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I love going to our local farmers’ market, but I will admit I don’t always know what to buy or what to do with the things I buy when I get them.
One of my favorite easy, quick, delicious, go-to meals from the market is farmers’ market pasta sauce, which you can really make with any kind of vegetables you have, whether they come from your or a neighbor’s garden, the market or (gasp) even the grocery store.
This is how I made it most recently, but feel free to adapt to what your family likes.
I make a pretty small batch, enough for my husband and I and a little left over for lunch the next day. Just add more vegetables to serve more people or have some to freeze.
What You’ll Need
- half a medium onion
- half a bell pepper
- 1 zucchini or yellow squash, or a mix
- 2 or 3 Roma tomatoes, or 1 or 2 larger tomatoes
- 1 clove garlic
- olive oil
- salt, pepper, Italian seasoning, red pepper flakes
How to Make Farmers’ Market Pasta Sauce
Put a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add about a tablespoon of olive oil.
Add onion and bell pepper and cook until onion is clear, about 5 minutes. Salt and pepper to taste.
Add tomatoes, garlic and red pepper flakes. Cook until tomatoes get juicy and everything is tender, maybe another 5 minutes.
It’s also great on bread. Or your finger.
How to do harness the glory of good produce this time of year? I’d love to hear about your favorite recipes!