Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Basic Tomato Sauce
It turns out, sometimes I get measurements wrong. It's been brought to my attention that I may have had too much crushed red pepper in my spaghetti with tomato sauce (oops!) Here is the recipe, as it should be. This basic tomato sauce is great on pasta, perfect for pizza, and can be used in any recipe that calls for tomato sauce (lasagna, baked ziti, etc.) It only takes about 10 minutes, very easy. Of course, you can add more crushed red pepper if you like it hot, or take some out if you aren't feeling spicy.
1/8 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed with the back of a knife
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1 28oz can crushed tomatoes (preferably San Marzano)
1/2 Tablespoon finely grated lemon zest
Combine olive oil, garlic, chili flakes and salt in large saute pan over medium/high heat for 1-2 minutes. Add tomatoes, stirring until oil is mixed in. Reduce to a simmer, and cook for an additional 5-10 minutes, turn off heat and stir in the lemon zest. Remove garlic cloves.