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You Asked For It: Roasted Garlic Pasta Sauce

You asked for it: Roasted Garlic Pasta Sauce

Ellen Folkman | Special to the Times

You asked for it: Roasted Garlic Pasta Sauce

I'd like the red sauce recipe from the Gardens restaurant that was on Busch Boulevard in Tampa. Thank you.

Ann Kitko, Seffner

We don't have a recipe from the Gardens, which is closed, but Jolie Williams of Sarasota shared a recipe she got from watching Emeril Lagasse on the Food Network about 10 years ago. She said she has made it ever since. It's easy and full of flavor. Layers of flavor, actually. You've got deliciously caramelized onions, balsamic vinegar, a bit of spice and garlic. To me, the roasted garlic makes all the difference in elevating the flavors in this pasta sauce. If you've never roasted garlic before it's very easy. Cut the top of a whole head of garlic, exposing a majority of the cloves. Don't cut off too much. If some cloves are a bit lower, just cut their individual tops off. Place head of garlic on a piece of aluminum foil and drizzle a small amount of olive oil over the top along with a sprinkling of salt and pepper. Seal foil around garlic and bake in a 350-degree oven for about 45 minutes. The cloves should be soft. Once cool, squeeze the head of garlic over a bowl to release the divinely roasted cloves. This is a chunkier sauce, rather than thin and watery like many store brands. Serve this sauce over your favorite pasta shape. Hopefully Ann will enjoy this recipe.

Recipe requests

Bob Shadowens of Land O'Lakes realizes that the batter-dipped deep-fried pickle slices at Beef 'O' Brady's is not at all healthy, he would still like the recipe. Odessa resident Herbert Heap's brother-in-law enjoys making candy and would like to make Zagnut candy bars. He has not found a recipe and hopes a reader can help out.

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Roasted Garlic Pasta Sauce

1 large onion, chopped

3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

1 tablespoon minced garlic

¼ cup tomato paste

1 ½ teaspoons salt

1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar

½ teaspoon hot sauce

¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper

¼ teaspoon Italian seasoning

¼ teaspoon dried basil leaves

2 (28-ounce) cans whole Italian plum tomatoes, with their juices

3 whole heads roasted garlic

In a large saucepan, saute the onion in the olive oil over medium-high heat until soft and light golden, 4 to 6 minutes. Add the minced garlic and cook, stirring for 1 minute. Add the tomato paste, salt, balsamic vinegar, hot sauce, crushed red pepper, Italian seasoning and basil and cook for 1 minute. Add the tomatoes, crushing with your hands as you place them in the pan along with the juices. Stir to combine well and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a slow simmer and cook for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Squeeze roasted garlic from peels and add to sauce. Stir to combine. Continue to simmer for 30 to 45 minutes longer or until the flavors come together.

Source: Emeril Lagasse, courtesy of Jolie Williams of Sarasota

You Asked For It: Roasted Garlic Pasta Sauce 01/20/14 [Last modified: Monday, January 20, 2014 5:56pm]
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