I just love pasta. Its easy to make, comes in lots of shapes and sizes and one of the least expensive meals you can make. But when you really think about it, it’s the sauce that makes the difference.
Next shopping trip pick up a can of crushed tomatoes and a jar of your favorite sauce. Compare the ingredients. Most jarred sauces list tomato paste, water and a sugar (high fructose corn syrup or corn syrup) among the first ingredients. The crushed tomatoes typically list just crushed tomatoes and maybe added spices.
Now compare the price. Usually a can of crushed tomatoes will be less than half the cost. Buy it and try it. Now compare the flavor. I guarantee you’ll be pleasantly surprised at the robust, rich and fresh taste flavor. Add a teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil, crushed garlic and some spices and voila.
And just a reminder, when cooking that pasta, never add oil to the boiling water. The oil will coat the pasta and the sauce will slide right off.