Buddy the Elf’s Maple Syrup Spaghetti (a.k.a. Sweet Marinara Sauce)

By Heather of Kitchen Concoctions: www.kitchen-concoctions.com

Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 20-25 minutes Makes about 2 ½ cups

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 small onion, diced

3 cloves garlic, minced

2 tablespoons tomato paste

1 (28 ounce) can tomato sauce

1 (28 ounce) can petite diced tomatoes*

1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

1/2 teaspoon dried basil

1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

3-5 tablespoons pure maple syrup or brown sugar (add to desired sweetness)

Spaghetti, cooked according to package directions, for serving

Heat oil in a large sauce pan over medium heat. Add onions and cook for 2-3 minutes or until translucent. Add garlic and cook 1 minute more. Stir in tomato paste and cook for 2-3 minutes.

Stir in remaining ingredients. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes. Taste and adjust seasonings if necessary.

Serve hot sauce over prepared pasta.

*Note: For a less chunky sauce, replace diced tomatoes with an additional can of tomato sauce.