Recipe by MSPUDDING
"This is a basic mild pasta sauce my mother made for years and is still a family favorite. You can add browned ground beef, mushrooms, grated carrots, zucchini or other veggies. We especially like mushrooms or ground beef. It's easy and quick but as with most things like this, the longer and slower it simmers the better it tastes."
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onion, finely chopped
2 (8 ounce) cans
salt and pepper to taste
processed cheese sauce
I tripled up this recipe, but used 1 part tomato paste for every 3 parts sauce to make it a little thicker. I also used an extra clove of garlic, some garlic powder, basil, and a bay leaf. The recipe by itself isn't outstanding, but it puts you right at the point where you can do some fun things tailored to your own taste.
This sauce is a little too thin. To make authentic Italian tomato sauce is very easy. For marinara sauce heat a couple of tbs of olive oil & saute crushed garlic and finely chopped 1/2 onion. Add 1 large can of tomato puree, 1/2 can of water, basil, (additional garlic powder and onion powder, & italian spices if you wish), 1 whole carrot which you will remove before serving(this is to remove the bitter taste of some tomatoes & lessen the need to add sugar). Cook on low for about 1/2 hour. Add grated Romano or Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese to taste, additional salt & pepper and that's it. Very simple. To make a meat sauce, just brown ground beef or meatball mix, pour off the fat and add to the sauce. You don't have to buy jarred sauce which is loaded with sugar and thickeners. If you really need a sweeter sauce you can add some sugar, but I never do. The jar sauce is just too sweet.
and I believe the cheese sauce is velveeta or cheese wiz. I use grated italian cheese. Can't imagine using cheese wiz!
This was really good! My youngest daughter even said "it smells just like the jarred stuff". The whole family liked it. I substituted 1 1/2 tbsp grated parmesan cheese instead of the prepared cheese sauce and also added an extra clove of garlic (garlic lovers here). The only complaint? There wasn't more! I will definitely make this again but will double or triple the recipe.
This was really good. I added zucchini, mushrooms and beef. The beef really sucked up the juices, I would maybe add a little more water and tomato paste if adding beef. Great flavor, recommended!
I was out of oregano so I just used Italian seasoning instead. Used this sauce for homemade chicken ravioli and it was great! Super easy recipe that you can get going while you're doing other things. Fabulous for a busy mom!
I cooked ground chicken with the garlic and onion then added the tomato sauce. Instead of water, I used chicken broth. I also used parm cheese instead of the processed cheese. Wow, it was great served with bow tie pasta!
This was great! As a single mom of a little girl, I have to balance meeting her picky eating habits to my budget (and limited culinary skills).
The ingedients I used for the 4-serving recipe cost me a buck, the recipe was so simple even I couldn't screw it up, and my daughter loved the sauce! I used half to make chicken manicotti (multiple servings from a whole roast chicken - which I also learned how to roast perfectly from allrecipes.com), and froze the other half to make spaghetti or lasagna in the future.
this is the first recipe i made from this site. when i first tasted it, it didnt taste as good as i had expected but then after i added some extra garlic and parmesean cheese and let it simmer for about 45 minutes, it tasted 100 times better. i also added some finely chopped ground meat. i accented it with some pasta. it definatly tasted good.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Basic Sauce for Pasta
Serving Size: 1/4 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 4
Amount Per Serving
** Calories: 82
** Calories from Fat: 40
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