There are Definite Distinct Differences in Taste, Aroma and Nutrition
Making your Own Pasta Sauce, Not only taste better but is Better for YOU!
Enjoy this Easy to Follow Recipe
The Many Health Benefits of Tomatoes and Basil
- Though raw tomatoes are great for you, cooking them releases even more of the benefits. Tomatoes don’t lose any of their nutritional value in the high heat processing.
- If purchasing tomatoes nutritionally it is better if they are fresh, however it is better for you if purchasing already cooked to purchase in a glass container as no chemicals are leached through as when processed in a can. Fresh is always Best though. It’s pretty much the only fruit that is better for you when it’s cooked. I love Italian food so this is great news.
- When possible opt to buy organic tomatoes as they will have a higher dose of lycopene (a powerful antioxidant) than that of non-organic produce.
- Now for Basil – Basil is considered an excellent source of vitamin K and manganese, a very good source of copper and vitamin C, and a good source of calcium, iron, folate and omega-3 fatty acids. You don’t cook basil you stir it through after you have taken your soup off of the heat. Then top soup with a sprig of Basil for decoration.
Tomato & Basil Sauce (Serves 4)
This is a Great sauce to add to a meat dish or pasta dish.
Great to use as a topping for Bruschetta, Steak or your Favourite Pasta dish
What you need:
1 350 grams approximately Jar of Organic Crushed Tomatoes (please only buy in a jar not a tin, as there is no contamination problems)
1 tablespoon of Organic Tomato paste
1 large onion diced
4 – 5 cloves of chopped garlic
1 tablespoon of olive oil
1 teaspoon of ground pepper
1 bunch of fresh basil roughly chopped
For variety you can add 2 tablespoons of chopped pitted olives and 1 tablespoon of anchovies and you have Puttanesco
If you are adding this to pasta, then have your Pasta Cooking whilst you are preparing the sauce. Either use gluten free or wholemeal pasta.
What to do:
- In a large saucepan put in olive oil allow to heat under a medium heat.
- Add diced onion and garlic. (If you are using olives and anchovies you can also include these- Stir for 5 – 10 minutes until golden
- Add jar of crushed tomatoes and tomato paste, stir through.
- Bring to boil, then lower heat to simmer for 5 – 10 minutes allowing the flavours to work through.
- Turn off heat and add Basil.