Basil goes with almost anything, but it goes especially well with tomatoes. The Greek word for basil means “king”. Which really fits this highly used culinary herb.
Today we pruned our basil back to keep it from blooming. So tonight we had “Fresh Basil Tomato Sauce” over ravioli. Yummmmm it was good.
Our tomatoes are not ready so I made replaced the fresh tomatoes in this recipe with 2 – 15 oz. cans of tomatoes in puree. I also cut the cooking time down to 30 min. And because the spinach is plentiful I added 2 handfuls of spinach right at the end of the cooking time.
Basil Tomato Sauce8 medium sized tomatoes – like Better Boy 1 lg. onion finely chopped 3 cloves garlic minced 1/4 c. olive oil 1/4 to 1/2 tsp of red pepper flakes 1/3 c. fresh chopped basil
salt and pepper to taste Blanch tomatoes so skins slip easily. Put tomatoes and basil in large sauce pan and cook over medium heat. Sweat onion and garlic in the oil. When the onion is translucent, add to the tomato sauce and simmer on low heat until thick. About 1.5 hrs. Serve over spaghetti or ravioli. Top with freshly grated Parmesan cheese and chopped fresh basil.
Tip for cooking pasta
When cooking pasta for a crowd or warming up pasta, precook your pasta until it is almost done. Save your cooking water and warm up the pasta in the hot water as it is needed. I doing this with my pasta cooker.
In the next few posts I have tips on growing basil and different basil uses.