No-Cook Tomato Sauce

Fresh from the garden or the Farmer's Market...whip up this great tomato sauce on a day when it's just too hot to cook!









This no-cook tomato sauce is a great way to eat fresh tomatoes with your favorite pasta. We often like to cook pasta, al dente of course, and after draining simply toss it with a little Earth Balance. Then we top it with no sauce at all, just a healthy sprinkle of chopped green and red peppers, some onion, a few carrots or any other fresh, "cold" veggie you like. It's light and delicious that way.

This dish is another version of pasta with a great cold topping...this time it's a sensational, tasty tomato sauce made without all the fuss and without the hot stove. Make it on a hot summer day when it's simply too hot to cook.

Of course, you still need to boil the pasta and we recommend a light sauté for the garlic...but that's nothin' right? At least you won't need to cook away for hours making homemade sauce.

And this tomato sauce just tastes so fresh and delicious that we think it will become one of your favorite ways to make tomato sauce...the no-cook way!





No-Cook Tomato Sauce

Ingredients

4 cups of fresh, ripe tomatoes - preferably organic or homegrown
6 Tbsp. of extra virgin olive oil
5 fairly large cloves of garlic, finely chopped
1 cup of fresh basil leaves
1 large green bell pepper, chopped
Salt and pepper to taste

How we make it

In a small skillet, sauté the chopped garlic in 1 Tbsp. olive oil
for about three minutes, until tender.

Chop the tomatoes. It will take about 5 good sized tomatoes to
make 4 cups of fresh, chopped tomatoes. You can use a variety
of tomatoes if you choose.

Place the tomatoes, the garlic, the remaining olive oil and the
basil leaves with stems removed, in a blender or food processor.

Process to desired consistency. You can "pulse" the blender and have
the sauce "chunky" or puree it for a smoother sauce. Either way, it's
delish!

After you've finished processing the sauce pour it over your favorite
pasta and top with a sprinkling of chopped green peppers.

This sauce is delicious and tastes so fresh and raw and wonderful!
Using it this way, provides a cool pasta dish that fits a steamy summer
evening just perfectly. Enjoy!











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