Sundays are my favorite day of the week; we sleep in, everyone is relaxed, laundry is folded and chores are done. On wintry days, it’s just a good day to chill inside and make a few meals for the week, filling up your kitchen with yummy flavors. Making a batch of sauce can tide you over to use with a variety of meals for a week, or you can freeze whatever is leftover. I make a basic sauce that I can use in a variety of ways – here you go:
INGREDIENTS for Simple Sunday Sauce:
1/4 cup onions
2 tablespoons garlic
28 ounces crushed tomatoes
12 ounces tomato paste
12 ounces tomato sauce
1/2 cup water
fresh parsley bunch (1/2 cup) chopped
fresh basil bunch (1/2 cup) chopped
fresh spinach bunch (1/2 cup) chopped
salt & pepper
Saute onions & garlic, add salt & pepper – cook for 5 minutes. Pour in crushed/pasta/sauce & water, mix together – add parsley and basil and spinach and simmer for 30 minutes. The greens really add in a hearty & aromatic depth that I love.
PS – If you don’t already have one, get one – Le Creuset oval dutch oven; I have 2 that I love (red) and use them for pretty much everything, browning meats, soups, pasta, sauces, baking a chicken…
From here – you could make lasagna, chicken parmesan, meatball sandwich or pasta & sauce. Today I made lasagna – I can’t wait for dinner! Lasagna can sometimes take forever, but not my version – I use Barilla’s oven ready noodles; honestly, I have laboriously done the regular route, but these taste just as good.
INGREDIENTS for Lasagna
1 lb sweet sausage
1/2 lb ground beef
Sauce – see recipe above
Ricotta, Mozzarella & Parmesan cheeses (1/2 cup each, I use skim version for all)
*set aside a little mozz/parm for final layer – maybe a 1/3 cup
Barilla oven ready lasagna noodles
**you can make vegetarian lasagna too; just skip the meat!
Brown your meats and add to sauce; set oven to 375, and while you wait, in a large bowl, mix your cheeses together. In a 9 x 13 pan, spray with cooking spray, ladle in a layer of sauce, then lay 3 noodles down, ladle sauce over top of noodle, a layer of cheese mixture and repeat 3 times. I always have leftover noodles but I only like to do 3 layers. Last layer, sprinkle mozzarella or parmesan over top. Cover with foil & bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and let set for 5 minutes. Cut a small square portion, serve with tossed salad and piece of bread and maybe a glass of Apothic Red Blend…DONE.