Friday, February 26, 2016

The Quickest Tomato Sauce

I made this tonight (I needed something quick and easy) and served it over fresh pasta.  The recipe says you can use it for anything that requires a tomato sauce- including pizza.  It was delicious (as most things are that call for fresh basil!).  And, most things that Jamie Oliver makes up, you can pretty much bank on.
The Quickest Tomato Sauce
Adapted from Jamie Oliver

Olive oil
4 cloves garlic, finely diced
1 bunch fresh basil, chopped
3 x 14 oz good-quality canned plum tomatoes
Salt and pepper
Brown sugar (optional-to tame the acidity)

In a large frying pan, pour in 4 lugs of olive oil.  Add the garlic and watch for it to color lightly (doesn't take long!).  Add the basil and tomatoes.  Using the back of the wooden spoon, mush the tomatoes as much as you can.  Season with salt and pepper.  Bring it to a boil.  (You can strain the sauce if you'd like at this point to get rid of chunky bits, but I didn't).  Reduce to a simmer for 5 minutes to concentrate the flavors.  If you store in a jar in the fridge, it should last for a week.  Or freeze in batches.  Enjoy!


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