Homemade Marinara Sauce

Soooooo, are you a jarred spaghetti sauce kind of family? Guilty here. Some jarred sauces have an off-taste- mostly too sweet due to (unnecessary) added sugar. I do have to say though that I love Classico’s Tomato-Basil variety, and I use it more often than not. But then I received Kelsey Banfield’s new cookbook The Naptime Chef in the mail. I flipped through her book trying to decide from the oodles of delicious-sounding recipes what I wanted to make. When I saw the recipe for Homemade Marinara Sauce I thought… Wow, that looks super easy. And guess what? It was. I’m not sure I’ll buy the jarred stuff ever again!

Just 6 simple ingredients turn this recipe into 6 cups of marinara sauce. I used up all my sauce in just one recipe, but you can certainly use some now and refrigerate (up to 2 weeks) or freeze (up to 3 months) the rest! I’m thinking…make ahead in mass quantities!  Here’s the super-simple how-to:

Heat some olive oil in a pan.

Add a bunch of sliced garlic and cook it in the oil until your whole kitchen smells of garlic and the garlic itself is golden. I have a garlic press that has a dual-chamber press and slicer, which makes slicing garlic VERY easy to do.

Tear apart 4 large leaves of fresh basil and stir those into the garlic in the pan.

Pour in two 28-ounce cans of crushed tomatoes with their juices, and bring that mixture to a boil.

Add Kosher salt and reduce the heat to a simmer. Simmer for about 45 minutes, swirl in a couple of teaspoons of balsamic vinegar, and your sauce is done! See how easy? If you want to save some of it for later use, just cool it down before storing. See the printable recipe below for details.

Kelsey Banfield is a fellow food blogger friend of mine, and her debut cookbook, The Naptime Chef,  was released on March 12th, 2012 Kelsey has always loved to cook. When her daughter was born, time for cooking became more challenging. Kelsey began using her daughter’s nap times to reinvent her favorite recipes and create quick meals, leaving her more time to spend with her family. You certainly don’t have to have any nap-age children to utilize The Naptime Chef cookbook. My son is well past nap-age (though I’d certainly love it if he took a snoozer once in a while), yet I’m excited to try the following recipes from this book: Strawberries and Cream Overnight French Toast, Caramel-Stuffed Cinnamon Muffins, Creamy Parmesan and Chive Polenta, Summer Gazpacho, Bistro Steak with Gorgonzola Sauce, Sticky Orange Drumsticks, Chocolate- Zucchini Loaf, and Uncle Will’s Dirty Blondies. Everything looks so good! I’m thinking this would make a lovely gift for a baby shower too :)

 

I’m giving away one copy of Kelsey Banfield’s The Naptime Chef cookbook, courtesy of Running Press.   This giveaway is open to anyone who has a mailing address in the USA OR CANADA. One winner will be chosen via random.org on Wednesday, March 14th and will be contacted via email. The winner will receive The Naptime Chef cookbook to be mailed from Running Press.  This giveaway is now closed- the randomly selected winner is commenter #307 Jennifer- congrats!  Thanks to all for entering!

The Naptime Chef is available for purchase on Amazon, and it will be in bookstores too. It’s official release date is Monday, March 12th. You can visit author Kelsey Banfield on her blog: The Naptime Chef, on Twitter and Facebook.

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Homemade Marinara Sauce

Yield: 6 cups

Prep Time: 5 min

Cook Time: 50 min

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon olive oil
8 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
4 fresh basil leaves, torn into small pieces
Two 28-ounce cans crushed tomatoes, with their juices
2 teaspoons Kosher salt
2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar

Directions:

1. In a large saucepan or deep skillet, warm the olive oil at low heat. Add the garlic and cook until golden, about 3 minutes. Stir in the basil.

2. Pour in the tomatoes with their juices, bring the sauce to a boil, and then add the Kosher salt. Reduce the heat to low and simmer 45 to 50 minutes. As the sauce thickens toward the end, stir in the balsamic vinegar. Remove the pan from heat.

Tips:

*To store: cool the sauce to room temperature before storing. It will keep in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks, and it will keep in a covered freezer-safe container for up to 3 months.

Source: RecipeGirl.com (re-printed with permission from The Naptime Chef cookbook)

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368 Responses to “Homemade Marinara Sauce”

  1. 1

    lauren o — March 9, 2012 @ 6:34 AM

    spaghetti is def our go-to favorite!

  2. 2

    NFer — March 9, 2012 @ 6:34 AM

    Quesadillas! Working full-time means we need something fairly quick and easy and these can be made with a ton of different ingredients.

  3. 3

    Carrie B — March 9, 2012 @ 6:43 AM

    A little red wine would accent this marinara sauce perfectly!

  4. 4

    Robin Stauffer — March 9, 2012 @ 6:43 AM

    I think I will try the marinara sauce on vege pizza. I think my kids will love it. Love new recipes always trying something new :)

  5. 5

    Emilie @ Emilie's Enjoyables — March 9, 2012 @ 6:44 AM

    I love making jazzed up salads-the more goodies in there, the better!

  6. 6

    Paula @lkg4sweetspot — March 9, 2012 @ 6:45 AM

    Wow, I really love that! Guilty, too, of the jarred sauces – but I am always looking for a way to spice them up. I will definitely be trying this! Maybe tonight. Oh, and, me to on that snooze thing!!

  7. 7

    Omni — March 9, 2012 @ 6:47 AM

    I love making sauce! It’s so much better than jarred and not too hard to make plus it makes the house smell great!

  8. 8

    Beth D. — March 9, 2012 @ 6:47 AM

    Pasta wit peas, leeks, and proscuitto…my whole family enjoys it! :)

  9. 9

    Maggie @ A Bitchin' Kitchen — March 9, 2012 @ 6:48 AM

    This marinara sauce is great! I’m a big fan of the Classico brand as well, but I always feel guilty not making sauce from scratch.

    My favorite thing to make for dinner is risotto.

  10. 10

    Devi McDonald — March 9, 2012 @ 6:51 AM

    My favorite thing to make is homemade pizza! There are so many different combinations you can put together and I love trying new ones! :)

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    Karen — March 9, 2012 @ 6:51 AM

    I’m of Italian descent and I’ve been making sauce since I’m a little girl (we call it gravy, where I’m originally from in the Bronx!) I love that this recipe calls for some balsamic – and I will definitely give it a try to mix up my usual marinara! Thanks for the post!

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    Katie — March 9, 2012 @ 6:54 AM

    My go to meal is usually a quesadilla… it is a good way to use up whatever leftovers I have and it always has a new taste… Yumm-O!! I would love to win the cookbook!! I need some help!

  13. 13

    julie gasparro — March 9, 2012 @ 6:55 AM

    wow! looks delicious!! thanks for the post and i’d love to have this!! xoxo

  14. 14

    Sally — March 9, 2012 @ 6:59 AM

    My favorite thing to make for dinner is: anything in the crockpot. I love to fix it and forget it. Makes me really feel like I have my act together at dinner time!

  15. 15

    Cassie — March 9, 2012 @ 7:02 AM

    Risotto is my favorite thing to make for dinner, all kinds of it. This sauce looks amazing! I love a rich homemade marinara sauce!

  16. 16

    Gerri — March 9, 2012 @ 7:07 AM

    Our “go to” meal is Emeril’s Kicked Up Tomato Sauce….always a hit in our house, except when one time when we used wholewheat pasta…Gag!

  17. 17

    kazue — March 9, 2012 @ 7:08 AM

    my favorite thing to make for dinner is simple spaghetti!

  18. 18

    gail — March 9, 2012 @ 7:09 AM

    i like to make macaroni

  19. 19

    Amanda — March 9, 2012 @ 7:09 AM

    My favorite thing to make for dinner is smothered chicken: peppers, onions, mushrooms and cheese on top of a yummy chicken breast, roasted in the oven. We frequently have it with rice and veggies. Yummy stuff.

    That sauce looks great. I’d love to get to try out the cookbook. :] Thanks!

  20. 20

    Rebecca — March 9, 2012 @ 7:11 AM

    Stir fry! Easy and delicious, and so much you can do with it!

