with peanut butter
homemade granola

Snacks and treats:
fruit and yogurt popsicles (homemade)
celery and carrot sticks with hummus
cheese and crackers


  1. I would love to have you guest post. Thanks for stopping by.
    Amber from Whitehead's Monthly Menu

  2. Looks delicious and easy. Will have to try it! Thanks for joining.