This is a variation of my Slow cooker spaghetti sauce, but made in a shorter period. With only an hour to fully make dinner, I was able to pull the whole thing off (including a meat dish and salad) in a little over an hour after getting home. I used a wok to make this, because I could cook it faster (and because I like using the wok). While the final part of the sauce is cooking, you can start your water. For me, I baked a chicken in Italian seasoning and threw it in the oven first before I started the sauce. As soon as the noodles were done, I was ready to take the chicken out and plate everything. So this variation is good if you’re in a pinch. ALSO, most of the ingredients for this sauce were under $.99. I don’t know if you can find those prices in your area (try sales and discount stores like the 99 Cent Only or Dollar Tree type stores) but if you can, you can make this dish that will feed a family of 4 for 2 nights for under $10. I say that’s a great deal!
Total cook time including prep: 50 min.
1 can Tomato Soup Concentrate
1 can Diced Tomatoes
1 can sliced olives, drained (any size, your choice)
1 can Tomato paste
2 C freshly sliced mushrooms (white or button)
1 T minced Garlic
1 small Yellow Onion, diced
3-4 stalks Celery, diced
1 T rice wine (or red cooking wine)
1-2 tsp Spenda Granulated sugar
1-2 T olive oil
*Other Seasonings: Garlic Powder, Kosher Salt, Ground Black Pepper, Italian Seasoning, Parsley, Cilantro, Basil, Oregano, red chili peppers (optional if you like the heat)
Heat a wok or large surface sauté pan to medium heat, place olive oil and let it heat up. Once heated, add minced garlic and a sprinkle of cilantro. Let the oil flavor for about 1 minute.
Add all your diced vegetables; celery, onions, olives, mushrooms and sauté until the onions are almost clear. Add the can of diced tomatoes with the juices and sauté for one more minute adding seasonings slowly, little by little while it cooks (just don’t add any salt here, you only want to salt the sauce).
Then add tomato soup, tomato paste and your sugar. Sprinkle in more seasonings including the salt. Let simmer and taste.
Lower heat and season and simmer once again for about 7-10 minutes.
Serve over pasta with your choice of meat and enjoy.
*Add seasoning to taste. I don’t really measure on the seasonings when making the sauce, just add and taste and add more. I don’t put much salt, but I like a lot of pepper and garlic powder. Experiment and flavor to your own families taste.