Thursday, December 16, 2010

15 Minute Pasta Sauce

Not all sauces need to simmer for hours to develop their flavor, this easy sauce I threw together in a pinch last week when hubby wanted to make chicken parmesan. The results were great - a sweet, tangy sauce to stand up to the buttery goodness of the chicken parmesan. Definitely a go-to for me in the future!

2 cans (14.5 oz.) diced tomatoes with basil, garlic, and oregano ($.90)
1/2 medium onion, julienned ($.10)
1 small ancient pepper, minced ($.10)
1 T. olive oil ($.10)
1 T. parmesan cheese ($.15)
2 T. sour cream, light ($.10)
1/2 tsp. minced garlic ($.05)
1/2 tsp. oregano ($.05)
1 tsp. basil ($.05)

Add olive oil to a pan, heat over medium high. Add minced pepper, and let sautee for 2-3 minutes. Add onion and carmelize (3-4 minutes on high heat). Reduce heat to a medium low.

Stir in all remaining ingredients. Gently crush tomatoes as you stir the sauce. Stir the sauce occasionally, sauce is done when it has reached the desired consistency.

Serve over pasta, atop meatballs, use as a pizza sauce, or as a dipping sauce.
Yields = 4 servings
Cost: $1.60
Cost per serving: $.40

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