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Sauces and Spreads

February 24, 2011

I almost freaked out on Monday night when I realized I had leftover pasta and “meat”balls (don’t worry, that post is coming) but had just run out of marinara sauce.  That is, until I read the ingredient list on the back of the jar and realized I had everything I needed to make my own.  And an empty jar to store in it!

Homemade Pasta Sauce:

  • 28-oz. can diced tomatoes (drain the liquid and save it)
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 t oregano
  • 2 t basil
  • 1 t thyme
  • 3 T tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup tomato liquid
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Heat olive oil in a pot.
  2. Add garlic and tomatoes and cook 5 minutes.
  3. Add remaining ingredients and simmer for 30 minutes.
  4. Use a blender or immersion blender if you want smooth sauce, otherwise leave it chunky.

I blended but left some chunks.

You have no idea how good this smelled.  I seriously had to leave my apartment because I was tempted to drink the jar for breakfast.

Jar re-filled = crisis averted.

Once the smell has faded and I had got my workout on (4 miles in 39 minutes + some lifting) I returned to dirty some more dishes.

Peanut butter is so worth the mess, though.

Peanut butter is seriously so easy to make at home.  You just toss some roasted peanuts into a food processor, press on and let it go until you get some seriously drippy peanut butter love.  I left mine get to this point then added in a handful of peanuts and pulsed.

Result: crunchy peanut butter.

I always buy smooth peanut butter but crunchy really appealed to me today so I went for it.

I still had some peanuts left over so I got a little crazy creative.

Coconut Cranberry Peanut Butter

Told you I’m obsessed with cranberries.

For this batch I just added in some coconut butter and a handful of dried cranberries.

It was everything I’d hoped it would be.  Rich peanut taste, slight hint of coconut, chunks of tangy cranberry.  I am in love.

How do I get a job as a professional peanut butter flavor tester?

Have a good one!

7 Comments leave one →
  1. February 24, 2011 6:35 AM

    OHMYGOSH! Coconut Cranberry Almond Butter!!!! PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE post your exact ingredient measurements!!! It looks SO GOOD! I have to make it!

    Hehe, Peanut Butter is definitely worth the mess. 🙂


  2. February 24, 2011 7:47 AM

    Can I get that same job??? We can be a tagteam of nut butter testers then? 🙂

  3. February 24, 2011 10:59 AM

    Homemade marinara sauce is the best – it is so easy and so delicious!

  4. February 24, 2011 1:06 PM

    I must try making my own homemade peanut butter one of these days. Especially since you can get so creative with the ingredients, like adding in those cranberries. That seriously sounds amazing.

  5. February 24, 2011 1:09 PM

    Wow that peanut butter looks so creamy! And I’m always trying to find new pasta sauces to make instead of store bought ones. Must try this one 😀

  6. February 25, 2011 8:43 AM

    these are my TWO FAVORITE THINGS! I am obsessed with marinara sauce and I love love love pb. WOW!

  7. February 25, 2011 11:12 AM

    I think there would be a fight for that job hehe 😀
    That marinara sauce looks incredible! I can’t wait for the “meat” balls recipe!

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