Every week, I look forward to pasta night. I love that Alex sits at the bar, sipping red wine, while I make a pasta sauce from scratch (minus the one jar of organic tomato paste). I've always made "healthy" pasta, but have never made my own pasta sauce, for fear of it taking too long. (Note: When Alex and I get hungry, we need food. Immediately, if not sooner.) Instead, I would spend $6 on an organic jar that always ended up tasting way too salty. So, taking a bit of my mother's recipe and a bit of my own, I have come up with a sauce that tastes amazing, is clean and healthy and literally takes 15-20 minutes tops for the entire meal. I use this meal as my "cheat meal" that we have about midweek. Of course, we literally crush an entire package of capellini between the two of us, and also share a demi-french baguette, fresh from the oven that we dip in olive oil with chopped garlic and parmesan, so we might go a bit overboard on the carbs. You can make it healthier by omitting the bread and lightening up on the pasta servings.
Homemade Tomato Sauce
5 vine ripened tomatoes, chopped
fresh basil, chopped
1 small jar organic tomato paste (optional)
1/3 cup red wine (optional)
2 tbs. olive oil
2 large tbs. 1 % cottage cheese
sprinkling of fresh parmesan
spices (oregano, paprika, cayenne, etc.)
1 pound ground turkey
1 package capellini
In a medium pan, pour a little olive oil, a few tbs. of water, minced onions (dried or fresh) and garlic. Bring to a soft simmer (but don't let onions or garlic burn). Add in fresh chopped tomatoes and cook over medium heat with a lid. Pour in 1/3 cup red wine, a bit more water if needed and let simmer. In another pan, combine a bit more garlic, onions, water and olive oil and heat on medium-high. Add 1 pound ground turkey and cook until browned. Stir the sauce. Once the tomatoes are soft, stir in 1 jar of tomato paste and continue to cook over medium heat, stirring often. Once the meat is browned, stir into sauce. On another burner, bring a large pot of water to boil. Cook pasta according to directions (about 5 minutes for capellini).
Stir the sauce and add cottage cheese, fresh chopped basil and a bit of parmesan, letting sauce thicken. Taste the sauce and add spices or a bit more wine and continue to let simmer until pasta is done. Toss pasta and sauce together, sprinkle with parmesan and enjoy!