A simple marinara sauce – plus zucchini noodles!

Sep 24, 2011 by

Been doing a ton of traveling lately and came back home recently to find my tomato plant overflowing with tomatoes.  Were talking TONS of bright little red cherry tomatoes.  I planted some beef stake tomatoes too, but those did not grow for some reason.  In fact I only got one single tomato plant to grow.

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But boy did it grow.

So we’ve been eating tomatoes like crazy.  Caprese salads, on regular salads, an on anything else I can think of.

I decided to try my hand at a marinara sauce and it turned out quite well

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Here’s what you’ll need:

Ingredients:

  • 1 onion
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic
  • 3 Tablespoons basil
  • 1 small can of tomato paste
  • 3-4 cups of tomatoes
  • Salt, pepper, & dried oregano

The zucchini are for the noodles I made, Lets get started making the sauce

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dice up your garlic

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Cut up your onion and throw it in a large deep pan with some olive oil.  Add the garlic and saute for a few minutes

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dice up the basil and throw it in with the garlic and onion.  This will smell delicious!

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throw the tomatoes in your food processor and pulse them up good

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add to pan and throw in the tomato paste

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add in a healthy pinch of salt, pepper and sprinkle liberally with oregano.  Lower the heat and let it simmer for a while.  You want all the flavors to mix together.  I let mine simmer for an hour.

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While that is simmering you can make these awesome zucchini noodles.

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You’ll need a mandolin slicer or a peeler that will also slice into little noodle strips.  I have a mandolin slicer so I set the blade for 1/8th and add the julien blade and slice the zucchini on all four sides until you reach the seeded part in the middle.

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You will get a nice pile like this. Use your fingers to separate the strands and place them out on some paper towels to soak up the moisture.  I also add a pinch of salt over the top to help draw out the moisture.  When you are ready to cook these, place another paper towel on top and get any excess moisture out.  You can either boil these very quickly or throw them in a pan with a little olive oil.  That is what I did.  Either way you only need to cook these for a minute or two, nothing more.

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I also cooked up some sliced zucchini and threw it all in a bowl with the noodles and covered with the sauce with was awesome and a very good use for all of my tomatoes.   I’ll definitely be making this again.

Got any good recipes for tomatoes, please send them my way.  My garden still overfloweth.

Ben…

 

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