Macaroni and Tomato Sauce, a Family Tradition {Giveaway}

I get so tired of recipes that get all dressed up with all sorts of ingredients.  It’s not that I don’t have an appreciate for flavor, fine foods, and variety but I guess I just have more of an appreciation for simplicity; the foods that our Moms and Grandmas made.  It’s not just that, it’s the fact that everyone is struggling so much in today’s economy that, well, who can afford all those fancy ingredients, you know?  I remember the days that our cupboards were bare, nothing in the pantry, freezer, or fridge.  We had beans, noodles, tomato sauce, milk, bread, eggs, and taters.  Those were our staples and by simply adding one or two extra ingredients, you could make anything out of it.

Macaroni and Tomato Sauce has been a family favorite for many years. I can remember my grandmother making it for us, then my mom, and now me.  You know, maybe it’s just that, knowing that it’s been something the family has eaten for many, many years that keeps me wanting to stick to the simple meals, the family traditions.

Simply boil your noodles with salt, drain, and put back in pot.  Pour in cans of tomato sauce (use as many or as little to suit your taste) and let simmer for just a bit.  You can add pepper to the pot but I make everyone add their own.  You may not know this but pepper and tomato sauce combined can become quite spicy so I try not to add too much to mine or Truett’s.  Enjoy!

Skinner pasta has been around for years.  I don’t know if it’s in your part of the good ol’ USA but it’s a staple in Texas grocers.   I guess their red, white, and blue packaging speaks for itself, if you know what I mean.  You don’t even have to see the name of the brand because you instantly recognize it, know it, and use it.


One lucky winner will be able to create their own mealtime memory with this fabulous gift set which includes the following:

  • Two boxes of Skinner Pasta
  • One colander (like my pretty red one in the photo above)
  • One set of Texas-themed serving utensils
  • Two Skinner Pasta recipe cards


———>Simply leave a comment below sharing your Skinner mealtime memory and if you don’t have one, check out their huge selection of recipes and see what tickles your tastebuds!

As always, I encourage you to visit the sponsor of this giveaway and help them celebrate their 100th anniversary by sharing your Skinner mealtime memory with them (which ends on May 14th–you can win some great prizes over there!). They’d love to hear it and see your photos!  You can find them on facebook and on Twitter at @SkinnerPasta


Additional, optional entries, leaving each one in a separate comment to count.

Giveaway ends on March 18th around 10pm CST.  Good luck y’all!

Disclosure: Similar prize package was provided for my time & efforts to create this post. Prize was also provided (sponsored).  All opinions are my own, always have been, always will be because that’s how I roll.  Duh.