Menu Plan Monday & Fantastic Italian Tomato Sauce

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I just almost sipped on something that I thought was water but was actually tea from Thursday with a moldy lime in it.

Yeah, that just about spoiled my appetite.

We’re having the chicken cutlets with homemade tomato sauce tonight. I made the sauce in the crockpot last night and will let it sit on high for a little while with the lid off to thicken it up while I make the chicken and pasta. I think I’ve decided on unbreaded chicken breasts, just sauteed in olive oil and with mozzarella on top.

Here’s the tomato sauce recipe. It’s from the No Other Gods Bible study, and you can find more recipes from that study here.

Mom's Tomato Sauce


  • olive oil
  • any meat you’d like–sausage, ribs, random chicken parts, all fine. I used pork ribs for tonight.
  • 56 oz. crushed tomatoes or tomato puree
  • 2 heads of garlic, cloves all minced
  • 4-5 leaves fresh basil
  • dried oregano and parsley
  • bay leaf
  • salt and pepper


Brown your meat in olive oil and add to the pot. Stir in the crushed tomatoes, plus 28 ounces (1 large tomato can) of water. Add the rest of your ingredients; you can vary the spices depending on how heavily seasoned you want it. Cook covered on the stovetop on low for 2-3 hours or in a crockpot on low 8-10 hours, then uncover and let thicken a little bit until it’s to your liking.

I believe Kelly’s recipe calls for putting some of the sauce in the bottom of a casserole dish, placing seared chicken breasts on top, mozzarella on top of the chicken, and more sauce on top of that. Let it cook in the oven for a while until the cheese is melted and brown. Then serve on top of pasta with more sauce.


(I’m going to freeze the extra sauce for post-baby or at least one of those days when I don’t feel like cooking at all.)

I’m in the mood for sausage, pepper, and onion sandwiches, and we have hoagie rolls, so that will be meal #2 this week.

I think I’ll also make Mr. V happy and make meatloaf and mashed potatoes. That should last at least two nights.

I’m not feeling real creative on menu planning this week. Anyone have a simple new recipe they’d like to share?

4 thoughts on “Menu Plan Monday & Fantastic Italian Tomato Sauce

  1. Hi! I just came here from Menu Plan Monday on Organizing Junkie site. I went to Vanderbilt many years ago. 🙂 Is SatCo still by the university. I miss those Tacos.

    I wanted to say Hi! Also, I noticed you are pregnant. I have a pregnancy/birth blog if you want to check it out.

    Have a great day!

  2. Thanks for sharing the sauce recipe. I’ve been ignoring my crockpot lately even though it stares at me everyday from it’s prominent place on my countertop. I’m at a loss for easy recipes this week too. I’m about 14 wks pregnant, and still not feeling like eating much of anything. Have a great week!

  3. Hi,
    Im new to your blog..I saw it posted on PBS~ and wanted to say Hello. I will have to get back with you about a simple recipe~
    I have a Yahoo group called
    2golunchandinnerecipes..I should be able to find some simple recipes posted there.. Melissa

  4. You had asked for a simple recipe, I foumd this one..
    Hope you like it! Melissa

    2lbs.hamburger                         1 can cream mushroom soup
    1 med. onion, chopped                 1 large pkg frozen mixed vegetables
    1 cup chopped celery                    1/4 cup milk
                   tater tots to cover the top

    Brown hamburger, onion and celery.  Combine all other ingredients
    except tater tots.  Turn into a 9X13″ pan and cover with grated
    cheddar cheese.
    Bake at 350  for 1 hr.                    makes 8-12 servings

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