Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Oregano Tomato Sauce

Flowerful Lunch, originally uploaded by essgee51.
An embarrassment of riches led to this delicious, simple thing: we let our herbs flower for too long. Though we will have to get new seedlings, at least our meals in the near future will be flavorful and pretty. This makes enough sauce for two hearty servings of pasta (about 1/2 box of whole wheat).
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 1/2 c onion,minced (1/2 onion)
  • 1 T garlic, minced (about 3 cloves)
  • 1/8-1/4 t red pepper flakes
  • 1 14 oz. can diced tomatoes
  • 1 T minced oregano, plus 1-2T blossoms (or just more leaves)
Put oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add onions, then cook till softening, about 2-3 minutes.

Add garlic and red pepper flakes; saute till fragrant (1-2 min).

Add tomatoes and liquid from can; bring to a healthy simmer and cook till the mixture reaches desired, saucy consistency (anywhere from 10-25 minutes, depending on your tastes - I tend to like some body left in the tomatoes). Add salt and pepper.

Add herbs, then cook a minute or two more. Serve over pasta with additional herbs for garnish and some oil/pasta water if needed for extra body.

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