I’m pretty easy going.
Okay, okay, I’m high strung, but still, easy going. I don’t let food challenges get me all riled up is what I mean. Food is easy. If it flops, it flops – it’s still just food.
I do like, when I have the time, to make things totally from scratch. Pasta sauce being one of those things. But most days, no, I don’t have 3 hours to let tomatoes simmer. And yet, I still want fresh tasting, hearty sauce. What to do?
Mix it up.
I really like taking a couple of fresh tomatoes and mixing them in with chopped canned tomatoes. Saute a little garlic and butter, some chopped onion, a little seasoning, some vino, if you are so inclined, and within 30 minutes, you have a fresh, almost scratch made pasta sauce. Me, I like cream in mine, too – and some cheese – it’s just my preference.
My preference is all that matters. Just ask me.
Quick Fresh Tomato Cream Sauce
enough for 1 pound box pasta
- 6 tablespoons butter
- 3-5 cloves garlic
- 1/2 onion, chopped
- 2 cans (14.5 ounces) Chopped Tomatoes
- 2 ripe tomatoes
- pinch salt
- 1/2 teaspoon basil, dried (or 1 tablespoon fresh, minced)
- 1/2 cup grated Parmegiano Reggiano
- 1/2 cup cream
Saute butter, garlic and onion over medium low heat until onion is translucent. Add cans of tomatoes (and juice) and fresh chopped tomatoes. Allow to simmer, stirring occasionally, for 30 minutes. Add salt, basil, and cheese, allow to simmer additional 10-15 minutes. Stir in cream and reduce to low heat. Simmer for 5 minutes. Remove and add to pasta. Add more seasonings and toppings as desired. Enjoy!
Now…this knife. You’ve seen New West Knifeworks knives on my site before, and you’ll keep on seeing them. I LOVE them. Beautiful, sharp, overall stunning.
These tomatoes stood NO chance.
Officially, this is called a Super Bread Knife. However, while it does cut through bread better than any knife I’ve ever laid my hands on, it’s also great for tomatoes, cucumbers, eggplant, roasts – you name it. That undulating serrated edge is amazing.
Know what else there is to love? New West Knives are 100% American made and they are committed to manufacturing here in the US. They hope to grow into the premier maker of fine American chef knives and make a knife that will surpass even the big Japanese and German brands. (I think they already do! So humble!)
Luckily for you, New West is giving away an entire 7 piece Knifeblock set (oh, I want it – gorgeous!!) – and YOU can win it.
Good luck everyone!!
Disclaimer: I was provided a knife and stipend for reviewing my knives, but all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own, as always.