Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Fresh Tomato Basil Sauce




This recipe is so simple and one of my favorite go-to meals when I'm in a time crunch.  It's also a staple when I'm craving a big bowl of pasta .

For the past two years I've lived at 8500 feet in the Rocky Mountains. It's a beautiful place to live but a horrible altitude to grow fresh, anything!  I've recently moved to a lower elevation in Colorado allowing me to grow herbs and fresh veggies.  My basil is super happy on my back porch and a delicious addition to this fresh pasta sauce. 


Making a Chiffonade is the easiest way to cut basil for your recipes.  "Chiffon" is French for "rag" referring to the fabric-like strips that result from this technique. To chiffonade simply means to turn into rag-like strips".  Source wikipedia

Simply, lay several basil leaves together and roll into a tight cigar shape.  Using a sharp paring knife, cut slices of basil to resemble strips.  You can chop the strips further if you prefer a smaller bite.

 




Recipe Fresh Tomato Basil Sauce
serves 4

2 large beef steak tomatoes
3 gloves garlic minced
5 tablespoon butter
1/4 cup olive oil plus 1 tablespoon
3-4 leaves fresh basil

Method
  • In a large stock pot prepare pasta, while pasta is cooking
  • Coarsely chop tomatoes
  • using a large heavy bottom skillet saute tomatoes in 1 tablespoon olive oil for 5 minutes on medium high heat
  • add garlic
  • saute additional 4 minutes
  • add 1/4 cup olive oil and butter, cook until butter is melted stirring occasionally
  • remove from heat, add fresh basil salt and pepper to taste
  • drain pasta
  • return pasta to skillet and cook additional 2-3 minutes, serve
Optional: add pine nuts, artichoke hearts and sundried tomatoes







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7 comments:

  1. Looks so delicious! Fresh tomatoes with basil and capers is my kids' favourite pasta meal! I know that they will really love your version as well!
    Wish you a wonderful weekend!

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  2. Hey Ladies! Thanks for visiting my latest blog post. I'm finally getting settled into my new home and looking forward to creating new recipes and blog posts. Kimmie, this is a lick ya lips delicious and easy recipe! Thank you! Carol Ann, SMOOCHES! Joy, You know your continued support of my blog is very much appreciated!! Bless you♥

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  3. This looks like summertime on a plate!

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  4. HI Melynda, Yes indeed, this is a fresh summer meal. I just wish I was sitting in Italy instead of my backyard!! Thanks for the visit!

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  5. nice posting. thanks for sharing

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