Pasta Revisited

By Jenna.

I am Italian so pasta is my LIFE. But, I’m also not naturally thin, so pasta is my nemesis. It’s the worst!! I’ve been trying to come up with a cleaned up alternative that I actually can get behind and finally came up with it after a few new product finds. This post isn’t in the least bit sponsored, I just want to share with you how to make a clean pasta that the whole family will enjoy!

pasta2I typically like to make my own marinara sauce but now that White Linen Marinara Sauce is in my life there’s no turning back. It has no fillers, no sugar (which is in pretty much any store bought marinara sauce), no tomato paste, just fresh yummy and healthy ingredients. You can find it in two packs at Costco, but also the monster 40 oz version is available on Amazon with free shipping! With options like this it cuts down my cooking time significantly and I don’t know that I’ll ever go back to cooking my own from scratch.

To pump up my marinara sauce I like to add grass-fed beef to make it in to a Bolognese. I also love to add veggies! They blend right in and the kids don’t even notice they’re in there. I love sweet bell peppers, zucchini and carrots. I typically grate my carrots and zucchini in to the sauce to make them even more incognito. Also adding fresh herbs like Parsley + Basil make it taste even better!

pasta1Lastly the noodles. I’ve tried everything. From zucchini noodles to quinoa pasta, in the end it’s just not the same. Nothing will ever beat a homemade pasta (I’ll share my recipe on that soon) but for a cleaned up version these Tolerant Foods Red Lentil noodles hit the spot. These babies are made of red lentils and are GMO, Soy, Dairy, Gluten and Egg free. It’s like some kind of miracle! And best of all they really are tasty when the sauce is done well. In fact I waited for my husband to notice…and he never did 🙂

If I hadn’t sold you on this meal enough–it was made in 20 minutes. And that’s just priceless.

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