Quick and Easy Pizza Bake

If you grew up in an Italian household like me, you know the importance of sauce.

If you didn't grow up in an Italian household, let me fill you in.

Sauce is the Holy Grail of all foods.

It is something to be mastered. Simmering for hours on the stove. Adding the perfect proportion of spices. It's an instinct. You know the taste so well that a recipe isn't even needed. You tweak and perfect it until it is ready to be served over a heaping plate of pasta.

But sorry, Mom.

This recipe isn't about spending hours perfecting the ultimate sauce.

It's a quick and easy Italian dish that you can whip up in less than 20 minutes.

Quick and Easy Pizza Bake

Ingredients

  • 2 cup of a grain (quinoa or rice or a mix. In this picture I have the Sprouted Rice & Quinoa Blend from Costco). Prepare according to package directions.
  • 1 cup tomato sauce (Also from Costco. Yet again, sorry Mom)
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • 1 pepper, diced
  • 1/2 cup onion, chopped
  • 1 tsp basil
  • 1 tsp parsley
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • meat (optional)
  • parmesan cheese (optional)
  • fresh herbs (optional)

Line the bottom of a casserole dish with your already prepared grains.  Add the tomato sauce and herbs and mix. Top with optional meat and cheese.  Place in oven to bake at 350 for ~20 mins. Remove from oven and top with optional fresh herbs (basil, parsley, oregano). Serve and enjoy!

Is this recipe something you would make for yourself?

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