Thursday, September 13, 2012

Italian Tomato Sauce

What you need:
2 hot Italian sausage
2 sweet Italian sausage
3 cloves of fresh garlic chopped
onion (optional)
fresh basil
pasta noodles (orecchiette)

What you do:
Heat water in a big pasta pan to boiling then add the tomatoes for about 2 mins or so until skin softens.  Then remove with a slotted spoon and let cool.  While they are cooling saute garlic and onion add meat and cook till meat is almost cooked then drain and set aside.  Add water to pasta pan and put on high to get it boiling for pasta.  Take off tomato skins off then put the tomatoes in the same pan you had the meat in and bring to a boil then let them simmer on low about 45 mins stirring occasionally.  After that time add the meat and onions and garlic to the tomatoes and simmer another 15 mins while you make your pasta add the basil and stir at the very end right before you pour over pasta.   Once pasta is cooked put in a big pasta bowel and pour your sauce mixture on top.  Add a little Parmesan Reggiano and vuala - dinner is served.  

So simple but so delicious!  My MIL (mother in law) had sent us gifts from her garden.  She was very generous and gave us so many tomatoes and they were ready to be eaten that we thought this was the best way to make use of this gift.  My friend Federica helped me pick the pasta noodles and told me what to do.  

 Mother Mary and Father Glenn's garden surrounded by sunflowers planted early spring.  I remember visiting early May and stepping on them because I couldn't even see the stalks starting to grow. 

Sunflowers in the city near us and that remind me of the parent's.....
The meal:
 Garden gifts the tomatoes cooling ready to get the skin taken off and stems cut out

 In the pot they go to simmer for 45 mins
Cook the pasta then put all together and serve...

The picture doesn't do the taste justice 
(the pasta bowl was a gift from Grandma 'B')

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