Friday, February 17, 2012

Recipe of the Week: Simple Tomato Sauce

Source: The Kitchn

This week's selection deviates slightly from the norm as far as my recipes go. If you read D*lish often, you know that I tend to gravitate towards recipes that involve a lot of ingredients or complex preparation. And that I somehow manage to take simple recipes and complicate them until they're barely recognizable. I'm not what you'd call a minimalist. That's for sure. However, I do acknowledge that simple is sometimes best and I understand it's important for every cook to have a handful of basic recipes in his or her repertoire.

When I stumbled upon Marcella Hazan's 4-ingredient tomato sauce on the Kitchn, I had yet to try a really great simple marinara recipe. It could not have sounded more simple, so I figured I would give it a try. The recipe was featured as part of an article titled "12 Recipes to Know by Heart" and after trying it, I understand why it was #1 on the list. It's smooth and silky and utterly delicious. And requires less than 5 minutes of hands-on time.

I couldn't resist the temptation to jazz it up a little bit, so I made it a 7-ingredient tomato sauce, adding in some garlic, red pepper flakes and a Parmesan rind. But it was still super simple and only involved a few basic steps. It's the perfect weeknight recipe to throw together after a long day when you're craving something comforting, but don't feel like spending a lot of time in the kitchen. I served it with rigatoni and caramelized Brussels sprouts, but it's so versatile, it can be paired with pretty much anything. I think it would be perfect served with a simple spinach salad with toasted pinenuts, a high quality balsamic vinaigrette and some shaved Parmesan or even simpler, some wilted spinach cooked with garlic and olive oil.

Definitely adding this one to my arsenal of simple classics.

Source: Marcella Hazan via The Kitchn

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