This recipe is the first recipe I ever shared but I would like to think that I have gotten a bit better at cooking since I started the blog so I decided to give this recipe an update. This is a really simple recipe but still one of my favorites. Growing up my favorite food without a doubt was pasta sauce. To say that I was addicted would be something of an understatement. I didn’t eat pasta and pasta sauce but I literally ate pasta with my sauce. Even though my mom managed persuade me to relinquish my beloved white pasta in favor of wholegrain I never quite could shake off my ardent love of pasta sauce so over the years I stopped eating it figuring that it was better to go cold turkey rather than eat an inferior substitute. That was until I chanced upon this little recipe which surpasses even my childhood favorite. I guarantee you that if you have a jar of this in your fridge it will not last long; pair it with courgetti, spread it over pizza bases or roasted vegetables for a quick and delicious meal.
Not only does it taste great but basil has many far reaching nutritional benefits. Firstly basil has traditionally been used for its anti microbial properties and as an anti viral agent. In addition studies show that eugenol which is contained in the oil of the basil reduces inflammation by inhibiting the action of cytokines that are proteins in our bodies that initiate and control the inflammatory process thereby making it great for those who suffer from inflammatory bowel disease.
- 1 white onion finely diced
- 2 cloves of garlic finely minced
- ½ cup sundried tomatoes drained and roughly chopped
- 800g/ 2 lbs. chopped tomatoes
- 1 tsp coconut sugar (optional)
- 1 small bunch of basil finely chopped
- Salt + pepper
- Saute the onion and garlic in a little coconut oil for about 6-8 minutes until lightly browned and softened.
- Add in the chopped tomatoes and sundried tomatoes as well as the coconut sugar if using.
- Reduce the heat and allow the sauce to simmer for 20-25 minutes.
- Season to taste and stir in the basil.
- Allow to cool before placing it in a jar.