Hello and happy belated Galentine’s Day and National Random Act of Kindness Day! My friends and I celebrated by going to a Korean spa (we got naked and sweaty) and eating a hefty Korean soft tofu soup. Our wallets are screaming, “help” but our bellies are happy as can be. I’m not even joking, I walked out of that restaurant looking like a pregnant woman who was about 5 months along.
My weeks are getting busier and busier but break is only two weeks away! I can’t wait to get back to West LA/Santa Monica for all the good eats and the WEDNESDAY SANTA MONICA FARMER’S MARKET. Ugh, I’ve missed that market.
This week, I’ll be sharing a tomato-based pasta sauce with you! It’s buttery, glossy and so darn good! If you don’t already know this by now, I really love pasta. My favorite pasta sauces require white wine, but I’m not quite 21 yet (7 months away!!!!). I can’t make any of my good pasta dishes when I’m at school, but you bet when I go home, I get my parents in on it. They’re 21+ (yes, hard to believe I know) and have become my official dealers. Ah don’t you worry, they know I only use white wine to cook!
My sauce, as mentioned above, is tomato-based. My favorite tomatoes in the entire world are the mini San Marzano plum tomatoes in the red bag with the handle at (you guessed it!) Trader Joe’s. They are beautifully sweet and make for a great tasting sauce with a lot of depth. Sweet, salty, a little acidic. Trader Joe’s, I know you don’t sponsor, but send us some goods because we love you and we are poor college students.
Anyways, here is my recipe for San Marzano Tomato Sauce:
- 1 bag of San Marzano Plum tomatoes from TJ’s
- Olive oil
- 1/4 cup white wine *optional
- 1 medium shallots or 1/2 a medium onion
- 5+ cloves of garlic (I say ‘+’ because let’s be real. Garlic is delicious and there’s no such thing as too much garlic)
- 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter
- Salt and pepper to taste
*SALT DISCLAIMER: if you’re using this sauce for pasta, your heavily salted pasta water will do the trick. Save about 1/2 a cup of that starchy, salty goodness (because your pasta liquid should be saltier than you might think) and add that to the sauce at the end to help it cling to the noodles!
Prep: Roughly chop aromatics (garlic, shallots, onion) and halve tomatoes (this will prevent the tomatoes from actually exploding because the heat makes the tomatoes want to expand and eventually the little tomato skins can’t take it anymore).
Sweat the garlic and shallots or onion in a tablespoon of olive oil until soft but not browned! Add wine and tomatoes until softened. Once tomatoes are a bit softer, add butter, salt and pepper. Let the sauce come together. The tomatoes will break apart and the butter, wine and tomatoes will come together like one big happy family. Towards the end of cooking, add the starchy pasta water and mix with noodles!
Now, I didn’t include this in the actual recipe because I just wanted to give you a base, but I love to add things into the sauce. Spinach and mushrooms are good additions and you can always include some sort of protein. I have not tried this yet, but use it as a pizza sauce! I hope you use my recipe and my instagram direct messages are always open for questions, comments and whatever the heck else you need! If you make this, please let me know!