Since I moved back to Edmonton (2007) and even before while living far away, my mom was always trying to get me to be more interested in cooking. It's not that I didn't know how to cook. It was more about my lack of confidence when cooking. As well, a bit about my personal need for foods I eat to be tasty AND look appealing. I don't remember who said this to me, but I agree and believe "we eat with our eyes before our tummy's."
In a quest for both appealing looking meal options that allow variety and fresh ingredients that are easily found in the common grocery store my mom bought me a copy of one of her favorite cook books. She has a massive collection of cook books and is more than willing to be adventerous in trying new meal options, but that is a story for another time.
The cook book I am speaking of is called The America's Test Kitchen- Family Cookbook. One of my many favorite recipes (even pre-gluten free) is their "Quick Tomato Sauce". You would think, all tomato sauces are gluten free! But in reality they are not. There are often hidden gluten containing culprits in those pre-packaged tomato sauces. This receipe is very easy, takes limited time to make and makes a whole lot of sauce. I recomend you have a few jars (we use jars from pickled beets) to store your tomato sauce.I hope you enjoy it as much as we have.
Quick Tomato Sauce
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes
1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes
3 tablespoons minced fresh basil (or dried basil, maybe use only 3 teaspoons)
1/4 teaspoon sugar
salt to taste
1) Cook the oil and garlic in a medium saucepan over medium heat, stirring often, until fragrant but not browned, about 2 minutes. Stir in the crushed and diced tomatoes with their juice. Bring to a simmer and cook until slightly thickened, 15-20 minutes.
2) Stir in the basil and sugar. Season with salt to taste. When tossing the sauce with pasta, add some of the pasta cooking water as needed to loosen the consistency of the sauce.
As you can see, there are fresh and easy to find ingredients in this recipe and woo hoo....it's gluten free to boot! (and easy!!!)
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