Sunday, 29 June 2008

Pasta Sauce

I thought I'd add to the healthy recipe collection. Shop-bought pasta sauce seems to have a lot of sugar in it, so I sometimes make my own.
This makes enough for two people.

1 chopped onion
1 tin of chopped tomatoes
As much chopped garlic as you want*
A bit of chopped chilli
Optional extra - Any fresh tomatoes that have gone a
little squooshy but are still good, chopped up

We also usually add some low-fat bacon, either very lean pork bacon or turkey bacon.

Grill the bacon. Cook the onion, garlic and chilli in a little oil
or low-fat cooking spray, then cut up the grilled bacon and add to the pan along with the tin of tomatoes and the fresh tomatoes, if using. Simmer until it thickens.

*We use these. The ginger is very good for curries too.

The other good thing about ths recipe is that since we generally have dried pasta, garlic, chilli and onions already in the kitchen, the only necessary extra expense is a tin of tomatoes, which costs 21p. This is a good meal for the end of the month when there's nothing left in the bank!


MadCarlotta said...

Okay, so where does one find Low Fat Bacon? :D

Shawna said...

Ooh, that sounds good! And Heather, turkey bacon is pretty low-fat. :)

Shawna said...

Or, you can just buy regular bacon with very little fat on it?

Mouse said...

Here, most supermarkets have a 'Healthy Eating' range, which has bacon will all the fat off it. It's often more expensive, though, so I usually buy slightly cheaper bacon and trim all the fat off. Grilling it gets rid of a lot more fat too as it drains off into the grillpan.