Craving Pasta with Red Sauce?

Sometimes you want to keep dinner simple, but still want something healthy. Yes, pasta can be healthy! Try whole wheat linguine or even penne. Just the sauce alone with the pasta is great, but you can spruce it up with a variety of add-ins.

Tomato and Garlic Sauce

3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
3-4 cloves garlic, minced
28 oz. can diced tomatoes
1 teaspoon coarse salt

1. In a large skillet or dutch oven, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add garlic and stir. Cook 1 minute, stirring to evenly brown garlic.

2. Slowly add diced tomatoes (with juice). Use a lid or a splatter guard, if desired, as you pour them in. Add salt. Stir. Reduce heat to medium low and simmer, stirring occasionally, about 15 minutes, until liquid is almost gone.

3. Reduce heat to low and add cooked pasta*. Stir to coat evenly.

4. Serve with assorted toppings, as desired.

3-4 servings

*1/2 of a 13.5 oz box of whole wheat linguine will provide enough for 3 "normal" sized portions.

Suggested Toppings

The list of possible toppings is endless! Basically, what's in your refrigerator? This is a great way to please everyone at the table since they can leave the sauce as it is or go all out with a myriad of combinations.

kalamata olives, pitted and sliced
feta cheese, crumbled
ricotta cheese
parmesan cheese, grated
fresh basil leaves, torn

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