Monday, October 5, 2015

Easy, Beautiful, Fresh Marinara Sauce

And so we bid the Summer farewell...

And in doing so we harvest the last of the beautiful juicy red tomatoes....

Here in Florida, we are blessed with a tomato season that lasts longer than most, and I behold each and every one of those days.

I love to slice them, dice them, even eat them WHOLE! 

 But my favorite easy thing to do with them is make a light and tasty sauce..I grew up doing this with my Grandmother and each time I make it, I think of her.. It is quite easy with a few simple steps and you will NEVER eat sauce from a jar again if you make this!

All you need are 4 or 5 ripe tomatoes




Using a sharp knife, slice and X on the bottom of tomato...


 Drop tomato in a pot of boiling water for 30 seconds and remove with a slotted spoon.  Cool for a minute or so until you can hold and peel...






 The skin will easily peel right off!

Chop up the tomatoes like this:



Grab a pan and saute some chopped onion and garlic in EVOO as Rachel Ray calls it!! :) (extra virgin olive oil) 

Cook onion first and add garlic once the onion is tender....DON'T put garlic in at same time as onion...otherwise you will have bitter garlic! 

 Put garlic in when the onion is tender, and once you smell the garlic's fragrance, immediately put in your tomatoes! 



 Cook for about 15 minutes an add some fresh chopped basil...Serve as is over pasta with lots of Parmesan cheese or you can add meatballs like this....


 So delicious, so easy..so wonderful! 

 Thank you Lillian Ricucci, my Grandmother, for gifting me with the heritage of cooking amazing fabulous Italian food...if only I could be with you in the kitchen one more time...

Blessings to all  and enjoy.... xo 

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