Tuesday, March 3, 2009

San Marzano Tomatoes

Tonight we are having raviolis. Someone else made them, they are chicken and mozzarella and my family loves them. I just made a quick tomato sauce to serve over them and cleaned some fresh artichokes to steam in the pressure cooker when we get home from after school karate, art, etc...

A word about canned tomatoes. The imported san marzano tomatoes make the tastiest sauce. Hands down. They cost more than any other canned tomato but if you are looking for taste especially in a short amount of time these are the tomatoes to go to. At my local natural food store Staff of Life they carry an organic italian peeled san marzano tomato in a 14 oz. can for about $1.50. This is a real deal. The brand is Strianese. I sometimes pay over $5 for a 28 0r 30 oz can of San Marzano tomatoes in a regular grocery store.

Quick Tomato Sauce Recipe:

2-3 Tablespoons Olive Oil (enough to cover bottom of saucepan)
3 garlic cloves finely chopped
big pinch crushed red pepper
couple shakes dried oregano

1 or 2 cans italian peeled tomatoes

Heat olive oil in saucepan and add garlic. Pour tomatoes into a bowl and squish with your hands to break up into smaller pieces. Add pepper and oregano to pan let heat but do not burn. Add tomatoes. Season with salt to taste. Bring to boil then simmer on very low heat till reduced to desired thickness. This is great pizza sauce also.


Ron said...

Mmmmmm ...sounds good!

Green Kitchen said...

Yum! That's so cheap at Staffway (that's what my husband's hippie family called it after they got real floors back in the day).