RECIPE: Easy Tomato Sauce

This recipe is unbelievably easy, and is best with home grown tomatoes (what isn't?). If you use fresh, summer tomatoes, I think you can skip simmering the sauce and just use it fresh and luke warm on pasta for a light summer meal. But if fresh garlic is too punchy for you or you are using canned tomatoes, you may want to simmer it. Either way, this is a great standby for busy family nights...or LAZY family nights.

Easy Tomato Sauce


2 medium tomatoes, cleaned peeled and diced
or 8-10 oz. can diced tomatoes
4 oil packed sun dried tomatoes, drained
2 Tbsp tomato paste
6-8 large basil leaves
4-6 garlic cloves
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/2 tsp salt
Fresh ground pepper
1/2 Tbsp dried oregano


Put all tomato, basil, garlic, oregano and seasonings in a food processor or blender, puree until well blended. While machine is on, pour in the oil and puree until smooth for a minute or two. Some people like the sauce like this. If you have fresh tomatoes from the garden, you probably can. But I find that with canned tomatoes, to cook it a little to meld the flavors improves the tomato flavor. If that's the case, pour sauce into a saucepan. Simmer on low for ten minutes, stirring once in a while. Toss with fresh pasta and grated parmesan.

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