  21. 21

    Jackie Ashcroft — March 9, 2012 @ 7:13 AM

    Corn chowder is my favorite thing right now. Mmmm, delish :)

  22. 22

    Windy — March 9, 2012 @ 7:14 AM

    Left to my own devices, I’d eat italian food like this yummy sauce most nights. My husband on the other hand could live off mexican/tex-mex food of all varieties. It makes for some interesting dinner wars. :)

  23. 23

    Sara — March 9, 2012 @ 7:16 AM

    We love breakfast for dinner… Shakshouka or poached eggs with asparagus and truffle salt to name a few!

  24. 24

    Katie — March 9, 2012 @ 7:19 AM

    My favorite thing to make for dinner is a big pot of hearty soup or stew…feeds the whole family and is great for leftovers. I always have crusty, warm bread on the side, too!

  25. 25

    Bunny — March 9, 2012 @ 7:23 AM

    My favorite go-to meal is roast with veggies cooking in the crockpot – super easy and time saving.

  26. 26

    Catherine Jackson — March 9, 2012 @ 7:23 AM

    My favorite thing to serve for dinner? Anything my husband cooks!

  27. 27

    Linda K — March 9, 2012 @ 7:24 AM

    My favorite thing to make for dinner is taco salad.

  28. 28

    Maria Kaldis — March 9, 2012 @ 7:25 AM

    My favourite go-to meal is definetly pasta with chicken and veggies…the sauce is always an adventure because I end up using whatever we have in the pantry or fridge! Last night was cream cheese and balsamic dressing and it was delicious. I have a toddler – so would love that cookbook!

  29. 29

    Aunt Sukey — March 9, 2012 @ 7:26 AM

    My go to meal is talapia with crabmeat on top, salad, wild rice.

  30. 30

    Amy Lea — March 9, 2012 @ 7:28 AM

    I am definitely going to try this. I always use jarred sauce as a base & “dress it up”…..thanks for sharing! The cookbook sounds awesome. Can’t wait until yours comes out; I am going to do a giveaway on my blog when it does! :-)

  31. 31

    Melanie — March 9, 2012 @ 7:30 AM

    My Kids love Homemade Chicken Parmesana!!!!!

  32. 32

    Amy Lea — March 9, 2012 @ 7:32 AM

    OOPS! My favorite thing to make for dinner is grilled chicken & a simple salad :-)

  33. 33

    sara — March 9, 2012 @ 7:34 AM

    My current favorite thing to make for dinner is a healthier version of eggplant parmesan with the eggplant portion baked instead of fried.

  34. 34

    Nicole B. — March 9, 2012 @ 7:35 AM

    My favorite thing to cook for dinner is chicken broccoli alfredo because everyone eats it without any complaints!

  35. 35

    Alison Martin — March 9, 2012 @ 7:36 AM

    It has to be my husbands favorites……corned beef and cabbage or baked chicken wings. My favorite are eggs of any kind!

  36. 36

    Marisa — March 9, 2012 @ 7:39 AM

    Usually dinner for us varies weekly, however lately we have been stuck on Fish Taco’s and our version of black beans (we have been using dark red kidney beans with our black bean recipe). That with Mango Salsa. We just cannot seem to get enough lately!! And of course a good beer to wash it all down ;)

  37. 37

    April V — March 9, 2012 @ 7:40 AM

    Lasagna is my favorite go-to dinner!

  38. 38

    Bev Weidner — March 9, 2012 @ 7:44 AM

    Tacos or pastaaaaa!!

  39. 39

    Nina G — March 9, 2012 @ 7:45 AM

    Stir fry is my favorite go to – you can update it based on the vegetable in season and I love sesame oil. Yum

  40. 40

    Laurel — March 9, 2012 @ 7:47 AM

    Chicken Paprika from the Dinosaur BBQ Cookbook. It’s the best!

  41. 41

    Katherine — March 9, 2012 @ 7:48 AM

    I love to make tacos- from bbq & baked beans to tacos al pastor!

  42. 42

    Claudia Barragan — March 9, 2012 @ 7:50 AM

    Lentil soup, fish and vegetables for us.

  43. 43

    Heather Bryant — March 9, 2012 @ 7:54 AM

    I don’t know if I have 1 favorite thing to make. But I discovered an easy dinner idea. Pesto chicken. It’s chicken coated in shake n bake topped with pesto and mozzerella cheese. YUM!

  44. 44

    Shannon — March 9, 2012 @ 7:55 AM

    Tacos because they are so fast and the kids love them!

  45. 45

    Julie A. — March 9, 2012 @ 7:58 AM

    I definitely love soft tacos. It’s such an easy and customizable meal, and it’s fun to eat!

  46. 46

    Margie — March 9, 2012 @ 7:59 AM

    Chicken Stir fry has been my family favorite lately. I can’t wait to try this sauce with my favorite pasta dish Baked Ziti :)

  47. 47

    HollySharp — March 9, 2012 @ 8:00 AM

    Lately, I’ve been stuck on pasta for dinner … I try to mix it up, but it usually ends up being some combination of pasta, white sauce, chicken, and a veggie.

  48. 48

    Janelle — March 9, 2012 @ 8:01 AM

    I have that exact same garlic press!

    My favorite thing to make for dinner is anything Mexican, though lately I’ve been on a pizza and panini kick.

  49. 49

    Valerie — March 9, 2012 @ 8:05 AM

    I love to make paninis for dinner! There are so many yummy combinations that it’s easy to please everybody!

  50. 50

    Amy Hinkle — March 9, 2012 @ 8:09 AM

    Anything I can make in my crockpot is my favorite – ie Italian Chicken

  51. 51

    Shannon Angel — March 9, 2012 @ 8:09 AM

    I’m boring… Roast Chicken because then I can parlay that into so many other things throughout the week. :)

  52. 52

    JenP — March 9, 2012 @ 8:09 AM

    I love making lasagna.

  53. 53

    Janis — March 9, 2012 @ 8:10 AM

    I love to make and eat homemade soups.

  54. 54

    Jessen — March 9, 2012 @ 8:11 AM

    Hmmm….. My Favorite Thing to Make for Dinner Would be: Spicy Marinated Chicken (Jerk Chicken, Sriracha Tenders, Buffalo Chicken Tenders) with a Roasted Vegetable (Broccoli, Cauliflower or Brussels) and Sweet Potato Fries or Potato Salad.

  55. 55

    Danielle — March 9, 2012 @ 8:12 AM

    I rarely make the same thing twice (I’m a glutton for punishment!) but my favorite is when we have breakfast for dinner!

  56. 56

    Allene — March 9, 2012 @ 8:16 AM

    We’ve got three go-to basics at the moment – Fettuccine Alfredo, Benihana-style fried rice, and Japanese curry – but I’m always on the lookout for fun new things to try.

  57. 57

    Cathy — March 9, 2012 @ 8:44 AM

    I’ve been looking for a good but EASY marinara sauce. This looks great. Will def try! I like the idea of adding some red wine.

  58. 58

    A. Harel — March 9, 2012 @ 8:48 AM

    Favorite dinner – Sunshine Salad – Romaine Lettuce, pecans, blue cheese, red onions, and cherry tomatoes with a poppy seed dressing. Love your blog!

  59. 59

    Kara D — March 9, 2012 @ 8:50 AM

    I love BBQ bone in chicken breasts with roasted sweet potatoes!

  60. 60

    Katie — March 9, 2012 @ 8:54 AM

    My favorite thing to make for dinner would be chicken fettuccine alfredo!

  61. 61

    Melissa Calvin — March 9, 2012 @ 8:55 AM

    My fav things to make for dinner is black bean chili with all the fixins. Thanks!

  62. 62

    Julie — March 9, 2012 @ 9:01 AM

    Anything easy that my kids will eat!

  63. 63

    Nancy L — March 9, 2012 @ 9:03 AM

    Grilled steak or chicken! Easy and yummy!

  64. 64

    Martha — March 9, 2012 @ 9:06 AM

    WOW! Makes me want to eat some chicken parmigiana.

  65. 65

    dani — March 9, 2012 @ 9:06 AM

    Tacos! So quick and everyone can customize their own and avoid whatever they don’t like

  66. 66

    Holly H. — March 9, 2012 @ 9:07 AM

    My stuffed meatloaf! It can be prepped in seconds and just popped in the oven.

