Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Day 47 - Simple Tomato Sauce

Cookbook - Jamie's Dinners

Once upon a time, there was a year old boy named Sam that was part of a family (hint hint wink wink). The mother of this child trusted him not to eat any chocolate chips from an unopened bag laying on the counter.

It took much of this boy's willpower not to eat it, but sadly, his willpower crumbled when the wind caught the scent of the chocolate chips and blew right by his face. Checking where everyone was, he sneaked back into the kitchen, opened the chocolate chip bag, and gobbled some down.

During his snacking time, the younger brother, Jared, happened upon Sam and found him eating the chocolate chips. There was plain horror upon Jared's face. So now, to this day, this family is forced to hide the chocolate chips and cookie dough from the terror that is SAM.

Dun dun dun....

That happened today right before I started making my dish. There's never a dull moment in this household.

This sauce is kind of similar to the Classic Tomato Sauce. In this recipe, the only thing you do differently is you use plum tomatoes instead of diced tomatoes (in the can) and you use basil stalks. On the other recipe, the pasta kinds of absorbs the sauce, minus the tomatoes. This one is more of just a topping.

Anyway, you chop some basil stalks (no leaves), garlic, and put in a pan with olive oil.
Add some plum tomatoes straight from the can. Let that simmer for 30 minutes. There is stuff you can do with it from there, like tear up basil leaves, along with some balsamic vinegar and a bit of melted butter.

You can also add meatballs, and stuff.

So basically, this is a great, easy recipe.

PS: Jamie Oliver's assistant recommended we get this book. So we did. This is our second recipe from it.
Cookies to be hidden from Sam, the terror.