Guilt-Free ‘Hot Noodz’ Pasta Sauce Recipes

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Spinach Pesto

Spinach Pesto

Ingredients

  • 2 cups baby spinach leaves
  • 1/4- cup fresh basil leaves
  • 1/4- cup fresh parsley
  • 1/2- cup chopped walnuts OR pine nuts
  • 1/2- cup parmesan cheese
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2- teaspoon lemon zest
  • salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste
  • 1/3- cup extra virgin olive oil (use more or less for desired consistency)

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a food processor; process until smooth, scraping the sides of the bowl with a spatula as necessary.
  2. Taste for seasoning and adjust accordingly.
  3. If you prefer, add more extra virgin olive oil for a thinner consistency.
  4. Transfer to a jar with a lid.
  5. Keep in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

     
Spicy Marinara Sauce

Spicy Marinara Sauce

Ingredients

  • 1/2 sweet onion (diced)
  • 1/4 cup vegetable broth (or water) (plus 1-2 tbsp more, if needed)
  • 3 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 28 oz canned crushed tomatoes
  • 1/2 tsp salt (or to taste)
  • 2 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp balsamic vinegar

Instructions

  1. Sauté the diced onion in the vegetable broth (or water) for 4-5 minutes until softened. If the onions start to stick, add an additional 1-2 tbsp of vegetable broth (or water).
  2. Add the minced garlic and red pepper flakes and sauté 1 minute.
  3. Add the crushed tomatoes, salt, basil, oregano, and balsamic vinegar. Simmer for 20 minutes over low heat.