My little backyard garden is chugging along and I have more tomatoes than I know what to do with! Some I will be freezing for later and some will be thrown into my skillet for a fast and delicious meal that tastes like summer.
It's so quick to throw together - the sauce takes the same amount of time to cook as the pasta! I like to use a hearty pasta like Barilla Protein Plus Rotini and you can make it even more filling by adding cooked meatballs or Italian sausage if you prefer your pasta dinners with meat.
There are other recipes out there with more herbs, more vegetables, more roasting, pureeing, etc., but in my opinion, sometimes the best way to enjoy the simple summer flavors of tomato and basil is to cut out all the noise and just cook with tomatoes and basil (and garlic, but isn't cooking Italian pasta without garlic a crime?)
I hope you give it a try…
15 Minute Garden Tomato Sauce
3 tablespoons olive oil plus more for drizzling
2 garlic cloves, minced
2lbs tomatoes, cored and cut into large chunks (about 8 medium sized tomatoes)
3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
Dried red pepper flakes to taste (1/8 - 1/4 teaspoon)
Cooked meatballs or Italian sausage *optional
Heat olive oil in a large saute pan over medium heat and add garlic. Cook for 1-2 minutes but be careful not to burn.
Add the tomatoes, basil, salt and red pepper flakes. Cook over medium heat for 8-10 minutes, stirring often. Add cooked meatballs or Italian sausage if preferred.
When pasta is al dente, drain and add to tomato sauce. Toss well.
Serve with Parmesan cheese and drizzle with olive oil.