Round 2: Marinara Sauce with Tuttorosso Tomatoes

Tuttorosso brand puts out quality tomato products; I know since I received a 3-can gift pack of tomatoes from the company recently and I road tested the whole peeled tomatoes here. (Click on the link and enter to win a gift pack of Tuttorosso tomatoes; you have until noon on Tuesday, December 4th.) Anxious to taste test the crushed tomatoes I once again pulled out my fave Italian-American recipe book.*

I like using fresh ingredients when I cook. That said, I can’t grow tomatoes year round in New Jersey. So I use canned tomatoes when I can’t use fresh. And over the years I’ve learned that not all canned tomatoes are the same. Some taste better (okay, a lot better) than others.

Last night I made a classic marinara sauce using Tuttorosso brand canned crushed tomatoes:

I gathered all the ingredients that I needed to make a classic marinara sauce.

After I whacked each of the cloves of garlic with the back of my knife, I slid them into the already hot extra virgin olive oil. And I lightly browned them over medium heat.

Then I carefully poured the Tuttorosso crushed tomatoes into the pan with the hot oil and garlic. After the mixture came to a boil I lowered the heat to a simmer then added salt and some crushed red pepper.

I stirred in fresh chopped basil a few minutes before I served the marinara.

And in our home, as I’ve mentioned before, no pasta is complete unless Italian sweet sausage is served on the side!

Tuttorosso tomatoes added fine flavor to this classic marinara.

By the way, don’t forget to enter to win (deadline: noon on December 4th) a Tuttorosso gift pack on my blog. And check this out: Tuttorosso is giving away premium prizes every day until December 22, 2012 on its facebook page Let me know if you win!

*My copy of Lidia’s Italian-American Kitchen — a gift from my girlfriend Carole — is dog-eared and stained. I have made many recipes (some over and over) using Lidia’s easy-to-follow instructions. Lidia has published numerous recipe books over the years, but my favorite remains Lidia’s Italian-American Kitchen.


Disclosure: I received a 3-pack of  Tuttorosso tomatoes  for review. No request to share any particular point of view was made. All opinions expressed here are strictly my own.

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