Simple Sauce & Lasagna

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.


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.


One thought on “Simple Sauce & Lasagna

  1. I was able to try a sample of this and it hit the spot! The sausage gives it some depth but still simple with familiar flavors. Thanks for the taste!


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