Special Diet Information

Coumadin® (Warfarin)
This recipe is safe for Coumadin (warfarin) users.

This recipe contains cheese and some of those who are lactose intolerant may be able to tolerate it.

This is a low sodium recipe.

GERD / Acid Reflux
This recipe contains GERD triggers and those with GERD may wish to avoid it.

Gluten Sensitivity
This recipe is safe for those who are sensitive to gluten.


"I want to go back to Brazil, get married, have lots of kids, and just be a couch tomato."
-Ana Barros, Model

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Proof positive that eating healthy is easy, delicious and also inexpensive. This recipe serves 6 and with 2 ounces whole wheat pasta and 3 tablespoons of cheese per serving it's only about 75 cents each. That's it. The ingredients for a meal that serves six cost about 5 dollars. Healthy, easy, delicious and smart.


Quick and Easy Tomato Sauce and Pasta

Servings: 6 | Serving size: 3/4 cup sauce with 2 ounces pasta and 1/2 ounce cheese

Cooking Time: 30 Minutes

This recipe can be multiplied by 2, 3.

This recipe makes great leftovers.

1 Tbsp olive oil
3 cloves garlic (sliced)
1 large onion (diced)
1 1/2 lbs Roma tomatoes (quartered)
2 cups water
1/2 tsp salt
fresh ground black pepper (to taste)
1 Tbsp dried basil
1 tsp dried oregano
4 quarts water
12 ounces whole wheat or gluten-free pasta
3 ounces parmesan cheese (grated)

Place the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and onions. Cook for about 5 minutes, stirring frequently.

Add the tomatoes and cook for about 5 minutes, stirring frequently.

Add the water, salt, pepper, basil and oregano.

Reduce the heat to medium so that the sauce is simmering. Cook for about 15 - 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

While the sauce is cooking place the water on to boil. After it is at a full boil add the pasta and cook, stirring occasionally, until al dente. Drain and then top with about 3/4 cup sauce and 1/2 ounce cheese.

Nutrition Facts

Serving size: 3/4 cup sauce with 2 ounces pasta and 1/2 ounce cheese

Servings: 6

Amount Per Serving

Calories 298 Calories from Fat 60
% Daily Value
Total Fat 7g 11%
    Saturated Fat 3g 14%
    Monounsaturated Fat 3g
    Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 10mg 3%
Sodium 429mg 18%
Total Carbohydrates 49g 16%
    Dietary Fiber 6g 25%
    Sugars 4g
Protein 14g
Vitamin A 21% Vitamin C 27%
Calcium 21% Iron 15%
Vitamin K 17 mcg Potassium 430 mg
Magnesium 101 mg