Simple Tomato Sauce

Tomato Sauce by Vanessa Rees of V.K.Rees

I have a pretty big family. When we gather together we end up with 8 – 12 people. It’s a lot of mouths to feed. Cooking with my family is one of my favorite things in life. We drink wine, play music, joke around, my parent’s dogs get in the way, my brother and sister bicker over proper cooking techniques, and of course we nibble at the food before it’s ready. =)

Recently the whole family met up in Richmond, VA for Mother’s day and my sister, Rachel, took on the responsibility of choosing what to make for dinner. She ended up deciding on spaghetti with some of the most delicious tomato sauce I’ve ever had. It was a crowd pleaser. I’m super excited to share Rachel’s recipe with you guys!

Oh, and if you missed the post in which I introduced my sister you can read it here. Rachel will be the creator of the recipes featured on this blog from now on. I will simply be photographing them.

Easy Tomato Sauce
Simple Tomato Sauce by V.K.Rees

Take it away Rachel…

“This simple tomato sauce has helped me out of a jam more than once. It has become my go-to on nights when I’ve found myself feeding a larger dinner party with a sparsely stocked pantry. I use to be hesitant about making a pasta sauce for a crowd, just seemed a like bit of a snoozer. But, here’s the thing, each time I’ve made this sauce, guests have asked me for recipe or even lobbied for a “doggybag” to take home. I guess it’s not a surprise. Warm bowls of pasta tossed with quality olive oil topped with a homemade sauce and fresh herbs is sublimely comforting. Plus, it highlights the herbs that are available in early and late spring (parsley and basil are great—but, feel free to use whatever is on hand). And, with tomato season looming, this recipe is going to be super handy. Just swap out the canned tomatoes for fresh. This is as easy to make as it is to love—and very flexible. Feel free to add more crushed pepper if you like the heat o0r more garlic, if you like. Add in the herbs you like, omit those you don’t. Of course, salt and pepper to taste.” -Rachel

 

Tomato Sauce by V.K.Rees

Simple Tomato Sauce with Fresh Herbs

Adapted from: In the Green Kitchen, Techniques to Learn by Heart, Alice Waters

  • 
1/2 cup olive oil
  • 6-8 large cloves of garlic, diced
  • 2 cans of diced or whole tomatoes, 28 ounces
  • 
A pinch of sugar
  • 
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 cup of chopped parsley
  • 
1/4 cup of basil ribbons
  • Pasta, dried or fresh—your choice
  • Kosher salt
  • Fresh cracked pepper

Place the olive oil and garlic in a heavy bottomed pot on a medium-low heat. Once the garlic is soft and aromatic (about 5 minutes), add the tomatoes, sugar, red pepper and let the mixture simmer on low heat for 25 minutes. For a smoother sauce, break up whole tomatoes with a fork or immersion blender for desired consistency. Cook the al dente pasta according to the directions, reserving some of the pasta cooking water before draining. You can do this easily with a coffee mug or measuring cup. Transfer the drained pasta a large bowl, add just enough pasta water to create a light sheen on the noodles (a couple of tablespoons or so). Toss once more to add kosher salt and cracked pepper. Portion the pasta into bowls, ladle on the sauce, drizzle with quality olive oil, garnish with the fresh herbs and salt.

Depending on portion size, serves 6 – 8 adults.

Tomato Sauce by V.K.Rees

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Meredith in sock monkey slippers - gorgeous darlin gorgeous! love this!

Loreli woods - Amazing shots you have here! Very inspiring!

Kiran @ KiranTarun.com - Simple or otherwise, I’m mesmerized by the photos!

anna@annamayeveryday - These photographs are amazing, just fantastic composition and light.

Irina @ wandercrush - Stunning. Everyone needs a trusty tomato sauce recipe!

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Jes - Can’t beat a good tomato sauce!

Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet - Your family dinners sound so fun! Love this tomato sauce recipe! Beautiful styling, as always!

Laura | Peaches and Greens - Wow, stunning photos and a spectacular recipe. I love the tip of reserving the cooking water, must remember to do that! Looking forward to more recipes Rachel, the ones so far are winners!

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar - This looks absolutely perfect!

Aubrie LeGault - Loved these shots- especially the simple image of the spoon. :)

Erika - I just want to pull my chair up to that table and dig in..Stunning!

Letizia-Friarielli & sound - I love your photos!

Springtime White Bean Salad with Grilled Bread

Hello and happy spring!

I’d like to introduce the internet to my lovely sister Rachel- an amazing and very creative cook. Rachel and I have decided to combine our superpowers. From this point on she will be the creator of the recipes featured here and I will simply be photographing them. Welcome, Rach!

