The weekend is here! Hip hip hooray!
Time for soaking up these fleeting days of summer, playing outdoors all day long and going on adventures.
On the weekends we always seem to fit in one leisurely meal. Typically that is devoured on Saturday nights for us since we are some of the unlucky few to work on Saturdays. 😉
However, over time, I have figured out that meal prep is key to enjoying summer weekends effectively. No one wants to waste precious sunshine filled hours stuck indoors making a meal, but on the other hand it is really nice to gather around the table together on Saturday night or Sunday afternoon with a hot plate of something delicious in front of us.
So, we have learned to waste no time and gain all the good summer garden fresh flavours by whipping up this authentic sauce! It is so easy to prepare that my 9 year old son actually made this from start to finish. He is coming pre trained and I couldn’t be happier with all the meals he has learned to cook this summer.
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Here’s how you can enjoy summer’s bounty in ten minutes total with this authentic tomato sauce.
First, gather your ingredients:
3 cups of garden fresh tomatoes
2 white medium sized onions
5 cloves of garlic
2 sprigs of garden fresh basil
1 1/2 tsp of coarse salt
1 tsp black pepper
1 tsp of brown sugar
1/2 cup of distilled water
2 tsp of EVOO
1/2 tsp of chili flakes (optional!)
Second, wash and chop all ingredients roughly (no skill required!!) and toss into your slow cooker. Turn it on to high for three hours and go outside and have some summer fun.
After your onions are translucent and the tomato’s skin is malleable, take a hand blender and gently blend together. (TIP: DO this when your sauce is cooled or with proper care! Your sauce will be hot. Keep hand blender submerged into your liquid when in use to keep splashing to a minimum. If your 9 year old is helping, parental discretion is advised!)
Lastly, cook your pasta, drain, add to your sauce, toss and enjoy!!
We used gluten free pasta to make this meal entirely vegan and gluten free. This dish is the perfect side to a summer salad. The best part of all is you’ll get to enjoy more precious time outdoors in the summer sun and less time slaving over a hot stove. Just don’t tell people that. 🙂
Wishing you and yours a happy weekend! Hope its as easy and breezy as this meal!