  67. 67

    amy marantino — March 9, 2012 @ 9:12 AM

    pizza

  68. 68

    Samantha — March 9, 2012 @ 9:12 AM

    My favorite thing to make is chicken breasts in the crockpot with Philadelphia cooking creme. Then shred, and serve over pasta.

  69. 69

    Danyelle — March 9, 2012 @ 9:13 AM

    I like making crock-pot meals best for convenience sake.

  70. 70

    Annie — March 9, 2012 @ 9:15 AM

    Our favorite EASY dinner is chicken fried rice– and sometimes we even cheat and get the Trader Joe’s mix and add extra egg and chicken!

  71. 71

    Vanessa Linda — March 9, 2012 @ 9:17 AM

    Yummy! Very simple recipe, must try this!

    As always thanks for all the great recipe ideas!

    <3

  72. 72

    Julie @BananasForBourbon — March 9, 2012 @ 9:24 AM

    My go-to is soup. Throw some veggies, beans/grains, and homemade stock in a pot with whatever I feel like, and goodness always happens. :)

  73. 73

    Averie @ Averie Cooks — March 9, 2012 @ 9:26 AM

    favorite thing to make for dinner is anything my family will eat :)

  74. 74

    Raymond — March 9, 2012 @ 9:41 AM

    Pasta would be one of our favourite dinners. My wife is gluten free, and so many store bought sauces contain gluten, I’ve been experimenting with pasta sauces for a while now (don’t worry, we buy gluten free pasta for her). I’ll be trying this Marinara Sauce next time!
    Thanks for sharing this Lori.

  75. 75

    Brenda — March 9, 2012 @ 9:42 AM

    Chicken, asparagus and basalmic salad. I’m eating leftovers of it right now!

  76. 76

    MLB — March 9, 2012 @ 9:44 AM

    quesadillas or pasta are our go-to meals, along with a quick green salad.

  77. 77

    Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray — March 9, 2012 @ 9:47 AM

    My favorite thing to make for dinner is chicken enchiladas…they make the house smell so darn good!

  78. 78

    Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — March 9, 2012 @ 9:48 AM

    My go-to is pasta since my boys will eat it with little griping :) I sneak veggies in every way I can

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    Molly l. — March 9, 2012 @ 9:52 AM

    My favorite thing to make for dinner is always always always spaghetti with meatballs!

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    ilona t — March 9, 2012 @ 9:55 AM

    i love anything mexican!

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    raych — March 9, 2012 @ 10:01 AM

    I have a 10-wk-old so our meals have become a bit haphazard. Anything I can prep after she goes to bed and then just toss together the next day, like fajitas or a quick casserole, has become my go-to.

  82. 82

    Lisa T — March 9, 2012 @ 10:01 AM

    I have three very picky eaters, and pasta is always a hit, so I’ll have to choose pasta. A close second is tacos since they can be customized to taste.

  83. 83

    Stephanie — March 9, 2012 @ 10:04 AM

    My favorite thing to make is pizza- there are so many options! It was the first meal my kids helped me make.

  84. 84

    Robin Whiting — March 9, 2012 @ 10:12 AM

    Anything pasta for dinner!

  85. 85

    Lisa W. — March 9, 2012 @ 10:13 AM

    Spaghetti or lasagna,hands down!!!!!

  86. 86

    Ellen — March 9, 2012 @ 10:17 AM

    Homemade tomato soup with grilled cheese sandwiches, so yummy! Life is Good :)

  87. 87

    Amanda — March 9, 2012 @ 10:20 AM

    My favorite thing to make for dinner is pasta!

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    Ben — March 9, 2012 @ 10:23 AM

    Guilty too! I need to start making my own sauce. Thanks for sharing!

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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — March 9, 2012 @ 10:30 AM

    I love making veggie-ful pasta dishes and would love to win her book!

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    Heidi — March 9, 2012 @ 10:32 AM

    We like to make lasagna or baked spaghetti.

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    wendy — March 9, 2012 @ 10:36 AM

    I have really been enjoying trying new recipes a couple of times a week. Just made the Paleo Shepherd’s Pie (from Elana’s Pantry)-DELICIOUS! Will definitely be making this marinara sauce!

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    Lynda — March 9, 2012 @ 10:58 AM

    I love making chili!!

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    Laura — March 9, 2012 @ 11:05 AM

    That looks delish! I may never buy jarred sauce again. I love to make Mexican food for dinner. There are so many ways to go with it and it’s often reasonably low in fat. Our favorite are spicy bean burritos.

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    Sarah C — March 9, 2012 @ 11:09 AM

    My favorite thing to make for dinner is breakfast for dinner – french toast and pancakes are my specialty! :)

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    Bama Girl — March 9, 2012 @ 11:15 AM

    Hi Lori! Thanks for hosting the giveaway! My favorite thing to make for dinner is tilapia, lightly sauteed and served on a salad with our special sauce! Blessings from Bama!

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    Sarah L — March 9, 2012 @ 11:22 AM

    That’s a great idea for a cookbook! I love making soup for dinner. It’s always comforting.

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    Debbi — March 9, 2012 @ 11:23 AM

    My favorite thing to make is spaghetti. Everyone likes it!

  98. 98

    Barb H — March 9, 2012 @ 11:32 AM

    Lately tacos have been a big hit around here.

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    Marnely Rodriguez — March 9, 2012 @ 11:41 AM

    We love making Orzo with butter and veggies for dinner!

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    Bethany — March 9, 2012 @ 11:46 AM

    I love her! Would definitely love her cookbook. My favorite dinner to make is chicken parmesan. It’s my husband’s favorite food and he loves to help me make it so we have a good time in the kitchen making a delicious meal.

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    Mariusz — March 9, 2012 @ 11:48 AM

    My favorite thing to make for dinner are spaghetti and lasagna :)

  102. 102

    Kimberly Porter — March 9, 2012 @ 12:05 PM

    Crockpot Pepperoncini Beef Sandwiches is my go-to favorite dinner!

  103. 103

    vballer — March 9, 2012 @ 12:07 PM

    i love making tofu with peanut sauce for rice for dinner!

  104. 104

    Kat — March 9, 2012 @ 12:09 PM

    Food & Wine mag.’s Pretzle Encrusted Chicken. Easy and delicious.

  105. 105

    Amanda — March 9, 2012 @ 12:11 PM

    I love making homemade pizza…in fact, it’s our favorite Friday night meal, and the dough is rising now!

  106. 106

    Patricia — March 9, 2012 @ 12:26 PM

    Making one of my husband’s favorites tonight, Chicken A La King over rice. Yummy!

  107. 107

    Carolyn S — March 9, 2012 @ 12:35 PM

    One of my favorite things to make for dinner is mesquite lime chicken with oven risotto and oven roasted green beans

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    Taylor — March 9, 2012 @ 12:40 PM

    Fajitas!

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    Cathy — March 9, 2012 @ 12:44 PM

    Homemade macaroni and cheese, nothing like comfort food :)

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    Gwen — March 9, 2012 @ 12:55 PM

    I love to make soup in the slow cooker. I put it together in the morning, then come home after work to a house that smells delicious and dinner that is ready.

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    Linda — March 9, 2012 @ 1:06 PM

    I love to make spaghetti, both my and my husbands favorite meal.

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    Donna D. — March 9, 2012 @ 1:09 PM

    I really like to cook soups, but even better I like to make chicken-n-dumplings. Good old comfort food. Great on those days of cold and rainy days.

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    samW — March 9, 2012 @ 1:28 PM

    spaghetti or tacos

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    Heather D — March 9, 2012 @ 1:42 PM

    I have a great chicken florentine sauce that we put over pasta. So good!

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    Linda — March 9, 2012 @ 1:47 PM

    I have 3 favorites-quesadillas, meatloaf and potatoes, and mac and cheese-all comfort food. I am always looking for ideas.

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    Val — March 9, 2012 @ 1:49 PM

    Tonight is tortellini soup, herb bread and mint brownies. DD is coming home from college and that was her request!!

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    Tracy A — March 9, 2012 @ 1:58 PM

    My favorite is probably hummus melts . . .hummus on top of bagels or flat-outs w/ spinach, tomatoes and cheese, then broiled in the oven (long enough for the cheese to melt). Everyone loves it and it’s done in a flash! This sauce looks delish!

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    Linda H — March 9, 2012 @ 2:06 PM

    Potato soup with French bread that we dip in olive oil. Love that for a cold winter day.

