Tag Archives: Tomato sauce

Enchilada Sauce (from the pantry)

Under 10 minutes with ingredients you probably have at home!!

There’s nothing like a little Mexican food when you’re just absolutely over Christmas & Christmas leftovers & New Years and New Years leftovers. And then there were the leftovers from the leftovers. So change it up and make enchiladas!

Home-made Enchilada Sauce, quick & from the pantry. Chili powder, tomato sauce
Home-made Enchilada Sauce, quick & from the pantry.

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Fresh Tomato Pasta Sauce

Fresh Tomato Pasta - super easy, super fast, super fresh.

So they’re finally here. Tomatoes. First one, then three, now nine – all from our little garden. As you can see, they’re multiplying exponentially! But even if you don’t grow your own, you’ll find great tomatoes this time of year, and great tomatoes make the best Fresh Tomato Pasta.

Fresh Tomato Pasta
Fresh Tomato Pasta

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Rice with a Puerto Rican Flair

This rice has a Puerto RIcan flair - fantastic with Pernil

I gotta admit that usually when I’m looking for a killer side, I’m thinking potatoes. What can I say? I’m from the North and have Irish roots – so maybe it’s genetic, lol! Sometimes rice just feels right, though, and it definitely did when I served Pernil, an herby, garlicky pork roast with Puerto Rican roots. Whoever guesses what recipe is coming next gets a prize…a free recipe for Pernil!

Puerto Rican Rice
Rice with a Puerto Rican Flair

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Cheesy Pasta Bake

This is the best!! Italian Sausage, fresh Mozzarella, Wine...make it!

Can a person have too many pasta recipes? Possibly, especially if you’re on a budget. It’s almost too easy to turn to pasta dishes, so when I do make one, I try to make it the best! You’ll love this warm and comforting dish loaded with fresh mozzarella, Italian sausage and for a healthier twist, ground chicken or turkey. Use ground beef if you’d rather, though.

Cheesy Pasta Bake - The Best! With Italian Sausage, Fresh Mozzarella and Wine!
Cheesy Pasta Bake – The Best! With Italian Sausage, Fresh Mozzarella and Wine!

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Quick Marinara

Another favorite Tomato Sauce, adapted from Cook’s Illustrated. This sauce has body, but the blending eliminates too many “chunky” pieces – something that always seems to be a turn off to children. It’s zesty and full bodied and the wine is wonderful.

Cook's Illustrated Quick Marinara
Cook’s Illustrated Quick Marinara

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Simple, Quick Italian Tomato Sauce

Old Mother Hubbard went to her cupboard: Well, she probably didn’t throw together a 20 minute Tomato Sauce, because:

  • She wasn’t Italian
  • The Cupboard was bare
  • She didn’t watch America’s Test Kitchen
Simple, Quick Italian Tomato Sauce
Simple, Quick Italian Tomato Sauce

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Chicken (or Turkey) Enchiladas with Ranchero Sauce

There’s not much better than an old school Chicken (or turkey) Enchilada: the tortilla wrapped around a creamy filling, napped in an easy Ranchero Sauce. Finished with a sprinkle of cheese, these are truly delicious. The sauce, flavorful (but not hot) gives a sharp contrast to the enchilada, itself. It’s a beautiful thing.

Chicken Enchiladas Rancheros
Chicken Enchiladas Rancheros

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Baked Ziti or Penne . $1.49

This little dish of baked pasta has become almost ubiquitous, but have you noticed some are great and some just mediocre? Here, a couple little tricks and some great shopping tips will help make sure yours is the one that amazes, and at a budget price.

Baked Ziti - The fresh Mozzarella makes all the difference!
Baked Ziti – The fresh Mozzarella makes all the difference!

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