Rees Siblings

Sorry about the goofy iPhone photo… I need to bust out my DSLR next time I see my brother and sister. Rachel is the one on the left, my brother Joey is in the middle, and I’m on the right. =)

Rachel came up with an amazing spring salad. I’m so excited to share it with you guys. I ate it for dinner 3 nights in a row!

Springtime White Bean Salad with Grilled BreadSpringtime White Bean Salad with Grilled Bread

Take it away Rachel…

“My husband tends about 10 raised beds in our backyard . While mostly dormant in the winter months, it is bountiful as soon as spring breaks. Unless preserved, garden harvests and  Farmers’ Market provisions should be used  quickly to enjoy peak freshness and flavor. Salads can be a creative and playful way to do just that.

With the exception of the white beans, this is a raw salad and best enjoyed when in season. Here, in the Eastern Mid-Atlantic, all of the veggies in this salad are in available in the late spring. Don’t be tempted to make this dish in the winter months, you’ll be disappointed. When made in season, this is a delicious and satisfying-and it can be pulled together in a snap.” -Rachel

Springtime White Bean Salad with Grilled Bread

Ingredients

  • Vingairette (recipe follows)
  • 2 cans of white beans, cannellini or northern white, drained and rinsed
  • 2 medium fennel bulbs, finely diced (about 1 cup)
  • 1 medium broccoli crowns, chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • Asparagus spears, ends trimmed or snapped away, thinly chopped on the diagonal (about 1 cup)
  • Parsley, flat or curly, chopped (about 1 cup)
  • Green onions, tops and ends trimmed away, chopped (about 1/4 cup)
  • Juice and zest from one large lemon
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Rustic bread, rubbed with garlic and grilled
  • Extra virgin olive oil for drizzling

Vinaigrette

  • 3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • A pinch of sugar
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Directions

Using a mason jar with a tight fitting lid, combine the ingredients for the vinaigrette. With the lid on, shake vigorously until well-combined. Taste. Adjust the seasonings to your preference.  Set aside.

In a large bowl combine the white beans, fennel, broccoli, asparagus, parsley, garlic, green onions, the lemon juice and zest.  Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper. Toss to combine. Add about half of the vinaigrette. Toss again. Set the bowl aside.

When you are ready to serve, shake the vinaigrette before using, and add to the salad. Grill the bread to a golden color. To serve, arrange bread on a plate with a serving of the salad. Finish with a drizzle of oil olive. Enjoy.

Springtime White Bean Salad with Grilled Bread

Springtime White Bean Salad with Grilled Bread

 

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Angela Walley - So awesome to collaborate with your sister. My sister isn’t vegan, but she has always been a super vegan-friendly Chef. I often feature her recipes on my blog too. I love sisterly-love!

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atika - Not a big fan of asparagus, but I absolutely have to try this salad :)

Kami - I’m in love with your beautiful photography! I just started a site of my own, nodietsallowed.com, and trying to learn from the best bloggers like yourself! Thank you for providing such great examples allowing me to learn!

Rachel - Thanks for the warm welcome!! The salad was fun to make – a great way to enjoy the season!!

Caralyn @ glutenfreehappytummy - mmmm LOVE asparagus. Fantastic photos!

Karen Rush - Simply stunning guys. Fantastic.

Kelsey - This looks amazing!! And the collaboration sounds great too!! So excited to see more! YUM!!

Jean | lemons & anchovies - You went with the “messy” shot–that was my vote!

Salads don’t get fresher (or more beautiful) than this–looking forward to seeing other collaborations with your sister. :)

Spring 2013, iPhoneography

I am welcoming summer by doing a recap collage of my iphone photos from spring. Happy summer everyone!
If you’d like, you can follow me on Instagram here.

Oh, and if you haven’t already, you should check out VSCO cam’s new camera app. It rules. I now use it for all my photos.

xox,

-V

















Rosemary - What gorgeous photos! Is that garlic next to the raspberries, or onions? I love wet garlic! Love the way you can just chop up the whole thing and throw it in, because it’s so mild.

Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet - Beautiful as always, Vanessa!

Emma - It’s mind-boggling that these beautiful photos are taken just on an iphone! Gorgeous. Thanks for highlighting the app.

Sarah - There is nothing like the qualities of real (kind of) film to bring a photo to beautiful life! Love that app!

Laura Thomas | Peaches and Greens - So beautiful Vanessa! Thanks for the tip r.e. the photo app. Also, can’t wait to hear more details about your class :)

Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar - Lovely photos, as always! I need to get that app!

Alison dulaney - Love all your your instagrams! Love that coffee photo:)