Jennifer’s Pantry Pasta Sauce with Individual Garlic Bread Loaves

Here is a great go to pasta sauce recipe to whip up.  I use this sauce often as most of the items are staples that are always in my pantry.  I prefer homemade sauce opposed to the jarred sauce even though from time to time I do cave in and grab a can of jar sauce if I was able to grab a jar cheap.  The cost of this sauce is cheaper than most premade sauces.  It is super easy to whip up on a whim.  So next time you are looking thru your pantry wondering what is for dinner keep these few staples in your pantry and refridgerator and you’ll have a inexpensive homemade sauce that is yummy!

Jennifer’s Pantry Pasta Sauce
2- 14.5 oz undrained cans of diced tomatoes (there are ones in the market that have added seasonings etc… I prefer just plain diced tomatoes)
1 clove of minced garlic
1/4 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup chopped green pepper (Tip:  I always have green peppers on hand.  When green peppers are on sale, grab a bunch.  Cut them up in large chunks and freeze them.  When you need peppers for a recipe you have them on hand to dice, chop or slice if you have them cut in large chunks and you are not running to the market paying top dollar for a green pepper if they are not on sale or not in season)
1Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil or Pure Olive Oil (its from the pantry so whatever you have on hand)
1/4tsp salt
1/4tsp pepper
1/2tsp italian seasoning  (its from the pantry so I used dry)
1Tbsp white sugar
1Tbsp red wine (This is optional.  I usually just add it in if we have a bottle open)
1Tbsp grated cheese (From the pantry recipe so I used store bought, not freshly grated)

Sautee olive oil onion, pepper and garlic over medium heat for 2 minutes in sauce pan.  While that is sauteeing, combine diced tomatoes with juices,  salt, pepper, italian seasoning,sugar, optional red wine and grated cheese in food processor or Vitamix ( I use my Vitamix on setting 3 for 20 seconds).  Puree sauce for 30 seconds (varies depending on what type of food processor you are using).  You want the sauce to still be slightly chunky.  Puree to desired to consistency.     Add mixure to sauteed onion, garlic and peppers and stir until warm.

Either serve immediately with pasta of your choice or let simmer.  What is nice about this sauce is its good right away if you need to whip a sauce up for a quick go to meal.    This recipe makes 3 1/2 cups.

If you have 2 cans of diced tomatoes in your pantry and these few go to staple items you have a delicious sauce to whip up.

I serve this with steamed broccoli and onions and my version of individual garlic breads.

Sometimes I can grab diced tomatoes for next to nothing.  I usually can grab a can for roughly 40 cents each which I think is pretty cheap.  Combined with the exisiting pantry items you have and a box or frozen bag or pasta (which again I usually get no more for 50 cents) you have pasta dinner to go for next to nothing.

My individual garlic breads I make using hot dog buns.  Hot dog buns are cheap, especially this time of year.  I recently got some at Aldi’s on sale for 39 cents.  I rarely purchase premade garlic bread, and these little garlic breads are cute to serve.

Individual Garlic Breads Loaves
Preheat broiler on low setting
Split open desired amount of hot dog buns you would like to make as garlic bread.  Spread desired amount of butter on each bun.
Sprinkle salt, pepper, garlic powder, oregano on each bun.  I like to top each bun with an additonal sprinkle of freshly minced garlic
Broil in over for 4 minutes or until desired.
Sprinkle freshly grated parmesan cheese
And you have mini garlic breads to serve and the cost is next to nothing!

So if you have hot dog buns leftover from a recent BBQ or just have buns with no, hot dogs.  Don’t let the buns go to waste; make some individual garlic breads for dinner!


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