Thursday, December 4, 2008

Ornish Sicilian Summer Squash Pasta Sauce

Ingredients:

  • 2 handfulls of fresh basil leaves, roughly torn up or chopped
  • 1 medium vidalia onion or about 1/2 large one, roughly chopped
  • 4 - 5 large garlic cloves
  • about 8 large fresh ripe plum tomatoes, skinned and seeded and roughly chopped or 1 28 oz. can of quality diced plum tomatoes
  • about 3 large yellow squash, unpeeled but washed well and sliced in about 1/4 inch thick circles, or you can also use zucchini
  • pinch of kosher salt to taste
  • dash of red pepper flakes to taste
  • about 4 tbsp. olive oil (you might need more depending on the pan you use)
Instructions:

  1. put the oil in a large skillet or pan with high sides (you are gonna sauté this dish)
  2. put the onion and garlic in the pan and sauté until the onion starts to look soft and starts looking transparent, don't brown.
  3. add 1/2 of the basil and all of the squash and continue stirring and sautéing until the squash starts to look softer and starts looking clearer
  4. add the tomatoes, the salt and the red pepper flakes and stir and simmer about 10 minutes.
  5. add the rest of the basil and stir in and simmer about another minute.
  6. Serve!
Additional comments:

You can serve this over your fav pasta (I like it over whole wheat penne) or you can just put it in a bowl and have it as a side dish with your meal. It is best if you use just-picked fresh and fragrant basil and you don't overcook it.
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