I am an avid pasta sauce collector. I eat spaghetti like it’s my only food source during the zombie apocalypse. My pantry is full of different sauce types, brands, and flavors ranging from butternut squash to mushroom. The creation of a jared pasta sauce is a delicate, beautiful process that I could never replicate. So I don’t. Plus, I don’t want to. Although the perfect pasta sauce is delicious, it’s not personal, homemade, and could use some freshness.
What I like to do is spice up my pasta sauce. “Bam!!” – Emeril
I love to elevate my sauce and take it to the next level. There are so many things you can do to make your sauce a knock out. Think of your jar of pasta sauce as a blank canvas, the base for your culinary creation setting the stage for a work of art.
There are so many ingredients currently in your pantry you can add to your pasta sauce, but below is one of my favorite creations.
White or yellow onion, garlic, butter, hot sauce, marinara pasta sauce, cooked pasta
Ready, Set, Cook!
Chop your onion and garlic into fine pieces
I used a ‘slap chop‘ for this step, saved tears and time
Add onion, garlic, and butter to your medium heat pan stirring occasionally until the onions become clear or translucent (7 minutes)
Add some drops of hot sauce and marinara pasta sauce to the onions in the warm skillet, mix, and pour over your pasta
Other fun ingredient additions:
Garlic powder, basil, rosemary, frozen peas, bell pepper, spinach, and replacing butter for olive oil