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Friday, July 01, 2011

What's For Dinner: Tomato and Basil Sauce

I'm loving (!) having a ton of fresh basil!  So for dinner last night, I decided to make fresh tomato and basil sauce for our spaghetti dinner.  (well, fresh basil anyway... fresh tomatoes are a ways off... assuming we actually grow some...)

Here's how I made my sauce:

Tomato and Basil Sauce


  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 14 ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 1 14 ounce can tomato sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 - 1 cup red wine (chicken broth also works here)
  • 1 1/2 - 2 cups of fresh basil (about 2.5 ounces)
  • pepper to taste
  1. In a medium nonstick saucepan sprayed with cooking spray, saute the onion until soft.
  2. Add the diced tomatoes and tomato sauce, and cook until heated through.
  3. Add the sugar and wine and simmer for 15 minutes.  (you can add some more wine here if the consistency of the sauce is to thick for your taste)
  4. Add the basil and simmer another 10 minutes.
  5. Remove from heat and serve with your favorite pasta and some freshly grated Parmesan cheese.
This was super-fresh and delicious.  I cannot wait (and I hope I am not jinxing my tomato growth by saying this here) until we have fresh tomatoes out of the garden to use for this recipe!

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1 comment:

  1. That's very similar to the sauce I have simmering right now. I used two pints of home canned crushed tomatoes, half of a large sweet onion, two small heads of garlic (dug too early, but still good), fresh picked basil and oregano leaves, and a diced small green only garden grown pepper so far. I added it all to some browned sweet Italian sausage, and it's smelling even better than the loaf of Italian bread that just came out of the oven. Mr. Granny just wandered into the kitchen asking what smelled so good.