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    Lavi — March 9, 2012 @ 2:13 PM

    My favorite thing to make is typical Kaesespaetzle which is a delicious German dish!

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    Cheryl in AL — March 9, 2012 @ 2:16 PM

    I love to make Parmesan crusted turkey cutlets. They are super easy and my hubby’s absolute favorite.

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    Jen — March 9, 2012 @ 2:33 PM

    Spaghetti here too. I’m not actually a big fan of it, although my family really likes it. I need some new tricks! This book looks great!

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    Suzy — March 9, 2012 @ 2:53 PM

    I love Pizza Night!! I make the crusts and provide tons of toppings so the whole family is happy with their own creations!!

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    Stephanie Schiltz — March 9, 2012 @ 3:01 PM

    I try to keep fresh vegetables in our refridge all the time: asparagus, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, etc. so we always have an instant side available. Add just a little olive oil, s&p toss and throw into oven for 20 -30 min. and you have a side. I also have boneless, skinless,chicken breasts season and saute. We eat a lot of rice. These are quick, easy and tasty and you can easily make a pan sauce after sauting your chicken.

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    Yvette N. — March 9, 2012 @ 3:02 PM

    My favorite dinner to prepare would be something with
    pasta!

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    Judy — March 9, 2012 @ 3:13 PM

    My current favorite thing to make for dinner is salad- throw all kinds of goodies in there and meld flavors!

  126. 126

    Wendy — March 9, 2012 @ 3:32 PM

    Chicken Parmesan

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    Camille K. — March 9, 2012 @ 3:36 PM

    Pasta is always the quick meal in our home!!!!

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    Marchedimanche — March 9, 2012 @ 3:37 PM

    Love it! I tried it today and added just a teaspoon of sugar (I seem to put sugar in everything! :) )) and it was light and absolutely delicious.

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    Carol in the OC — March 9, 2012 @ 3:41 PM

    Looks fabulous! and so easy too, thanks for sharing!
    Our fave dinner option is chicken enchiladas, with all the trimmings of course. Great way to use leftover chicken.

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    Bianca — March 9, 2012 @ 3:43 PM

    My favorite thing to make/eat for dinner is a nice, hearty pot of beef stew.

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    Dina — March 9, 2012 @ 4:11 PM

    My favorite dinner to make is homemade pizza. Everyone loves it!

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    Mimi — March 9, 2012 @ 4:37 PM

    Chicken Parmesan Casserole! In fact, I’ve got some in the oven right now!

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    KJ in IA — March 9, 2012 @ 4:41 PM

    I could use a nap myself!! Tonight it’s pasta with canned alfredo sauce. Not my favorite, but quick and easy!

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    Bethany Imondi — March 9, 2012 @ 5:00 PM

    I love to make gnocchi with homemade red gravy and fresh Italian on the side.

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    Christine — March 9, 2012 @ 5:03 PM

    Currently I could really use the book, so my favourite thing to make is something that goes in the slowcooker – I can make it between the little one’s meals without it being cold by dinner time, and I can break in the middle of what I’m doing if she fusses.

    When I can cook again, I’m looking forward to making plain and simple curried lentils again.

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    Lisa — March 9, 2012 @ 5:16 PM

    I love making pizza for dinner.

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    Kimi — March 9, 2012 @ 5:17 PM

    We love to make breakfast for dinner

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    Tabitha — March 9, 2012 @ 5:40 PM

    I love to make crock pot chicken parmesan!

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    Maria in NJ — March 9, 2012 @ 6:17 PM

    this is a hard question cause I really like to cook but I am going to say soup, I like to make soup…

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    Kiersten — March 9, 2012 @ 6:31 PM

    Spaghetti – can’t wait to try this sauce!

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    Tania — March 9, 2012 @ 6:34 PM

    Right now I am loving roasted vegetables.

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    Liz — March 9, 2012 @ 6:37 PM

    My favorite thing to make for dinner is veggie lasagna! yumm!

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    carrie — March 9, 2012 @ 6:45 PM

    i love to make big batches of pinto beans in my slow cooker.

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    Shay D. — March 9, 2012 @ 7:38 PM

    Hmm… my favourite thing to cook for dinner would be breakfast, lol. But otherwise any sort of potato dish is good!

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    Sarah — March 9, 2012 @ 8:02 PM

    My favorite thing to make is parmesan crusted chicken with sundried tomato alfredo. – YUM!

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    Renee — March 9, 2012 @ 9:23 PM

    We love spaghetti for dinner! I will definitely try this recipe!

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    Lesley — March 9, 2012 @ 9:26 PM

    Stuffed peppers! I started with the cooking light recipe, but have changed it up a lot.

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    Alicia — March 9, 2012 @ 10:07 PM

    CHILI!!!!! Oh my gosh, we looooove chili. Sour cream, cheese, onions.. the WORKS!

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    Meghan M — March 9, 2012 @ 10:30 PM

    Our go to is normally burrito/soft taco related. Sometimes with meat sometimes just beans and rice. Super easy.

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    Michelle — March 9, 2012 @ 11:53 PM

    I love making roasted chicken with steamed veggies.

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    Joni Owada — March 10, 2012 @ 12:28 AM

    I love to make chili and homemade bread or homemade chicken noodle soup!

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    Kristin — March 10, 2012 @ 1:22 AM

    We love Tex-Mex: salsa, guacamole, quesadillas, tacos…YUM!

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    Juli — March 10, 2012 @ 2:53 AM

    I love a roast chicken. Great for dinner and then easy to shred and use for other meals later. Thomas Keller’s simple roast chicken recipe is the best – so easy, moist, and delicious!

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    Beverly — March 10, 2012 @ 3:11 AM

    My new favorite thing to make for dinner is a recent addition to my dinner recipes – Penne Alfredo with Broccoli and Bacon

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    Patti W — March 10, 2012 @ 3:26 AM

    My favorite thing to make for dinner is enchilladas. My family likes them several different ways so there is a lot of variety.

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    susan — March 10, 2012 @ 3:29 AM

    baked salmon with a teriyaki (?sp) sauce topped with toasted panko crumbs. Broil at the end and it’s delicious and EASY.

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    Teslaca — March 10, 2012 @ 3:30 AM

    Quick vegetable pastas are one of my favorite things to make for dinner. Quickly sauteeing some veggies with garlic is all it takes.

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    Adrienne K. — March 10, 2012 @ 3:36 AM

    My favorite thing to make is slow cooler Italian shredded beef and baked cheesy hash browns.

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    Barb — March 10, 2012 @ 3:37 AM

    My family loves any dish with chicken!

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    Lois Ramaeker — March 10, 2012 @ 3:51 AM

    Being Italian this will be a delicious recipe for my family.

    Lois Ramaeker

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    Lori Hensley — March 10, 2012 @ 3:54 AM

    My favoite “go to” dinner is speghetti or tacos. Can’t wait to try this maranara sauce – bet it would be good with garden fresh tomatoes. :)

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    Dianne Nanney — March 10, 2012 @ 4:09 AM

    enjoying my morning cuppa as I ponder”making my own” which sounds delish esp with the balsalmic:)

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    kathy d — March 10, 2012 @ 4:25 AM

    I love making eggplant parmasian to go with the sauce and speghetti

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    Kristina Boroff — March 10, 2012 @ 4:27 AM

    I love the Marinara sauce today! My favorite dish depends on the time of the year when its cold I love chili but hot summer day a good taco salad is wonderful.

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    Christine M — March 10, 2012 @ 4:53 AM

    I love to make turkey and spinach meatballs. It’s a recipe from food blog skinny taste.com that I’ve adapted slightly. My entire family loves it and it’s healthy.

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    Nicki K. — March 10, 2012 @ 4:57 AM

    Pasta of some sort is always a good go-to dinner.

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    Jeff — March 10, 2012 @ 4:57 AM

    A nice juicy pot roast.

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    Nicole G — March 10, 2012 @ 5:04 AM

    My fav thing to make for dinner is spaghetti! That marinara sauce recipe will really come in handy.

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    Sunni — March 10, 2012 @ 5:10 AM

    I love making pasta or tacos for dinner because they are so easy to make and add veg to.

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    Celeste B. — March 10, 2012 @ 5:11 AM

    I love to make anything mexican or asian inspired. If it can be made quickly in the crockpot, even better.

