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Meatless Monday: Marinara Pasta

Even meat-lovers need to eat something tonight that's not turkey.

Thanksgiving is in 4 days. This means I’m crazy busy with prep work: making pie dough, roasting squash for butternut squash soup, running back and forth from the grocery store because I always underestimate the amount of heavy cream I need. It also means I don’t have any time to cook anything that won’t be served on Thursday. But I still need to eat. And preferably something that’s not Thanksgiving-y.

Pasta with a quick marinara sauce is the perfect pre- or post-Thanksgiving meal. It’s fast and easy, I’m always craving it, it won’t add too many dishes to the pile mounting in the sink and it doesn’t compete with the foods I’ll be eating too much of in a few days — stuffing and green beans and sweet potatoes. And while I might be out of heavy cream, I’m always stocked up on cans of tomatoes and dry pasta.

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The Best 3-Ingredient Tomato Sauce

Tomato Sauce Finished

I’m what you’d call a tomato purist. Yep, you know the type: picking tomatoes off salads three quarters of the year, throwing expletives when restaurants dare use mealy, tomatoes in the summer, then eating my weight in caprese salads and tomato tarts and roasted tomatoes and BLTs (heavy on the Ts) all August long.

And of course, there’s tomato sauce — lots of it. If the stuff is made with summer tomatoes, it’s pretty hard for it to be bad. But the best way to highlight summer tomatoes is with three simple ingredients: tomatoes, garlic and olive oil.

I know, not exactly revolutionary. Throw these guys in a pot together haphazardly and you’re likely to get something pretty delicious. But with a little extra care — slivering the garlic, softening it in olive oil, chopping and seeding the tomatoes — it turns into something spectacular, and spectacularly addictive. Here’s how you make it.

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