… and neither was our garden.
The organic garden we just installed is not exactly as I had dreamed it would be when we bought our house, but its a work in progress. It has given me plenty of ideas of what would make gardening easier and ultimately more fun. I’ll have to wait a little while before I start adding major landscape elements though. For now I am happy to have just a little plot of land to dig in and put down roots.
Here’s a little recipe to get you dreaming about fresh Roma tomatoes.
Fresh Tomato Sauce
- 1 Tbsp good olive oil
- 1/2 small red onion, diced
- 4 Tbsp garlic, minced
- 6 fresh basil leaves, cut into chiffonade
- 3 Tbsp red wine
- 28 oz. of fresh Roma (plum) tomatoes
- Kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper
Heat the oil in a pot over medium heat (do not use a non-stick pan). Add the onion and garlic and cook until the onions are translucent about 5-7 minutes. Deglaze with red wine and add the tomatoes crushing them with the back of a wooden spoon or with your hands as you add them. Season with salt and pepper to taste and add the basil leaves. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer for a bout 20 – 25 minutes. Adjust the seasoning if needed.
Makes 3 cups. You can freeze this sauce for up to 6 months.