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Spaghetti Marinara

Spaghetti Marinara

Spaghetti regularly tops the list of foods our kids love to eat. This recipe uses canned tomato products instead of packaged pasta sauce, because it allows you to control the amount of sugar and salt in your diet. It’s easy and inexpensive to make spaghetti from scratch. Kid-approved!

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Spaghetti Marinara

Yield: 6 servings of 2 cups
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  • 2- 15 ounce cans of tomato sauce
  • 1-15 ounce can of diced tomatoes
  • 1 Tablespoon dried or fresh oregano
  • 1 Tablespoon dried or fresh basil
  • 2 teaspoons of onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 – 13 ounce package of pasta
  • 2 cups sauteed seasonal vegetables

Instructions for Adults

Help child open cans with a can opener. Boil noodles according to package instructions. Assist children at the stove to ensure safety.

Instructions for Kids

  • Pour tomato sauce and diced tomatoes into a saucepan over medium heat on the stovetop.
  • Measure each of the spices & add to the tomato sauce.
  • If you are using fresh herbs, tear them into tiny pieces with your hands and add them to the sauce.
  • Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes.
  • Mix cooked pasta and sauce in a large bowl.
  • Serve with sauteed seasonal veggies.


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