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    Vicki Leventhal — March 10, 2012 @ 5:12 AM

    Anything from your blog. It has helped me loose 47 lbs. I’m one of those that wasn’t going to give up.
    I am 63 yrs old so it is possible!!!!!!
    Yoga, W.W. and your recipes???? PRICELESS.

    • Lori Lange replied: — March 10th, 2012 @ 11:26 AM

      That is so very sweet of you to say… I’m so happy you are finding it useful!!

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    Vicki Leventhal — March 10, 2012 @ 5:14 AM

    Oh and I am Italian, so I know my sauces (gravy). Keep them coming.

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    DeniseB — March 10, 2012 @ 5:15 AM

    Sheopard’s pot pie, Mmmmm good!! Made with ground chuck and ooey gooey cheesy potatoes, oh and cant forget the green beans in between!! :-)

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    Kesha — March 10, 2012 @ 5:20 AM

    I love to make Lasagna for dinner with buttery garlic knots! My daughter loves it too!

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    Jann E. — March 10, 2012 @ 5:23 AM

    Homemade individual pizzas are a great go-to when everyone wants something a little different!

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    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — March 10, 2012 @ 5:24 AM

    Your sauce looks amazing!!!

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    DebLou — March 10, 2012 @ 5:33 AM

    I am a pasta girl! I would fix it every night! My hubby is a hamburger guy, so it the Italian pasta group is a staple at our house!

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    Kathy S — March 10, 2012 @ 5:33 AM

    I have several favorites: lasagna, beef stroganoff, and beef barley soup.

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    Katie — March 10, 2012 @ 5:38 AM

    I love to make Korean short ribs – cooking it low and slow always ensures that it turns out delicious!

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    Suzi B — March 10, 2012 @ 5:55 AM

    My fave is a taco flavored shrimp dish served with corn & black bean salsa, mexican rice and lots of fresh cilantro. Yum!

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    Kim — March 10, 2012 @ 6:04 AM

    My fav meal to make for dinner is fajitas! So easy and delicious

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    Ashley P — March 10, 2012 @ 6:06 AM

    My husband’s and my favorite meal is nachos. Ground beef and taco seasoning, with some yellow rice and shredded cheese, on top of tortilla chips. Mmm!

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    Leah Campbell — March 10, 2012 @ 6:11 AM

    If my three year old has any say in it, we make “twirly” noodles and sauce! If I had to choose it would be beef and veggie enchilada casserole. It is easy to prep and I always make two (one to freeze).

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    Katie — March 10, 2012 @ 6:13 AM

    I love to make stuffed shells for dinner.

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    Laci — March 10, 2012 @ 6:17 AM

    Chicken and dumplings..the easy kind, is our go-to meal!

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    Tracey A — March 10, 2012 @ 6:20 AM

    SALMON!

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    Tony V. — March 10, 2012 @ 6:28 AM

    a great concept… fantastic images and delicious-sounding recipes. sign me up!
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    Pat — March 10, 2012 @ 6:30 AM

    Easy and fresh.

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    Maria — March 10, 2012 @ 6:39 AM

    My family’s ‘s favorite dinner is Spaghetti (whole grain) with Sardines, Dill and Capers! It’s economical, healthy and delicious. I usually serve with a simple tossed green salad and a slice of herbal bread. Yummmm

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    Susan — March 10, 2012 @ 7:09 AM

    I love making black beans & rice, with chopped onions or scallions, shredded sharp cheddar, & lots of salsa. It’s easy & quick to make, everything in it is good for you, & my whole family loves it (even my littlest picky eater!)

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    Michele W. — March 10, 2012 @ 7:12 AM

    We have so many favorites in our house! I’d have to say Spaghetti night is always popular!

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    Marilyn Victor — March 10, 2012 @ 7:14 AM

    Black beans and brown rice is my favorite quick meal. Spiced up with taco seasonings, it’s easy, fast and nutritious.

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    Carol — March 10, 2012 @ 7:20 AM

    Short rib tacos with pickled red onions, salsa verde, and cohito cheese.

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    Barbara — March 10, 2012 @ 7:30 AM

    Baked chicken with Ritz crackers and potato salad.

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    Sarah H — March 10, 2012 @ 7:31 AM

    One of our favorite things to make is stir fry. The combinations are endless and it can be very healthy & VERY tasty.

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    Mac — March 10, 2012 @ 7:34 AM

    Fettuccine with roasted veggies and grebes goat cheese. Adds some fresh basil 15 minutes and you are done. Yum! Yum!

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    christylemon — March 10, 2012 @ 7:34 AM

    my family loves breakfast tacos for dinner…eggs, sausage and lots of cheese inside a warm toasty tortilla topped with salsa! supper quick and very kid-friendly, the boys love to make them too.

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    Grace — March 10, 2012 @ 7:35 AM

    I’m a Mama, and I need to start making better use of nap time!! This sounds like just the inspiration I need!

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    Sharon S. — March 10, 2012 @ 7:36 AM

    Love to make lasagna to share with neighbors, since I’m a widow. This recipe sounds so good!

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    Denise — March 10, 2012 @ 7:43 AM

    Any kind of pasta!

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    Mb — March 10, 2012 @ 7:46 AM

    roasted veggies with quinoa!

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    Jacqui — March 10, 2012 @ 7:47 AM

    My favorite thing to make for dinner is chicken enchiladas!! Love them!

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    Michelle — March 10, 2012 @ 7:48 AM

    My family’s favorite is anything pasta!

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    pat — March 10, 2012 @ 7:57 AM

    Something on the grill……roasted veggies……and a great bottle of wine!

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    Melissa M. — March 10, 2012 @ 8:01 AM

    My family loves when I make Cornflake chicken.

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    Kristin @ TreatEatRepeat — March 10, 2012 @ 8:09 AM

    Spaghetti! Love spaghetti.

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    Cathy — March 10, 2012 @ 8:27 AM

    I like to make new recipes all of the time! But, if I had to pick one, lasagna!

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    Sloan — March 10, 2012 @ 8:35 AM

    This sauce would be so good on my Italian Chicken-I get the Italian style chicken tenders, bake them and put them over spaghetti noodles with marinara.

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    Wendy B — March 10, 2012 @ 8:38 AM

    Spicy ground turkey in lettuce wraps. My husband and I just completed a 21 day cleanse and are trying to focus more on clean eating. Just had these yesterday and mixed the turkey with red onions, red peppers, mushrooms, fresh olives, wrapped in romaine leaf. So good my 8 year old couldn’t get enough!

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    Liz @ Virtually Homemade — March 10, 2012 @ 8:44 AM

    That is exactly the way I make my marina sauce. I can’t stand the sweetness of jarred!
    I love making street tacos for dinner using left over grilled meat, corn tortillas, cilantro, onion and homemade guacomole!

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    elizabeth — March 10, 2012 @ 8:50 AM

    favorite thing to make is farfalle pasta tossed in pesto with steamed cauliflower and grape tomatoes. fast, healthy and very good.

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    Marcia — March 10, 2012 @ 9:06 AM

    I love to make anything Mexican! My favorite is chicken enchiladas with white green chile sauce.

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    Diane Pritchard — March 10, 2012 @ 9:09 AM

    I love to make Good Seasons Italian chicken in a crock pot. Put several pieces of chicken with the skin on in a crock pot. Sprinkle one packet of Good Seasons Italian Dressing Mix evenly over the chicken, pop on the lid, and cook on low for 6-8 hours. The aroma and chicken are to die for!! Enjoy.

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    Elizabeth — March 10, 2012 @ 9:10 AM

    In winter, our favourite is braised beef. (Or chicken!). In summer, probably ditto, though grilled. I would be a bad vegetarian!

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    Rita-Greer,SC — March 10, 2012 @ 9:16 AM

    I love large batch cooking for the freezer so that I can pull something out at the last minute and have an awesome meal in a hurry! Tonight…Teal’s Mexican Chicken with Black Beans. We can either eat it over rice or spread it on a heated burrito shell for a yummy wrap. We LOVE it!

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    Regina — March 10, 2012 @ 9:22 AM

    Panini or frittata!

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    Mary P — March 10, 2012 @ 9:32 AM

    Something quick, like pork teaks, or something that stretches to feed our family of six, like spaghetti pie, or stuffed bread. Always looking for new ideas…..

