There are some recipes that bring you back to your childhood, and this summer sauce recipe is absolutely one of them. I will never forget the way my grandmother made this: whole tomatoes, oil, garlic, basil, and a touch of salt. It’s literally that easy. Simple recipes such as this summer sauce will always reign supreme, especially when things can get very complicated so easily.
One of the reasons I love this summer sauce so much is because it’s made with simple, easy, and accessible ingredients. I guarantee you have oil in your home, as well as garlic, a can of whole peeled tomatoes, or even fresh tomatoes that have been lingering in your crisper drawer in the fridge. This is virtually all you need! Having fresh basil (and maybe a little bit of oregano) is a nice touch too, but totally unnecessary if you don’t have it nor want to get it from the store. I am totally that person who forgets an ingredient in recipes and refuses to run back just for one item. Nevertheless, making summer sauce will fill your home with delicious rustic aromas and is THE perfect pairing for pasta, chicken, seafood, and a cold glass of Rosé.
Summer Sauce Ingredients:
- 8 roma tomatoes, quartered (or whole peeled tomatoes from a can)
- 3 cloves garlic, finely sliced lengthwise
- 2 tbsp oil – I prefer olive oil and I love using California Olive Ranch* (affiliate link)
- 4-5 fresh basil leaves, sliced
- Fresh oregano (optional)
Summer Sauce Directions:
Rinse and prep your tomatoes: slice lengthwise to make two halves, then slice again to make quarters. Remember to keep the skin on! Finely slice the garlic cloves and set aside. In a large pot, heat the tablespoons of oil on a medium-high heat. Add the tomatoes to the pan, toss them in the oil to coat and cover, lowering the flame to medium. Let the tomatoes sweat and “stew” down for approximately 5-6 minutes. The tomatoes will begin to separate from the skins, this is what we want! Add in the garlic, salt, and cover again. As the tomatoes begin to soften, use tongs to lightly press into each tomato to create a “sauce” – the tomatoes will turn very soft and start to resemble a tomato sauce. Take the basil leaves and roll them on a cutting board; slice them into thin strips and add to the tomato sauce. Lower the flame to a simmer and let it cook for another 3-4 minutes. The summer sauce is ready when the tomatoes are fully rendered down into a sauce and the garlic is very fragrant. Add to your favorite pasta, on top of grilled chicken, or over some shrimp!
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