Some people think it’s essential to make their pasta sauce from scratch. I have neither the time nor the inclination (some jarred sauces are really good!). I do think it’s worthwhile, however, to gussy up the store-bought stuff. The time commitment is far less than starting from scratch, and you can elevate the flavor and health benefits of your preferred jar very easily.
The mushrooms add a great flavor and buttery texture. Sardines are one of the most concentrated sources of the heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA. These fantastic fishes also a good source of calcium and B-12. I find them to be a little scary straight from the can, this sauce is much less threatening.
Servings: 4; Prep Time: <5 minutes; Cook Time: 20-25
- 2 tsp olive oil
- 3 Tbsp butter
- (2) pints sliced, white mushrooms
- pinch salt
- (2) 3.75 ounce cans water-packed sardines, drained
- 2 cups of your favorite tomato sauce
- Melt 1 tsp oil and 1 Tbsp butter in a large sauté pan over medium-high heat.
- Add mushrooms and salt to pan. Cook mushrooms, stirring regularly, for 10-15 minutes or until caramelized. Mushrooms should be reduced in size by about half and have developed a deeper brown color and amazing scent.
- Remove mushrooms from pan and reduce heat to medium.
- Melt remaining 1 tsp of oil and 2 Tbsp of butter (in the same pan you used for the mushrooms).
- Add sardines to pan and cook 3 minutes. Use the edge of a wooden spoon or spatula to break up the sardines into a paste.
- Reduce heat to low and return mushrooms to pan. Add tomato sauce, stirring carefully to combine. Cook another 2-4 minutes until the sauce has been fully heated through.
- Serve on top of pasta.