I keep a pantry full of dried pasta, canned beans and tomatoes–all of which make cooking dinner easy and cheap on nights when I don’t have a lot of time. Here is one of my favorite cupboard meals:
Easy Homemade Tomato Sauce (with thanks to Marcella Hazen)
2-3 cloves of garlic
3 TB olive oil
1 32 ounce can of whole Italian tomatoes
Cut garlic into very thin slices. Add to sauce pot with olive oil. Heat both together over medium heat until garlic starts to turn golden (don’t let the oil get so hot that the garlic crisps up.) Pull tomatoes from juice–set juice aside. Chop tomatoes roughly and add to oil and garlic. (I usually add the liquid that comes out in the chopping process–or just carefully squeeze the tomatoes right into the pot.) Add salt. Simmer on low heat for 20-30 minutes.
Cook up some pasta, make a salad, and you’ve got dinner!