Saturday, May 19, 2012

5 Minute Basil Marinara Sauce

5 Minute Basil Marinara Sauce recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen

Fresh basil is in abundance in our garden and the fragrant leaves were the inspiration for this pasta sauce. I snipped handfuls of them this morning, while I was harvesting squash. When I came inside, I decided that a pasta sauce sounded perfect for our lunch.

I served this over brown rice pasta and simple sauteed zucchini. This was such a hit with my kids, there isn't a bite of noodle or zucchini left in the house. Luckily, there is a bit of sauce left for tomorrow. My son has already requested Soft Eggs over Marinara for breakfast. Sounds good to me too!

Basil Marinara Sauce
(printable recipe)

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 large garlic cloves, minced
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, finely minced (about 2 tablespoons minced)
28 oz crushed tomatoes

In a cold saucepan, combine everything except for the tomatoes. Set the heat to medium and saute for about a minute, just until the pan is fragrant. Add the tomatoes and increase heat to a low simmer. Simmer 5 minutes and then remove from heat. Pour over the pasta or vegetables of your choice. Enjoy!

FREEZER MEAL: This recipe can be double or tripled in order to freeze extra amounts. Portion into freezer safe Ziploc bags or resealable containers. Simply thaw in the refrigerator and reheat on the stove when ready to use.

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  1. This is my first visit to your lovely blog…this recipe looks wonderful and so healthy! Nice to meet you!

  2. Harvesting squash, already? I'm jealous. And your meatballs are making their way up my most popular posts list, when can you do another guest appearance?? ;)

  3. Gee your plate looks delicious! Love the colors and the flavors. So healthful!

  4. Very nice! It looks delicious and I love all that basil!

  5. I love the idea of serving this over zucchini. I'm cooking with zucchini all the time these days, and would love this variation. Thanks!

  6. Our basil is taking off too, I'll have to give this a try.

  7. I was out of town for a few days and missed so much! Love a good marinara. This is so simple. I bet it was great with eggs too.

  8. This sounds delicious Mary. Love the simplicity.

  9. nice posting. thanks for sharing

  10. Hi, I have never made fresh marinara before but I just found your recipe and would love to try it. Can I use fresh Roma tomatoes for this? I purchased fifteen pounds in bulk from a local organic farm recently without really knowing what I would do with them. They were just so pretty I could not resist. I wish I had found your site earlier, your recipes look so amazing! Thanks!

  11. Seriously the best sauce ever. So simple and so fresh!