Spaghetti Sauce

28 oz can of diced tomatoes
3-4 cloves of garlic, minced
1/2 tbs olive oil
1 tsp dried rosemary
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp dried thyme
1 tsp dried Italian herb mix
1 pinch granulated onion/onion flakes
1/2 tsp granulated garlic
6-8 whole peppercorns
1 pinch red pepper flakes
Splash of Balsamic vinegar (optional)

1 tsp cream cheese (optional)

10 oz whole wheat pasta, cooked in salted water
Parmesan Cheese (optional)

This is a recipe that only gets better the longer you cook it, so be prepared to wait a bit for the deliciousness that will ensue.

If you like, add some vegetable towards the end!

In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat.  Add garlic, salt and pepper.  Heat until fragrant (about 4 minutes).  Add in tomatoes and juice, herbs, and seasonings.  Be careful with the salt here.  You do not want to over salt this because it will reduce.

Bring to a slow boil and then reduce to a simmer.  Cover and cook for about 2 hours, stirring occasionally.  For the last 30 minutes, I leave it uncovered to reduce a bit more.  If using the cream cheese and/or balsamic, add it in at the very end.

Break up any large pieces of tomato with a fork, and serve tossed with pasta and topped with Parmesan cheese.  Enjoy!