When I got home from work today I peaked in the fridge and was convinced there was nothing to make for dinner. Just as I was on the verge of ordering takeout, a minimalist idea popped in my head. I had pasta shells which are a great, filling base for a meal! It was just a matter of what could go with it.
When I think pasta my mind goes immediately to tomatoes. Luckily I had some cherry tomatoes on hand! I had some fresh sage leftover from a few days ago that I figured could be used in place of the classic, basil. Lemon and extra virgin olive oil are things I always have in the pantry (as you should, too!) and with all of that I was set!
There are so many reasons why I always make my own tomato sauce. One simply being comfort - after all, the aroma that fills your home is amazing. Another being flavor - the focus is on the tomato much more than that grocery store jar stuff. And another, perhaps the best reason, is health - you know exactly what is going into it without the preservatives or added sugars of most pre-made tomato sauces.
If you have never made your own tomato sauce then what better time is there than now to try it? It is SO simple and once you get the basics down (as this recipe is) you can play around and add all sorts of flavors (like oregano, basil, mushroom, etc). I promise you'll find yourself making sauce all the time!
I'm going to cut right to the chase - this dish was SO GOOD and if you aren't rushing to make it right now you are making a huge mistake. It's indulgent and rich yet light and simple. And to think I almost didn't cook dinner last night...glad I changed my mind!
I know it may seem intimidating, but I promise this couldn't be any easier to cook. Trust me, if I can make it on a work night when I am super tired and considering ordering delivery you can definitely do this.
Ali is a Brooklyn based blogger and Certified Health Coach with the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, providing you with recipes to inspire you to cook more at home! She is a firm believer in knowing that eating healthy can be made easy and inexpensive if you simply know how to cook and understands that for the average person there needs to be balance between "healthy" and "unhealthy". Whether you are looking for easy weeknight recipes, delicious snacks, or want to try something new, Ali's recipes are easy to follow at all skill levels! For more info about Ali and her offerings, check out the About page.