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Good morning friends, I hope that you are well. How is your week? Are you staying cool? It is a scorcher here this week and I am trying to limit my time outside. At the same time I want to enjoy summer, in a few short weeks it will be Fall. Can you believe it?
Our neighbor’s are on holiday for a few more days and we are still harvesting and eating a lot of tomatoes and other produce from their garden. This week I made the easiest pasta sauce, it is not really a recipe, it is simply tomatoes and garlic cooked and served over your favorite pasta. I am sure you probably have your own “recipe” and if you do please share it.
4 tablespoons olive oil
4-5 cloves of garlic crushed
pinch of red pepper flakes
28 oz. fresh tomatoes, cut in half(if cherry)
splash of balsamic vinegar(optional)
1 teaspoon kosher salt
pepper to taste
fresh basil leaves
freshly grated parmesan
In a medium sauce pan heat the olive oil, as soon as the oil is hot add the minced garlic, let cook for a few seconds, then add the red pepper flakes. Immediately add the tomatoes and their juices, stir well, I like to add a splash of balsamic vinegar at this point and let the mixture cook for a few minutes. Add salt and pepper and cook for a few more minutes. Add the torn basil leaves then taste the sauce, add more salt or pepper to suit your taste. Add a sprinkle of cheese and enjoy.
NOTE: I am not a professional chef, nor am I Italian so please do not comment about this not being an authentic sauce. I am simply using what I have, feel free to use the tomatoes that you have, if you are using Roma tomatoes then cut into 3/4″ chunks. The sauce is simply a way to use whatever you have on hand or have an abundance of.
I like the sauce chunky but you can cook it down more for a smoother sauce if you like.
Serve over your favorite pasta.
When preparing the pasta add a large handful of kosher salt to the water you will be boiling your noodles in, this is a tip from my friend Elizabeth from The Vintage Contessa and it makes all the difference in the world to the flavor of the pasta.
I hope that you have a wonderful day! Stay safe and stay cool.