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    Lisa G — March 10, 2012 @ 9:40 AM

    Anything pasta! Even if it is just angel hair with butter and salt. Always looking for more recipes and this marinara looks easy as well as yummy. Might add some cooked pureed carrots to make it sweeter for my girls.

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    Sara Burnette — March 10, 2012 @ 9:59 AM

    One of my favorite things for an easy dinner is tacos.

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    Flor — March 10, 2012 @ 9:59 AM

    HI!
    I love your blog! My favorite food to make is a dish called “Pata de Puerco con con Frijoles y Papas” which translates to Pig Foot with Beans and Potatoes”. I don’t actually use pig foot, but use pork meat. My mom used to make this and now I make it for my family. It’s my children’s favorite meal!

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    Keri Tieman — March 10, 2012 @ 10:00 AM

    My husband loves anything pasta. I’m going to make this sauce today to go alson with pasta for our dinner, yummy!

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    Berta — March 10, 2012 @ 11:01 AM

    Looks great!!! Will definitely try this!

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    PammyJay — March 10, 2012 @ 11:03 AM

    Brick chicken with mashed potatoes & roasted asparagus!

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    Michelle L — March 10, 2012 @ 11:25 AM

    My favorite to cook for dinner is spaghetti and meatballs with garlic bread and a salad.

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    Tricia Healy — March 10, 2012 @ 11:59 AM

    My favorite is also the easiest. Make whatever kind of pasta you like, add a couple of spoonfuls of Trader Joe’s pesto and some steamed asparagus. If you are really hungry, you can add some leftover chicken. Easy and yummy.

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    Shawna Jimenez — March 10, 2012 @ 12:13 PM

    My most favorite thing to make for dinner is Homemade Enchiladas & Spanish Rice. Everything from scratch even the sauce. Make to have all the fixings and a tall glass or Horchata. Yummy

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    Christine — March 10, 2012 @ 12:14 PM

    Baked spaghetti! It’s become my recent warm comfort food during these colder damp evenings!

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    Georgia — March 10, 2012 @ 12:18 PM

    Whole foods – not processed. Steamed frest vegetables, baked potato, baked chicken, fish, roast pork or beef.

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    Mary — March 10, 2012 @ 12:22 PM

    Anything that is quick and easy is my favorite thing to make !!!

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    Babs — March 10, 2012 @ 12:23 PM

    I have never met a pasta dish that I didn’t love. Your marinara sauce will make a great addition.

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    Cassandra Holdeman — March 10, 2012 @ 12:32 PM

    My favorite thing to make for dinner is spaghetti with a salad and garlic bread. I love pasta!

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    Gloria Jacobs — March 10, 2012 @ 12:39 PM

    My husband and I really enjoy a dinner of Baked Garlic Chicken ,steamed vegetables and creamed spinach –soooo good! and the whole house smells
    like the garlic chicken –yum!!

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    austin — March 10, 2012 @ 12:45 PM

    My favorite dinner is enchiladas!

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    jamie — March 10, 2012 @ 12:46 PM

    My favorite thing to make is probably roast chicken with grilled veggies. Or anything in the good ol’ crock pot :)

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    Maria R. — March 10, 2012 @ 12:59 PM

    I love homemade marinara!

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    Marie — March 10, 2012 @ 1:23 PM

    Pate Chinois – which is a French Canadian variation on Shepherd’s Pie. Ground beef, corn, and mashed potatoes (I add peas & carrots to the ground beef, for a veggie boost). Hearty, and it’s super easy when you use pre-made or leftover mashed potatoes.

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    Holly T — March 10, 2012 @ 1:43 PM

    I love to make Mexican for dinner especially Mexican sandwiches with fresh guacamole and salsa.

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    TrishInFL — March 10, 2012 @ 1:49 PM

    Anything with macaroni & cheese these days, that’s what my daughter loves the most!

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    Dorothea — March 10, 2012 @ 1:51 PM

    I love to make roast chicken for dinner – it’s never boring, and so many different sides go with it. I could eat roast chicken every night, every season!

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    Jessi Graven — March 10, 2012 @ 2:28 PM

    My husband and I have pasta for dinner about once a week, it’s one of our regulars. I admit to using bottled sauce too, though I’d much rather use this marinara recipe! I was under the impression that marinara had to be a slow cook sauce, so I’m looking forward to trying this.

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    Diana Hawes — March 10, 2012 @ 3:00 PM

    My favorite is spaghetti and meatballs, so I will definitely try this sauce…

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    Denise B — March 10, 2012 @ 3:07 PM

    tacos

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    Cindy P — March 10, 2012 @ 3:21 PM

    I am really excited about this recipe! Since I think I have all of the ingredients in my cupboard, I think I will try it tonight!

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    Jill — March 10, 2012 @ 3:28 PM

    I love to cook mini chicken pie bowls (filling w/a puff biscuit) so my kids get their veggies and protein all in one!

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    Mary L — March 10, 2012 @ 3:32 PM

    I love to make garlic chicken with penne pasta and mixed vegetables.

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    Angie Kozlik — March 10, 2012 @ 3:47 PM

    Chicken park is a family fav! Can’t always squeeze it in on a weeknight, but hey, that’s why weekends are so special, right?

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    Karen Lynch — March 10, 2012 @ 3:57 PM

    I love to make ravioli lasagna. The marinara sauce would be deliscious in it. Easy and family loves it.

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    Sara C. — March 10, 2012 @ 4:37 PM

    We like to make pepperoni Stromboli! So easy and it satisfies our pizza craving!

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    Melissa (MelissaLikesToEat) — March 10, 2012 @ 5:26 PM

    My favorite thing to make for dinner is also the easiest….spaghetti with marinara! I will try this recipe next time!

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    Cindy — March 10, 2012 @ 5:33 PM

    Creamed Chicken on biscuits…just like my grandmother used to make.

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    Elizabeth — March 10, 2012 @ 5:42 PM

    Mexican Lasagana is our family go to. Same concept as Italian lasagana except with tortiallas, refried beans and cheddar cheese. Delish!

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    Kerianne — March 10, 2012 @ 6:15 PM

    Spaghetti. I will be trying that sauce.

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    Stacey Burke — March 10, 2012 @ 6:34 PM

    I love to make Taco Ring from The Pampered Chef … it helps that my almost 4 year old LOVES it!

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    Gina — March 10, 2012 @ 6:56 PM

    Love to make homemade calzones

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    Debbie — March 10, 2012 @ 8:20 PM

    Lately I’ve been into making stews and soups (hearty and filling and great leftovers).

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — March 10, 2012 @ 8:31 PM

    I would love to use jarred marinara on those nights when I’m just too lazy to cook but then I feel so guilty, especially because making marinara isn’t that difficult.

    On another note, my favorite thing to cook is pancetta fried rice with a sunny side egg on top. It’s my go-to lazy recipe since I can just throw in any veggies I have in the fridge.

    Thanks for the giveaway, Lori.

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    Savannah Quintero — March 10, 2012 @ 10:17 PM

    I LOVE to make pesto pasta with chicken and a side salad, or a handful of spinach on top of the pasta. Homemade pesto is the best, but I’ve used the jarred stuff before and it is still delicious!

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    Julie Allen — March 11, 2012 @ 1:21 AM

    We make home made lasagne Starting with noodles and ending with homemade sauce. It is a process but OH SO worth it. Loving your blog by the way!

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    Alina M. — March 11, 2012 @ 6:40 AM

    This sauce looks so easy and yummy! Anything that has kale and pasta is a winner in my house at dinner time.

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    Mellisa W — March 11, 2012 @ 7:06 AM

    Banana Bread. Thanks!

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    jmposti4 — March 11, 2012 @ 7:18 AM

    My favorite meal to make for my family is Chicken Parmagiana. I aould love that cookbook. Thanks for posting!

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    Diane — March 11, 2012 @ 7:41 AM

    Homemade pizza, with caramelized onions & peppers.

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    Amy — March 11, 2012 @ 8:21 AM

    Anything with curry!

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    Chantal — March 11, 2012 @ 9:04 AM

    Lately it’s been blackened chicken with olive tapenade on top.

