Creamy Basil Tomato Sauce

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Creamy Basil Tomato Sauce

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2014 and 2015 First Place winners spoons

Saturday was the Annual Pasta-Sauce Off Competition hosted by the Cooking for Cancer Club in our area.  This club was created by two young girls in my daughter’s class to raise funds for children with cancer.  It benefits Carly’s Club of Roswell Park.

The event consists of volunteers making a pasta sauce and entering a competition.  Visitors purchase sample tickets and can sample all of the sauces and vote for their favorite sauce.  There is a huge basket raffle (94 baskets), a silent auction with some very unique treasures, a bake sale, 50/50 raffle, and all of the proceeds raised are donated to help make sick children’s lives a little bit better!  This event raised $5,000.00!!!!  Such a huge accomplishment for these girls!

Now on to the Creamy Basil Tomato Sauce—-last year I entered the event with a Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Sauce and won 1st place!! (Recipe here: Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Sauce)

This year I wanted to make a different sauce and decided on a Creamy Basil Tomato Sauce.  And guess what…I won again!!

Back to back victories 🙂

It is a lot of fun but even more so knowing you are doing something that will hopefully brighten someones day who may so desperately need it.

Here is the link to my Facebook page which has the recipe for you to try and a few pictures from the event!  The sauce is delicious and helped me top 13 other entries 🙂

CREAMY BASIL TOMATO SAUCE RECIPE

Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Sauce

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In February I was asked to enter a Cancer cookoff.  It was called Cooking for Cancer Pasta Sauce Off.  The idea was to make a sauce and have people come to the event buy tickets to sample the sauces on pasta, basket raffles, 50/50 and silent auctions to raise money for Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, NY.  This was hosted by two 11 year old girls in my daughters class who created a club called “Cooking for Cancer”.  How could I refuse!!

So I went on a mission to find/create the best sauce I could to compete against 18 other entries and came up with my Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Sauce.  Over 400 people attended the event and voted.  I am happy to say I won!!!  MORE IMPORTANTLY these two girls raised over $4,600.00 for cancer research!!

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I must have collected 70 emails from people who attended asking for my recipe.  I made it tonight as a side dish so thought I would share it as it is SIMPLE!!!  Your friends will be impressed trust me!!  Recipe at bottom

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This is all you need!!  Very inexpensive to make

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Chop the onion and garlic and soften in butter in a sauce pan.  Next chop the sundried tomatoes very fine (I use my very small chopper which I love!!) but you can chop by hand if you want.

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After the onion and garlic have sauteed in the butter for about 4 minutes add the finely chopped sundried tomatoes, tomato sauce, heavy cream and basil

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Let simmer for 15 to 20 minutes while pasta cooks and serve on the pasta

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When I make this as a meal I add cooked chicken into the simmering process and serve it over pasta.  It’s a full meal!!

CREAMY SUN-DRIED TOMATO SAUCE

1 small onion, diced small

3 cloves garlic, minced (I use fresh as it holds the flavor better but you can use jarred)

15 oz can tomato sauce (I use Contadina with Italian Herbs)

1 jar sun dried tomatoes, chopped very fine (I use about ¾ of the jar or adjust to more or less per your taste)

1 pint heavy cream

Basil, chopped fine (about 4 nice size leaves)

Olive or grapeseed oil roasted garlic flavored (you only need about 2 tablesoons)

3 Tablespoons butter

 

Saute the garlic and onion in the butter and olive oil until just soft (approx.. 4 minutes) in a regular sauce pan, when soft add the tomato sauce, cream, sun dried tomatoes, and basil. Simmer about 20 minutes very lightly so the flavors all combine.

 **I usually cut up some cooked chicken and throw it into the simmering sauce and then serve it over penne or ziti pasta.

 You can also add parmesan cheese to the sauce or sprinkle on after and for a zing toss in some red pepper flakes

Now next time you need to impress some friends…remember this sauce.  I’d love to hear from you if you try it!!!