Easy Homemade Italian Tomato Sauce
I missed my kitchen while I was in Italy. There. I said it. I admit that’s a little crazy, but here’s the thing. I did a ton of traveling this summer, so I’ve barely cooked at all. And although I’ve eaten some amazing meals, I couldn’t wait to get back into the swing of normal life things. Like cooking. Sleeping in my own bed. Doing laundry in a real washing machine instead of hotel room sinks.
But alas, the grass is always greener. Now that I’m home, I miss traveling (no dishes! someone makes the bed for you!) – and I’m definitely longing for the Italian lifestyle. Like cappuccinos for breakfast. And gelato every afternoon. You know, the finer things in life. And speaking of Italian food, I was fortunate enough to bring home a recipe booklet from my Italian cooking class. I shared a quick video from the class with you last week, but I didn’t get to give you all the details. So here we go.
Aqualina cooking school is run by a Venetian woman named Marika, who is a fabulous cook – and an even better teacher. She ran a catering business in New York city for several years, catering for clients including Dolce and Gabbana (!!). These days Marika and her family own a B&B in Lido, a super quaint island off of Venice, and she runs cooking classes on the side. Besides being a really fun experience, it was by far the best meal I had in Italy!
We made several different pastas and sauces, and I’ve already tried one of the recipes at home, successfully. I wanted to share this particular recipe because it’s easy to make, and perfect for your end-of-the-season tomatoes. You’ve got to know that this isn’t your typical American-style tomato sauce that completely smothers the pasta. This sauce is light, and actually, not very sauce-like at all. It’s much more like a compliment to the pasta. Cooking the tomatoes down with olive oil, garlic, basil and other simple ingredients basically caramelizes them, leaving them even more flavorful and juicy then they were.
I couldn’t squeeze y’all into my suitcase to Venice, but we can pretend like you were there when you make this simple pasta sauce. Buon appetito!