” ‘Mater! Like tuh-mater but without the tuh.”
I have a little kitchen garden, just steps away from my…well, kitchen. Every spring, I plant a variety of stuff out there: cucumbers, peppers, beans, corn, herbs, a token zucchini, and tomatoes. Always tomatoes. I honestly don’t really care what else actually grows, as long as we get tomatoes.
I have a slight obsession. There is nothing better than an August bumper crop of Sweet 100s and Beefsteaks, interspersed with big, leafy basil plants.
And this sauce is basically unadulterated, glorious, wonderful ‘maters in all their glory. And not much else. Just a little garlic, basil and EVOO to sweeten the pot even more.
But here’s the very magical thing about this most simple of sauces…
It goes with EVERYTHING. Like, I mean EVERYTHING. Pasta, pizza, beef, pork, fish, chicken, veggies, eggs, salad, grilled cheese, burgers, brats. See what I mean?
Take tonight’s dinner: roasted salmon with 4-ingredient blistered tomato sauce, Israeli couscous, honeyed carrots…eaten in shifts. It was one of those nights when nobody’s home at the same time, and dinner is pretty much a revolving door. So, it was eaten on a dinner plate at 6, in a bowl on the go at 7, and as an arugula salad at 9:30. See how perfectly convenient and wonderful?!
Aaahhh, it’ll be a terribly sad day when the only option is a store-bought tomato. Probably will hit about Halloween. Spooky. Until then, I’m gonna revel in the beauty of the perfect, just-picked ‘mater. And the perfect sauce.
- 1 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
- 5 cups cherry tomatoes
- 8 garlic cloves
- Handful of fresh basil
- Salt and pepper to taste, optional
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Drizzle oil on cookie sheet. Scatter tomatoes over pan.
- Peel garlic cloves and add to pan.
- Roast tomatoes and garlic for about 20 minutes.
- Smash garlic on pan and stir to combine with tomatoes.
- Toss with basil, salt and pepper and serve.
*This sauce can be used for SO MANY dishes! Toss with pasta, spoon over salmon or shrimp, top roasted veggies. pork tenderloin or chicken. Make a simple pizza or serve with scrambled eggs. Sky's the limit!