daniel fast recipe: perfect spaghetti with tomato sauce

rock church is getting ready to participate in awake21 a 21 day daniel fast starting on sunday.  i am starting to get really excited.  but, as i walked through the grocery store today i was a little spooked by the price of produce.  ouch.  so, when i got home i started planning out meals we can afford.

i stumbled on an old recipe i haven’t made in ages.  it’s one of my favorites and very inexpensive to make.  i thought i’d share it in case anyone needs any ideas.

perfect spaghetti with tomato sauce
2 tbsp. plus 1/4 tspn. salt
1 1/2 lbs. of baby pear tomatoes
8 oz. whole wheat spaghetti
4 tbsp. evoo
4 cloves garlic minced (or pressed)
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1/4 cu fresh basil leaves loosely packed and torn

(note:  this recipe really is best with the real live fresh ingredients.  you can substitute canned italian plum tomatoes and dried basil if it’s all you have, but if you can, take the time to get the real stuff.  you won’t need much of it – it’s still an inexpensive meal with all the fresh ingredients.)

the recipe i use says to blanch and peel the tomatoes, but i never have.  i just seed them and really cut them up fine.

in a skillet, heat up the evoo.  add the garlic and simmer until golden (bout 30 sec.).  add red pepper flakes and remaining 1/4 tsp. salt.  increase heat to high and add tomatoes.  heat them through while crushing them into the garlic, pepperflakes and evoo with the back of a spoon.  the texture you’re going for is super mashed up tomatoes….not sauce.   if it gets too dry you can add a little more evoo or some water from your pasta pot.

drain your whole wheat spaghetti noodles when al dente.  then just toss the tomato sauce into the pasta.

not your typical spaghetti…it’s so, so good.
what about you?  found any good recipes for the daniel fast?


7 Responses to “daniel fast recipe: perfect spaghetti with tomato sauce”

  • Mom/Grandma Says:

    BB-But – I thought no bread or “pasta” on the Daniel fast.
    ?

  • cmejia Says:

    you can have whole grain pasta with no additives and whole grains… here are the guidelines from our daniel fast packet at church…

    How can I identify whole grain foods?
    Typically if the ingredient lists “whole wheat”, “rolled oats”, or “whole corn” as the first ingredient, the product is a whole grain food item. Another way to identify whole grains in the foods you eat is to look in the nutritional facts information and check if the food item contains dietary fiber. If it contains a significant amount, it most likely contains whole grains. “Wheat flour” is not a whole grain and therefore does not indicate a whole grain product.

    here’s the link to the packet if you want to see it. you want to follow along with us? you could listen to the podcasts to stay connected while we do it.

  • Lauren Says:

    your link doesn’t work…

  • scott Says:

    what’s evoo ?

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