I am really loving the Skinny Taste blog, which offers very healthy recipes that also happen to look delicious! I made Spinach-Stuffed Shells with Meat Sauce recently for Chris & I, and then again for some company that came over for dinner. I must say, I added in more calories than the recipe advertises on Skinny Taste… mostly because I used ground beef instead of ground turkey. I also added in some extra salt to the ricotta mixture, and made the sauce the way I usually make it.
The meal turned out great! It’s a little labor-intensive, but I think it’s worth it since you can make extra and keep eating it for many meals to come. I love love love lasagna, but often get tired of it. This recipe is basically inverted lasagna. It gives you a similar taste, but in a different way! Try it out.
I use this basic marinara sauce recipe whenever I make a meal that calls for it. I learned the recipe from my momma, and I love how you can tweak it to be however you like. It’s so basic that it’s almost silly to write in recipe form!
The Lamb Family’s Marinara Sauce Recipe
Italian spices — dried, fresh, whatever! (I usually use basil, oregano, parsley, some form of garlic, and even a little cayenne pepper.)
Salt & pepper
Those are the essentials. For garlic, you can use minced garlic, fresh garlic, or garlic powder. You can also add sautéed onions, olive oil, and/or red wine. My mom stirs in a few pinches of baking soda to lower the acidity, but I usually forget to do that.
In a sauce pan over medium heat, mix 2 cans full of water for every 1 can of tomato paste that you add. (Sometimes I add one can less than this ratio though… to make the sauce a little thicker.) Stir mixture together with a wooden spoon until blended and warm. Add the rest of the ingredients! Taste your concoction frequently, and don’t be shy with the spices. Make the marinara sauce of your dreams. :)