It's cold and wet in New York. I want to camp out on my couch under a big, fuzzy blanket and watch I Love Lucy reruns all day long. Have I ever mentioned that I love I Love Lucy? It's my favorite show of all time and I never get sick of watching it. She's adorable and I'll never understand why Ricky wouldn't let her be in the show. Honestly!
This is one of my favorite episodes ever!
Getting back to the cold and wet day... When the weather is gross like today, you need something to lift your spirits. I usually self-medicate with food. It has the ability to always make me feel better. That's why I never deny myself anything, I just learn to control portions....sometimes. One thing that always puts a smile on my face is a big heaping bowl of pasta. At our house, we try to limit the amount we eat because, although it's delicious, it can make you feel weighed down. But a rainy day almost demands a generous serving of pasta.
This dish is perfect to make on a weeknight. It's quick and the preparation is minimal. I bought two containers of grape tomatoes (you can use cherry tomatoes, of course, but grape was on special) and literally cooked them down with a little olive oil and garlic. I usually add fresh basil or oregano to tomato sauce but I didn't for this dish. It was tasty enough without herbs. I served the pasta with some spicy sausages and a big glass of a bold red wine.
Fresh Tomato Sauce
good quality olive oil (the more, the better)
5 cloves of garlic thinly sliced
2 containers of grape or cherry tomatoes (I think they're one pint each)
salt and pepper to taste
one box of spaghetti cooked al dente
Parmesan cheese (optional)
Heat olive oil in a large saute pan over medium-high heat. Add a few slices of garlic to the oil to flavor it. Discard garlic once it has turned golden.
Lower the heat to medium-low, add the rest of the garlic and let simmer uncovered for another 6-7 minutes.
Using a fork, press down on the tomatoes to release the juices. Stir and allow for sauce to thicken, about 6-7 minutes.