I don’t know about you but my 2 year old is my biggest critic. If the scrambled eggs aren’t to her liking, she’ll leave them untouched. If the roast chicken isn’t freshly cooked, it is not up to snuff. She doesn’t like leftovers. She won’t eat any pasta in a cream sauce. The fish BETTER be cooked properly! NO SPICE! NO RED MEAT! DON’T LOOK AT ME LIKE THAT AND WHY CAN’T YOU COOK IT FASTER?!?!?!
This little boss at home does, however, love pasta. She could eat it everyday and, thinking about it, she probably does. Since she is her father’s clone, her tastes run more towards British cuisine than American. She prefers roast chicken over fried chicken (I know, my heart breaks). Spag Bol over Mac n’ Cheese (break my heart more) and loves, LOVES chips (or as us Americans say, fries). She is even as picky about them as her father. No frozen oven chips, all natural, homemade and thick cut.
As a result of this, I have gotten quite good at making her favorite recipes both perfectly and quickly. One of her favorite recipes is this sauce. Don’t believe me? Look at her little hand stealing a strand of spaghetti while I try to take a photo. If not her hand, then it would be her father, aka the original specimen. Luckily for me, this easy tomato and basil sauce is cheap to make, easy to throw together and always a crowd/kid pleaser. Garlic cooked in olive oil then simmered in stewed tomatoes and blended with fresh basil. I’ll admit it, even I am a fan. Pair it with your favorite pasta or use as a base for making pizza. You’ll be glad you did.
Pour over your favorite pasta or use as a base to a pizza, this quick and easy tomato and fresh basil sauce is a favorite for both kids and adults. #kidfood #healthyrecipes #easymeals #pasta #pizza
- 4–6 cloves of garlic
- 2–3 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil
- 1 400 g (14 oz) can of stewed tomatoes
- 1/2 cup (120 ml) water
- 1 tsp sugar
- handful of Fresh Basil leaves (about 50 g)
- salt and pepper to taste
- In a medium sauce pan, add sliced garlic to olive oil and cook over medium heat for about 1-2 minutes until garlic has started to infuse into the oil. Be watchful when doing this as the garlic can burn quickly.
- Open up a can of canned tomatoes, transfer it to a bowl and crush it up with your hands as much as you can. Add to garlic and olive oil along with 1/2 cup (120 ml) of water.
- Bubble away for a minute or two until all ingredients have married together.
- Using your hands, tear up basil leaves and add to sauce.
- Stir and cook for a minute or so then add 1 tsp of sugar. Cook for an additional minute.
- Take off stove and blend together using a blender, immersion blender or food processor. Blend until smooth.
- Transfer back to the stove and cook for a minute or two. Taste and season with salt and pepper.
- Goes well over your choice of pasta or as a base for pizza.
- Category: Sauce, Pasta
- Cuisine: Italian
Keywords: easy, quick, pasta sauce, pizza sauce, tomato, basil, tomato sauce