My kids are just like any other kids – they love the red sauce.
For yesterday’s ridiculously good lunches for kids, I decided to make them some spaghetti. As I usually do, I use what I have in my pantry and fridge to whip up a quick and easy nourishing lunch.
With a quick glance in the fridge I decided to brown some ground pork and saute some kale and baby portobello mushrooms (loaded with vitamin d) with garlic to add in the spaghetti. As I was about to start on the sauce, I kind of chuckled to myself thinking, “yeah, a homemade organic spaghetti sauce for just over $1.”
You know moms, that giddy feeling you get when you save money on incredibly good food.
These are the kind of tips I plan on sharing with all of you that subscribe to my menu plan starting next Tuesday. My day to day food choices. How I prepare them and how I save money on the best for my family.
So what’s my secret, how do I make my own simple, homemade organic spaghetti or pizza sauce for $1 plus change?
Organic Tomato Paste
It’s so simple. I use a 6oz can of Muir Glen Organic Tomato Paste.
Tomato Paste are tomatoes that have been cooked for several hours and then reduced. It’s highly concentrated with an incredible depth of flavor. Since it’s a paste, it thickens sauces as well.
A can of Muir Glen Organic Tomato Paste can cost you .89 to $1.24. However, you can find Muir Glen coupons all the time! Whole Foods currently has a coupon for $1.00 off any two Muir Glen products. Clip it and use it anywhere.
Pre-jarred organic spaghetti and pizza sauces can run you anywhere from $3.00 – $8.00. From all of the brands that I have ever looked at, there are only a couple I would buy. Many of the organic brands include added sugar and soy oil. From the sauces I’ve used, really, they all taste the same.
They’re nothing compared to a homemade bolognese that’s been cooked and simmered for many hours.
So in my opinion, if I’m looking for a quick organic spaghetti or pizza sauce, I may as well make my own using tomato paste that taste just as good or better than any jar.
The kids love it and I feel great serving it to them!
A quick and simple organic spaghetti sauce that taste just as great or better than any jar.
- 1 6oz can, Organic Muir Glen Tomato Paste
- 3 filled cans of water (using the tomato paste can)
- 3 tbls extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tbls dried basil
- 1 teaspoon onion salt, from the makers of Real Salt - substitute plain salt
- 2 cloves garlic, pressed or minced
- In a sauce pan, add all ingredients. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 15-20 minutes.
Make It Your Own
You can add any ingredient that you would like to in your sauce. You can add finely chopped carrots, celery or a different blends of spices. Whatever you have on hand, give it a try.
I’m sure the results will be fabulous.
I’m excited to start sharing more of my everyday tips and meals with you at Spain in Iowa’s Traditional Menu Plan On a Budget website. Remember, registration opens next Tuesday! I hope to see many of you there.
Do you have a favorite tip you’d like to share with us? Feel free to in the comments below.