Before I share my obviously uber-important recipe today, we all know there are more pressing matters in the world. And I would be remiss to avoid addressing it.
It’s still hard to even comprehend what happened yesterday. It’s hard to understand how something so horrible can happen on such a beautiful day. It’s hard to understand how there is such cruelty in the world. So for the people of Boston and for anyone losing hope anywhere, I want to share my favorite quote by social activist, Howard Zinn:
“To be hopeful in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty, but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness. What we choose to emphasize in this complex history will determine our lives. If we see only the worst, it destroys our capacity to do something. If we remember those times and places – and there are so many – where people have behaved magnificently, this gives us the energy to act, and at least the possibility of sending this spinning top of a world in a different direction. And if we do act, in however small a way, we don’t have to wait for some grand utopian future. The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory.”
Shall we pasta? As of late, when I get home from work, I’ve been entirely too tired to cook. For a while I resorted to only ordering in food, which subsequently drains my bank account and packed on a nice 5 lbs. The other day when it was cold and rainy, I was halfway through making pasta and realized I didn’t have any sauce to use. I was exhausted (and a little annoyed since I didn’t want pasta to begin with), so I had no desire to run out and get marina sauce. But, life handed me a 28-oz. can of diced tomatoes so I made a hearty and simple (6 ingredient!) pasta sauce in 7 minutes flat. That’s right, all you need is 6 ingredients and 7 minutes. Tell me you don’t have time for this bad boy.
6-Ingredient, 7-MinutePasta Sauce
Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
2 tbsp Minced Garlic
2 tsp Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
Salt & Pepper
1 28-oz. can of Diced Tomatoes
1 tsp lemon juice
1. Heat olive oil in a medium sauce pan over medium-high heat. Add garlic and saute until garlic browns.
2. Add crushed red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper. Cook for 2 more minutes, until flavors fuse.
3. Add can of diced tomatoes and lemon juice; stir to combine. Bring to boil and place lid on top. Cook for 7 minutes.
The tomatoes are thick and juicy, while the crushed red pepper flakes gave me enough kick to spice up the meal. This is absolutely a new quick and easy go-to for those hungry nights when a big bowl of spaghetti is all that will hit the spot.