Friday, February 29, 2008

Grow Your Own Marinara

Spring is around the corner and that means lots of fresh produce and yummy veggies. I can't wait to start my garden. I decided to begin with Uncommon Goods' Grow Your Own Marinara Kit. The kit includes instructions and all you'll need to grow your own juicy tomatoes, Greek oregano and aromatic basil. You can grow your "marinara" in a traditional garden or in small pots on a windowsill (how cute would that be?) or even right out of the bag for the easiest option.

Once your garden has grown use this recipe from Real Simple to have fresh, homemade marinara in minutes!

Chunky Marinara Sauce

Hands-On Time: 10 minutes
Total Time:
30 minutes
Makes about 2 1/2 cups (6 servings)

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 large cloves garlic, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil or 2 teaspoons dried basil
2 tablespoons chopped fresh oregano or 2 teaspoons dried oregano
1 28-ounce can diced tomatoes
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

Heat the oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook until softened, about 2 minutes. Add the basil, oregano, tomatoes with their juices, salt, and pepper. Cover and bring to a boil. Lower heat to medium-low and simmer, uncovered, for 18 to 20 minutes. Stir in the parsley just before serving.