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Summer Tomato Sauce

Submitted by Amy R, found on 101cookbooks.com

This sauce is very bright and fresh tasting despite the canned tomatoes. The zest really makes the sauce. The original recipe calls for the zest of an entire lemon but we find that too lemony. The sauce is incredibly versatile and easy – pasta, fresh basil, and parmesan make an easy meal.

28 oz can crushed tomatoes (avoid ones with added sugar or seasonings)
½ to 1½ tsp crushed red pepper flakes (to taste; 1 1/2 is quite spicy if you are serving kids)
3 cloves garlic, minced
½ tsp sea salt or ¼ tsp table salt
¼ C extra virgin olive oil
zest of ½ lemon

Combine garlic, olive oil, salt, and red pepper in a cold saucepan. Heat over medium high just until bubbling and fragrant, but before garlic begins to brown. Add tomatoes and simmer a few minutes, stirring frequently. It will seem like the oil will not incorporate into the sauce (it pools around the edges), but continue stirring. and it will do so once the sauce begins to cool. Turn off heat and stir in lemon zest.

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Greek Penne Pasta

Submitted by Kimberly

: 4-6

1 – 12 oz package penne pasta (or any type you prefer)
3 T olive oil or vegetable oil
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 – 10 oz package spinach, chopped and squeezed dry of water
2 large tomatoes, chopped (or 1 – 28 oz canned diced)
2 T lemon juice
1 – 6 oz package feta cheese, crumbled
salt and pepper
1-2 tsp Greek seasoning
Kalamata olives, pitted

Cook the pasta as directed on package, and set aside for later on in the recipe. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-low heat. Add garlic and greek seasoning, and cook for about 1 minute. Add the pasta and spinach, toss the mixture to coat. Leave on the heat long enough to heat everything through. Remove from stove and add all other ingredients. Toss to mix properly, and dig in! Serve with a large salad on the side.

: (per serving, based upon 6)
360.8 calories, 14.1g fat (5.2g saturated), 44.8 carbs (5.8g fiber), 15.8g protein

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