Thursday, May 21, 2009

Bringing Some Life to Your Pasta Sauce

Almost everyone has pasta sauce in their pantry – either homemade or store bought. Although I do not often reach for the store bought stuff, I often keep a jar around for those days that don’t quite work out the way I wanted and it is now the supper hour and I have nothing to serve. In my house, busting with 3 hungry teenage boys, having nothing for supper is quite the emergency, so sometimes I go for the jar of ready-made pasta sauce (Gasp – I know!!).

It is normal to go meatless in my house at 2 – 3 times a week, but I still want to add a nutritional punch to my quick meal. One of the best ways I have found is by doing some quick add ins from things I already have in my kitchen – like peppers, garlic, spinach and hot pepper flakes. I chop the veggies while waiting for the pasta water to boil and the pasta to cook.

Once the pasta has been cooked and drained, I pour the sauce right over the pasta and toss in all the fresh veggies. I don’t worry about cooking them or anything – I just toss and stir and then pile high the plates. We top ours with hot pepper flakes (for a kick of spice and a boost for our metabolism) and some parmesan cheese.

There you go, a quick meal in under 20 minutes!

1 comment:

  1. This looks yummy. We've been enjoying vegetarian pasta around here, too. Our current favorite is to slice and saute mushrooms, and add them to the pasta along with slivers of sun-dried tomatoes, then top with Parmesan. Yum. Impressive that your teenage boys don't balk at the veggies added. Good job!