Easy Spaghetti Sauce for #MeatlessMonday
I have a super easy recipe for you today and… we’re going to take a shortcut. I figure since I don’t have all day to cook a weeknight meal – pretty sure you don’t either! So I’m sharing one of my fav meal shortcuts. You know when it’s been a crazy busy day, but you still want to serve something wonderful to your family at dinnertime. Using simple pantry & staple ingredients, you can have this one on your table in 30 minutes!
Easy Spaghetti Sauce starts by sautéing onions & sliced mushrooms (don’t have fresh, use canned – just drain them first) add in some garlic, red wine and a jar of your favorite red sauce.
Want to bump up the veggies? Include shredded carrots and/or finely chopped celery, bell peppers or fennel. You can also add some sliced olives, sun dried tomatoes or roasted red peppers, that will deepen the flavor of the sauce.
Then I added 1 25 oz. jar of marinara sauce & some water and chopped olives, roasted red peppers and peperonicini, then simmered it for about 20 minutes. At the end I added some heavy cream and that’s it, it’s done!
Use your favorites noodles – I used bucatini noodles -they are long noodles with a hollow center, love how they carry and hold the sauce.
Mix everything together well and it’s time to eat, YUM!
With this I served some garlic bread and that’s it, kick off your shoes, dish up a plate and sit in from of the TV or hangout with your sweetie – open a great red and enjoy! This is easy enough for a simple, flavorful weeknight meal!
Often I will make a large batch of this and tuck a quart away in the freezer as it freezes really well. And later this week I’ll share another shortcut to use leftover sauce. Easy, quick and delicious this simple meal is perfect and something you’ll be proud to feed your family!
Easy Spaghetti Sauce #MeatlessMonday
- 1 25 oz jar marinara sauce
- 1/2 cup red wine
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 yellow onion
- 1 cup sliced mushrooms
- 1 clove garlic minced
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- optional add-ins shredded carrots, chopped celery, chopped fennel, bell peppers, olives, sun-dried tomatoes, roasted red peppers
- 1/4 cup heavy cream
- 1 teaspoon butter
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- pasta of choice
- Place a large stock pot over medium heat. Add the butter and garlic - when hot and bubbly, add the chopped onions and mushrooms, season with salt, pepper and red pepper flakes. Sauté for 5-6 minutes until the vegetables are soft. Add the garlic and continue cooking for another minute or so.
- Increase the heat to medium high and add the red wine and scrape the bottom of the pan to remove all of the bits on the bottom, when most of the wine has cooked off add the jarred sauce and water. Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat to medium low and simmer uncovered for 20 minutes.
- While the spaghetti sauce is simmering - cook the pasta - add directly to the sauce pan when done and finish by topping with a bit of parmesan cheese if desired.
- Please note - if you are using additional add-ins - cook raw vegetables with the onions & mushrooms, during sautéing - if you are adding canned foods such as olives, sundries tomatoes or roasted red peppers, add them when you add the jarred sauce. Super simple & super good!