Keeping everybody happy…

Hi there from the North Pole- oops, I mean, New York. We got more snow today. And, then just to mix it up a bit, the snow turned to sleet, and finally settled into a cold, dreary rain. It was miserable, but at least the temperature rose mid-day to a balmy 40 degrees. But before you go and dust off your bathing suit, more snow is expected Thursday night into Friday and they are predicting ANOTHER snow storm early next week as well. Lord have mercy!

So, with the weather this miserable and constant, I am all about cozy and versatile in my cooking and eating. Over the weekend I made a delicious and uber-easy tomato sauce that is the perfect dish for keeping all my kitchen constituents happy. The kids always want a yummy pasta, check; Tad wants something healthy and different, check; and, I usually want to watch my waist-line- but always want not make two (or even three!) completely different meals, check and check!

I made this sauce in under 30 minutes, the kids loved it on top of pasta and I broiled some filet of sole and topped it with the sauce for the adults. Easy as pie for me and delicious for all! Love that!

Note: This ages very well, so make in advance or get two meals out of it! It’s delish on chicken cutlets as well!

Easy and Delicious Tomato Sauce

1/3 c olive oil
6 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 small onions, chopped
1 t red pepper flakes (optional, but oh so good if you want more zing)
2 pints of grape tomatoes, halved
¼ c basil, chopped

Heat the olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium high heat. Add the garlic and saute for one to two minutes. Add the onions and red pepper flakes if using and continue sautéing, stirring often, for 8-10 minutes more or until onions are golden. Add the tomatoes, stir to combine and let simmer for 15-20 minutes, or until the tomatoes cook down a bit. Add the basil, stir to combine.

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