Monday, July 9, 2012

Busy Night Marinara

I made this last night for dinner and it was delish!  It tasted so fresh and natural and perfect on a bed of angel hair pasta.  My kids ate seconds and the adults ate thirds... a good sign.  You can use whatever tomatoes you have on hand, although I find that cherry tomatoes are the best.
Busy Night Marinara
Adapated from for Mommy

2 Tbs. Olive oil
1 small onion, diced small
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
Cherry tomatoes, 1 pint (or any fresh tomato you have in the fridge)
1 15-oz. can diced tomatoes (or omit the fresh tomatoes and use 2 cans total)
1 tsp. honey
salt and pepper, to taste
1/2 cup chopped (not packed) fresh basil leaves, or a good handful

Warm oil in pan over medium heat.  Add onions and saute for 2-3 minutes.  Add garlic and red pepper flakes and saute together for another minute or two.   Add the tomatoes to the pan.  Once they heat through and begin to soften, mash the tomatoes in the pan with a potato masher.  Add the honey and s&p to the pan, stir and let simmer on low heat for 30 minutes (most of the juices will evaporate and the sauce will thicken).  Remove from heat and add basil.  Stir together to combine.  Serve over pasta.


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