I. Love. Pasta.
It is a known fact that I won’t even try to hide.
In the past I’ve posted a red sauce recipe, which had a deep flavor great for a pizza, but didn’t love it for a go-to sauce. I wanted to perfect a sauce that I could make a batch and use for pasta, pizzas, or simply dunking in some bread ‘n buttah.
I finally did it! *happy dance*
And I want to share it with you all. I assure you that you can make this – I give measurements below but it isn’t an exact science. I have made this 5 times in a row and it tastes the same every time, so I know you can nail it too. That is if you like it after one try ;)
Mr. Shiksa & I prefer our sauce not too thick, but not too thin, sorta in the middle. We like some texture, sweetness, and a bit of cheese. This has all of that.
Dig in and let me know what you think!
Servings 4-6 (generous – I like a lot of sauce)
WW points: 3 points per serving
(1) 28 oz can of crushed tomatoes OR ground whole peeled tomatoes (I use any brand on sale - Red Pack, Tuttoroso, just not store brand!)
(1) 8 oz can of tomato paste (any brand - Hunts, Rienzi)
(1) 10 oz can of tomato sauce (any brand - Hunts or others)
1/4 cup unpacked light brown sugar (slightly over 1/4 cup)
1 large garlic clove, minced (or 2 small)
1 tsp of onion powder (or 1/4 white onion, chopped if you have it)
1/3 cup of shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
2-3 plops of butter or margarine spread
In large pot/Dutch oven, saute garlic and onion (if using fresh onion) in a little bit of olive oil (a few tsp) until fragrant and onions start to soften.
Pour in the large can of crushed/ground tomatoes, tomato paste, and tomato sauce. Stir.
Add in light brown sugar (and onion powder at this time if using instead of fresh onion). Stir.
Simmer on medium/low for a few minutes until bubbling and hot. Add in shredded cheese and butter/margarine, and stir to combine into sauce.(Butter will probably be cold so it is ok if it can't mix in perfectly, the cheese and butter will melt as it cooks) *Add cooked meat at this point if you wish – ground turkey, beef, pork (this will of course change the WW points a little).
Cover pot and put heat on low, allow sauce to heat thoroughly, melding flavors, and simmer for about 20 minutes.
Check sauce occasionally to stir and ensure cheese and butter are melted.
Salt and pepper (a couple shakes of each), stir, and you're all done! ENJOY!