This is a simple sauce, so having good ingredients is the key. Good tomatoes and good olive oil are essential.
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 7 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
- Red pepper flakes to taste
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 large sprig fresh basil
- 1 28 can San Marzano tomatoes
- 1 cup water
- 1 pound pasta cooked according to package instructions
In a large bowl, crush the tomatoes with your hands. Swirl the water in the can to get all the tomato goodness. In a large pan (not a pot), saute the garlic in the olive oil. As soon as it sizzles, add the tomatoes. Add the water from the tomato can and the salt and basil and let it all simmer for about 15 minutes. Add the cooked pasta to the pan and toss it all together. Enjoy the simplicity.
Some people add oregano, but I love the brightness of the basil and the simplicity of this sauce.
A simple summer dish. This is so easy, there really isn’t even a recipe, but here goes….
- boneless chicken breasts (either sliced thin or pounded out)
- herbs de provence
- fresh tomatoes, chopped (see note)
- garlic, minced
- fresh basil, chopped
- olive oil
- kosher salt
- freshly ground black pepper
- red pepper flakes (optional)
- 1 bunch blue kale, thick ribs removed, chopped and sauteed in olive oil until soft
- 1 package gnocchi (fresh from the refrigerator section of you super market) sauteed according to package.
Chop the tomatoes and place in a mixing bowl. Add the chopped basil, minced garlic, salt, pepper and olive oil and stir to combine. Set aside.
Coat the chicken with olive oil and season liberally with salt, pepper and herbs de provence.
Grill on both sides until cooked through. (You can also just saute them or use a grill pan on the stove)
Place the sauteed kale on a platter. Arrange the chicken on top of the kale and then top with the tomato mixture. Drizzle a touch of balsamic reduction on top. Serve with the gnocchi.
I didn't give amounts because you can add as much garlic, basil etc, as you like. I would estimate that you will need at least one tomato per serving. I made 3 boneless chicken breasts, sliced into 6 pieces and I had about 2 cups of chopped tomatoes.
I made this for the hubby and myself on a night when we just felt like renting a movie and staying in. It was a perfect choice for that sort of evening. We ate this as our dinner, but you could easily serve it as an impressive first course. Also, think of this recipe as more of a suggestion. You can stuff these with pretty much anything you find appealing. Let your creative juices flow.
- 6 portobello mushrooms, cleaned, stems and gills removed
- 4 Italian sausages, removed from casings (I used sweet Italian chicken sausages)
- 1 onion, diced
- 2-3 stalks of celery, diced
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 cup panko breadcrumbs
- 1/2 cup chicken stock (or a little wine or even just water)
- 1 handful parsley, chopped
- 6-10 fresh basil leaves, chiffonade
- olive oil
- red pepper flakes (optional)
- Kosher salt and pepper
- 1 pint grape tomatoes (optional)
- 1/2 cup mozzarella, shredded
- 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place the mushrooms stem side down and the tomatoes on the sheet. Drizzle with a touch of olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cook for about 15 minutes, until the mushrooms have given off some of their water. Remove from oven and set aside.
In a large pan, saute the sausage in olive oil until cooked through. Add the onions and celery and cook until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 1-2 minutes. Sprinkle the panko over the top and stir to combine. Add the stock or wine or water just to moisten the mixture a bit. This just makes it easier to stuff the mushrooms. Add a few pepper flakes and parsley, mix and taste for seasoning. (If you let the mixture cool a bit, you can moisten it with a lightly beaten egg too — that never hurt anything.)
Flip the mushrooms over so they are gills side up. Place a generous mound of the filling on each cap. Top with a sprinkling of both cheeses. Place the mushrooms, along with the tomatoes, back in the oven and cook for another 15-20 minutes until the cheese has melted. Remove from oven and top with basil and maybe some more parsley. If you like, serve with red sauce.