Spaghetti With Semi-homemade Spicy Tomato Sauce
Simple hacks to store bought spaghetti sauce makes this a sublime, satisfying meal. I had this first at a Telugu friend’s place – she tweaked a storebought ragu sauce with some Indian spices, and chili powder and I loved it. As a new immigrant who wasn’t used to eating sweetish tomato sauce with pasta, this made it very palatable. Not just palatable, but it became a family favorite, when I added some vegetables – fresh carrots, spinach, broccoli… Try it! It comes in handy on those busy nights, but you won’t feel guilty about opening a jar of store bought sauce.
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  • 1jar ready to use pasta sauceOr: use a couple of cans of peeled, crushed tomatoes and some tomato paste
  • 1/4cup Extra virgin olive oilgood, fruity brand
  • 2-3crushed garlic cloves,
  • 1tsp chili powderless or more per your heat tolerance
  • 1/2cup carrotsin sticks, or circles
  • 1/2bunch baby spinach
  • 1tsp coarse salt
  • 1/2cup Fresh Basil
  • 1tsp italian herbsUse if making fresh pasta sauce, optional if using store bought sauce
  • 1packet spaghetti of your choice
  1. Boil water for the pasta, add salt to season
  2. Heat a sauce pan, add the olive oil and let it heat up
  3. When not too hot, add the crushed garlic
  4. Don’t let the garlic burn or get brown; add the carrots, and any other vegetable you’re using (not spinach at this stage)
  5. Add the chili powder, and salt for the carrots, and saute for about 3-4 minutes, until carrots are slightly tender
  6. Add the pasta sauce now, and the spinach and simmer on low heat
  7. While the sauce is simmering, cook pasta in the boiling water per package instructions
  8. When the pasta is ready, remove from the pot with a pasta ladle, and add directly into the sauce
  9. Mix everything up and garnish with plenty of fresh basil
  10. Serve with grated fresh parmesan or any cheese of your choice; I served with no cheese, with a tall glass of ice cold milk
Recipe Notes

I have made this recipe since the kids were in middle school, and it’s a much loved easy dinner on busy week nights. My daughter loves this with a glass of ice cold milk. Carrots and spinach are my son’s favorites in this recipe, and I love that it makes them eat healthy.

Supplement with bread, and a green salad for a total balanced meal!

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