1/4 cup olive oil
3 garlic cloves, crushed well and roughly chopped
3 16-ounce cans of peeled, whole italian plum tomatoes
*we use san marzano
1 teaspoon sicilian oregano (or another high quality oregano)
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Makes six one-cup servings.
I served mine with zucchini noodles. Simply made zucchini noodles, tossed them with olive oil, and put them in a 425 degree oven for 10 minutes. Toss with a cup of the pomodoro, and garnish with hand torn fresh basil.
To make pasta pomodoro:
Simmer pomodoro on low. Add one pound of pasta to a pot of boiling water. Two minutes before it's cooked, remove pasta from water and add to sauce. Cook until tender, allowing pasta to absorb sauce. Add a little pasta water if needed to keep the sauce liquid. Drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle with italian cheese, such as Grana Padano or Parm. Garnish with basil. Serves six!
Pour the tomatoes into a bowl, and squeeze with your hands to break them up. Wear an apron!! Seriously, wear an apron. Just break them up until each plum tomatoes is in 5 or 6 pieces.
Heat oil in a saucepan over medium. Add garlic and saute until golden brown. Add the tomatoes and their juice to the saucepan, followed by the oregano, salt, and pepper.
Simmer on low for 45 minutes. Add a little water if needed to keep sauce from becoming too thick (it should be bright red; if it turns brick red, it's too thick).
And because its always nice to mix things up a bit...
*To make traditional oreanata, simmer sauce with sprigs of fresh oregano.
*To make traditional arrabiata by adding red pepper flakes to taste.
This is one of the every day, healthy, and gourmet recipes that my mom sent us all off to college with. It is unbelievably delicious, so simple, and is only 4 ingredients - which is kind of what I deem as truly gourmet food. Not only is it easy, and brother-proof, I can't think of a way this recipe could be better if it were more complicated, or had more ingredients. When I say brother proof... I mean that my littlest brother, who called in a panic last summer at the grocery store - "MOM! WHAT does un-cooked chicken look like!? I can't find it ANYWHERE!" - can make this. Girls: this might be your shot for a boyfriend cooking dinner successfully night! Move over, breakfast for dinner!
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