As I find I have less and less time to prepare fresh meals during the week, my search has grown to find recipes that are simple to make but don’t consist of opening a box and boiling contents for a meal. Real Simple and The Nest are two of my favorite websites for finding delicious, easy prep recipes.
Here is a great Valentine’s Day Recipe that is simple to make yet delivers some sweetness and big flavor. It can be used as a starter but also is hearty enough as a meal with bread and a salad. Tomatoes can be paired with a variety of white and red wines. Two very popular wines are sauvignon blanc and chianti. I suggest a light, red wine such as a beaujolais to compliment this recipe.
3 cloves of garlic, minced
2 tablespoons of olive oil
2 – 14 oz. cans of crushed tomatoes
1 – 14 oz. can of whole tomatoes
2 cups of stock (chicken or vegetable)
1 tsp of sea salt
1 tsp of sugar
1/2 tsp of fresh ground black pepper
1/4 cup of heavy cream
3 tablespoons of fresh basil, julienned
In a saucepan, saute garlic in olive oil on medium heat for 1 minute. Add the crushed tomatoes. Add the whole tomatoes one at a time, squeezing them into the pan to break them up. Add the juice from the whole tomatoes, as well. Add chicken stock, salt, pepper and sugar. Cook the soup on medium at a simmer for 10 minutes.
To finish, reduce heat to low and stir in heavy cream and basil. Serve topped with parmesan cheese and grilled or toasted bread. I cut mine into a heart shape for Valentines.
Happy Valentine’s Day!