Sunday, August 25, 2013

Home Grow Tomato Sauce

    Hubbs came home from work with a bag full of home grown native tomatoes from his friends garden, they were beauties!! After admiring them on my window sill for a few days I decided their fate would be a fresh tomato sauce. I had 10 large perfect specimens to work with and here is what I did.

10 tomatoes finely diced
1 lb of italian sausage
1/2 cup finely diced white onion
3-6 cloves of garlic peeled and smashed
8 large basil leaves torn, and a few more fro garnish
4 tablespoons of olive oil
salt and pepper
1 bag of frozen ricotta cavatelli

Add 2 tablespoons of the oil in a large skillet over med heat and brown the sausages on all sides. Next add the onion and cook until soft about 5 minutes. Now add the diced tomatoes, garlic, basil, the rest of the oil, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, turn the heat down to a simmer and cook for about 2 hours or until it reduces by half. Toss with the cavatelli and garnish with some basil leaves and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil. Top with grated cheese I always use a combination of equal parts parmesane and romano.
*a nice bottle of red wine and a crusty loaf of garlic bread would be the perfect accompaniments.
**beg your friends with gardens for some tomatoes and make this dish, it's simple and easy, invite them over for dinner and you will be a kitchen star!!!

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