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    Cynthia Flores — March 11, 2012 @ 9:26 AM

    I love making homemade pizza….it’s the best! I haven’t made my own sauce yet, but i hope to do it some time soon!

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    Debbie Scott — March 11, 2012 @ 9:47 AM

    Any kind of pasta w/sauce

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    Laurie Campbell — March 11, 2012 @ 10:40 AM

    LOVE to make any type of pasta and chicken dish.

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    Racheal — March 11, 2012 @ 11:43 AM

    So many choices, but I would have to say a big pan of lasagna. That way not only do I have supper one night, but for another night too.

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    Teresa McClendon — March 11, 2012 @ 12:34 PM

    Absolutely cannot wait to try this marinara sauce on our fav lasagna recipe, sounds amazing!

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    Angel Gladden — March 11, 2012 @ 1:22 PM

    Anything with chicken, garlic, artichokes and alfredo sauce.

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    Jessica — March 11, 2012 @ 1:28 PM

    Eggs in a nest- eggs baked in a mashed potato “nest”. We usually mix cheese into the potatoes, but sometimes we’ll mix in vegetables as well.

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    Joey — March 11, 2012 @ 2:00 PM

    Actually, love a good marinara sauce like this. Thank you.

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    Lynette — March 11, 2012 @ 2:03 PM

    Perfect timing. I making grilled pizza tonight and am heading to kitchen to make this marinara sauce, I’m going to make Jessica’s @ Howsweetitis garlic bread pizza crust. Yum, y’all want to drop by dinner?

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    Lolo — March 11, 2012 @ 2:24 PM

    Our favorite go to meal is soup and the second favorite is stir fry. Both are so easy and yummy.

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    Crystal — March 11, 2012 @ 2:31 PM

    My family loves tacos!

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    Diane — March 11, 2012 @ 2:43 PM

    Pasta Pasta Pasta My hubby is Italian and could eat some type of pasta every night!
    Love home made sauce!!

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    suzanne — March 11, 2012 @ 2:47 PM

    Pasta is our favorite go to meal especially on a busy week night

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    Nikole — March 11, 2012 @ 3:38 PM

    Black bean and corn quesadillas-Easy, yummy and healthy!

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    jessica w. — March 11, 2012 @ 4:57 PM

    I love to make homemade lasagna!

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    Kara — March 11, 2012 @ 4:59 PM

    I love making Spam Teriyaki. It is a delicious stirfry.

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    Jamie — March 11, 2012 @ 5:00 PM

    So many choices but would have to be Spaghetti and Meatballs. Your Marinara sauce would be perfect for this dish.

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    Andrea — March 11, 2012 @ 5:57 PM

    I love making bread and pizza!

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    Allison — March 11, 2012 @ 6:42 PM

    Beef stroganoff!!

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    Lindsay — March 11, 2012 @ 7:08 PM

    I love Cranberry Chicken and polenta!

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    Pat R — March 11, 2012 @ 7:10 PM

    Any pasta dish rocks our house.

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    erin l. — March 11, 2012 @ 7:49 PM

    Its a tie between lasagna soup and burgers. This cookbook sounds like the one for me since I try to get most things, including at least food prep if not cooking, done during my little guys nap time.

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    Kari — March 11, 2012 @ 7:52 PM

    Chicken tacos! We just don’t seem to get sick of them (:

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    Karen @ Sugartown Sweets — March 11, 2012 @ 8:08 PM

    Right now “Enchilada Pie”. I have never made my own marinara sauce! As I get older, I find I’m wanting to make homemade things that I’ve just always purchased pre-made. …this looks great! :)

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    Jane — March 11, 2012 @ 8:17 PM

    Love this recipe! Simple and NO ADDED sugar!
    My favorite go-to meal…in a hurry or just because it’s delicious is stir-fried chicken with tons of fresh veggies, served with brown rice. It’s quick and healthy!

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    Christie — March 11, 2012 @ 8:40 PM

    Pizza with goat cheese, tomato and basil or with sausage, mushroom, kalamata olives and red peppers.

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    Kristen — March 11, 2012 @ 10:17 PM

    My favorite meal to make is cheese enchiladas.

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    Tami — March 12, 2012 @ 12:43 AM

    I lovvvvveeeeeee spaghetti!!! I am definitely going to try this recipe.

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    Patrick — March 12, 2012 @ 1:28 AM

    Favorite Dinner: Quick Skillet Pizza! Delicious!

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    Jill Cowette — March 12, 2012 @ 3:05 AM

    I love to make lasagna for weekend dinners! Cannot wait to try this sauce next weekend!

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    Sarah M. — March 12, 2012 @ 4:15 AM

    Chicken & Dumplins! yum! I do agree with the store bought sauce being too sweet, I have started checking labels but I would much rather make my own! Thanks for the post!!

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    Maria — March 12, 2012 @ 4:40 AM

    Mt favorite thing to make for dinner is Creamy Parmesan Basil Chicken. Delicious and super easy. I also love the Classico brand jar sauces. They are the closest to home made that I have found. Will definitely try this recipe though. Sounds great!

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    SANDY — March 12, 2012 @ 5:39 AM

    pasta or tacos

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    Sarah S — March 12, 2012 @ 5:41 AM

    I love to make roast chicken for dinner.

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    amy blaschke — March 12, 2012 @ 5:47 AM

    grilled fish and steamed veggies – quick and easy!

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    Nicky — March 12, 2012 @ 6:50 AM

    My favorite thing to make for dinner is taco salad.

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    Kathy — March 12, 2012 @ 7:13 AM

    This looks easy and good!!
    I love to make chicken Marsala for my gang- everyone likes it and it’s not too hard.

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    Miranda — March 12, 2012 @ 7:32 AM

    I love to do a taco bar so everyone can personalize.

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    Andrea W. — March 12, 2012 @ 8:10 AM

    Green Chili Chicken Enchiladas. Yummmmm.

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    Donna Bridges — March 12, 2012 @ 8:18 AM

    My favorite meal for dinner is usually something I can make in the crockpot, lately it’s been a lot of hearty soups such as taco soup or anything with butternut squash. I love what I see as a trend in making more homemade things such as sauces, taco seasoning, cake mixes, etc.

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    Linda — March 12, 2012 @ 8:45 AM

    YUM!

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    Stephanie Ann — March 12, 2012 @ 10:07 AM

    I love making a good hamburger hotdish! They’re my favorite and you’re left with lots of leftovers for the week!

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    Jen B — March 12, 2012 @ 10:18 AM

    I love to make quick soups for dinner – chicken corn is my favorite because it’s light and healthy, but ultra comforting!

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    Sandra — March 12, 2012 @ 10:25 AM

    I made your chocolate muffins this weekend, they were delicious!

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    Shelley Coriell — March 12, 2012 @ 10:42 AM

    My go-to family dinner dish is fettuccine primavera with grilled chickens strips. Easy and delicious!

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    Kelly — March 12, 2012 @ 11:07 AM

    chicken alfredo!

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    Robin Thomas — March 12, 2012 @ 11:15 AM

    I love to make pasta for my favorite dinner.

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    Megan P — March 12, 2012 @ 11:47 AM

    Chicken and dumplings.

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    Scorpio Woman — March 12, 2012 @ 12:10 PM

    My favorite thing to make for dinner is homemade pizza

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    Kim — March 12, 2012 @ 12:42 PM

    My favorite thing to make is stuffed zucchini boats – YUM!

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    Kathy G — March 12, 2012 @ 1:07 PM

    Anything on the Grill!

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    Kyndall — March 12, 2012 @ 1:42 PM

    My favorite thing to make for dinner is roast, noodles, and mashed potatoes. It makes the house smell sooo good!!

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    Kathy S — March 12, 2012 @ 1:57 PM

    This sauce looks wonderful and I will certainly try it.

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    Erin from Long Island — March 12, 2012 @ 2:00 PM

    it’s hard to pick just one thing i like to make. Quesadillas, frittatas, curries, and stir fries are probably at the top of the list!

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    Jeanette — March 12, 2012 @ 2:07 PM

    Love how simple this sauce is – never tried adding balsamic vinegar to sauce before but I’m sure it adds some nice tang. This is the type of easy recipe I need for busy weeknights. Looking forward to seeing Kelsey at her book signing in a few weeks in my neck of the woods.

