Tomato Basil Pasta (from Charming Pixie)
I normally make this with whole grain spaghetti but was out so used whole grain penne instead. Just as yummy!
- Saute 1 yellow onion and 1 clove of purple garlic in olive oil
- Add a dash of sea salt and whole ground pepper(It's so fun to use a salt and pepper grinder. You feel as though you are on a fancy cooking show!)
- Add a couple handfuls of Fresh Basil, chopped and stemmed - let wilt just a bit before adding tomatoes
- Add 1 28 oz. can of diced tomatoes (I used Hunts with Basil, Oregano,and Garlic since I was out of Muir Glen Organic which are divine) with juice
- Add a dash of crushed red pepper
- Let simmer for about 15 - 20 minutes
- Pour over your favorite spaghetti or pasta. Be sure to add some fresh mozzarella to the top! Enjoy!
Place tomatoes in pan and cover with water. Bring to boil. Skins will begin to pull away from tomatoes. Remove tomatoes from water and place in a container. Cool slightly and peel away skins and discard.
Drain water and place tomatoes back in pan. Add sauteed onions and garlic. Add 1/2 cup water. Simmer for one hour, stirring occasionally.
Add 1 1/2 cups organic vegetable stock
Add Fresh Basil - stems and all
Simmer for 30 minutes
Remove basil stems
Place tomato mixture into a blender and puree. I did a little at a time to reduce the hot mixture from seeping out of the top of the blender.
Pour back into pan.
Add 3 oz. of heavy cream and bring to a boil. Stir constantly.
Add a pinch of sugar, sea salt and cracked pepper.
Place into bowls and top with a fresh basil leaf. Serve with a garden salad and Asiago Cheese Bread.
You will think you are at a fancy tea room or favorite sisterchick bistro!
There is something about the cool weather that makes me want to be in the kitchen cooking. What about you?
I tried a new roasted chicken recipe today that I got from Everyday Food called Chicken with 40 cloves of garlic. It incorporates all the things I love: chicken, garlic, butter and of course using cast iron. Plus it is classic French Country! What could be more perfect for a Sunday dinner! It turned out a beautiful golden brown which I wasn't sure about since you cook it uncovered. The chicken was very moist. I added a mixed green salad with pecans, cranberries, carrots and fresh squeezed orange juice for the dressing. I cut some fresh herbs from the garden and quickly made some herb roasted potatoes to go with it. A nice glass of fresh brewed green tea and I felt like we were in the French Countryside (except for the smoke that filled the kitchen from everything cooking in the cast iron). I didn't notice that in the video! My garlic also didn't peel as easily using the metal bowls but it was fun to try and what a great way to rid any frustrations. I am definitely adding this to my recipe book.
Let me know if you give it a try or if you have a perfect Sunday dinner recipe.