Monday, January 26, 2009

Sunday Sauce

We usually make this tomato sauce on Sunday nights. Simple and delicious.

2-3 tablespoons olive oil
4-5 cloves garlic, smashed with the side of a knife
1 (or more) pinch crushed red pepper flakes
3-4 tablespoons italian parsley
~24 oz. can pureed tomatoes
1 or two handfuls of picholine olives, or use any olives you like.

Heat the olive oil in a medium sized pan over low heat. Place the smashed garlic cloves in the pan before the oil is hot and let them turn golden. This should take 5-7 minutes. Be sure to flip them every so often so that they do not burn. Remove the garlic. I throw it away at this point because the oil is nicely scented. Stir the parsley into the oil and cook briefly, about 30 seconds. Add the tomato puree, pepper flakes, and the olives. Cook for about 20-30 minutes on low with the lid off. The olives season the sauce, so don't add any extra salt. Mix a little less than a pound of linguine into the sauce and serve with fresh parsley on top. This makes excellent leftovers for Monday.

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