Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Hearty Tomatoes

The temperature is getting low outside. It is that time of the year when we start feeling a lot hungrier for carbs and other hearty foods. Making an effort to keep a healthy diet will definitely pay off after the holidays!

During the next couple of months we'll bring a few family recipes to help you keep it healthy and delicious!

Starting with the basics, try this easy-to-make organic tomato sauce, perfect for pasta, dipping, poultry, meat balls, etc. This recipe has been created by an Italian mom, and approved by a big demanding crowd.

Italian Tomato Sauce

- 7 to 10 organic diced tomatoes, or a 28oz. can of organic dices tomatoes.
- 1 diced yellow onion.
- 5 diced garlic cloves.
- 1 tblspoon of dry oregano.
- 1 tblspoon of dry parsley or basil (optional).
- 1 tblspoon of capers.
- Salt and black pepper.
- 1/2 tablespoon of Honey, or sugar (to eliminate the bitterness of the tomato).
- 2 tbspoon of canola oil

In a saucepan, combine the onions, garlic and oil. Cook it until the onions are transparent, usually about 5 minutes. Add the tomatoes, capers, honey, salt, pepper and herbs. Stir, and let it cook for 5 minutes.

Add water as you see necessary, the quantity may vary depending on the size of the tomatoes. If you are cooking pasta, boil it in unsalted water, and use that same water in the sauce instead. It's thicker, and will add some pasta flavor to the sauce. Let it simmer for about 20 to 25 minutes.

Pasta tip: cook the pasta al dente, then finish cooking the pasta in the sauce. It will absorb the sauce flavors, and the result will be delicious!

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