Quick, Easy, and Fresh Italian Sauce with Garden Tomatoes

Fresh, Garden, Herb, Tomato Sauce over Spaghetti with Herb BiscuitsMy shady yard is a little behind in tomato production. I have oodles of them, it’s just that they’re still green. Well, a few are beginning to blush, so there’s hope for future sauces and salsas in my own backyard. However, I have friends with sunny gardens who happily provide me with their bounty. Yay, friends! Thanks to them, I have fresh garden tomato sauce tonight.

I began by sautéing a few cloves of garlic, a bit of chopped onion, and a sprinkle of last year’s dried garden oregano in olive oil, then added the diced tomatoes. I decided that I wanted to use it as a sauce for spaghetti, so I didn’t want it too watery. Since these tomatoes were so very fresh, there was a lot of liquid. To counter that, I added a bit of tomato paste to thicken it. I added a sprinkle of salt, sugar, and a drizzle of fresh lemon juice to balance the acidity levels. So far, so tasty.

While I allowed the sauce to simmer so the flavors could meld, I began baking some herb biscuits using the fresh basil and oregano from the garden. As the biscuits were baking, I found a bell pepper in the fridge, chopped and added that to the sauce. Then I harvested fresh basil and oregano from my herbiary and added that. I served the sauce over spaghetti with the biscuits on the side.

This delicious meal took me less than an hour with absolutely no pre-planning. Welcome to my Kitchen Sink School of Cooking. If it’s in the house, it’s fair game for the pot. Summertime, and the livin’ is easy, eh? What’s your favorite summer harvest meal?

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MiLady Carol
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