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    Lauren — March 12, 2012 @ 2:17 PM

    I love to make a brisket or roast chicken. Throw the meat, veggies and spices in the oven on a low temp, and forget about it for a few hours…:)

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    Cheryl — March 12, 2012 @ 3:06 PM

    Love to make chicken enchiladas for me and my two boys

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    Tari Black — March 12, 2012 @ 3:34 PM

    Just made pasta with tuna (in oil) and peas (I have substituted various veggies in season of course!)

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    Elizabeth B — March 12, 2012 @ 3:59 PM

    I love to make beef stroganoff. :0)

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    Bruce — March 12, 2012 @ 4:44 PM

    Chicken Saltimboca

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    Aileen — March 12, 2012 @ 5:38 PM

    Fresh tomato soup or roasted tomato sauce when tomatoes are in season.

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    Dawn — March 12, 2012 @ 6:45 PM

    One of my absolute favorites would be our greek salad. We make it for all the family get togethers and its always requested.

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    Kimberly Marie — March 13, 2012 @ 4:29 AM

    I love to make tacos. They’re so easy and yummy.

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    Michelle — March 13, 2012 @ 5:58 AM

    spaghetti & meatballs!

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    Elisabeth — March 13, 2012 @ 6:49 AM

    We love having breakfast for dinner, blueberry pancakes!

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    Jamie — March 13, 2012 @ 8:12 AM

    Lately I am obsessed with quesadillas with leftover cafe rio pork!

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    Jan — March 13, 2012 @ 8:52 AM

    My favorite thing is pasta of any kind with any sauce

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    Stephanie — March 13, 2012 @ 9:55 AM

    Any type of pasta dish, I could eat pasta every day!

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    Cary H — March 13, 2012 @ 11:40 AM

    My family’s favorite meal is a quick Firecracker Chicken Stir fry. The sauce is flavorful and I like that is filled with veggies my children will eat!

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    Laura — March 13, 2012 @ 11:44 AM

    My favorite dinner to make is baked chicken. It’s easy with lots of variations to keep things interesting.

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    Pamela — March 13, 2012 @ 12:20 PM

    My favorite thing to make is Baked Spaghetti…and this Marinara Sauce will be Amazing on it so Thank you!! Thank you also for the opportunity to win such a great Cookbook!! :)

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    Stephani Snow — March 13, 2012 @ 1:27 PM

    My favorite thing to make for dinner is chicken frajitas! So yummy!

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    Kari — March 13, 2012 @ 3:05 PM

    My favorite thing to do is try new recipes so we don’t have a lot of repeats in my house but tacos are a favorite.

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    Rhonda — March 13, 2012 @ 5:20 PM

    I like to make stromboli using thawed frozen bread dough and filling(s) of choice, including cheese. I serve heated pizza sauce for dipping.

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    Marcy — March 13, 2012 @ 5:23 PM

    My favorite thing to make is fajitas made with leftover rotisserie chicken, mushrooms, onion, and old el paso fajita seasoning. Add sour cream and cheese and we’re good to go. Pretty darn easy and a great use of the leftover chicken.

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    Kristin — March 13, 2012 @ 6:07 PM

    I love to cook and try out new recipes, but our Friday night stand by dinner is homemade pizza, so tasty, yet very easy to make! Yummy, looking forward to Friday night already!

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    Pam — March 13, 2012 @ 6:41 PM

    probably spaghetti, because my husband loves it!

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    Tina — March 14, 2012 @ 3:16 AM

    I love to make something in the crock pot because the house always smells so good when I get home from work!

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    linda sch — March 14, 2012 @ 6:13 AM

    pasta with bacon peas and butter!

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    Colleen — March 14, 2012 @ 8:17 AM

    My definitely favorite is mostacoli ,…yummy!

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    Stacey — March 14, 2012 @ 8:59 AM

    Any kind of pasta is my favorite because it’s so quick and easy!

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    Christina Loy — March 14, 2012 @ 10:06 AM

    My new favorite thing is: swiss steak in the crockpot, served with mashed potatoes and rosemary bread. Yummo!!! Plus it makes for a fragrant home!

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    Sandra Kovalchick — March 14, 2012 @ 1:17 PM

    Steak! Always love a good steak recipe!

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    Sheila — March 14, 2012 @ 1:24 PM

    Stuffed Shells is our favorite dish. mmmm

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    Erin — March 14, 2012 @ 2:19 PM

    Definitely sweet chilli prawn stir fry- quick, cheap and DELICIOUS :)

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    Claire — March 14, 2012 @ 6:47 PM

    mmm, I love some miso soup and rice!

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    Marcy Hutsko — March 15, 2012 @ 5:22 PM

    Love making homemade mac and cheese!

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    Blondie — March 16, 2012 @ 12:45 AM

    Quesadillas or huevos rancheros. Yum!

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    Frank — July 14, 2012 @ 8:22 PM

    To improve on this while still keeping it simple and real Italian. Use Roma tomatoes from Italy, crush the tomatoes by hand. Skip the balsamic vinegar no real Italian chef does that, just use a good red wine. If you place your canning jars in the dishwasher with the sani-cycle and full heat dry remove when still hot, don’t cool the sauce while still boiling pour into jars, wipe the sides use new lids and when tighten flip jars over till at room temperature. Then place in fridge. I get 8 jars of sauce . With that you can change the sauce by jars, add a heavy cream and vodka to one jar and you got vodka sauce. cook some ground sirloin add a jar and you have meat sauce, or take a jar, cook the beef add some cream and you have bolonaise sauce.. The canning method is called country canning I have never had a bad jar yet, and it keeps for 3 months. Problem is I use pasta a lot so my jars never last more then 6 weeks.

    • Lori Lange replied: — July 15th, 2012 @ 9:36 AM

      Great tips!

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    Mel — September 24, 2012 @ 2:46 PM

    Reviews on this recipe would be nice. All i see are what peoples favorite meals are. Very weird posting that under someone elseS recipe….

    • Lori Lange replied: — September 25th, 2012 @ 10:58 AM

      Sorry- about that- it must seem confusing. This was originally a giveaway post for the cookbook mentioned. To enter the giveaway, commenters had to share their favorite meal. It’s an excellent, easy sauce recipe!

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    Cindy — October 29, 2012 @ 9:46 AM

    Can this sauce be canned? If so, how long would it stay good for? I don’t use marinara frequently but when I do I would love for it to be homemade!

    • Lori Lange replied: — October 29th, 2012 @ 10:48 AM

      I’m not familiar with canning, so I’m not sure…

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    Sara e — October 30, 2012 @ 8:46 PM

    Does it make a difference consistency wise if you use fresh diced up tomatoes instead of the canned? i’m not a fan of all the salt in canned veggies

    • Lori Lange replied: — October 31st, 2012 @ 9:28 AM

      I’m not sure about that- I haven’t tried fresh.

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    cheekygirl — December 17, 2012 @ 5:28 PM

    i loved this recipe! it will be in heavy rotation chez cheeky. i made a few tweaks (mostly because i thought it only used one can of tomatoes so i upped the garlic, basil, and balsamic. still delish)

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    Diane Rochford — February 10, 2013 @ 10:16 PM

    I’m in love with this recipe! So easy and way better than store bought.

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    Jenni C — March 23, 2013 @ 12:50 PM

    I’m in the process of making this now and it smells fantastic ! I usually make my own recipes buy wanted something a little more simple. I only made half the recipe though since I don’t need much, and will be freezing the rest.

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    Laurie B. — May 21, 2013 @ 7:20 PM

    This was very good marinara sauce. The only thing I will change next time is that I thought it was very salty so I will only use 1 tsp of salt instead of 2.

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    John Grillo — August 26, 2013 @ 12:19 PM

    Being of Sicilian descent I’m always looking for sauce variations. I’m presently cooking your sauce…anxious to see what the balsamic vinegar does to the flavor.Never heard of adding balsamic…but I live a shelterd life. My cousin whose a terrific .Italian cook told me to try adding 3 anchovie fillets to the sauce. Has anybody ever tried this. I’m going to try it on the next pot of sauce.

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    Krissy — November 30, 2013 @ 11:51 AM

    How long will the sauce stay good in canning jars?

    • Lori Lange replied: — December 1st, 2013 @ 7:43 PM

      I’m afraid I’m not familiar with canning, so I have no idea. I usually use it up right away!